February 2014 LGBT history month

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24 / 1 / 2014 9.55am

The NHS is the largest employer of LGBT people in Europe –  and is proud to promote LGBT history month.

In the last year, the NHS has been through one of its most significant organisational restructures in its history and faced some of the biggest challenges arising from the Francis Inquiry.

As a result, employers are determined that the NHS of the future is one in which staff and patients are empowered and encouraged to speak out against unfairness and discrimination. NHS Employers believes that a strong and vocal LGBT workforce, who are fully engaged and involved in the development of their organisations, is vital to the future success of the NHS.

We were particularly pleased therefore 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.

So once more this year, we will be marking LGBT history month throughout February – through our website and our social media channels - and encouraging all NHS organisations to do the same. Many trusts also took part in LGBT history month 2014, and you can find more details of what they did on our dedicated webpage.

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