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Research on understanding LGBT employee networks published

Understanding LGBT+ employee networks

The University of York has published a new report looking at how LGBT+ employee networks operate within the NHS.

The report presents a detailed picture of how LGBT+ networks operate, what they do and some of the challenges that networks face. Recommendations made within the report are aimed at helping NHS organisations develop the long term capacity for networks to flourish and add real value.

The report concludes unequivocally that, while the NHS provide a very positive space for many LGBT+ networks students, there is a real need for the sector to engage with LGBT+ networks and to review how it provides support for networks to ensure NHS trusts get the most from their LGBT+ networks.

Written by Dr Anna Einarsdottir, Senior Lecturer in Work, Management and Organisation at the University of York, the research includes an analysis of over 4,000 completed surveys by NHS staff, in depth case studies looking at nine NHS organisations who provided access to their LGBT networks and 66 interviews.

Why this research is important

In recent years, the NHS workplace has become more diverse. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT+) individuals form an important part of this diversity. Many NHS trusts have long-established LGBT+ employee networks, LGBT+ Month is celebrated across the NHS every February, as well as LGBT+ Pride events in June. Despite this, we still know little about how LGBT+ networks work and the extent of their impact.

This research is the first of its kind to focus specifically on the NHS and how to address these gaps in knowledge.

Read the full report and executive summary

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