Rainbow badge application
Rainbow Badges is an initiative that gives staff a way to show that North Tyneside CCG offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for patients and their families, who identify as LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, the + simply means that we are inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves.)
The Rainbow Badge initiative originated at Evelina London Children's Hospital to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion. Read all of the information on this page & links at bottom of application, which gives an overview of the issues and why it's important for all healthcare staff to be aware of them. If you want to take part, sign up to receive an NHS rainbow badge to wear at work.

Why wear a Badge? By choosing to wear this Badge, you are sending a message that “you can talk to me”. You aren’t expected to have the answers to all issues and concerns but you are a friendly ear, and will know how to signpost to the support available.Lesbian, gay and transgender (LGBT+) patients face inequalities in their experience of NHS healthcare.

A recent Stonewall survey [published November 2018] estimates that one in five LGBT+ people are not out to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care, and one in seven LGBT+ people have avoided treatment for fear of discrimination. Despite the progress made towards LGBT+ equality in recent years, many LGBT+ people still face significant barriers to leading healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. With high rates of poor mental health and challenges when accessing healthcare services a contributing factor.

We want to disprove attitudes like these...
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I understand wearing a badge gives a positive message of inclusion and means I have a responsibility to be someone who is a friendly ear for LGBT + young people & families
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I have read the information on this page and explored the support materials for young people (Links at bottom of application)
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I understand what to do if I think a situation required escalation
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By choosing to wear this badge, you are sending a message that “you can talk to me” about issues of gender and sexuality. You aren’t expected to solve all their issues and concerns but you are a friendly ear and will know how to signpost to support available.We’d like to collect information about what motivates people to wear a badge. We may use this quote anonymously to promote the badges to others.
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