06 / 2 / 2015 12.20pm
Across the UK people are celebrating throughout February, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) History Month. An opportunity to promote equality and diversity everywhere.
NHS Employers is encouraging organisations to take this opportunity to raise awareness of issues that exist within the workplace, but also to share in the success of trusts that are leading the way with their equality and diversity agenda.
Here's some key facts and figures that will help you throughout the month:
- Campaign group Stonewall, in its publication ‘Sexual Orientation: a guide for the NHS’, has calculated that the approximately 3.3 million people who identify as lesbian, gay and bisexual in England, provide (through their taxes) funding of £6bn a year to the NHS.
- In addition, an estimated 300,000 - 500,000 identify themselves within the trans community in the UK, although exact figures for this population are more sketchy. More than 100,000 NHS employees also identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
- The NHS has a rich presence of employee support groups such as Health with Pride, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists and the Royal College of Nursing LGBT staff group is important, as is the work of local service user support groups and, more widely, the advocacy and support of organisations such as Stonewall, the Terrence Higgins Trust and the Beaumont Society.
- In September 2014 NHS staff who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or trans and who are working to promote inclusion and lead by example were celebrated in the first ever NHS LGBT role models.
- Helen Stevens, head of communications and engagement at the NHS Leadership Academy outlines the importance of role models in her blog.
- Stonewall published its Top 100 Employers in January 2015, showcasing Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust was named as 2015’s top gay-friendly employer; in second place was Tower Hamlets. Altogether twelve healthcare organisations appeared in the top 100 list.
Here's some tips and examples of good practice:
You can also find more guidance and read case studies and blogs from a number of different organisations:
View and read more on the topics we've covered on the Celebrating Diversity webpage.