Staff are our most valuable asset and we need to ensure the correct support mechanisms are in place so that people can do their job effectively.
For frontline and emergency operations centre staff we know that exposure to traumatic incidents is high and the associated risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can also be high. We are also informed about the impact on staff’s lives if they are not able to be their authentic self at work.
Making sure our organisations have the correct support mechanisms in place, and are truly LGBT inclusive is a key priority for the National Ambulance LGBT Network.
We are also aware that a number of staff give up their own time to support the development of staff networks and progress the LGBT agenda within their Trusts. The Gold Star of Life Awards was started in 2018 to recognise people who go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure LGBT staff are supported.
Staff Support Lead