Dr Sarah Perkin is a consultant at Newham A&E Department in London.
A non-LGBT ally, Sarah was integral to the creation of the Royal London A&E LGBTQ+ group, which was founded in August 2018.
Since then, the group has provided staff training on issues such as mental health in the LGBT community, chemsex, and trans awareness. As an Education Fellow at the Royal London, she ran several LGBT-specific trainings for staff, which encouraged discussion and raised awareness around trans people and LGBT victims of domestic violence. Sarah then wrote a follow-up resource that colleagues could use in real-time situations.
Sarah has proactively worked to create a 'diversity door' in A&E – a resource featuring information about LGBT patients, referral pathways and more. She also organised a three-hour awareness-raising session about trans identities, which was open to all staff and featured a guest speaker from Gendered Intelligence.
One of the greatest privileges I have is providing high standard emergency care to people of all races, social backgrounds, sexualities and gender identities at Barts Health NHS Trust.
As allies we can and must promote and protect the rights of our friends, colleagues, and family. I am both overwhelmed and delighted to be receiving an award for something I care so deeply about.”