Pride in Practice is a quality assurance and social prescribing programme that supports healthcare professionals in meeting the needs of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients. Funding from the Government Equalities Office has enabled LGBT Foundation to pilot Pride in Practice in mid Essex to reduce health inequalities experienced by members of the LGBT community.
First established in Greater Manchester in 2011, Pride in Practice will offer free training, supported assessment and accreditation to GP practices within Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and respond to community feedback and address nationally-identified health inequalities.
Research shows that one in seven LGBT people avoid seeking healthcare for fear of discrimination from staff and almost one in four LGBT people have witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff .
Through training, supported assessment and accreditation, Pride in Practice supports healthcare professionals to confidently and effectively meet the needs of their LGBT patients. Relationships between primary care services and patients is strengthened through increased knowledge, active signposting and adapting services provisions to be more inclusive. For example, Pride in Practice can give practitioners the confidence to:
- support transgender patients beginning their transition
- support gay and lesbian people wanting to adopt children
- support the delivery of effective signposting and social prescribing for LGBT communities, linking services with a range of LGBT-affirmative local community assets
Dr Anna Davey, local GP at Chair of Mid Essex CCG said:
“We are delighted to support the LGBT Foundation in implementing Pride in Practice across mid Essex CCG and deliver inclusive care for LGBT people within general practice.
The LGBT Foundation has a fantastic track record for delivering this programme and I am looking forward to seeing the results over the coming months.”
Claudia Carvell, Business Development Manager Pride in Practice at the LGBT Foundation added:
“We are excited for the opportunity to work with mid Essex CCG and integrate Pride in Practice within their GP practices. Mid Essex is uniquely situated to support LGBT people living just outside Greater London, who would traditionally require extensive travel to get the support and healthcare that they need. We hope that working collaboratively with mid Essex CCG, Livewell link workers and the local LGBT community will enable GP services to be more inclusive, equitable and effective for both patients and healthcare professionals.”
Garry Ormes, Chair of Essex Pride said:
“It’s so important for services like the NHS to be inclusive and knowledgeable about the needs of the various members of all community groups.
It’s very reassuring to know that these steps are being taken, to ensure that NHS staff are aware of some of the struggles and barriers that the LGBT+ community face. To have training for staff, that creates awareness of the right language an LGBT+ patient needs is so important, and makes the NHS more accessible and approachable for all its service users.”
For more information about Pride in Practice, visit the LGBT foundation.