Rainbow badges have been launched at Moorfields Eye Hospital as part of the NHS rainbow badge initiative.
The NHS rainbow badge initiative gives NHS staff a way to show that their place of work offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for all who identify as LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, with the ‘+’ meaning inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves).
The initiative originated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Growing from a conversation and shared experiences between colleagues, the initiative aims to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion.
If you see someone wearing a badge, you can ask them about it. Staff members at Moorfields who are wearing the badge have signed a pledge to be someone that patients and other members of staff can talk to openly about LGBT+ topics and they will do their best to get support for those who may need it.
Kirsten Pulley, assistant divisional manager at Moorfields Eye Hospital and chair of MoorPride, the trust’s LGBT+ staff and patients network, said “Through the rainbow badges initiative, Moorfields is promoting the support of our LGBT+ patients and colleagues. We believe that people working within the NHS can play a key role in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and I am very proud as chair of MoorPride to support the launch of the scheme.”
Learn more about the rainbow badges initiative.
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