In this issue
Highlights
Pre-Pride social evening (Thursday 4 July)
Pride day (Saturday 6 July)
Dr Michael Farquhar wins national award for NHS rainbow badges
Celebrating International Nurses' Day
NHS rainbow badges promote inclusion - get one!
Sunflower lanyards to support patients and visitors with hidden disabilities
Access Care Conference (Tuesday 3 September)
Stronger LGBTQ+ in Southwark
Diverse BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) staff panels
Realising Your Potential: Career Development Event
GLADD, the Association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists
Pride in medicine: LGBTQ+ healthcare day
Become an Inclusion agent
Out and About – the events calendar
Pride in London
Black Pride UK
LGBT Staff Forum Meeting - St Thomas' Hospital
Bivisibility Day
National Coming Out Day
Transgender Day of Remembrance
World AIDS Day
Human Rights Day
LGBT Staff Forum Meeting - Guy's Hospital
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Pre-Pride social evening (Thursday 4 July)
 

You are invited to an evening celebration for LGBT+ Pride month at one of the most iconic venues in central London, the Marquee on the riverside at St Thomas' Hospital on Thursday 4th July from 5:30pm onwards. This is a social evening with live DJ set and bar open to all LGBT+ communities and allies who wish to celebrate LGBT+ pride month. The evening has been set up to raise money to support the GSTT Charity. Book your attendance with the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lgbt-pride-month-celebration-event-hosted-by-guys-and-st-thomas-lgbt-network-tickets-63051834735

 

Pride day (Saturday 6 July)
 

We are pleased to open our ballot for your place at one of the biggest days in the LGBT+ calendar, the annual Pride in London parade and the street party which brings together hundreds of community groups, student unions, charities and campaigners from across London. We are grateful to be supported by GSTT Charity and our local unions Unison and Unite who have provided us with the funding to march again this year.

 

What to do if you wish to march in this year's parade:

We have only 75 wristbands to give out this year so we have decided to draw a ballot to ensure that we have a fair representation of all our wonderful workforce in Pride march. We are also asking for a small donation to support GSTT charity. The donation amount will be dependant on staff grade. If you wish to take part in the ballot book it via the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pride-in-london-2019-march-with-guys-and-st-thomas-tickets-61778656625

 

Cheering squad

Anyone who isn't lucky enough to receive the wristband can join our pride cheering squad along the parade route. We will not charge people to be part of the cheering squad. Your partner and friends are also welcome to join the cheering squad!

Book your attendance with the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/pride-in-london-2019-march-with-guys-and-st-thomas-tickets-61778656625

 

This year the walking group will carry a giant inflatable rainbow badge. There will be the traditional free pre-pride breakfast at St  Thomas’ and the GSTT after pride party in a location in Soho- everyone is welcome!

Dr Michael Farquhar wins national award for NHS rainbow badges
 

Dr Michael Farquhar, sleep consultant at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, won the Inspiration Award at the inaugural Proud Scotland Awards. The NHS rainbow badge scheme was led by Dr Farquhar and the LGBT+ Network rolled out the badges across the Trust in February during LGBT history month.

 

Despite only launching around three months ago, more than 3,000 Guy’s and St Thomas’ staff are already wearing the badge and around one in four trusts in England have also launched the scheme or are planning to roll it out using a special toolkit developed by the Trust.

 

Read the full article on Guy's and St Thomas' website.

Celebrating International Nurses' Day
 

Last month we celebrated Nurses Day and Equality and International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT) by holding a stall in St Thomas' gardens. It was great to speak about our forum to many staff and patients. We also had many staff sigining up to receive their NHS rainmbow badge including our Chief Operating Officer.

NHS rainbow badges promote inclusion - get one!
 

If you work at Guy's and St Thomas' please visit the Gti page to request your badge: 

http://gti/staffguide/equality/lgbt/rainbow-badges.aspx

 

We have a number of posters for departments to put up in their clinical areas to support promotion of the campaign to our patients and service users. Please help us by making this project more visible to patients. Email the LGBT+ network and we will be happy to send you Rainbow badge posters to put up in your department. 

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Sunflower lanyards to support patients and visitors with hidden disabilities
 

The sunflower lanyards are designed to give people with a hidden disability the opportunity to discreetly tell us that they may need additional support. This may include people with a hearing or visual disability, those with a physical disability that may not be obvious, people with learning disabilities, those on the autistic spectrum, people with anxiety or indeed any mental health condition. Our sunflower lanyards for patients and visitors are rolling out across the Trust from 10 June 2019. Make sure you take a look at our new staff guide and FAQs.

Can staff wear a sunflower lanyard?

If you are a member of staff with a hidden disability, you are welcome to wear a lanyard too but you must email EqualityDiversityInclusion@gstt.nhs.uk  to request one. Our collection points are for patients and visitors only. Read gti/sunflower to find out more.

Access Care Conference (Tuesday 3 September)
 

The access care team at King's College London would like to invite you to register for the ACCESSCare conference on 3rd September 2019, which aims to broaden the LGBT health agenda by focusing on serious and advanced illness, and bereavement support.

 

This 1-day conference is being led by the ACCESSCare team at King’s College London – more information can be found here: http://bit.ly/ACCESSCare

We are delighted that Dr Michael Brady, the new National Adviser for LGBT Health in the NHS, has agreed to attend the day. We would also encourage you to submit a poster of any relevant work you have been involved in.

