Proud@WMAS LGBT Network

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Formerly The Pride Network, Proud@WMAS, has relaunched the staff network.  Through our inclusive ethos our aim is to bring together LGBT+ staff, those who want to support their colleagues to be themselves at work and those who want to learn more about and help tackle the health inequalities and stigma that the LGBT+ communities still face.

Our aim is to provide a supportive forum to share best practice which will in turn influence internal policies, procedures and training to support our staff as individuals whilst improving care for our patients.

Proud@WMAS have chosen to adopt the Rainbow Star-of-Life image, developed by the National Ambulance LGBT Network, as this is a fusion of the internationally recognised symbol for pre-hospital emergency care and the rainbow flag representing the LGBT community.  This will allow us to develop a recognisable brand both to internal and external staff particularly those who may come to work for us from other Ambulance Services.

We are a contributing committee member of the National Ambulance LGBT Network who’s aim is to bring together representatives from each NHS Ambulance Trust to coordinate activities, share best practice and develop core objectives.  The National Ambulance LGBT Network also organises an annual conference aimed at bringing together ambulance staff from across the United Kingdom to provide continuing professional development opportunities, share best practice and highlight some of the health inequalities faced by the LGBT community.

To find out more about Proud@WMAS please visit us on twitter

Alternatively, you can email ProudMailbox@wmas.nhs.uk or contact the Trust’s Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion – Pam Brown – by emailing pamela.brown@wmas.nhs.uk

Partners and Sources of Support:

National Ambulance LGBT Network

West Midlands Police – Reporting Hate Crime