LGBT+ inclusion statement

Equality, diversity and inclusion

At Guy's and St Thomas' we believe everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

This inclusion statement has been developed in partnership with our LGBT+ staff networks and, while it applies to all LGBT+ people, it particularly aims to recognise and address the issues transgender and non-binary people face.

LGBT+ inclusion statement

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust is committed to being an inclusive organisation where all transgender staff, patients and visitors feel welcome, safe and respected.

We recognise the unique challenges, prejudice and discrimination LGBT+ people face, including equitable access to healthcare, and the impact this has on patients, staff and the communities we serve. We will therefore challenge and work to eliminate all forms of discrimination, including transphobia, against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all associated queer (LGBT+) staff, patients and visitors.

We're developing a policy and guidance on supporting trans and non-binary patients and staff, and are taking positive action to update our Trust policies and procedures to be more inclusive of LGBT+ people. To support this, we'll be launching a Trust-wide education and training plan which is designed to embed inclusive behaviour and practices into the fabric of our organisation.

Rainbow Badges

In 2019, we launched the NHS Rainbow Badge as a way to show that we're an open, non-judgemental and inclusive place for LGBT+ people. The scheme has since been adopted by more than 150 NHS trusts in England.

Read more about the NHS Rainbow Badge on our Evelina London Children's website.

NHS Children and Young People’s Gender Service

A new specialist service for children and young people who need gender-related care and support from the NHS started in April 2024. This important service is provided by a partnership between Evelina London Children's Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

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