 

For further information email anna.e.roach@kcl.ac.uk 

Stronger LGBTQ+ in Southwark
 

Healthwatch Southwark is running a survey to gather the experiences of LGBTQ+ communities in Southwark. They'll be holding an event on June 27, bringing together health organisations and the local community to improve services & outcomes for queer people in Southwark.

 

To find out more about the survey and book your attendance at the event click here

 

Diverse BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) staff panels
 

Guy's and St Thomas' is taking a positive approach in improving our equality, diversity and inclusion by introducing diverse BAME panels for all senior post interviews. This approach has been implemented in other hospitals and has shown to have a positive impact on improving both the visibility of our ethnically diverse workforce as well as enhancing thought diversity amongst panel members and during the selection process.

 

For further information or to find out how to join the panel please email diversepanel@gstt.nhs.uk

Realising Your Potential: Career Development Event
 

King’s Health Partners are committed to helping all staff to realise their potential. This means that whatever your role, whatever your background and whatever challenges or obstacles you may think stand in your way, you should feel supported to achieve your career goals, however big or small they may be.

 

Tuesday 9th July 2019

9am-4.30pm

Guys Hospital

 

This free one day event provides an opportunity to hear from a variety of speakers who have overcome challenges and seized opportunities to be successful in their own career, have helped individuals to achieve their goals or have supported organisations to enable their staff to realise their potential.

 

It will also be an opportunity to: 

  • Get career advice
  • Have a coaching conversation
  • Discuss opportunities and challenges for improving career opportunities across King’s Health Partners with your peers
  • Find out what support is available across our partner organisations

To book your place, please visit the website below:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kings-health-partners-realising-your-potential-2019-tickets-59167398281

GLADD, the Association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists
 

GLADD, the Association of LGBT Doctors & Dentists. GLADD represents and offers support to doctors, dentists, medical and dental students who identify as LGBT+, and work to promote LGBT+ health education.

 

If you wish to find out more about their membership and activities please visit https://www.gladd.co.uk/

 

You can also follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GLADDUK

Pride in medicine: LGBTQ+ healthcare day
 

The Royal Society of Medicine has organised a 'Pride in Medicine' event on 29 June which aims to explore:

 

- The range of health matters and topics that impact today’s LGBTQ+ community.

- The reasons why these concerns exist, looking at public policy, societal changes, and the relevant research/evidence.

- The achievements made in the field of LGBTQ+ health and care, including a showcase of current and future approaches.

- How to support and guide patients from the LGBTQ+ community.

 

You can see the full agenda here. In addition to the main educational programme, they will be hosting an afternoon of careers advice, networking and discussion, followed by drinks and entertainment.

Become an Inclusion agent
 

We are establishing inclusion agents within each directorate who can support putting equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at the heart of all patient communication and service delivery. Inclusion agents will help support all staff to receive equitable career progression opportunities and that all processes and communications are fair, inclusive and compassionate.

 

We are looking for any member of staff who is passionate about inclusion to get involved.

 

Training will be provided on the Equality Act 2010, Unconscious Bias, information on current legislation, how you can help your teams and directorates to support this agenda and specific training on the recruitment process.

If you are interested or would like to find out more about being an inclusion agent, please email EqualityDiversityInclusion@gstt.nhs.uk.

There will be 6 sessions throughout the year, with each session having a clear theme and purpose. Each session will last approximately 1 hour 30 mins  and will alternate between both Guy’s and St Thomas’ sites. We will provide tea and coffee at each event

 

Link on GTi:

http://gti/staffguide/equality/inclusion-agents.aspx

Out and About – the events calendar
06 Jul, 19
 
Pride in London

This year the Parade will be on Saturday 6 July.

The biggest day in London’s LGBT calendar is the annual Pride in London parade and street party. Bringing together hundreds of community groups, student unions, charities and campaigners, the parade route passes many London landmarks prideinlondon.org

07 Jul, 19
 
Black Pride UK

UK Black Pride is Europe’s largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean heritage LGBTQ people

 

This year returns to a larger location: Haggerston Park in east London

 

 

05 Sep, 19
 
LGBT Staff Forum Meeting - St Thomas' Hospital

This meeting will start at 5pm and is followed by a social networking event. 

All Trust staff are welcome. To join the forum and to find out more please email lgbtforum@gstt.nhs.uk or check out the Trust intranet page.

23 Sep, 19
 
Bivisibility Day

Since 1999 every 23 September, bisexual people, their friends and supporters have celebrated bisexuality, bisexual history, bisexual communities and cultures, and the bisexual people in their lives. The day is also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day.

11 Oct, 19
 
National Coming Out Day

National Coming Out Day (NCOD) is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on October 11. Founded in the US in 1988, the initial idea was grounded in the feminist and gay liberation spirit of the personal being political, and the emphasis on the most basic form of activism being coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly lesbian or gay person.

20 Nov, 19
 
Transgender Day of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

01 Dec, 19
 
World AIDS Day

 World AIDS Day is celebrated on 1st December every year since 1988. It is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.

For further information visit the official website.

01 Dec, 19
 
Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is celebrated  on 10 December every year.

The date was chosen to honour the United Nations General Assembly's adoption and proclamation, on 10 December 1948, of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.For further information visit the official website.

06 Dec, 19
 
LGBT Staff Forum Meeting - Guy's Hospital

This meeting will start at 5pm followed by our Christmas social event. 

All Trust staff are welcome. To join the forum and to find out more please email lgbtforum@gstt.nhs.uk or check out the Trust intranet page.