BSUH NHS Trust has new rainbow lanyards for staff to wear. This is part of our commitment to positive signifiers to promote inclusion and raise the standards of understanding about minority sexual orientations (e.g. lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, asexual), gender identities (e.g. trans, gender non conforming, non-binary) and bodily variations (intersex).
This is a proactive measure which encourages staff to think about what they need to promote a culture of inclusion in their individual teams/ward areas/departments. Each person, ward area and department will have a different level of understanding about these issues and that is why it is important to have allies and signifiers across the Trust so we can raise the standards of understanding and inclusion for LGBTQIA+ people.
It will help improve patient care and staff wellbeing:
(a) Takes the responsibility away from the person having to determine if it is safe to disclose their gender identity and/or sexual orientation
(b) Will encourage people to fill in sexual orientation monitoring information if they can see that BSUH is trying to be a safe space for them. This information is critical to ensuring we can fund initiatives where they are needed and assess whether staff are being negatively affected in workplace progression by their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
(c) It will help with cancer services and end of life care where patients are less likely to speak up about their needs.
(d) It will help younger people accessing services to feel less anxious about talking about their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, especially if they are unable to talk to their carers about it.
(e) It will start to normalise thinking around gender identity and/or sexual orientation and encourage clinical staff to be less worried about how it may impact progression.
(f) It will be a clear sign from the Trust that it will not tolerate homophobia, biphobia or transphobia.
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