Improving Health Within The LGBT Community
The seminar was Chaired by Tracy Myhill, Chief Executive of the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust and was held on 22 July 2016 at Hadyn Ellis Building in Cardiff.
Tracy introduced herself and set the scene for the day. She also identified some important topical issues which she had discussed with colleagues, family, friends etc prior to the seminar after asking which they thought were worthy of a mention. A few mentioned were:
Stonewall's Unhealthy Attitudes Survey – January 2015-yougov 3000 adults in Health and Social Care - the treatment of LGBT people within health and social care services. What does it say? :-
- Health and social care services have a duty to treat people fairly and equally’
- Report highlights some major gaps in the knowledge and training of staff relating to LGBT people which is resulting in unfair treatment of both LGBT patients and colleagues
- 24 % of patient facing staff have heard colleagues make negative remarks about lesbian, gay and bisexual people
- 1 in 5 heard negative comments about trans people – ‘tranny’/’she-male’
- ¼ of LGB staff revealed personal experience of bullying from colleagues over the last 5 years; 60% do not report it when they see it happening to others
- Shockingly 1 in 10 health and social care staff across Britain have witnessed colleagues express the dangerous belief that someone can be ‘cured’ of being lesbian gay or bisexual
- 3 in 4 patient facing staff received little or no training in equality and diversity-on health needs of LGB people/rights of same sex partners and parents/28% of doctors say they don’t feel confident they can respond to specific care needs of trans patients -15% aren’t confident to respond to needs of LGB patients
The first presentation was delivered by Dr Paul Willis of Bristol University and focused on social care and housing for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Wales.
The next presentation was by Dr Nigel Sherriff, University of Brighton. Nigel updated the delegates on a new EU-funded pilot project aimed at reducing health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.
The final presentation was delivered by Jenny-Anne Bishop, Unique Transgender Network and Dafydd Snelling, Screening Division of Public Health Wales. They highlighted the 'In it Together' Transgender Awareness Project. They explained the importance of their work and how Public Health Wales Screening Division continues to work in partnership with transgender service users in Wales to improve service provision and access to NHS screening programmes.
After a short break the delegates were divided into three groups to provide their opinions on three topical questions. The questions posed were:
- How does evidence we have to date support practitioners on the ground?
- Are there still areas that need further research and evidence? If so, what might they be?
- Does the group feel that existing policy is sufficient to support them in the LGBT community? If not, why not?