The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) has just announced that they have received funding from the Department of Health to test and develop innovative approaches to improve health and wellbeing.
This funding will enable the further development and preparation for a national rollout of ‘Pride in Practice’, the benchmarking tool that identifies GP surgeries that are fully committed to assuring that their lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) patients are treated fairly, and where patients feel able to discuss their issues openly with their GP or healthcare provider.
The development and pilot rollout of Pride in Practice was commissioned by NHS North West and I reported on the joint launch here a few weeks ago.
The process involves surgeries undergoing a simple, self-assessment process, prior to verification by the LGF.
So far, I'm told, almost sixty practices have signed up. This includes an initiative by local NHS commissioners to sign up all of the GP practices in South Manchester.
The funds will also provide a new online portal where LGB people can make recommendations of practices or GPs who are LGB-friendly.
Alongside this LGB communities will be supported to make them more aware of their legal rights, and more confident and able to challenge any negative experiences that they may encounter in accessing healthcare.
Care Services Minister Paul Burstow said: “It is crucial that we continue to champion our voluntary organisations, because their expertise allows them to design and develop innovative solutions to the big challenges we face in health, public health and social care.”
If you would like more information on this please contact Dennis Baldwin LGF’s GP Project Manager by calling 0845 3 30 30 30 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org