NHS Rainbow Badge Scheme
NHS Rainbow Badge Scheme
A recent Stonewall survey (published in November 2018) estimates that one in five LGBTQ+ people do not disclose their sexual orientation to any healthcare professional when seeking general medical care, and one in seven LGBTQ+ people have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination.
Despite the progress made towards LGBTQ+ equality in recent years, many LGBTQ+ people still face significant barriers to leading healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. With high rates of poor mental health and challenges when accessing healthcare a contributing factor.
Phase one of the NHS Rainbow Badge was developed and led by the Evelina London Children’s Hospital (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust).
It was launched in 2018 as a way for NHS staff to demonstrate that they are aware of the issues relating the the Stonewall survey.
By signing up, we are showing that our Trust offers open, non-judgmental and inclusive support and care for all, regardless of how people identify themselves.
Our patients, and people who use our services, can be sure that we are dedicated to providing safe and high quality care with services that are fair and equally accessible to everyone regardless of age, gender, mental or physical disability, marital status, gender identity, maternity status, race, ethnic origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, or social class.
Our staff and volunteers know we are committed to the elimination of discrimination, promoting equal opportunities, and celebrating a diverse and inclusive organisation where everyone feels they belong.
We have a zero tolerance policy and, now more than ever, we need our colleagues to be their authentic self at work; to feel valued, respected, safe and empowered to provide the best possible experience and outcomes for their patients.
The Trust's LGBTQ+ staff network and Board of Directors are focussed on supporting LGBTQ+ inclusion and championing the Trust’s zero tolerance approach towards any homophobic, bi-phobic and transphobic discrimination.
Phase two of the scheme
The initiative has moved from a pledge-based system to an assessment and accreditation model. Phase two enables Trusts to demonstrate their commitment to reducing barriers to healthcare for LGBTQ+ people, whilst evidencing existing good practice.
Commissioned by NHS England, it is now managed by the NHS Rainbow Badge Partnership. We are delighted to be taking part in the assessment programme, which commenced at the end of January 2023.
Information from all aspects of the assessment process will be reviewed and the Trust will receive a certificate of completion, or a graded award reflecting our current LGBTQ+ inclusion work, in June 2023.
In addition, the Trust will also receive a comprehensive feedback report and action plan, designed to help further improvements and facilitate meaningful change.
If you see someone wearing a rainbow badge
If you see one of our staff wearing a rainbow badge, they have made an informed choice to do so. This means you can be sure they are a friendly ear, willing to listen without judgment and will know how to signpost to the support available. So please don’t be afraid to talk to them.
Support and advice
- The charity Stonewall has excellent resources to support LGBTQ+ people - Stonewall
- The Albert Kennedy Trust provides support for LGBTQ+ people who are homeless or living in a hostile home environment - www.akt.org.uk/
- There is a wide range of resources and support on the LGBT Foundation website - lgbt.foundation/