In July 2018 the Government launched the National LGBT Action plan to advance the rights of LGBT people both at home and abroad, and improve the way that public services work for them. Their vision is for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or sex characteristics, to be able to live safe, happy and healthy lives where they can be themselves without fear of discrimination.
For NHS England and NHS Improvement, the action plan priorities include the following:
Advice and influencing
We will work across programmes at NHS England and NHS Improvement and with external partners to reduce LGBT health inequalities and improve access and experience.
Sexual orientation, inclusive gender and trans status monitoring
We will scale up the roll out of Sexual Orientation Monitoring across health and social care services, and begin developing a standard for inclusive gender and trans status monitoring, to improve our data on LGBT groups and improve care.
We will develop the evidence base for LGBT Health inequalities, and use this to inform policy change.
Education and training
We will develop and share best practice education and training to improve healthcare professionals’ awareness and understanding of LGBT communities, across all professions, to improve experience for LGBT patients.