All staff, volunteers and medical students who want a BSUH Rainbow Lanyard should contact the department. We ran out of stock within 48 hours the last time and consequently had a long waiting list. If you didn’t add yourself to the list, and still want a lanyard, please get in touch.

NHS standard issue rainbow pin badges will be available from the 1st of February.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the representatives of UNITE and UNISON and their members for supporting this scheme.

How does the scheme help improve patient care and the environment?

  1. Takes the responsibility and anxiety away from the person having to guess if it is safe to disclose their gender identity and/or sexual orientation.
  2. Has been shown to encourage staff and patients to fill in sexual orientation monitoring information when they can see that an organisation is trying to be a safe space for them.
  3. Helps deliver cancer services and end of life care where LGBT patients feel less able to speak up about their needs and include their partners in discussions.
  4. Studies show that younger patients feel less anxious/afraid/isolated about talking about their gender identity and/or sexual orientation, especially if they are unable to talk to their carers about it.
  5. Normalises attitudes around gender and sexual diversities and reduces fear and shame about workplace communication and hospital treatment.
  6. A clear sign that the Trust will not tolerate homophobia, biphobia or transphobia.