Today Minister for Equalities, Baroness Williams, congratulated Woolstone Medical Centre, based in Lewisham, for spearheading a new programme which trains GPs and staff in primary care organisations to fully support LGBT patients.
The Practice was presented with a Gold Award in the Pride in Practice (PiP) programme which has been developed by the LGBT Foundation; and funded by the Government Equalities Office.
PiP trains practitioners to meet the needs of their LGBT patients, from making a practice more welcoming to ensuring that patients are addressed in an appropriate way.
Woolstone were praised for being the first practice in London, and in the GEO-funded scheme, to receive the Gold award, demonstrating a real commitment to providing excellent and appropriate care to their LGBT patients.
Minister for Equalities, Baroness Williams, said:
“It is vital that LGBT people are able to access appropriate healthcare and are treated with respect.
“I would like to congratulate Woolstone Medical Centre on achieving the Gold Award for the Pride in Practice programme, showing a real commitment to ensuring they serve LGBT people in a supportive and respectful manner.”
As part of the LGBT Action Plan, the Government Equalities Office launched a £1m health grant scheme to fund projects to ensure LGBT people get the right healthcare support.
Pride in Practice was originally developed in Manchester, where since 2016 it was been delivered to 398 primary care services. The Government Equalities Office has funded the LGBT Foundation to pilot Pride in Practice in NHS GP practices, dentists, pharmacies and optometrists outside of Manchester in London and more rural areas of England. Under the grant scheme 350 primary care organisations, 75% of which are general practices, will be put through the Pride in Practice scheme.