The LGF wins award for securing LGB people equal rights to access health services

Publish Date: 05/03/2014

The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) is being awarded for helping to improve the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB) people by successfully campaigning for NHS England to monitor the sexual orientation of staff and patients.

The LGF was selected from over four hundred charities nationwide as one of this year’s winners of a GSK IMPACT Award, which is seen as a mark of achievement in the healthcare charity sector.

The LGF is also the lead partner of the National LGB&T Partnership, through which system leaders from across health organisations are being brought together to develop solutions and promote inclusion.

The LGF provides GPs with guidance on how to discuss health issues with LGB patients and improve their experiences of health services. 

Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of The LGF, said: “Myself, and indeed everyone at The LGF is thrilled at this fantastic award. Particularly because it gives national recognition to the huge importance of gathering sexual orientation across public sector organisations. Over the last few years, The LGF have actively campaigned around this issue. Lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people count, so why aren’t we counted?

“The LGB community contributes over £40 billion a year to the budget for public services, so it is absolutely vital that those services – like education, housing, health and policing – are designed to meet our needs, and LGB people feel confident in using them or working within them. This generous award will go a long way towards helping The LGF continue to work on behalf of the LGB community, ensuring that lives are improved, voices are heard, and policies are changed,” he added.

With no national data on sexual orientation available, designing services to support health issues faced specifically by the LGB community is difficult.

Research suggests that LGB people have a higher risk than heterosexual people of having a mental disorder, thoughts of suicide, substance misuse, alcohol dependency and deliberate self-harm.

Katie Pinnock, Head of UK Charitable Giving at GSK said: “The LGF has successfully campaigned to give the health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across the UK an equal footing. Their achievements in this area are very impressive and have far reaching implications. This award is well deserved.”

A judging panel of health and charity experts who chose the winners includes broadcast journalist Fiona Phillips; Professor Steve Field, Chief Inspector of Primary Care at the Care Quality Commission; Gilly Green, Head of UK Grants at Comic Relief; Sir Christopher Gent, Chair of GSK, and Sir Chris Kelly, Chair of The King’s Fund.

The GSK IMPACT Award, run in partnership with The King’s Fund, will award charities with almost £340,000 in prize money.

In addition to the £30,000 winning organisations receive in unrestricted funding, they are also able to access training, development, and networking opportunities through a dedicated programme organised by The King’s Fund.

The awards ceremony will be held at the Science Museum in London on Thursday 15th May and an overall winner, who will receive a further £10,000 in funding, will also be announced on the night.