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Highlights
Guy's and St Thomas' celebrated Pride with NHS rainbow badge blimp
Are you wearing an NHS rainbow badge? Please tell us about your experience.
Trans and intersex guidance
Women in Essentia - join the next meeting!
Christmas meet up - Friday 29 November
R.E.S.P.E.C.T: what does it mean to me?
Showing we care by speaking up
Diverse BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) staff panels
Out and About – the events calendar
National Coming Out Day
Spirit Day
Transgender Day of Remembrance
LGBT Staff Forum Meeting - Guy's Hospital
World AIDS Day
Human Rights Day
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Highlights
Guy's and St Thomas' celebrated Pride with NHS rainbow badge blimp
 

We celebrated the huge success of the NHS rainbow badge scheme by taking a giant inflatable badge to Pride in London.

 

It was an honour to see so many LGBT+ staff and allies marching underneath the NHS rainbow badge, whilst celebrating the diversity that enriches the work of the Trust.

 

Equality for both our staff and patients is extremely important to us and the NHS rainbow badge initiative demonstrates our support for the LGBT+ community and our ongoing commitment to promoting inclusion and celebrating diversity.

Are you wearing an NHS rainbow badge? Please tell us about your experience.
 

It’s been just over six months since we launched our rainbow badges initiative to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people across the Trust.

If you wear one of these badges, the LGBT+ staff network wants to hear from you. Please complete our short questionnaire and tell us about the impact rainbow badges have had on our patients and colleagues.

 

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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Trans and intersex guidance
 

The LGBT+ staff network has created a Trans and intersex guidance with a new guide to supporting Trans staff and patients, for those looking to learn more about the Trans+ and Intersex community. They aim to give you information that will help you best work with our Trans+ and Intersex colleagues and patients.

 

We have adapted the glossary and full guide for parents and family members of Trans people in the UK from Gendered Intelligence, a charity that works with the trans community specialising in supporting young trans people aged 8-25.

Women in Essentia - join the next meeting!
 

The Women in Essentia is an inclusive network open to anyone and everyone in Essentia. The focus of the network is to help promote diversity and the development and progression of women within the organisation.

 

The network have regular meetings across both sites. The next meeting, on Wednesday 16 October , will be hosting Dana Skelley.

 

Dana has worked in a number of roles including the Director of Asset Management at Transport for London and Director of Strategy and Operational Excellence at Skanska UK. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear about Dana’s career, her take on equality in the workplace and you will have the opportunity to ask questions too.

 

Spaces are limited; so please email Sioux Watchorn to book your space.

Christmas meet up - Friday 29 November
 

Save the date – 5pm Friday 29 November for our annual Christmas get together.

 

Meet the LGBT+  and allies Network members and enjoy a mince pie and festive drink with us. It’s also a great opportunity to share any ideas you have for 2020.

 

We will confirm time and venue in the next few weeks. 

R.E.S.P.E.C.T: what does it mean to me?
 

Our latest NHS Staff Survey results told us we need to do better at tackling bullying and harassment. We need your help to generate and test ideas to address these issues, so we’re looking for around 40 volunteers (up to and including Band 7) to take part in our ‘hackathons’. 

 

The next hackathon session is on Wednesday 23 October from 1pm in the Burfoot Court Room at Guy's.

 

If you’d like to come along and be part of the design to support healthy conflict resolution and improve colleagues' experiences, please email organisationaldevelopmentteam@gstt.nhs.uk 

 

 

Showing we care by speaking up
 
Georgina Charlton - Freedom to Speak Up Guardian
Georgina Charlton - Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

Remember, you can raise a matter of concern confidentially by:

  • talking to your line manager or speaking up advocate 
  • emailing speakup@gstt.nhs.uk 
  • calling the independent hotline on 0800174319

Visit gti/speakup to find out more. 

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

Out and About – the events calendar
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.

17 Oct, 19
 
Spirit Day

Spirit Day is a means of speaking out against LGBTQ bullying and standing with LGBTQ youth, who disproportionately face bullying and harassment because of their identities. Pledging to "go purple" on Spirit Day is a way for everyone — forward-thinking companies, global leaders, respected celebrities, neighbours, parents, classmates, and friends — to visibly show solidarity with LGBTQ youth and to take part in the largest, most visible anti-bullying campaign in the world.

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.

29 Nov, 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.

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.

10 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.