CCGs targeted to receive free lesbian, gay and bisexual support

CCGs are being targeted to receive free, DoH-funded support for a year to improve health services for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

James Taylor: 'We are particularly keen to support new CCGs.’
James Taylor: 'We are particularly keen to support new CCGs.’

Charity Stonewall’s Health Champions Programme offers the equivalent of 10 days’ consultancy worth £6,500, a free initial needs assessment based on Stonewall health research, support to establish a lesbian, gay and bisexual network group for staff, access to NHS-specific training on sexual orientation equality, support entering the Stonewall Healthcare Equality Index to benchmark progress year on year and a benchmarking meeting to identify next steps at the end of the programme.

Testimonials from previous champions include NHS Somerset which said: ‘Thank you for letting us be a part of it and we will continue the work with LGB people in the future and use the expertise from Stonewall.’

Support is available for 20 NHS organisations in England. Interested bodies must apply, returning the form in the link to healthchampions@stonewall.org.uk by 26 April 2013.

James Taylor, Stonewall senior health officer, said: ‘We are launching the second round of our Health Champions Programme which provides free support to NHS organisations in England – we are particularly keen to support new CCGs.’

CCGs take over responsibility from PCTs in England on 1 April.

Stonewall also published its top 10 healthcare organisations 2013. They include: 1. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, 2 Liverpool Community Health NHS Truist, 3. London Ambulance Service NHS Trust, 4. St Andrews Healthcare Charitable Trust, 5. Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.

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