LGBT Switchboard and the Trans Alliance have launched a new pilot project to strengthen health services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer people in Brighton and Hove. The LGBTQ Inclusion Award is a supported quality assurance scheme to which aims to give primary care service providers the tools to meet LGBTQ people’s needs. Through training, bespoke support and sharing specialist knowledge, GP practices will become safer spaces for LGBTQ patients. Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group is funding the pilot project and which initially focusses on GP practices in Cluster 3: Preston Park Surgery, Beaconsfield Medical Practice, Stanford Medical Centre and Warmdene Surgery.
Jacob Bayliss, Trans Alliance, said: “We want this to be a symbol of inclusion that LGBT people in Brighton & Hove can trust, and a way of holding services who do not meet our needs accountable, while celebrating best practice and highlighting the good work happening in the city. During the pilot we will be working closely with GP surgeries in Cluster 3, and starting a dialogue across primary care – sharing advice and knowledge so that you can use local services with confidence. I’m excited to be part of this move toward better healthcare for the community, and grateful that this is something Brighton & Hove CCG is supporting.”
Meg Lewis, LGBT HIP Project Manager said: “This is a really exciting pilot which responds to some of the unmet needs that we have identified in LGBT HIP consultations over several years. It is great to work with such committed practice managers and staff members from the Cluster 3. Working together will make a real and long-lasting difference to LGBTQ people’s health outcomes. I am very grateful to have the support of the CCG and Practice Managers.”
We are hoping that the pilot will evidence that the need to work in this way with practices to increase confidence in delivering LGBTQ inclusive services and lead to further commitment from commissioners to work with more health and social care settings.