Karen Dawber, chief nurse at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and LGBT+ role model and Staff Network member said: “Increased awareness of the issues surrounding LGBT+ people when accessing healthcare on the part of NHS staff can make significant differences to LGBT+ people’s experiences and, in turn, their physical and mental health.
“Staff who wear a badge will have received training in the health inequalities facing LGBT+ people and although they won’t have all the answers to everyone’s questions, they’ll have a good understanding and local knowledge of where someone can get additional help and support.”
“We should also remember the LGBT+ staff who work within our organisations, the rainbow badge gives a clear message that we are inclusive for patients, carers, staff, service users and public.”
Darryll Monroe, advanced nurse practitioner prescriber and chair of the LGBT+ Network at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has been involved in developing the initiative locally and said: “The rainbow badge initiative is a powerful way of demonstrating our commitment to being inclusive and celebrating diversity across our Trust and our wider healthcare system, both to our patients and our staff.
“Everyone is equal and deserves to be treated with compassion and respect. Wearing the badge is my commitment to making that happen - and promoting a diverse and inclusive workforce. Valuing and using the talents, expertise and knowledge of all our staff is a key driver for our Trust that will help us be the best place to work and to deliver services that meet the needs of our diverse population.”
Brendan Brown, chief executive of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the system partnership in that area, added: “I am delighted to see that our healthcare providers across the whole Bradford district and Craven system have come together to make such a positive and public step forward to promote inclusion and celebrate diversity.
“This is about so much more than a new pin badge for staff to wear… It’s about supporting LGBT+ people to feel more confident and comfortable in approaching a member of staff wearing a NHS Rainbow Badge. It’s about celebrating the diversity in our own workforce and showing that we support and respect our staff who we want to empower to be themselves.
“We want to work together to make people feel safe and welcome, but also to understand where we can make services more inclusive and accessible to all as part of a wider conversation across our health system. We will work together to improve the experiences of LGBT+ people so that we continue to make sure that all members of our local communities are happy, health and at home in Bradford district and Craven.”
*LGBT in Britain – Health Report (2018), Stonewall
Full photo caption:
Back row (left to right): Lee Godfrey (AFT), Jean Taylor (Bradford district and Craven CCGs), Nazakat Ali (AFT), Lynsey Nicholson (AFT), Lorri Barton (BDCFT), Darryll Monroe (BDCFT), and Andrew Hammond (BDCFT)
Middle row (left to right): Samantha Bull (BTHFT), Caroline Carass (BTHFT), Jane Britton (BTHFT), Karen Dawber (BTHFT) and Emma Lonsdale (BTHFT)
Front row (left to right): Emma Greenwood (BDCFT), Julie Crabtree (BDCFT) and Rukeya Miah (BTHFT)