Another Surgery Takes Pride in Practice!
Publish Date: 10/08/2012
Pride in Practice recognises the outstanding support offered to the LGB community within GP surgeries. It gives individual surgeries a chance to show their level of commitment to their LBG patients and to demonstrate awareness to the needs of the LGB community.
Studies have shown that ‘1 in 10 LGBT individuals have avoided using public services for fear of homophobia’ (Out House, I Count, 2004). It is important that the health care system recognise these issues and addresses them to make the LGB people feel comfortable accessing these services.
The Pride in Practice project – supported by The Royal College of General Practitioners - awards bronze, silver and gold awards to those surgeries which go that extra mile and can be recognised as an accessible and supportive service for their LGB patients.
The Fairfax Group Practice in Prestwich is one example of these outstanding practices which has taken that extra step in recognising the needs of LGB people within the healthcare system and has recently been awarded a silver award.
Dennis Baldwin, project manager of Pride and Practice states, “They truly are “Homo Hero’s” not only to me but the LGB patients that they service, and are worthy recipients of their silver Pride in Practice award.”
Any GP surgery can apply for a pack to help them achieve the Pride in Practice Charter Mark. To register please visit: http://www.lgf.org.uk/prideinpractice