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Supporting Our Staff

The National Ambulance LGBT Network is working on several projects to improve the working lives of LGBT staff.

'Are You Okay?'

One in four people will experience a mental health problem. We know operational ambulance staff, who may be repeatedly exposed to difficult situations, are more at risk. LGBT staff are more vulnerable, particularly when they do not feel able to be their 'authentic' self at work.

This short resource pack explores what good support looks like and how LGBT Networks can set up and promote appropriate care.

'Are You Okay?' Resource Pack

Stay Connected

We want to make all staff aware of the National Ambulance LGBT Network and the support and resources it offers. You can download and print our 'Stay Connected' poster using the link below. The poster includes our website address together with Facebook and Twitter links.

'Stay Connected' Poster

You can also order printed copies of the poster by contacting the nominated representatives for your Trust.

‘We Are Gay History’ Campaign

Personal stories are an incredibly powerful way of sharing the personal stories of LGBT staff. The Network started collecting personal stories initially for LGBT History Month in 2017. The first information booklet is available here, and we will update this as the project continues.

‘We Are Gay History’ Booklet

Celebrating LGBT History

Inspired by LGBT History Month, which takes place in February each year, we have developed a set of useful resources to support LGBT Network events.

Ten Things to Know

In this pack we have included some resources to help you promote LGBT History within your Ambulance Trust. There is very little information specifically about Ambulance Services and so we have focussed on the LGBT rights timeline and medical links.

'Ten Things to Know' Resource

LGBT History Quiz

In this pack you will find everything to facilitate a quiz, including the answer sheet and posters. This quiz is based on the development of LGBT rights in the last 60 years.

'LGBT History Quiz' Resource

Rewind 100 Years

The aim of this resource is to give a positive overview of how LGBT rights, and understanding of our lives, has improved in the last 100 years. It also looks at how the Ambulance Service has moved forward in this time. Punctuated with some interesting and amusing facts, this resource will help you facilitiate a history event, and includes some suggested further reading and films to view.

'Rewind 100 Years' Presentation

'Rewind 100 Years' Guidance Notes

Freedom to Speak Up Guardians

An independent review into creating an open and honest reporting culture in the NHS was published in February 2015. The aim of the review was to provide advice and recommendations to ensure that NHS staff feel it is safe to raise concerns, confident that they will be listened to and the concerns will be acted upon.

Ambulance Trusts are committed to developing an open and honest culture, where staff can speak out about concerns regarding unsafe patient care, staff safety and concerns of public interest. The National Ambulance Network of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians is working to ensure all ambulance staff feel confident that their concerns are welcomed, taken seriously, investigated and responded to quickly.

More information about Freedom to Speak Up can be found here: http://www.cqc.org.uk/national-guardians-office/content/national-guardians-office

Every NHS Ambulance Trust has a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian who is responsible for giving staff a voice and helping to ensure support mechanisms are in place. This includes supporting LGBT colleagues and Guardians can connect you with all the options available.

Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Contact List