What’s the best thing about working at your organisation? It’s all about the people – those colleagues I work with in immediate teams and the great people I meet everyday across the organisation caring for people.
At work, how do you think being LGBT relates to identity and why do you think it is important to support LGBTQ+ people and initiatives in the workplace? Providing healthcare to people needs empathy and compassion whatever the role in the NHS – we can’t expect people to bring that if they can’t be their best selves. That means being respected and valued for identity however that has been shaped by their unique characteristics and life experience.
Neil, Head of Communications
What’s the best thing about working at BSUH? The people. By far and away it’s the people – BSUH is a genuine community of passionate, caring people who welcomed me with open arms and who continue to support me as I get more involved with the stories in the trust.
At work, how do you think being LGBT relates to other parts of your identity? No one bats an eye when I refer to my boyfriend – “he’s just started a degree” or “I’m really proud of him because…”. As such, I don’t really think about it much at work because the culture I experience is open, equal and accepting. I’ve worked in places previously where I’ve had to be much more careful about what I say, censoring myself as I talk about things (or just not saying anything at all). It’s not like that here, and I’m aware what a privilege this is.
Lizzie, Non-Executive Director
What’s the best thing about working at BSUH? The energy and passion to provide excellent compassionate gentle care to every single patient every day. I watch staff who don’t know who I am nor that I am observing and see acts of kindness both small and large everywhere. Also a great team ethos – staff I meet talk about their colleagues with respect and affection.
At work, how do you think being LGBT relates to identity and why do you think it is important to support LGBTQ+ people and initiatives in the workplace? Our sexual orientation defines part of who we are as a person both at work and home. To embrace and value the whole person we need to celebrate and respect who we are in all aspects. Doing this allows us all to feel happy, comfortable, and valued at work and able to contribute all we can. It means we have a diverse and open culture that is rich and so better supports our success in both working with colleagues and in serving and understanding our diverse communities.
Janet, Senior Practitioner
What’s the best thing about working at BSUH? The sea views, the culture, values and behaviours in Children’s Critical Care, the children, young people and families that I work with, the cycle ride in the mornings, the Pride float, having a good manager, working in a great team …
What’s it like being LGBT at your organisation? It’s OK. I think it’s easier for me as a confident, middle-aged English woman than it is for some other LGBT staff. The organisational culture is slowly improving and I’m glad to be part of that. It was great to see senior clinical and board representation at Pride last year
Jonathan, Senior Practitioner
What’s it like working for your organisation? It’s friendly, it’s in Brighton, it’s by the sea. Not to mention the opportunities, to have the ability to become the Practitioner I am today, with the support of the amazing Consultants I work with has been phenomenal. Not to mention the financial support, it’s without a doubt that I can safely say that BSUH definitely supports staff in their development regardless of what their ambitions are.
Are you involved in the LGBT network or other LGBT inclusion work at your organisation? If so, why do you think it’s important? I was initially but unfortunately with all the academia I took on I haven’t been as present as I’d like to be. I believe it’s important as firstly we are a community, we are stronger together. If you feel the area where you work isn’t up to par with LGBT inclusion it’s an opportunity to network and get ideas from others as to how to make this change and you also have power in numbers. Also, you can never have too many friends and there is nothing more comforting than being around people who get you, understand you and probably have had similar struggles to you.