Service becomes Stonewall health champion

Stone wall diversity champion logo30 July 2012

London Ambulance Service has joined Stonewall’s Health Champions programme, receiving free advice and expertise on health services from the gay equality charity.

The programme, funded by the Department of Health, supports 20 health organisations across Britain to improve health services for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Stonewall research shows that gay people have a range of specific health concerns which often go unmet. Health services often overlook these needs and focus on sexual health.

London Ambulance Service joins 19 other health service organisations working with Stonewall to tackle this in London.

Ambulance Operations Manager Steph Adams, Joint Chair of the Service’s Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) Forum said: "By being a Health Champion we’re sending out a powerful message to our local community.

“We’re proud to be part of the programme and look forward to developing our work around sexual orientation with Stonewall.”

Stonewall Senior Health Officer James Taylor said: “By being part of the Health Champions programme, London Ambulance Service will receive free support from Stonewall to achieve real improvements in the care provided to lesbian, gay and bisexual people and their families.”

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Notes to editors:

  • Stonewall is the gay equality charity founded in 1989 (http://www.stonewall.org.uk/)
  • In January, the London Ambulance Service was named among the country’s most gay-friendly workplaces in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list and was this year the only ambulance service and the only London emergency service to do so.
  • The London Ambulance Service’s submission to Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index demonstrated inclusive policies, visible LGB leadership, and clear visions and values that encourage openness and equality.
  • Find out more about the London Ambulance Service at http://www.londonambulance.nhs.uk/  or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ldn_ambulance
  • For further information about the London Ambulance Service or this news release please contact the communications department on 020 7783 2286.

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