Mid Essex CCG aims to be the best for patient safety, quality and experience and the best place to work. These goals are underpinned by vision to ensure everyone in mid Essex lives well.
The NHS Rainbow Badge initiative supports us in achieving our goals by promoting inclusivity, compassion, sensitivity and kindness towards patients, carers and relatives, and colleagues. By wearing an NHS Rainbow Badge, you will be committing to making Mid Essex CCG a safe open space, which is non-judgemental and inclusive for all.
We have adopted the NHS Rainbow Badge initiative because:
1. Inclusivity leads to better healthcare
There is lots of evidence nationally that people who identify as LGBT+ have higher likelihood of depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm. They may also delay seeking medical help for fear of discrimination, which could adversely impact on their health.
Research has shown that when people feel confident to disclose their sexual orientation to healthcare professionals they report better experiences with their care [Mosack, Brower, Petroll, 2013] and may be likely to access care more quickly from an inclusive healthcare provider.
The badge provides an obvious visual cue to support patients in feeling comfortable disclosing their sexual orientation and in seeking advice and support.
2. Inclusivity improves staff wellbeing
Our workforce is our biggest asset and without them we would simply not be able to provide patient care. We strive to be the best place to work so that we can attract and retain the best staff.
We want people to feel safe at work and free from the fear of discrimination. We want to educate and raise awareness of the importance of LGBT+ experiences so that we can further grow our culture of understanding and there is also strong evidence linking staff wellbeing and motivation to better patient outcomes so by supporting staff we will also be able to deliver the best patient care.