The network advises, promotes and supports LGBT+ inclusivity across DCHS health and social care services, for its staff colleagues and patients who may identify as LGBT+ within the communities we serve.
We welcome new network members, whether you identify as LGBT+ or as an ally and welcome you to attend our meetings.
We are also happy to advise and support colleagues who may be requiring information and support around LGBT+ issues and we will do our best to assist.
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The network aims to support DCHS LGBT+ staff to bring their “whole self” to work and to feel safe and comfortable with being themselves.
We will support you to 'Speak Up' if you experience, or see behaviour that is not aligned to the DCHS values. Raising concerns at Derbyshire Community Health Services (dchs.nhs.uk)
We can also provide general advice only, to fellow colleagues, managers, leaders around LGBT+ workplace issues.
DCHS policies, guidelines and staff information to facilitate inclusive working environments for LGBT+ colleagues is accessible via search facility on MyDCHS homepage or via: https://dchs.nhs.uk/resources
We have a diverse membership within the network, some have personal, and / or professional interest in specific LGBT+ issues, related to: religion, faith, armed force veterans, disability, and neurodiversity
We welcome every member, as everyone contributes a different perspective.
For more information please click here.
For more information visit LGBT Foundation - Home
LGBT+ Networks Project
Eight NHS trusts hosted an LGBT+ video booth at their events in February 2020, contributing to 120 recordings in total. The video booth encouraged LGBT+ identifying employees and allies to record short messages for 30 seconds about their working lives and experiences of LGBT+ networks. To view their video bank please click here.
For more information please go to: www.samaritans.org
Resources available at: https://www.stonewall.org.uk/
Mental Health Support
Poor levels of mental health among lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people have often been linked to experiences of homophobic and transphobic discrimination and bullying. Click here for more information for how to find out what support is available
For more information around support and advice available within Derbyshire, please see link below.
Men - Talk
Chesterfield based community support and online platform reaching out and offering free services and support for all. Click here for more information.
Chesterfield based community and online support. For more information please click here.
If you cannot find what you are looking for and we will try and signpost you or put you in touch with someone who can help.
DCHS contacts for advice and support (depending on your need):
- Freedom to Speak Up Guardian - Jackie Rawlings. Tel: 07795 293707. Email: email@example.com or DCHST.RaisingConcerns@nhs.net
- Staff Wellbeing - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: DCHS staff wellbeing services
- Resolve Support Services (Counselling) Tel: 01246 515951. Email: email@example.com Website: Resolve staff support services (dchs.nhs.uk)
- Employee Relations - / tel / email / www / social media (enter details)
External contacts for advice and support (depending on your need):
- Derbyshire LGBT+ (Local Charity) Tel: 01332 207 704. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Derbyshire LGBT+ "Support anyone who is LGBT+ or anyone who is having issues with their sexual orientation or gender identity, this includes family and friends."
- Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service (NHS). Tel: 0800 028 0077. Website: Telephone support for Derbyshire people experiencing anxiety or distress (derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk)
- Samaritans (National Charity) Tel: 116 123. Email: email@example.com Website: Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen
- Switchboard LGBT+ helpline (National Charity) Tel: 0300 330 0630 (10:00 -22:00 daily). Website: https://switchboard.lgbt Web Chat also available after 16:00 daily.
- Opening Doors (National Charity) Tel: 0207 183 6260. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Opening Doors . Connecting LGBTQ+ people over 50 with activities, events, support and information.
Derby Pride 10 September
If you want to check out a few other events that might be closer to where you live check out
Maybe send some photos of the day to @LGBT_DCHS or the DCHS LGBT+ Allies and Social Group facebook page, share the love with those who aren't able to make it.