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NHS celebrating LBGT+ Pride Month - Virtual Pride, 26th June 2020

Date: 2 June 2020

The NHS supports LGBT+ staff and allies to improve the experience of LGBT+ staff working across NHS organisations.

Pride season is the highlight of the LGBT+ calendar, and staff march to celebrate who we are, to showcase the NHS as an inclusive employer and diversity champion, and to stand in solidarity with all those who can’t bring their full selves to work yet. ​With Pride events being cancelled this year NHS England and NHS Improvement’s LGBT+ Staff Network is organising ‘NHS Virtual Pride’ on Friday 26th June. They are extending this celebration to the whole of the NHS, through all NHS LGBT+ staff networks in regions and Trusts, for all LGBT NHS staff and allies.

With 2020 being the National Year of the Nurse and Midwife we are particularly keen to highlight our LGBT+ nursing and midwifery colleagues, and are collaborating on this event with the Nursing and Midwifery Council LGBT+ Staff Network.

Why does the NHS celebrate Pride?

Significant progress has been made towards LGBT+ equality. However, research and survey evidence demonstrates that:​

  • LGBT people face considerable barriers to leading happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives​
  • LGBT people face discrimination, bullying, and harassment in education, at work in the media and on the streets​
  • LGBT people face greater inequalities in health satisfaction, access, experience and outcomes​

Research by GLADD (The Association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists) and British Medical Association in 2016 found that 70% of LGBT doctors and medical students reported being treated unfairly because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and more than one in ten LGBT doctors and medical students reported having negative assumptions made about them based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. ​Analysis of the NHS Staff Survey (2018) also highlights a higher proportion of LGBT staff having personally experienced bullying, harassment or abuse at work in the last 12 months in comparison to heterosexual colleagues.

Vicky Adamczyk, Chair LGBT+ Staff Network NHS England and NHS Improvement says:

‘This year is unique as we know, with all our NHS People working incredibly hard in challenging circumstances in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and we are doing as much as we can as a staff network to provide additional support. We’re especially conscious that for some LGBT+ individuals, being at home is not always a happy or safe place to be themselves. This is why it is so important we continue to create inclusive work environments and networks for LGBT+ staff and allies.’

Dr Michael Brady, National Advisor for LGBT Health supports the initiative, stating:

‘When organisations are inclusive, and support their LGBT+ staff, they are far more likely to be inclusive and supportive of their LGBT+ patients.​ LGBT+ staff networks are often the instigators of changes that improve the care of LGBT+ patients​, and this is often done by committed individuals with little or no financial support on top of their day-to-day job. Networks create a sense of community, visibility and inclusivity and Pride gives us a chance to celebrate this.’

Follow us on Twitter @HillingdonNHSFT, Facebook @HillingdonHospitals or Instagram @HillingdonNHSFT to get involved in the discussion and celebration in the lead up to NHS Virtual Pride.

Use @NHSVirtualPride and #NHSVirtualPride to join the conversation.

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