Health Services: Transsexuality

Health written question – answered on 7th June 2011.

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Photo of Simon Kirby Simon Kirby Conservative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to raise awareness of the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities among health professionals.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department has published a series of guidance documents on sexual orientation and gender identity for health and social care professionals, which are available on the Department's website.

In March 2011 the Department supported Stonewall to run a leadership programme for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff in the national health service. These staff will help form a key group of Champions to advance Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGB & T) equality at local level. The Department has recently confirmed that the National LGB & T Partnership will join its Strategic Partnership Programme for 2011-12 providing strategic advice on LGB & T health and social care issues.

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