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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27 March 2013