Equality and inclusion
Pride in Practice
Pride in Practice is a new programme for GP surgeries that supports healthcare professionals in Southwark to confidently and effectively meet the needs of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients.
Fully funded by the Government Equalities Office and delivered by the LGBT Foundation, Pride in Practice works in partnership with GP surgeries and their teams.
Once signed-up to the programme, GP surgeries will receive personalised and ongoing support through dedicated account managers and accessible resources, including:
- an accreditation award, including a wall plaque and logos for letterheads and websites. Awards are graded Bronze, Silver or Gold, depending on assessment results
- free training around LGBT inclusion and confidence-building
- support to deliver effective signposting and social prescribing for LGBT communities
- access to a wealth of information on health conditions of high prevalence in the LGBT community
- promotional materials such as posters, rainbow lanyards and information resources
- support to review equality and diversity policies
- access to LGBT patient insight so that services can proactively meet their needs
Southwark is an area with a large LGBT community, a high HIV prevalence, and lower than average testing rates.
The programme will help address these issues through training, increased awareness, and understanding the different needs that healthcare professionals may encounter with LGBT patients.
For GP surgeries: find out more about Pride in Practice and how to sign-up.
NHS Southwark CCG supports Doctors of the World’s (DOTW) Safe Surgeries initiative, which helps GP surgeries tackle the barriers to healthcare faced by people in vulnerable circumstances.
We have 21 Safe Surgeries so far, which makes us the 'safest' CCG in London.
The primary barriers to GP registration for DOTW’s patients are refusals based on lack of documentation and immigration status, both of which represent breaches of NHS England guidelines.
A Safe Surgery can be any GP surgery that commits to taking steps to ensure that their services are available to everyone in their community. At a minimum, this means ensuring that lack of ID or proof of address, immigration status or language are not barriers to patient registration.