You may have seen some of our staff wearing NHS rainbow badges. The badges are just one way to show that Airedale NHS FT is an open, non-judgmental and inclusive place for people that identify as LGBT+.
LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender and the + simply means that we are inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves.
If you see someone wearing a badge, you can ask them about it. The badge is a reminder that you can talk to our staff about who you are and how you feel. They will do their best to get support for you if you need it.
A recent Stonewall Survey (Nov 2018) estimates that one in five LGBT+ people are not out to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care, and one in seven LGBT+ people have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination. We believe that people who work in healthcare can play a key role in making things better.
Our executive team fully supports the Rainbow Badge initiative and the positive difference it makes by promoting a message of inclusion.
Brendan Brown, chief executive says: “This is about so much more than a new pin badge for staff to wear… It’s about supporting LGBT+ people to feel more confident and comfortable in approaching a member of staff wearing a NHS Rainbow Badge. It’s about celebrating the diversity in our own workforce and showing that we support and respect our staff who we want to empower to be themselves.
“We want to work together to make people feel safe and welcome, but also to understand where we can make services more inclusive and accessible to all as part of a wider conversation across our health system. We will work together to improve the experiences of LGBT+ people so that we continue to make sure that all members of our local communities are happy, healthy and at home in Bradford district and Craven.”
If you are a staff member or volunteer at the trust and would like to attend an awareness session, please visit the AireShare staff site or contact the Voluntary Services Manager.