LGBT+ Network

A LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bi and transgender) Network was launched in May 2017. The Network ensures that the Trust continually improves equality in the provision of healthcare, other services and employment and complies with equality, non-discrimination and human rights law.

The LGBT+ Network aims to:

• Provide a forum for staff to talk about issues that specifically affect them
• Raise awareness of equality in the workplace and host events, diversity days and initiatives
• Raise concerns of sexual orientation and/or gender identity discrimination with senior leaders in the Trust
• Support the career development of LGBT+ staff
• Provide strategic advice to MTW on the issues affecting LGBT+ staff
• Provide advice and guidance in the development and review of Trust policies and procedures
• Provide advice and guidance in personnel issues including recruitment, selection, retention and training
• Consider reports on LGBT+ issues at MTW, including reports relating to monitoring data and good practice
• Engage in and promote coaching and mentoring opportunities for LGBT+ staff
• Participate in and promote reverse mentoring
• Promote MTW as a great place to work for LGBT+ staff
• Liaise with LGBT+ service users and LGBT+ community groups to raise awareness of their health needs and their perceptions of the NHS
• Support the establishment of a LGBT+ Allies programme

You don’t have to be out to join the network – we have confidential correspondence that allows people to be kept up to date with the network activities without being part of an open mailing list. Contact Jo.Petch@nhs.net for further details.

Tunbridge Wells Pride Parade

On Sunday 20th August, some of our LGBT+ Network members joined hundreds of people in the first ever Pride parade in Tunbridge Wells. Sporting T-shirts adorned with a graphic designed by our Management Accountant, Erol Sonat, they were led by a band in a carnival atmosphere from Mount Ephraim to The Forum where a family friendly party continued into the early evening. The Network are very much looking forward to participating in more LGBT+ events during the course of the year.

GOV.UK survey

GOV.UK have launched a survey to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people living in the UK. If you identify as LGBT and are over 16 years old you might like to participate in this survey here: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/national-lgbt-survey. The survey is open until 15 October 2017.

LGBT History Month (February 2017)

We celebrated LGBT History Month with regular communications including timelines depicting interesting facts about LGBT people; worksheets providing information about the Equality Act and terminology used; factsheets about well known people who have made a difference to the lives of LGBT people. Our Libraries hosted displays of this information and lots more both at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells sites. One lucky person won a pair of tickets to the Kent County Show, Detling from a quiz demonstrating knowledge about LGBT+ matters.

Transgender Awareness Week (November 2016)

In support of this, we ran Transgender Awareness Workshops during the week. Hosted by Kristiana Taylor, an openly trans woman and member of staff here at MTW, staff had an opportunity to hear her journey. Find out more about Kristiana here.

Stonewall Diversity Champion Partners

We are Diversity Champion Partners with Stonewall – Britain’s leading best practice employers’ forum for sexual orientation and gender identity equality, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to ensuring our service is fully LGBT inclusive. If you have any feedback, get in touch mtw-tr.LGBTnetwork@nhs.net or call Jo Petch our Head of Staff Engagement and Equality on extension 34040