27 March 2013
Stonewall today publishes the results of its inaugural Healthcare Equality Index, showcasing the most gay-friendly healthcare organisations in England. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust heads the list with Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust in second place followed by London Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
The Healthcare Equality Index is a new tool for health providers to benchmark and track their progress on equality for their lesbian, gay and bisexual patients and communities.
Sussex Partnership NHS Trust leads the Top 10, following their success at being the top performing NHS employer in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers 2012.
Thirty two healthcare organisations entered the Index, providing services to over 15 million patients across all regions of England. Organisations were assessed against criteria including policy and practice, engagement and communication, health promotion and staff training.
James Taylor, Stonewall’s Senior Health Officer, said: ’Every healthcare organisation that secured a place in the Top 10 has performed well. Our ground-breaking research consistently demonstrates that many lesbian, gay and bisexual people still face poor health outcomes and experiences when they use the NHS. Every organisation that entered this Index is helping to tackle health inequalities and deliver a 21st century health service accessible to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation.’
Lisa Rodrigues CBE, Chief Executive at Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: ‘We’re utterly delighted to be awarded the number one position in the first Stonewall Healthcare Equality Index. We see the award not as a sign that our work is done. But rather, we have made a strong start. It’s our honour and duty to provide the best possible treatment and care to the 100,000 people a year we serve.’
The Healthcare Equality Index 2013 can be downloaded from www.stonewall.org.uk/HEI
1) Stonewall’s health research has consistently shown the health inequalities lesbian, gay and bisexual people face. Prescription for Change (Stonewall, 2008) found three in ten bisexual women have deliberately harmed themselves in the last year, and half (52 per cent) of lesbians and bisexual women who have accessed healthcare services in the last year have had a negative experience. Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health Survey (Stonewall, 2012) found three per cent of gay men (and five per cent of bisexual men) have attempted to take their own life in the last year compared to just 0.4 per cent of men in general and half (52 per cent) of bisexual men have never had an HIV test.
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