Best practice in providing healthcare to lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women

This resource was published in November 2016

Lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women (LBWSW) have too often been an invisible group within health care. Their needs can be doubly hidden, both within the topic of women’s health, which often focuses on reproductive health, and in the health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT) community in general.

This report aims to highlight women’s experiences of both good and poor practice in healthcare provision, and make recommendations for both practice and strategy in order to improve women’s health overall.

This document is intended to be used both by those who provide services and those who commission services to support them to work with LBWSW. It is a resource to assist in designing and providing care and support that is successful in meeting LBWSW’s needs in a way that is inclusive of their sexual orientation, and achieves better outcomes for patients and communities. This report aims to raise the visibility of a group within health care that has remained invisible for too long.

Best practice in providing healthcare to lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women