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Local Ambulance LGBT Networks

Each NHS Ambulance Service has a LGBT Network and a range of support mechanisms. In this section you can find out more about each network and how you can connect with them. Working with local networks we can also provide some information about other local services and support mechanisms.

South Western Ambulance Service

SWASfT LGBT staff network

Chairperson

James (JP) Pearson
Student Paramedic
James.Pearson@swast.nhs.uk

Deputy Chairperson

[Position Vacant]

Trust Support Provider

Amy Beet
Executive Director of People and Culture
Amy.Beet@swast.nhs.uk 

Staff Network

The South Western Ambulance Service LGBT Network was formed in 2014. In June 2022 there has been a change to the committee and structure. Moving to a name that also includes people who identify as queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, allies; becoming the SWASFT LGBTQIA+ Network.

Our primary goal is to allow our staff and members of the community to feel open and proud to be who they are. Inclusion and collaboration are big pillars of our ethos, and we encourage all of our staff networks to be involved in Pride and related events to show that we are all allies. We want staff and colleagues to feel safe to speak out against any and all types of discrimination be that violence, verbal abuse or anything that makes someone feel undervalued.

Our network is going through some exiting changes and we are focusing on increased community involvement and recruitment of people that identify as LGBTQIA+ to make us an even more inclusive employer. We aim to do this through community recruitment at as many Pride events across our 10,000 square mile patch (the biggest in the UK!).

Additional Support

Need help?

If you need support, Intercom Trust have a list of all LGBTQIA+ friendly services in your local area, just follow this link and select your region - www.intercomtrust.org.uk/directory/.

Event organiser?

If you are an event organiser, or a new Pride event please contact us and we will try our best to make it to you with our Pride-ulance!

Email us at lgbtqia@swast.nhs.uk.

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