North East Ambulance Service is supporting LGBT History Month this February

LGBT History Month aims to promote tolerance and raise awareness of the prejudices faced by LGBT communities

North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) is supporting LGBT History Month this February.

The Trust, which employs more than 2,500 people, including an estimated 250 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, is supporting the national LGBT History Month by hosting an array of activities throughout February including inviting speakers to provide sessions for our staff. 

LGBT History Month aims to promote tolerance and raise awareness of the prejudices faced by LGBT communities and the national theme for 2018 is Geography: Mapping the world.

NEAS will also be focusing on LGBT allies and raising awareness of the work of allies, the contribution they can make and actively trying to encourage our staff to sign up as allies.

Yvonne Ormston CEO said “LGBT History month is a wonderful opportunity for us to celebrate LGBT peoples’ contribution to society, the 2018 theme of geography reminds us that there are still many places in the world where being LGBT is illegal and we need to continue to campaign and champion LGBT rights locally and globally.

"This year we are focusing on LGBT allies, Stonewall have found allies to be really important to help communicate the importance of LGBT equality in the workplace and pass on clear and simple messages to colleagues."

Over the last year the Trust has been involved in a range of initiatives including: improving our engagement with LGBT patients and stakeholders; getting more employees involved in the Proud@NEAS employee network; and working with local transgender organisations to identify and overcome barriers.

NEAS is recognised by the national charity ‘Stonewall’ which campaigns on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. More than 1,000 organisations have taken part in the Workplace Equality Index since it began 10 years ago and NEAS has been named the best Health and Social Care Provider in the UK in the 2018 Stonewall Top 100 Employers list.

As well as receiving the highest ranking Health and Social care organisation in the UK – up from 3rd last year – NEAS is also the top ranked NHS Foundation Trust and the top performing ambulance service UK wide and continues to be the top ranked emergency service in the North East.

The Trust’s continue to engage with more LGBT employees and patients as well as make improvements to service and employment practices.

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