As part of our commitment to being a diverse and inclusive employer and care provider, we have signed up to the national rainbow badge scheme.
The scheme aims to actively break down barriers LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, + simply means we are inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves.) people may face within the NHS.
By signing up, we are showing that our Trust offers open, non-judgmental and inclusive support and care for all, regardless of how people identify themselves.
The scheme is being actively supported and championed by our Employee Network.
By choosing to wear this badge, you are sending a message that 'you can talk to me'. You aren't expected to have the answers to all issues and concerns, but you are a friendly ear, and will know how to signpost to the support available.
Lesbian, gay and transgender patients face inequalities in their experience of NHS healthcare. A survey published in November 2018 by charity Stonewall estimates that one in five LGBT+ people are not 'out' to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care, and one in seven LGBT+ people have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination.
Despite the progress made towards LGBT+ equality in recent years, many LGBT+ people still face significant barriers to leading healthy, happy and fulfilling lives, with high rates of poor mental health and challenges when accessing healthcare services a contributing factor.
We want to disprove attitudes like these...
We place huge value on equality for both staff and patients. Increased awareness of the issues surrounding LGBT+ people when accessing healthcare can make significant differences to their experience, and, in turn, improve their physical and mental health.
Simple visible symbols, such as the rainbow badge, can make a big difference for those unsure of both themselves and of the reception they will receive if they disclose their sexuality or gender identity.
For an overview of the challenges people can face in relation to sexuality and gender, read Stonewall's LGBT in Britain Health Report which includes a review of key research.
This is about personal choice and no one should feel pressured into signing up.
If this is something you would like to support, you can pledge your personal commitment in return for a rainbow badge to wear as a symbol that you are someone who will listen without judgement and can signpost to further support as necessary.
To sign up, complete the online pledge form:
Where team members do not have regular online access, you can print a PDF version of the pledge form and return as follows:
Scan and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send in the internal post to: Rainbow Badge, People Services, Hollins Park House, Hollins Park Lane, Warrington, WA2 8WA