NHS Rainbow Badges
Leeds Cares funds the launch NHS Rainbow Badges at Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Earlier this month, thanks to funding from Leeds Cares, the NHS Rainbow Badge launched across Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Staff at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Leeds Cares are wearing the badge to show they are committed to promoting an open, non-judgemental environment. The badge shows that the wearer is there to listen without judgement and signpost to further support if needed.
Alison Conyers, Lead Professional for Learning Disabilities and Autism, was one of the first in the Trust to sign up to the pledge. She says, “I know how it feels to experience homophobia and I want staff and patients to know that I understand, and that they can talk to me.”
The NHS Rainbow Badge initiative has been introduced to the Trust thanks to the efforts of the LGBT+ Staff Network who recognised a need to promote inclusivity for the benefit of both patients and staff.
Network Chair James Greenwood is a physiotherapist based at Chapel Allerton Hospital. He says, “As an openly gay man I feel extremely lucky to be in a supportive team where I can be open and honest about my life. However this isn’t always the case for all our colleagues or patients. By wearing this badge it will show support to colleagues and patients who may be struggling, but it will also demonstrate pride in my role at the Trust and as a member of the LGBT+ community.”
Leeds Cares and our mascot Ernie the Owl recently joined Leeds Teaching Hospitals staff in the parade at Leeds Pride. We’re proud to have funded the NHS Rainbow Badge across Leeds Teaching Hospitals, helping the Trust and Leeds Cares be more open and inclusive places to work.