In March 2013, as part of continuing work to provide the best possible care to every community, LCH was successful in its application to become a member of Stonewall Health Champions Programme 2013-14.
In partnership with Stonewall Health project officers, we collected and recorded patient and service user data and identified key areas to work on. This was vital to improve patient awareness and experience of services by the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) community in Leeds.
We have worked to introduce resources such as Stonewall posters and briefings across all Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust sites including patient waiting areas in all health centres as well as materials on homophobic hate crime displayed on our website, articles in the Trust's newsletter and in the local press and regular updates on social media.
You can download the Stonewall resources here:
We have also developed a patient leaflet in conjunction with learning disability charity CHANGE that highlights key health issues for lesbian, gay and bisexual people including alcohol use, smoking, emotional wellbeing, eating disorders and body image and sexual health. The leaflet includes information on relevant services delivered by Leeds Community Healthcare and from local and national partners.
The aim is to improve awareness amongst lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Leeds about their health and clearly communicate that LCH is gay-friendly and we have distributed it to local community groups including lesbian, gay and bisexual groups and learning disability groups. Copies have also been placed in patient waiting areas.
In 2013 Leeds Community Healthcare, using the Stonewall Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), submitted an organisational assessment as a baseline and had achieved a position of 15th out of the 32 organisations who had taken part.
In 2014 we demonstrated clear improvement in the Healthcare Equality Index 14 as a provider of inclusive healthcare by achieving joint 7th out of 54 NHS organisations.