13 March 2014
Stonewall today names Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust the most gay-friendly healthcare organisation in England. The second annual Healthcare Equality Index places Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust second on the list and St Andrew’s Healthcare takes third place.
The Healthcare Equality Index is a tool for health providers to benchmark and track their progress on equality for their lesbian, gay and bisexual patients and communities.
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust’s success follows their strong performance on Stonewall’s 2014 Workplace Equality Index – which audits workplace culture for gay staff. This led to the trust being named the highest new NHS employer on Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list.
Forty four healthcare organisations entered the Index, providing services across all regions of England. Organisations were assessed against criteria including patient policy and practice, engagement and communication with gay people, improving the health of gay patients and staff training on gay health needs.
James Taylor, Stonewall Head of Policy, said: ’Congratulations to every healthcare organisation that secured a place in the Top 10; standards have significantly increased since the 2013 Index. Our ground-breaking research consistently shows that many lesbian, gay and bisexual people still experience and expect poor health outcomes and treatment when they use the NHS. Every organisation that entered helps tackle health inequalities and deliver a 21st century health service accessible to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation.’
Claire Murdoch, CNWL Chief Executive, said: ‘We are deeply committed to providing compassionate, respectful and expert care to all who receive our services. But this is easy to say and hard to achieve. We have much work still to do but you can be sure that we will continue to work with our staff and above all our service users to ensure we treat every individual with the respect and expertise they are due.’
The Healthcare Equality Index 2014 can be downloaded from www.stonewall.org.uk/HEI
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