Rainbow Alliance

As a provider of mental health and learning disability services, we need to consistently acknowledge and address the inequalities which LGBT+ people face in society in order to better meet their healthcare needs. The Rainbow Alliance is a movement which is working to achieve this.

The Alliance is a network of staff, service users and carers committed to Rainbow Alliance logoenhancing the quality of services the Trust delivers to the LGBT+ community.

The Alliance provides staff with information about the health risks which are prevalent in the LGBT+ community and the societal issues which LGBT+ people face. It encourages staff to voluntarily attend training sessions to enhance their skills and knowledge in this area while improving the quality of the engagement between staff and the LGBT+ community.

It has produced a member-led action plan which shares the responsibility for LGBT+ inclusivity across a range of services in both Leeds and York. It has empowered members to step forward and become engaged in a more meaningful way.

How and why was the Rainbow Alliance formed?

Kate Ward, co-founder of the Rainbow Alliance, wanted to improve the quality of service the Trust was delivering to the LGBT+ community. She was inspired following a fundraising event where various organisations from across Leeds stood side-by-side to demonstrate their commitment to supporting this community.

Read more about how the movement came about in Kate’s blog.

Join the Rainbow Alliance

Whether you identify as LGBT+, have lived experience of mental health difficulties or are an ally of the community, we’d love you to join the Alliance.

To join, please email RainbowAlliance.lypft@nhs.net.

Terms of Reference

Find out what the Alliance does and how it works in the terms of reference.

Training and events

The Rainbow Alliance will be hosting and involved with many events throughout the year. Visit the Events page to see all upcoming public events. If you’re a member, you’ll also find out about the events via emails and meetings.

Together online

In the current climate, the Rainbow Alliance meetings will be online via Zoom. 

We’ll be discussing our current position and reframing our priorities in light of COVID-19 and the impact on the LGBT+ community.  In true Rainbow Alliance style, anyone is welcome to attend so please share far and wide. An open invite is also extended to our NHS colleagues and their Rainbow Alliance networks in Bradford and Hull.

Training sessions

The Alliance works with partners across Leeds and York to create and host training sessions. If you’re a member, you’ll also find out about the training via emails and meetings.

Sexual Orientation Monitoring

Sexual orientation is one of the nine protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. The Act and the corresponding Public Sector Equality Duty (section 149 of the Act) contain a legal obligation for all public sector bodies to pay due regard to the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people in the design and delivery of services and ensure (and be able to demonstrate) that people are not discriminated against based upon their sexual orientation. Sexual orientation is already collected in certain data sets but is not consistently collected across the health and social care system.

The Rainbow Alliance aims to roll out Sexual Orientation Monitoring across the Trust from October 2018.

Monitoring this will allow us to:

  • demonstrate the provision of equitable access for LGB individuals
  • improve our understanding of the impact of inequalities on health and care outcomes for LGB populations in England
  • support targeted preventative and early intervention work to address health inequalities

Information sessions on this are being held for staff and the list of dates is available in the Downloads section.