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 enhancing 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.