The NHS Equality and Diversity Council (EDC) brings people and organisations together to make sure that the health and social care system continuously improves its performance on equality, and tackles health inequalities for all who use and deliver health and care services. 

The National Information Standard for sexual orientation monitoring released by NHS Digital in Oct 2017 aims to better meet the needs of LGB people through improved data collection. The new standard will also provide a mechanism for recording the sexual orientation of all patients and service users aged 16 years and over across all health services and Local Authority social care providers in England.


In 2015, Stonewall published a report called Unhealthy Attitudes . The report presented a picture of life in the NHS for some lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender doctors, which was not representative of the type of organisation and organisational culture that the majority of staff and leaders in the NHS aspire to.

Following publication of the report, the EDC set up a task and finish group to look at addressing some of the issues highlighted in the report, and to help implement some of the Stonewall's recommendations.

To support the work of the EDC and the task and finish group, and to share successes and learning from organisations and individuals who are leading the way on diversity and inclusion, we have created the LGBT equality in the workforce web pages. 

We hope that you find the information and resources a useful starting point for wider work within your organisation to create a culture and environment that welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff, which allows them to be themselves at work, and to contribute fully to the wider organisation.

You can find more information on the sexual orientation monitoring standard on the NHS England website.

Take a look at the Unhealthy Attitudes report on Stonewall's website.

You can find more information rel="noopener noreferrer" on the EDC on the NHS England website. 



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