RAINBOW lanyards and pin badges with the NHS logo are appearing throughout hospitals in Brighton and Haywards Heath.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust staff and volunteers are showing support for LGBTQ+ patients, carers, visitors and colleagues.

The lanyards and pins are a voluntary way for staff of any sexual orientation and gender identity to indicate that they are a ‘safe listening ear’ for LGBTQ+ patients, colleagues, volunteers and students.

Olivia King, Equality Advisor for BSUH, said: “Although subtle, the rainbow pins and lanyards represent a determination across our Trust to raise the standards of understanding and inclusion for LGBTQ+ people, whether as colleagues or patients.

“From cancer services and end of life care, through to the experience of individuals applying for jobs, being visibly open, inclusive and supportive will help to reduce anxieties and improve the care we can offer.

“This is an important initiative for our Trust and I’m delighted by the enthusiastic way colleagues and partners are getting involved.

“The next delivery of lanyards and rainbow pins is being financially supported by Unite, Unison and the Royal College of Nursing in a show of collaboration with this initiative.

“All three organisations are committed to LGBTQ+ inclusion for staff and patients.”