LGBT+ networks in health services

News | Posted on Thursday 8 October 2020

A major report which studies the role of LGBT+ staff networks in the NHS has been published today by researchers at York.

The report examines staff involvement in different types of staff networks and the reasons why people join. It explains the composition of LGBT+ networks, the size of networks and what members get in return for involvement.

It also presents a detailed picture of how LGBT+ networks operate, what they do and some of the challenges they face. 

Based on surveys of over 4,000 NHS employees in trusts in England and nine case studies, the report Understanding LGBT+ employee networks and how to support them, shows that while many LGBT+ networks undertake important activities, they tend to operate on the periphery of their organisations.

Dr Anna Einarsdóttir from the York Management School led the research. She said: “Issues of voice, silence and (in)visibility are also explored in-depth - and the report concludes with a set of recommendations aimed at those already involved in LGBT+ networks and those who are thinking about joining or setting one up.

“It shows that LGBT+ networks have a pivotal role in raising awareness and visibility, influencing the organisation, and creating a supportive space and work environment, but without a clear vision, good understanding of your membership and ongoing reflections, this can be difficult to consummate.”

The research was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Read the full report Understanding LGBT+ employee networks and how to support them

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