In a welcome act of solidarity, and to promote inclusion for LGBTQ+ people, NHS Scotland has announced the launch of its new staff Pride Badge.
Staff members for NHS Scotland wishing to wear the badge are asked to pledge that they will:
- be aware of and responsive to issues faced by LGBTQ+ people accessing care
- be a friendly listening ally who staff and service users can safely approach
- use inclusive language and respect identity
To help those wearing the badge make the most of the initiative, NHS Scotland have also developed an accompanying toolkit & video, explaining why wearing the badge is an important step and why it’s needed.
The toolkit also provides useful tips about how NHS staff can best manage their social media when discussing the Pride Badge and Pledge, including best practices when dealing with negative attention, as well as signposting to national organisations that may be able to help LGBT+ patients.
Based on the Progress Pride flag, the NHS Scotland Pride Badge has been enthusiastically welcomed by people working in the NHS and members of the public alike.
Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director General for Health & Social Care, said, “I’ll proudly wear my badge as an ally to progress, I encourage you to do the same.”
If you want to show your support for LGBTQ+ people, and are a NHS Scotland staff member, you can find out more about the Pride Badge and Pledge here.