DHU Health Care has launched an initiative to promote a positive message of inclusion for LGBT+ patients and colleagues across the company.
The Rainbow Badge initiative gives DHU Health Care staff a clear way to show that they are aware of the issues that LGBT+ people can face when accessing healthcare.
Staff across DHU Health Care are signing up to wear the NHS rainbow badge. In doing so, they take on a responsibility to understand the challenges that LGBT+ people can face in relation to accessing healthcare and the degree of negative attitudes which are still found towards LGBT+ people
CEO Stephen Bateman said: “Equality and inclusivity, for both our staff and patients, is a crucial part of DHU Health Care’s values. The launch of the NHS Rainbow Badge initiative is one way for us to show that we support the LGBT+ community and that we are taking positive steps towards promoting equality and diversity within the company.”
Research across the UK has shown high rates of depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions among LGBT people, with frequent issues arising around their accessibility of healthcare services and discrimination.
A Stonewall survey published in 2018 recorded that:
- Half of LGBT people (52 per cent) experienced depression in the last year
- Research shows LGBT people face widespread discrimination in healthcare settings
- One in seven LGBT people (14 per cent) avoid seeking healthcare for fear of discrimination from staff
The initiative originated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and community services, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. The simple objective is to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion.
We interviewed Dr Michael Farquhar, a consultant in sleep medicine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, who began the initiative at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust. You can read it in full here.