NHS Rainbow Badges

Rainbow Badge Graphic

You may have seen some of our staff wearing NHS rainbow badges. These are just one way of showing that NUH offers open, non-judgemental and inclusive care for all who identify as LGBT+.

This initiative originated at Evelina London Children’s Hospital and aims to make a positive difference by promoting equality and inclusion across the Trust.

Being ‘Mindful’ is one of our values that make us who we are – and this includes valuing everyone’s contribution, and taking pride in our inclusivity and diversity. The rainbow badge is a powerful way of demonstrating our commitment to this across the organisation and to our patients and staff.

Our executive team fully support the Rainbow Badge initiaitive and the positive difference it makes by promoting a message of inclusion. 

Tracy Taylor, Chief Executive

Our Chief Executive, Tracy Taylor, explains why we’re introducing the Rainbow NHS Badge to our Trust in this short video:

 

Have you spotted our NHS Rainbow Badges?

LGBT+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and the + simply means that we are inclusive of all identities, regardless of how people define themselves. 

If you see a member of Team NUH wearing a badge, you can ask them about it. The badge is a reminder that you can talk to our staff about who you are, be open about your identity and how you feel. They will do their best to get support for you if you need it. 

About the Rainbow Badges initiative

The Rainbow Badge initiative originated at Evelina London Children's Hospital to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion.

A recent Stonewall Survey (Nov 2018) estimates that one in five LGBT+ people are not out to any healthcare professional about their sexual orientation when seeking general medical care, and one in seven LGBT+ people have avoided treatment for fear of discrimnination. 

We believe that people who work in healthcare can play a key role in making things better. To raise awareness of these issues, and to help improve the experiences of healthcare for LGBT+ patients, our Team NUH staff wear NHS Rainbow Badges.  

Team NUH: Sign your pledge

Thank you to everyone from Team NUH who has signed up to become a Rainbow Badge Champion since we launched the initiative in July. We’ve had 2,503 members of staff sign up and make their pledge so far, which helps us to promote a positive message of inclusivity and diversity across our organisation.

Due to exceptional demand, we’re putting a pause on pledges at the moment whilst we order more badges. If you didn’t get one in this release, watch this space for further sign up dates.

If you’ve still not received or collected your badge, it will arrive with you via internal mail within 2-3 weeks.

Don’t forget to share your photos on social media using the hashtag #NUHrainbowbadge

Got a question about the project? Email the rainbow badge team at PINC@nuh.nhs.uk