The National Ambulance LGBT Network provides an overarching body for LGBT Networks in each NHS Ambulance Services. Over the last three years we have done a lot of work to bring representatives together from each Trust to look at how we can provide increased levels of support to a consistent standard in all areas.
In addition to each Trust's LGBT Network there are a range of support mechanisms. These vary from Trust to Trust and you will find comprehensive information in our newly expanded Networks section. Most of our Ambulance Trusts are establishing Health and Wellbeing services and we will update on the services available as these are confirmed.
Mosts Trusts link with local Pride events and these are an excellent opportunity to meet staff from neighbouring services. Details of events that you can link with are all listed on the Events page.
Please note that some Pride events are starting to restrict the number of people that can attend. If a Pride event is not advertised on the Events page it may for this reason and is only available to staff from that region.
LGBT or LGBT+?
The National Ambulance LGBT Network is committed to understanding and providing support to all sexual orienatations and gender identities. It also recognises there is work to do to fully understand and support LGBT people before we move on to the + part. The Network is currently engaging with the bisexual and transgender populations as a priority to make sure levels of understanding and support are equal.
The National Ambulance LGBT Network Committee has decided not to adopt the LGBTTQQIAAP acronym (LGBT+ for short) until more awareness of the issues involved in each letter is fully understood and we are able to support this effectively. This is a current workstream which we hope to complete during 2021.