Sexual orientation and gender reassignment

Work team people

24 / 12 / 2014 12.23pm

As the largest employer of LGBT people in Europe, the NHS is proud to promote and support the rights of staff in the workplace. We were delighted to see the HSJ and Leadership Academy launch their LGBT Role Models – and we supported this with the announcement of our own LGBT Champion – in the form of Jackie Daniel chief executive of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Key facts, figures and information

Lesbian, gay and bisexual

  • Statistics from Stonewall show that 50 per cent of lesbian and bisexual women have had negative experiences of the NHS.
  • Three per cent of gay men attempt to take their own life, compared to 0.4 per cent of the general male population.
  • 41 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual people over the age of 55 currently live alone.
  • A third of gay and bisexual men who have access to healthcare services have had a negative experience related to their sexual orientation, according to Stonewall.
  • Prescription for change, a survey carried out by Stonewall, found 50 percent of lesbian women under the age of 20 had self-harmed, compared to one in 15 women nationally. Half of the respondents also stated that they had not discussed their sexuality with their GP.
  • Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are at higher risk of depression and anxiety disorders and are twice as likely to smoke.

Gender reassignment

  • Research shows that transgender people are likely to have inadequate or inappropriate access to services.
  • Transgender medical students report that they are more likely to experience discrimination and harassment from patients and colleagues.
  • There is increasing recognition of the rights of transsexual and transgender service users and employees in the NHS, with the Gender Recognition Act granting legal recognition of a changed gender for transsexual people.

Tips and examples of good practice

We were particularly pleased this year at the results of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2014 - produced in January – which included a record nine NHS organisations in the top 100. This included a best ever showing for an NHS trust of second place for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. But more importantly it showed that there are a growing body of NHS organisations which is committed to tackling discrimination in all its forms.

Further guidance, advice and support



Gender Trust

HSJ LGBT Role Models 2014

Jackie Daniel blog

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