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LGBT+ Network

Promoting and developing equality and inclusion across the organisation

Who we are

The LGBT+ Network was established in 2017 by our colleagues and for colleagues who identify as LGBT+.LGBT+ network logo

Our network aims to connect and support LGBT+ colleagues and promote an environment where everyone can come to work without fear of judgement.

We champion inclusivity and celebrate our diverse workforce as well as the communities we serve.

Members of the LGBT+ Network meet bi-monthly and elected workstream leads pursue work in particular areas including policy, communication, ally programmes and our work with Stonewall.

All of our organisation’s employee networks operate to an agreed Terms of Reference.Stonewall Diversity Champion logo

The LGBT+ Network has been a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme since 2018 and works closely with trade union representatives. We are progressing our position through Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index each year.

The LGBT+ Network is represented in the FAIR (For the Assessment of Individualised Risk) steering group.

The aim of the FAIR steering group is to explore if a more individualised risk assessment approach to blood donor selection policy is possible whilst ensuring the safe supply of blood to patients. 

Our objectives

  • Increase inclusivity and promote a positive working environment for colleagues who identify as LGBT+
  • Provide support to LGBT+ colleagues who feel they are being bullied or harassed on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity
  • Progress our position through Stonewall’s annual Workplace Equality Index
  • Help to demystify negative perceptions and inaccuracies around LGBT+ blood, organ and stem cell donation. Read about donation if you are LGBT+

Work so far

LGBT+ Ally lanyards

NHSBT LGBT+ lanyard

In 2018 we designed and launched an LGBT+ Ally lanyard. Over 3,000 of our 5,600 colleagues (approximately 55%) visibly stand against discrimination by wearing the lanyard.

Championing inclusivity award

The LGBT+ Network received NHSBT’s first championing inclusivity award in 2018 at the organisation’s annual awards ceremony for its work to promote inclusion.

(Picture: members of the network receive the award from former NHSBT chief executive Sally Johnson)

Members of the network receive an award in stage

LGBT+ Ally programme

In 2019 the LGBT+ Ally programme was established.

Nearly 100 allies across the organisation have attended a one-day workshop to understand core LGBT+ issues, confidentiality, how to be an emotional supporter and how to signpost people to further support and information.

Many of our allies do not identify as LGBT+.

Contact us

If you would like to contact the LGBT+ Network please email LGBT+Network@nhsbt.nhs.uk

Banner photo by Kirsty Lee on Unsplash