Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) patients have specific health needs that may be different to those of heterosexual and cisgender patients. Therefore, it is important that primary care services facilitate an open and welcoming environment in which people feel comfortable and supported to discuss their sexual orientation, gender identity and trans status with healthcare providers. Despite this, there is significant evidence that many patients do not feel comfortable discussing their sexual orientation with health providers:
- Lesbian, gay and bisexual patients are twice as likely to report they have no trust or confidence in their GP (National GP Survey 2012)
- The National LGBT Survey found that 46% of cisgender respondents said they had never discussed their sexual orientation with healthcare staff in the 12 months preceding the survey (Government Equalities Office, 2018)
- 3 in 4 trans people have been called the wrong name or pronoun by a health professional (Trans Mental Health Study, 2012)
- 38% of trans people respondents to National LGBT Survey reported a negative experience because of their gender identity when accessing healthcare service (Government Equalities Office, 2018)
In addition, trans people face significant barriers and research shows that:
As a result, the Government Equalities Office (GEO) have commissioned LGBT Foundation to support Primary Care Services through Pride in Practice.
Pride in Practice is endorsed by the Royal College of General Practitioners and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and evidences your commitment and compliance with the Equality Act 2010, the requirements of local Clinical Commissioning Groups, the Care Quality Commission and other regulatory bodies.
Pride in Practice will be piloted in Leeds, mid-Essex, Calderdale, Huddersfield and North Kirklees, Eastern Cheshire and St Helens. While the GEO have commissioned pilots in these areas, we are always looking for opportunities to expand the services we provide.
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