Read on for more tips below.
How can I get involved during before/during the week?
- Join our call for evidence. We are looking for LBT women’s experiences of accessing healthcare in the UK so that we can build an online resource to inform healthcare professionals. You can help us by promoting this and sending your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Join our social media campaign and tell us why you are supporting the week. You can join our Thunderclap and use #LBTWomensHealth18.
- Sign up to our Facebook event, where you’ll find links to activities happening during the week and can post your own.
- Create a notice board which highlights the week and include the week in your newsletter and/or website. You can use our facts and figures.
- Within your usual activities, run a session about the needs of LBT women – find out about these needs here, here, here, and by attending a webinar during the week.
- Review your monitoring processes and ensure your monitor for sexual orientation and gender identity. For good practice on monitoring click here.
- Make a pledge for action you are going to take throughout the year. Publicise it widely so your LBT women service users know what to expect from you.
- Write a letter to your local Healthwatch, Public Health Director, lead for health and social care and any other relevant agencies to ask what they are doing to support reducing health inequalities for LBT women.
- Organise a specific event for LBT women. Don’t forget to tell us what you’re doing so that we can help to promote it. Tell us how it went so that we can include this on our blog.
- Get better informed about the needs of LBT women and distribute this information to other staff and volunteers.
What can I do all year round?
- Make LBT women visible. Make sure that your noticeboards, newsletters and website are inclusive of LBT women.
- Ensure your monitoring includes sexual orientation and gender identity. Make sure that your staff are able to do this effectively – provide support and training if needed. Get in touch with us if you’d like support.
- Make sure your staff and volunteers have knowledge about LBT women’s needs – seek training if you need it.
- Challenge your local area to ensure the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, the Health and Wellbeing Strategy and other supporting strategies explicitly consider the needs of LBT women.
- Actively challenge attitudes that are not supportive of LBT women.
- If you are a commissioner or service provider, ensure that LBT women are actively engaged with in the process of design, commissioning, delivery and monitoring of services as active participants in their own healthcare. Contact us if you need support with this.
- Make links with your local LGBT organisation and know where to refer LBT women for specific support.
- Form working relationships with local LGBT organisations to facilitate their involvement in consultations, and consider co-production approaches to better meet LBT women’s needs.