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Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust

Sussex mental health trust rated most 'gay friendly'

Sussex Partnership has come top in the first ever Healthcare Equality Index, published by Stonewall to measure an organisation’s commitment to delivering services to the lesbian, gay and bisexual community.

The Healthcare Equality Index has been developed as a tool for the NHS to benchmark and track its progress on equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual patients, service users, families and carers and highlight areas where improvements can be made.

It is part of Stonewall’s Health Champions programme, funded by the Department of Health.

In 2012 the trust also became the highest-ever placed NHS organisation, fourth overall, in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index.

The FT highlighted a number of initiatives it had carried out that had contributed to the top ranking. These include delivering a dedicated outreach team at the Brighton Pride event and appointing a dedicated LGB&T specific Teen to Adult Personal Advisor, who provides outreach work in Brighton and Hove at a young people’s youth centre.

It has also promoted sexual orientation equality in the workplace for several years as a way of helping staff deliver the best possible patient care and led the way on staff training on lesbian, gay and bisexual equality and health needs.

Trust chief executive Lisa Rodrigues said: “We are all delighted to be awarded the number one position in the Healthcare Equality Index. This is a recognition of our commitment to equality and to the hard work by all our people, our patients and our partners.”

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Can we not all just be 'People friendly' regardless of age, colour, creed, religion, individual body parts, or sexual orientation for goodness sake? This is like reverse discrimination. I don't know about you, but I'd rather be the PERSON in bed 6 or in the community than the lesbian or diabetic - or whatever other label society attachs to me. I'm ME and you are YOU. Get over it.

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  • Thankfully we are all gloriously different in many ways. It is only through recognising and celebrating that (and not just pretending that we're all the same) that we can learn from each other's differences. Only then can we even start to meet the needs of the wide range of people we serve - whether they be employees or patients !

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  • why are the NHS wasting so much money on all of these schemes? they must now have developed so many different tools as to become totally obsessed with them rather than concentrating on patient care.
    what did hospitals do before they had all of these tools and do they know where all of them are when they need them?

    we just treated every patient with respect for who they were and according to their needs. we didn't need to be singled out for any special attributes.

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