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Get involved in LGBT+ History Month 2024

LGBT+ History Month takes place in February and is an opportunity to celebrate achievements and support LGBTQ+ staff.

25 January 2024

The campaign is celebrated across the NHS to increase the visibility of the entire LGBTQ+ community, as well as their history and experience. 

This year’s national theme is #UnderTheScope,  celebrating LGBT+ people’s contribution to medicine and healthcare – with a focus on LGBTQ+ health inequalities and the amazing work of LGBTQ+ healthcare professionals.  

The NHS England equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) improvement plan recognises the importance of NHS leaders creating an organisational culture where everyone feels they belong, including LGBTQ+ colleagues.  This is vital as the NHS Staff Survey demonstrated one in five LGBTQ+ staff experienced violence from patients or relatives, compared to one in seven of their colleagues, with bisexual and transgender staff experiencing particularly high rates of violence.

During LGBT+ History Month, NHS organisations have the opportunity to demonstrate how they are taking action to support LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace. Organisations are encouraged to run their own local campaign to not only celebrate the achievements of LGBTQ+ staff, but also to educate, raise awareness and help create a more inclusive culture. 

  • The NHS Confederation’s Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network is hosting a celebratory event for its members on 15 February in London, providing an opportunity for network members to connect. Find out more about the network and how to join, or email LGBTQnetwork@nhsconfed.org

    During the month, the network will also be actively sharing useful resources, details of events via X (Twitter) using the hashtag #LGBTplusHM.  

  • The following resources focus on supporting LGBTQ+ leaders, aspiring leaders and allies across health and care:  

    • Inclusive leadership pledge – Over 1,200 leaders and aspiring leaders across health and care have signed our inclusive leadership pledge. The pledge includes nine behaviours you can adopt to model inclusive leadership. Find out more and sign the pledge now. 
    • Health and Care LGBTQ+ Inclusion Framework – The framework is built on six pillars to enable health and care leaders to ensure their working culture and services are LGBTQ+ inclusive.  
    • Leading for All: Supporting Trans and Non-binary Healthcare Staff – The guide provides healthcare leaders with the information and tools to effectively support trans and non-binary staff, and create an inclusive culture for all. 
    • Dr Layla McCay on the experiences of LGBTQ+ NHS staff – In this blog, Dr Layla McCay, executive lead of the Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network, shares her thoughts on the inequalities of experiences of LGBTQ+ people as reflected in the NHS Staff Survey. 
    • Peter Molyneux on authentic leadership – Peter Molyneux, chair of the Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network shares the challenges of being authentic while in a leadership role, and what it means to be an authentic leader.   
    • Supporting your LGBTQ+ workforce – Access tools, resources, and best practice to help you create a culture and environment that welcomes LGBTQ+ staff, allowing them to be themselves at work and to contribute fully to the wider organisation.  
    • LGBTQ+ Patient Experience in Primary Care – Read an updated report from the LGBT Foundation which highlights the experiences of LGBTQ+ people accessing primary healthcare, and steps to ensure that GP services are LGBTQ+ inclusive. 
    • Sexual orientation and gender identity data – The Office for National Statistics (ONS) census data around sexual orientation and gender identity data is a useful tool to support LGBTQ+ healthcare and a workforce that is inclusive and representative.  
    • LGBTQ+ equality in medicine – The BMA have a range of resources which explore the experiences of LGBTQ+ doctors and medical students in education, training and the workplace. 
    • LGBTQ+ Workforce Visibility – Seven LGBTQ+ mental health sector leaders share their journeys and reflections on being confident and visible in their identities, leading as their authentic selves, in this two-part podcast special.  
  • As part of LGBT+ History Month, we are keen to showcase some of the LGBTQ+ and ally trailblazers working in health and social care. 

    We've featured some trailblazers below, but would like add more to this list.  Please email diversityandinclusion@nhsemployers.org with the details of someone who has inspired you, raised awareness of LGBTQ+ health needs or raised the profile of LGBTQ+ people.  
     
    You can also tag us on X (Twitter) and use the hashtag #UnderTheScope.  

    • Dr Hannah Barham-Brown - Hannah is a GP trainee, media spokesperson, activist for LGBTQ+ rights and has presented two TEDx talks. She has been named on the 2018 and 2019 Shaw Trust Power List as one of the 100 most influential disabled people in the UK and has been named one of the Health Service Journal's 100 Most Influential People in Health 2020 and their Campaigner of the Year. 
    • Dr Cecil Belfield Clarke (1894-1970) - Dr Clarke was one of the first black doctors in the UK and established 'Clark's Rule' in paediatric medicine. This simple mathematical formula based on body mass allows doctors to safely calculate the dosage of medicine given to those aged between 2-17.
    • Dr Michael Brady - Michael was made the first National LGBT Health Advisor at NHS England in 2019. He has played a key role in tackling differences in LGBTQ+ healthcare, including high profile campaigns for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the 'Can't pass it on' campaign.
    • Christine Burns MBE – Christine is a British political activist known for her work with Press for Change, a key lobbying and legal support organisation for trans people in the UK. She fights for transgender rights, helped put together new employment legislation and the Gender Recognition Act, and wrote the first ever official guidance on trans health for the Department of Health and Social Care. 
    • Lord Michael Cashman – Lord Cashman is a former actor, member of the House of Lords, and founded LGBTQ+ rights charity Stonewall.  
    • Dr Mags Portman – Mags was called a "pioneer within the sexual health sector". She advocated for access and usage of pre-exposure prophylaxis medication (PrEP) to reduce incidence of HIV/AIDS in the United Kingdom. Portman has been attributed with preventing thousands of new HIV diagnoses through her work ensuring PrEP accessibility. 
    • Alan L. Hart (also known as Robert Allen Bamford Jr) - Alan was an American physician, radiologist, tuberculosis researcher, writer, and novelist. He was one of the first trans men to undergo hysterectomy in the United States. He pioneered the use of x-ray photography in tuberculosis detection and helped implement TB screening programs that saved thousands of lives.  
    • Tracy MyHill OBE – Tracy made an outstanding contribution to LGBT equality during her time in chief executive, deputy chief executive and HR director roles. She encouraged and inspired people to discuss LGBT issues within Swansea and Cardiff and Vale Health Boards and across the UK Ambulance Sector ensuring board level commitment and LGBT staff networks were actively involved in the decision-making processes. 
    • Dr Ronx Ikharia - Ronx is a self-made emergency medicine doctor and trailblazing activist, who describes themself as a queer, black, androgynous, intersectional feminist. They have appeared regularly on TV, presenting 'Operation Ouch' (CBBC), ' The truth about boosting your immune system' on BBC One and the acclaimed 'Is Covid racist?' on Channel 4.