Established in 2018, our Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgendered (LGBT+) network is a working group that includes patients, service users and colleagues. The network’s focus is to improve the environment for those within the LGBT+ groups. Colleagues can attend regular drop-in sessions to learn more about the LGBT+ support services, working rights and to hear the working experiences of colleagues related to LGBT+ issues.
In 2019, the group launched the NHS Rainbow Badges as part of a commitment to creating an inclusive environment for colleagues and patients. To date, 1,387 colleagues have committed to wearing a badge and to uphold the principles of:
- Providing a positive message of inclusion
- Being a friendly ear for LGBT+ colleagues, patients and service users
- Being aware of the support available to sign post people to
- Creating an environment where people feel safe to be open and honest and be themselves.