Stonewall has named the trust the third most LGB-inclusive healthcare organisation in England.
The Healthcare Equality Index is a tool for health providers to benchmark and track their progress on equality for their lesbian, gay and bisexual patients and communities.
An awards ceremony was held at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in London, where Richard Worlock, Patient Experience & Inclusion Manager at LCH attended the ceremony to collect the trust's certificate recognising our placing.
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust has improved since 2014, where it was 7th in the Index. The Trust share monitoring data with staff, who are benchmarked through gold, silver and bronze ‘Involvement Standards’.
Thirty nine healthcare organisations entered the Index, including ambulance trusts, independent sector providers and social enterprise organisations. Organisations were assessed against criteria including patient policy and practice, engagement and communication with gay people, improving the health of gay patients and staff training on gay health needs.
Thea Stein, Chief Executive at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, said: ‘We’re delighted and proud to have improved our placing and be ranked 3rd on the Healthcare Equality Index. This latest achievement follows the good news that we have also improved our placing on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. Both these achievements are testament to our continued commitment to ensure our patient and staff LGB needs are met.’
James Taylor, Stonewall Head of Policy, said: ‘Each year the standard in the Healthcare Equality Index increases, and so all organisations who have secured Top 10 positions should be extremely proud. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people often experience mistreatment and discrimination when they use the NHS – and all of the organisations that enter our Index are leaders in their field and demonstrate their commitment to tackling health inequalities for LGB people in England’s health service.’
Stonewall’s Healthcare Equality Index 2014 can be downloaded fromwww.stonewall.org.uk/HEI
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