LGBT history month across the NHS

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29 / 1 / 2014 9.11am

We want to hear from you about what you've got planned for LGBT history month 2014.

Whether it's guidance you've produced, a training course you're running or something much bigger - we want to know.

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South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust

The trust have been working with partners Staffordshire Buddies to address the health inequalities experienced by LGBT communities.

The work forms part of the trusts wider agenda on Dignity and Respect and the approach to Community Engagement. As part of its work on the LGBT agenda Staffordshire Buddies has developed a Rainbow Mark Charter. The Charter enables healthcare providers to demonstrate that they provide accessible and supportive services to the communities they serve.
‘Staffordshire Buddies is delighted that South Staffordshire and Shropshire NHS Foundation Trust has supported the Rainbow Charter Mark and is pleased that this will be launched at the trust headquarters on 12th February 2014. The Rainbow Charter Mark is a benchmarking process for health care providers. It identifies health care providers that are fully committed to ensuring  that their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients and service users are treated fairly, and are able to discuss their issues openly with healthcare professionals.

The Rainbow Charter Mark helps healthcare providers meet their legal duties under the Equality Act 2010. It draws on the goals and outcomes listed under the ‘NHS Equality Delivery System’ to help  health care providers meet their obligations under the equalities legislation. 

We are grateful that the trust has shown its commitment to support our diverse communities and continues to endeavour to reduce health inequalities.’

South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

February is LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual and Transgender) History month and we are supporting it with our rainbow campaign.

The rainbow campaign is based on the recent Stonewall Rainbow Laces campaign which asked footballers to wear rainbow laces during games in support of stamping out discrimination in football (‘we don’t care which team you play for’)

Here at SEPT we want to encourage staff to either wear or display either a rainbow sticker or ribbon to highlight their support for LGBT colleagues, patients and the public and to get people talking about LGBT topics in a more confident and open way. 

One of our Activity Co-ordinators Jade is supporting the campaign,  read her story and why she is wearing the ribbon.

Staff will need to be both sensible and innovative about how they display their rainbows and discuss this with their manager. Any photos sent in to the employee experience team to publish and share will receive an employee experience team goody bag.

No-one is asked to declare or discuss personal circumstances or even take part but if you want to show your support for LGBT staff and patients/service users please contact and request your stickers or ribbons.

For more information about LGBT topics or how to become a SEPT equality champion please use the following links:

East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust

East Kent Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will be holding its own History Month Event at 6:30pm on Tuesday 18 February 2014 at the Harvey Hall, in the Education Centre at Kent & Canterbury Hospital, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, CT1 3NG.

All are welcome. We are proud to announce that the Nine Bob Notes the Canterbury LGBT Choir will be opening and closing the event which will be a panel discussion with the question “Why do we need a LGBT staff Network?”

There will be presentations from our own Director of HR Peter Murphy and Madeline Lasko our Stonewall Client Account Manager. It would be good to hear the benefits of staff networks from members of other Kent organisations.

North Bristol NHS Trust

Our trust has celebrated LGBT history month since 2010.
There is also a time line on our intranet site of LGBT history in the
last two centuries.

This year Stephen Williams MP, Minister for Communities and Local Government and Cheryl Morgan co–chair of Bristol OutStories will  lead seminars.

Seminar: What is the cost of being out?

Friday 21 February 2014

1.00 – 2.00 pm

Dr Nigel Jones, LGBT Champion, welcomes you to hear guest speaker Stephen Williams MP, Minister for Communities and Local Government, who will be talking about his experience as a gay man in government. There will also be a presentation on the situation for LGBT people internationally.

Seminar: Gender Identity

Friday 28 February 2014

12.30 – 2.00 pm

Cheryl Morgan, co –chair of Bristol OutStories will be speaking about her personal experience of the process of transitioning from a man to becoming a woman.

Pink Exhibition: Now a firm tradition, featuring NBT staff and their stories, together with well known people. The event will take place in our learning and research building at Southmead hospital and on the equality notice boards in the main corridors at Frenchay and Southmead hospitals.

Revealing Stories: An exhibition produced by OutStories, Bristol’s first ever exhibition of LGBT history, will be on display in the Kendon Restaurant.

To book a seminar place:

Maria Smith
Telephone: 0117 340 6074  Extension 06074

For other details contact:

Lesley Mansell, Equality and Diversity Manager

Tel: 017 340 6471 Extension: 06471 

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