LGBT Foundation Pride in Practice
Pride in Practice is a quality assurance and social prescribing programme that supports us in strengthening our relationships with our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients. Our practice are working towards accreditation with Pride in Practice so we can better meet the needs of our LGBT patients, support them to access services and ensure all our team have a good awareness of their specific healthcare needs.
We have undertaken training for our staff so they could gain a better understanding of the barriers faced by LGBT communities in accessing services and why there is a higher prevalence of inequalities in health outcomes. We want to ensure our team know how to support LGBT patients at the practice by developing inclusive practices and patient-centred care.
Our Equality and Diversity policy is reviewed and updated on a yearly basis and practice staff undertake equality and diversity as part of their mandatory training at least every 3 years.
Below are some helpful links for screening for transgender patients and some useful signposting for support and guidance.
LGBT support services
LGBT Foundation www.lgbt.foundation.org – 0345 3 30 30 30
The Proud Trust (support of young trans people) – www.theproudtrust.org –
Galop (national) – LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428
Stonewall (National) – www.stonewall.co.uk – General Advice
Mermaids (National) www.mermaidsuk.org.uk-Support for trans patients inc. families
Terence Higgins Trust – www.tht.org.uk – Support and information regarding HIV