LGBTQ staff diversity network

LGBTQ+ staff diversity network

We are a sub group of the Barts Health staff diversity network with a special focus on issues relating to staff and patients who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning + all other sexual and genders. Our members have a wide range of professional backgrounds who identify as LGBTQ+ or are inclusion allies, willing to make Barts Health a more inclusive and diverse organisation.

We have open membership and welcome anyone who works for Barts Health or their onsite affiliated companies. Members can identify as LGBTQ+ or promote inclusion as an ally.

The LGBTQ+ staff diversity network is one subgroup of the staff diversity network alongside BartsAbility, the BME subgroup and the women’s network. We work very closely alongside these other subgroups and are proud to support them.

Our objectives

  1. Create a network of LGBTQ+ ambassadors through the availability, promotion and visibility of the NHS rainbow badge. The rainbow badge, when worn by staff will indicate they have signed a pledge declaring they are happy to be approached by any LGBTQ+ staff member or patient as a safe space for open communication and support
  2. Improved response rate in the Stonewall workplace questionnaire (closing date November)
  3. Work with our site leads to develop the structure and attendance of the site based meeting. Create individual projects for each site team to choose and manage which will bring specific benefit for that hospital
  4. Form close ties with LGBTQ+ groups from neighbouring trusts and organisations closely linked to Barts Health
  5. Commence work on making trust policies meet Stonewall equality guidelines
  6. Official launch of the transgender guideline for staff
  7. Development of the LGBTQ+ WeShare page for staff and a webpage for prospective staff and patients
  8. Development of recruitment information
  9. Staff stories – using staff stories to promote up-coming LGBTQ+ events including Pride, Stonewall, LGBTQ history month
  10. Development of service-led requests involving LGBTQ+ themes
  11. LGBTQ+ patient engagement strategy to last over the three year plan

Key successes so far

  • A network that is growing in membership, strengthening its identity and increasing it’s profile within the organisation
  • In 2016, we became a Stonewall diversity champion
  • In 2017, the LGBTQ+ subgroup was instrumental in the creation of a diversity and inclusion charter [pdf] 3MB 
  • In 2017, we were ranked 403/430 in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index
  • In 2018, we took part in and presented at the Barts Health Diversity and Inclusion conference
  • In 2018, we celebrated LGBT history month by putting on events across the trust to publicise the network and celebrate the wonderful achievements of our LGBTQ+ staff
  • In 2018, we supported LGBTQ+ staff creating a fitness class for St Bartholomew's staff and advised the imaging division to create an inclusive patient information leaflet
  • In 2018, we completed the first draft of our transgender guidelines. In 2018 we established site leads and a site based meetings program for 2019.

Join us

We meet monthly although our meetings are split into bi-monthly site and Trust-wide meetings.

The staff network has an identified executive sponsor with direct access to the group chief executive and their team.

We also encourage attendance to other inclusion sub-group meetings as well as the site specific diversity and Inclusion meetings which have director level commitment and focus.

Cross-site meetings

Our meetings are open to everyone from all sites and we encourage our members to try and attend the cross site meetings. This helps us have a greater understanding of the different site requirements, to meet members from other sites and to strengthen our network. These meetings rotate around the different sites, ensuring they visit each of the main hospitals as well as our non-clinical site at Prescot Street.

The Trust-wide meetings will be chaired by either of the LGBTQ+ co-chairs and will have support from one of the Inclusion team.

Site-based meetings

Our site based meetings are run on alternative months to allow for clinical staff or those with less time to attend meetings easily. These meetings are chaired by the site leads with the support of one of the LGBTQ+ co-chairs.