Finding out about LGBT patient experience

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We are holding a consultation event on 6 March to find out what people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) think of our mental health services. 

LGBT Voices is being held at the Gallery, Woolwich Centre from 4pm to 7pm. It is part of the Oxleas Consultation Project which is funded by Health Education England and aims to improve services for LGBT people with mental health needs. We are delivering this in partnership with Metro, a local charity that works with anyone experiencing issues related to gender, sexuality, diversity or identity.

We are also hoping to capture the views of LGBT people who use our services with a confidential online survey. All those who complete this will be automatically entered into a draw for two prizes of £100 in vouchers. Those who attend the consultation event in March will also be entered into a prize draw for a tablet. 

LGBT people will also have the opportunity to share their experiences at focus groups that we will be holding in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich boroughs. 

Head of Equality and Human Rights, Christine Rivers said: "Oxleas regularly consults with patients in order to improve services. However, LGBT patients are often invisible and their voices are not heard. LGBT Voices will actively engage with LGBT patients to hear about their experiences and suggestions for how we can do things better." 

February is LGBT History Month when the lives and achievements of LGBT people are celebrated and prejudice and discrimination against this group is challenged. You can find out more here.

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Published on 5th February 2015