We know that many people experience discrimination through social exclusion and harassment because of their Age, Disability, Gender Reassignment, Pregnancy and Maternity, Race, Religion and Belief, Sex and Sexual Orientation.
At NHS Fife we recognise our responsibility to challenge and change this to achieve the highest standards in equality. We are committed to being a proactive agent for change and that is why we see equality and diversity at the heart of everything we do.
By investing in equality and diversity NHS Fife aims to improve services and patient care.
- Ensure that our staff and service users are in a safe, inclusive, and accessible environment
- Ensure that our services are accessible to all communities across Fife
- Promote health and well-being for all people
- Attract, train, promote and support a workforce that is diverse and representative of general society
Wear it with Pride
NHS Fife is encouraging staff to make a pledge and demonstrate a commitment to and awareness of the issues that LGBTQ+ people can face when accessing healthcare.
That is why we are supporting NHSScotland’s Pride Pledge and badge.
After signing the pledge staff will be eligible to wear the new NHSScotland Pride Badge, to signify that those NHS Staff who wear the badge are aware of the issues that LGBTQ+ people can face and help to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion.
LGBTQ+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans. The plus stands for all other sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sexual characteristics. Including (but not limited to) asexual, intersex, non‑binary, pansexual, queer or questioning.
NHSScotland Pride Badge
The NHSScotland Pride Badge was designed in recognition of the multi‑factorial and intersectional issues of discrimination and exclusion and incorporates the Progress Flag colours.
These colours represent:
- The six-colour rainbow flag, a symbol belonging to the LGBTQ+ community, which was originally designed by Gilbert Baker in 1979. Each of the six colours represents a different aspect of the LGBTQ+ community and movement.
- Black and brown stripes to represent marginalised LGBTQ+ ethnic minority communities; and
- Pink, light blue and white arrow-shaped lines, which make up the trans pride flag
NHSScotland has designed a new pin badge as a visual symbol identifying its wearer as someone who LGBTQ+ people can feel comfortable talking to.
The following links will take you to a video which provides an overview of the NHSScotland Pride Badge:
Aims of the NHSScotland Initiative
Our new NHSScotland Pride Badge initiative emphasises that wearing a badge is a responsibility.
Staff who want to sign up to the wearing the badge, will be provided with access to resources and information that outlines the challenges that LGBTQ+ people can face and how to offer support and understanding.
When an individual signs up to wear a badge, they acknowledge why the project is needed, and what their responsibility involves including:
- They are aware of and considered the impact of the issues faced by LGBTQ+ people accessing care
- being a safe person to talk / disclose to
- someone who is prepared to listen
- someone who uses inclusive language; and
- someone who respects identity
Sign the Pledge
Committing to the Pride Badge emphasises promoting an environment that is open, tolerant, and inclusive. The aim of this initiative was to actively break down barriers which LGBT+ people may face within the NHS and promote a national organisation that is inclusive for all.
NHSScotland had designed a pin badge as a visual symbol identifying its wearer as someone who LGBT+ people can feel comfortable talking to. The NHSScotland pride badge initiative emphasises that wearing the badge is a responsibility. Over 1259 NHS Fife staff members have signed the pride pledge.
As a badge wear you are expected to be a friendly ally who staff, patients and service users can safely approach.
However, we also realise that some individuals need more tailored and professional support that you may not be able to offer. NHS Fife has a dedicated Equality Lead and a range of local sources of support that may be useful in these situations.
NHS Fife Equality Lead
You can also contact NHS Fife’s Board’s Diversity and Inclusion leads about any equality and diversity issues:
As an employer, NHS Fife wants to create a safe working environment for all its staff, where they feel empowered and able to fulfil their full work potential without prejudice.
Other useful LGBT+ resources
- Breathing Space is Scotland’s national mental health helpline.
- Equality Network is a Scottish charity working for LGBTI rights.
- LGBT Health and Wellbeing promotes the health, wellbeing, and equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Scotland.
- The LGBT Helpline Scotland provides information and emotional support to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their families, friends and supporters across Scotland.
- LGBT Youth Scotland is a national youth organisation working towards the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people in the life of Scotland.
- Pink Saltire - Scotland’s community voice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people of all age groups, in every corner of the country.
- The Scottish Trans Alliance aims to improve the lives and experiences of all transgender people living in Scotland.
- Stonewall Scotland, the LGBT charity have great resources for staff and service users.
- TransparenTsees – group for parents of trans people.
- For more information on broader equality and diversity topics please visit the Equality and Human Rights website.