Find out how to join the LGBT+ staff network, support our work through meetings, wearing the rainbow pin badge or rainbow lanyard and more you an do as an LGBT+ ally. 

Who can attend the network?

The group is open to anyone, whether you feel that you identify as LGBT+ or just have an interest in supporting work in that area. If you are interested in knowing more or joining our group, please feel free to come a long to one of our meetings (details below) or contact the Chair Lucy Bastock by phone on 07816 066033 or by email: dchst.lgbt@nhs.net 

What is discussed in the network meetings?

  • How to mark key LGBT+ events throughout the year is a regular feature
  • Looking at the Staff Survey results and what can be done to make improvements
  • Currently we are working on our Stonewall Index submission
  • Work streams also feed into EDILF and the trusts Equality and Diversity Strategy

The joint network groups allows opporunities to see where work is crossing over into BME and DLTC groups and where we can help support each other.

What would I get out of joining the network meetings?

It provides a support network for all our employees who identify as LGBT+ and our allies. 

You would have the opportunity to feed into work streams outlined above and offer ideas and suggestions to these.

How do I get involved in the network meetings?

You can join a meeting via conference call or if you can support with reviewing documentation via emails please get in touch, or offer up some ideas!

Peer support

If you would rather not get involved in the business aspect of network meetings, but would still like to connect to LGBT+ colleagues and allies then please join in on our informal peer support chats. Dates below.

2021 meetings and peer support dates

LGBT+ Staff Network 24th August 2021 09:30 - 10:30

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LGBT+ Staff Peer Support 24th August 2021 10:45 - 11:15

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LGBT+ Staff Network 23rd September 2021 13:00 - 14:00

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LGBT+ Staff Peer Support 23rd September 2021 14:15 - 14:45

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LGBT+ Staff Network 28th October 2021 13:00 - 14:00

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LGBT+ Staff Peer Support 28th October 2021 14:15 - 14:45

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LGBT+ Staff Network 18th November 2021 13:00 - 14:00

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LGBT+ Staff Peer Support 18th November 2021 14:15 - 14:45

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LGBT+ Staff Network 16th December 2021 13:00 - 14:00

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LGBT+ Staff Peer Support 16th December 2021 14:15 - 14:45

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Rainbow pin badges


Rainbow badges is an initiative that gives staff a way to show that Derbyshire Community Health Services offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for patients, staff and their families, who identify as LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, the + simply means that we are inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves.)

Rainbow lanyards

We are asking staff members who wear a rainbow lanyard to be able to provide help to any of our colleagues or service users who may need to talk about their sexual identity and or orientation.

Posters are displayed around sites for service users, explaining that staff wearing rainbow lanyards are a safe person to talk about their sexual identity or orientation to.

Each year we take part in the LGBT Charity Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index

We have a Stonewall Working Group who meet throughout the year to review, complete and submit our application. If you would like to be part of this working group and more information on our Stonewall Workplace Equality Index then please contact the network chair Lucy Bastock or Sam Pepper from the Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Team.

Trans and Non-Binary Ally Statement: 23 August 2021

DCHS remains committed to being inclusive and to ensure we are intentional about trans and non-binary inclusion. Guided by our LGBT+ staff network DCHS will continue to review what steps we can take to do more to support trans & non-binary staff and service users. This includes working with LGBT+ and trans & non-binary equality organisations like Stonewall, LGBT Foundation, Gendered Intelligence.

DCHS has recently signed up to show our allyship with the national Trans NHS Staff Network, in an open letter pledge initiated by Milton Keynes University Hospital Trust. Our chief exec Tracy Allen, director of people services Darren Tidmarsh and chair of the LGBT+ staff network Lucy Bastock have all put their names to it, pledging to be active in allyship with trans staff and service users. Cis leaders across DCHS can add their names to the pledge which is in the form of an open letter to be published online.

Statement by NHS Leaders in support of and affirming our trans & non-binary service users, colleagues and wider community in light of the rising hostile environment they face (Google Docs)

Everyone who works for us or uses our services should feel welcomed and valued, whatever their sexual orientation or gender identity. Representatives of the trust are attending relevant webinars on this topic in order to keep abreast of information in this field. If anyone would like to discuss or share their views on this, please contact the LGBT+ network or equality team on dchst.lgbt@nhs.net or dchst.equality@nhs.net


This booklet has been produced with involvement from a whole range of public service organisations across Derbyshire – including DCHS - to celebrate and highlight our approach to inclusion in the workplace, talking to some role models. It follows the first LGBT+ role models conference in February hosted jointly between Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust, Derby University and Derbyshire LGBT+.


Please click on the below names to read their individual role model accounts:

Ali-Davies-Marsh shares their experience with religion and needing to keep their relationship with same sex partner hidden.


Ellie Sills discusses how they felt relief when they discovered the term Demisexuality/ Gray-A and how they no longer felt like a mystery.


Gary Woodhouse talks about finding gay men in the community and feeling not alone.


Janine Foxhall discusses the challenges faced when wanting to represent their police service in the Gay Police Association.


Jo Hall feels able to step forward as an LGBT+ Role Model following the openess of some of our DCHS Leaders and discusses feeling safe to be herself in DCHS.


Kaye Burnett shares the experience of leaving a long term relationship with a boyfriend to be with a girlfriend and being true to themselves.


Lorna Hirst writes about how comfortable they feel being ‘out’ and have done for many years, but felt conflicted in early teens and 20's.


Lucy Bastock considers themselves as ‘late at coming out’, as discovering their sexual orientation in their 30’s.


Rebecca Beedie perspective is from being a supportive parent to their daughter who came ‘out’ when she was 15.


Robin Payne describes them as being an ‘older-ish gay man’ and talks about the difficult times they experienced due to their sexual orientation.


Tracey Brailsford discusses how being an ally is important to them, from a sense of justice and having friends, family in the LGBT community.


The main theme of their advice is to be true to yourself <3

LGBT+ Glossary

Stonewall have a comprehensive list of terms used in the LGBT+ Community. For example, ‘non-binary is an umbrella term for people whose gender identity doesn’t sit comfortably with ‘man’ or ‘woman’. Non-binary identities are varied and can include people who identify with some aspects of binary identities, while others reject them entirely’.

Read Stonewall's glossary of terms


Non-binary inclusion

Visit the LGBT Foundation website to broaden your understanding of Non-Binary Inclusion, access resources and support. 

Visit the LGBT Foundation website


Trans equality

For a Q&A on Trans please visit:

Please click on the following links for Trans Patient Resources:

Please click on the following links for Trans Employee Resources:

Queer Menopause

For more information please click here.

LGBT Foundation

Hidden Figures Report: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on LGBT Communities in the UK

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


Click on the image to access the reports