The Equality Act 2010 consolidates all anti-discrimination legislation in Britain into one place. The new law is simpler and more consistent than before where gaps existed; new legislation has been brought in.
Sexual orientation is a ‘protected characteristic’ under the Act. This means that everyone, whether they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual, is protected from discrimination because of their sexual orientation. Stonewall 2013
NHS Forth Valley is committed to principles of equity, fairness and equality and is working hard to promote equality in service provision and employment. We recognise that the core commitment of the NHS to provide fair, accessible services for all and equality of opportunity for staff is mirrored in equality legislation.
Each of us, whether directly providing healthcare to patients or service users, or supporting clinical colleagues can and should play our part in reducing the health inequalities that LGBT people face.
In ensuring our commitment to Equality and Diversity we have included Sexual Orientation as a core component of our Single Equality Scheme and Action Plan, in which we evidence our commitment towards monitoring progress in eliminating discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation
All women between the ages of 20 and 60 – including lesbian and bisexual women – need to go for regular cervical screening tests (formally called ‘smear tests’).
To be invited for cervical screening you need to be registered with a GP, who needs to have your current address on file.
Women who are eligible for screening and registered with a GP. This system also keeps track of any follow-up investigation, and, if all is well, re-calls you for screening at the appropriate time for you.
It is important that you ensure that your GP has any change of circumstance or address.
Further information is available on:
NHS Health Scotland: http://www.healthscotland.com/documents/4598.aspx
Information available in:
- Easy Read
The Lesbian and Gay Foundation web site: http://www.lgf.org.uk/screening
Forth Valley LGBT History Month – February 2014
The Forth Valley LGBT Development Group worked together to plan an evening to mark LGBT History Month 2014, share the developments of the group, showcase art work from the Falkirk, Clacks and Stirling LGBT youth groups and to engage with service providers and LGBT communities from across Forth Valley
This highly successful event was funded by NHS Forth Valley and hosted at Forth Valley College Falkirk.
Stonewall Scotland are currently completing a survey into the experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people when accessing vital public services such as healthcare, education and the emergency services. A questionnaire has been developed in consultation with public bodies and the results will help them to better understand the needs of LGBT people when improving their services in the future.
If you wish to participate in the survey please access the follwing link:
New LGBT Helpline Scotland – 0300 123 2523
A new telephone service for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people across Scotland will launch on May 7th 2013. The service is run by LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing and will provide emotional support and information on various topics including relationships, sexual health, assertiveness, accessing safer sex supplies and exploring identity amongst many other issues.
The helpline aims to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland. The helpline will be open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 12pm to 9pm.
The Helpline number is: 0300 123 2523. Visit the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing website for more information.
Over the past few years NHS Forth Valley has welcomed the opportunity to work with LGBT Youth Scotland in developing staffs awareness of LGBT issues as well as enhancing service delivery. A programme of work continues to be completed along with LGBT Youth Scotland and our public body and community group partners. For further information please firstname.lastname@example.org
Triangle! Is the local LGBT youth group for 13-25 year olds. Currently based in Stirling, it runs on every second Wednesday from 18.30 – 20.30 at Crawford Hall, Colquhoun Street, Braehead, Stirling, FK7 7LP.If you would like to come along or find out times and venue details, you can text “Stirling” to 07786 202370 or you can send an email to email@example.com
Clackmannanshire LGBT Youth
There is a new Clacks group – held on the 1st Monday of the Month at Kilncraigs from 6.30 till 8.30 If you would like to come along or find out more, you can text “Clacks” to 07786 202370 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The group is fun and informal, with some sessions being dedicated to awareness raising
Central Sexual Health
Forth Valley Sexual Health is an inclusive service and works with young people who identify as heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender or celibate.
It is an NHS service providing FREE sexual health care in Forth Valley. We offer testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), free condom supplies, pregnancy tests, all forms of contraception and emergency contraception, and general advice and support. For more information please visit the Central Sexual Health website
‘FK1nclude’ is the new group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people and their friends and allies aged 13-26. in the Falkirk area.
This group runs every Thursday 6.30-8.30pm at Park Street Community Education Base, Park Street, Falkirk, FK1 1RE
An inspiring, fun and great place to be!
There is a programme of weekly activities, which include workshops on young people rights, sexual health, “coming out”, mental health, the National Youth Council, LGBT History Month and Film nights, to name but a few.
Workers and volunteers are also on hand for check-ins, support, advocacy and information.
If you would like to be kept up to date with information about the group and other opportunities, please contact email@example.com, and if requested a worker will get back to you with any queries.
GPA ‘It Gets Better’
On 15th June 2013, the Gay Police Association Scotland (GPA) launched a video featuring police officers and police staff from across Scotland discussing what it was like for them growing up as gay or transgender. They give frank and candid accounts of their experiences including their perceptions of gay people, coming out to family members and friends and how their lives have changed since then.
They also give advice to young people who may be worried about telling someone that they are gay or trans or are experiencing bullying or harassment because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity.
Research carried out by the University of Cambridge for Stonewall’s School Report Scotland (2012) found that 52% of lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils in Scottish secondary schools had experienced homophobic bullying. The research also found that a quarter (26%) of gay young Scots had attempted to take their own life.
NHS Forth Valley is delighted to support this campaign and welcomed the opportunity to work in partnership with the GPA to promote this resource to staff and members of the community within the Forth Valley area.
If LGBT people are experiencing hate crime and would like to report it, they can do this by:
- telephone 999 (emergency) 101 (non-emergency)
- In person at any Police office
- On-Line Hate Crime Reporting Form
- Visit a 3rd Party Reporting Centre
- Talk to a member of NHS Forth Valley staff