Pride in Practice

Pride in Practiceis a quality assurance service that strengthens and develops your relationship with your lesbian, gay and bisexual patients within your local community.

Endorsed by The Royal College of GP’s, Pride in Practice is a support package that enables you to effectively meet the needs of your lesbian, gay and bisexual patients.  It will also support you in meeting the requirements of your Clinical Commissioning Group, the Care Quality Commission and other bodies that you work with.

Pride in Practice has been designed to make life easier for clinicians, practice managers and staff.  It works in partnership with you and your team to meet the increasing demands placed on you from policy makers, patients and staff.

Pride in Practice offers on-going, regular support through your dedicated account manager and a suite of accessible resources.  In just a few simple steps, Pride in Practice evidences your commitment and compliance with the General Medical Council Good Practice Guidelines and the Equality Act 2010.

The Pride in Practice award demonstrates your practice’s commitment and dedication to ensuring a fully inclusive patient-centred service.  The award is attained through a short, efficient and focussed self-assessment process and highlights your practice’s strengths and if there are any areas where The Lesbian & Gay Foundation can offer you support.

Pride in Practice provides:

  • resources and practical support to deliver an inclusive service for lesbian gay and bisexual patients.
  • lesbian gay and bisexual patients’ insight so you can be proactive about lesbian gay and bisexual patient needs.
  • promotion of your within the lesbian gay and bisexual community to reduce the perception of homophobia and biphobia within your service.

Pride in Practice encourages:

  • more lesbian gay and bisexual patients to access your service; potentially achieving higher QOF targets.
  • lesbian gay and bisexual patients being open and trusting; reducing the length and number of lesbian gay and bisexual patient’s consultations.
  • higher quality of service; could positively influence results from the soon to be introduced friends and family test results.
  • use of our model to replicate for other equality strands.

Why has Pride in Practice been developed?

Lesbian, gay and bisexual people have told us that it is important to them to be open and honest about their sexual orientation with their GP.

Our service users want to visit GPs where they feel safe and able to be open and honest about their sexual orientation.  They want to have a GP that recognises, understands and acts upon their individual needs. 

Pride in Practice is a simple way for you to inform your patients that you understand them and they can trust you.

We know that:

  • 1 in 5 lesbian gay and bisexual patient’s their sexual orientation is a factor in them delaying accessing health services.(Richardson, Jo.  2010)
  • 1 in 4 lesbian gay and bisexual people are not out to any health professionals. (NHS Wirral, 2012)
  • Lesbian gay and bisexual patients are twice as likely to report they have no trust or confidence in their GP. (National GP Survey 2012)
  • If lesbian gay and bisexual have experienced discrimination at any point, their fear of further discrimination will often prevent them from speaking out. (D.Herda 2013)

If lesbian gay and bisexualpeople in your community are not accessing your practice or are not open and trusting if they do, how can you be equipped to provide an equal quality of service?Register NOW!

If you have any questions about your registration for Pride in Practice, or require to ensure you are accessing all of the services and resources available to you please contact your account manager or pip@lgf.org.ukor call 0845 3 30 30 30 and ask for the Pride in Practice Project Manager.  

Pride in Practice is currently offered at the subsidised rate of £300 per GP Practice, when registering individually, if five or more pratices register together discounts apply.