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.’
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.