In this issue
Celebrating Florence Nightingale
Royal Patron gets creative
Trust is Living Wage employer
Grandfather thanks pioneer for saving sight
Applications for Summer School open
Review our mealtime menus
Two minutes with…our LGBT+ network
Opportunities to get involved
Be a hero
Friends and Family Test
Trust rated highly by patients
Funding for community services
Recognition for outstanding contribution
Diabetes teams scoop award
Leading edge research
Cancer patient lands record deal
Life-changing treatment
17 February – Science Museum
26 February – LGBT History Month
4 March – performing arts
2 June – free ophthalmology seminar
Two minutes with…our LGBT+ network

What is the role of the network?

The LGBT+ staff network formed over 10 years ago as a volunteer network to ensure the needs of staff and patients of all sexualities and gender identities are met at the Trust. As well representing LGBT+ staff and patients at key Trust meetings and offering support and advice in the work place, we also organise regular events to provide a space for all staff, including allies, to socialise and meet others. Everyone is welcome to become a member and join our meetings to discuss key issues and initiatives to support our LGBT+ colleagues and patients.


Tell us more about the work you do

In recent years we have helped with the roll out of the NHS Rainbow Badges, as well as updating our trans and intersex guidance to provide information on how to best support trans and intersex colleagues and patients. Pride is a huge date in our calendar and last year at Pride in London, 75 members of the network marched under a giant inflatable NHS Rainbow Badge. We also organise regular meet ups, film nights, quizzes and fundraisers to raise money for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.


What’s the best thing about the network?

There’s so many great things about being a member of the network, but the sense of community and the opportunity to meet other LGBT colleagues is amazing. We pride ourselves on providing an open, non-judgemental and inclusive space to support our staff and patients, which we achieve with the support from our executive sponsor Chief People Officer Julie Screaton and the wider executive team, as well as Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. We’ve got many events planned throughout the year and we’re always welcoming new members.