The Northern Care Alliance celebrates LGBT History Month
The Northern Care Alliance celebrates LGBT History Month
29 January 2021

NHS teams across the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group and Greater Manchester will be coming together to celebrate LGBT History Month this February.

LGBT History Month is celebrated every February with the aim of increasing the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their history and their lives. It also looks to raise awareness of issues faced by LGBT+ people through education and works to promote the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of the diverse LGBT+ community.

The theme of this year’s LGBT+ History Month is “Body, Mind and Spirit”. To mark the occasion, the Northern Care Alliance LGBTQ+ Staff Network has arranged a programme of events in collaboration with other NHS organisations from across Greater Manchester to engage with NHS workers and service users. The events will take place throughout February and there are many ways for people to get involved.

Oliver Butterworth, Co-Chair of the Northern Care Alliance’s LGBTQ+ Staff Network, has coordinated the month’s events. He said: “We’ve all worked really hard to create a programme of events that celebrate the contribution of LGBTQ+ NHS workers. However, this month’s events are not exclusive to the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+ allies are also encouraged to get involved.”

The programme of events includes: 

Recognising LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in the Workplace 

The NCA LGBTQ+ Staff Network invites all teams and departments to tell us about how they have helped create an LGBTQ+ inclusive environment for their colleagues and service users. Examples could include a change a team has made to ensure inclusive language is used at all times or how a team has created an environment where colleagues feel safe to be their authentic selves. To submit your story, click here to download the form and then return to Oliver.Butterworth@pat.nhs.uk or Moneeza.Iqbal@srft.nhs.uk.  

LGBT Book Club

We've chosen to read ‘Tales of the City’ by Armistead Maupin, the first in the series of books originally published in 1978. It’s a light-hearted read and it will be interesting to hear others’ thoughts as to what resonates or differs from LGBTQI life now in Greater Manchester compared to then. It is available as an e-book, or via Greater Manchester virtual libraries on “borrow box”. If you are going to purchase the text, please consider using a local independent bookshop, as many will deliver during lockdown.Time: 19:00 - 20:00 MS Teams Link: Click here to join 

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Date: 15th February 2021

Join the Northern Care Alliance LGBTQ+ Staff Network for their LGBT History Month book club

Spirituality and LGBTQ+ People

Date: 17th February 2021

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Time: 16:00-16:45

How has your spirituality nourished you these last 12 months? Join us for a drop in conversation for LGBTQ+ people and allies with the Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care team from Salford Royal. The session will end with an embodied meditation suitable for people of any faith, belief, or spirituality.

Greater Manchester NHS Organisations LGBT Social

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Time: 19:00 – 20:00

The NHS employs tens of thousands of staff across Greater Manchester, with many staff identifying as LGBTQ+. As part of LGBT History Month, local NHS Staff Networks have arranged a social event for LGBTQ+ NHS workers to get together and connect. The evening will provide a platform for people to showcase their skills and talents and also discuss their experiences of working in the NHS as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Cancer Experience

Date: 24th Feb

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Time: 12:30 – 13:30

A MS Teams Talk from Stewart O’Callaghan, Founder and Director of Live Through This, a cancer support and advocacy charity for the LGBTIQ+ community. Stewart will discuss how sexual orientation and gender identity can affect the cancer experience.

Northern Care Alliance LGBTQ+ Staff Network Social Drop-in

Date: 25th Feb

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Time: 16:00 – 17:00

The Staff Network meets once a month to provide LGBTQ+ staff working across the NCA with the opportunity to share their stories and experiences in a friendly and supportive safe space. These drop-ins are a great way for staff to connect with others and there’s never an agenda.

All events are bookable through this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/northern-care-alliance-32080529689

Throughout the month, the Pride Flag will be raised at Northern Care Alliance hospital sites including Salford Royal, Fairfield General, The Royal Oldham Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary.

A signposting guide will also be produced as part of the NCA’s SCARF Staff Support Programme and will contain information and resources to help teams create an inclusive work environment.

Follow the month’s activity on twitter using #NCAPride.

If you have any specific enquiries, please get in touch with Oliver.Butterworth@pat.nhs.uk or Moneeza.Iqbal@srft.nhs.uk, Co-Chairs of the Northern Care Alliance LGBTQ+ Staff Network.

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