The NHS Confederation has today launched the Health and Care LGBTQ+ Leaders Network.
The network aims to transform the NHS so that members of the LGBTQ+ community can be assured of equal treatment, receive the best care, and work in an inclusive environment where they can thrive.
Made up of both LGBTQ+ leaders and allies from a range of roles, skills and backgrounds across health and care, the network will provide a platform for the community to listen, share and engage, and aims to:
- increase numbers and visibility of LGBTQ+ on boards and in senior leadership across healthcare
- improve the experience of LGBTQ+ staff and increasing value across all NHS organisations
- improve the experience of LGBTQ+ patients.
Peter Molyneux, Chair of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the Health and Care LGBTQ+ Network said:
“In the 51 years since the riot at the Stonewall Inn, the LGBTQ+ community has come a long way. However, there is still a long way to go. As James Baldwin, said: ‘not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced’.
"This network will help us to face the challenges we have in health and care and to provide the visible leadership and support for staff necessary to ensure that everyone in the LGBTQ+ community receives the best care or works in an inclusive environment where they can thrive”.
Director of international relations at the NHS Confederation, Layla McCay, said:
“The time is here to come together and make equality a reality for LGBTQ+ people in health and care. I am struck by two persistent injustices faced by LGBTQ+ staff and patients: career prospects and health outcomes.
"We want this network to help our health and care sectors be fantastic places to work for LGBTQ+ people, and for LGBTQ+ people to be able to access the inclusive health and care services they need and deserve. I hope the network will enable LGBTQ+ people to make our voices heard and together drive the changes we need to flourish.”