Pride in Practice, a quality assurance support service that supports primary care providers to strengthen relationships with the LGBT community, is being rolled out across Greater Manchester thanks to a three year contract from Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership (GMHSC) awarded to the LGBT Foundation.

The contract sees free training being offered to GPs, Doctors, Optometrists and Pharmacists across Greater Manchester and is endorsed by the Royal College of GPs. It ensures that practices effectively and confidently meet the needs of LGBT patients and offers ongoing support and information resources for each practice. For example it can give practitioners the confidence to:

  • Support trans patients beginning their transition
  • Support gay and lesbian people wanting to adopt children
  • Offer gay and lesbian patients with drug and alcohol problems help

Dr Luke Wookey, GP at Fairfax Group Practice said:

“Pride in Practice has been a great support and educational network for us both for us as doctors and the healthcare team and for patients as well.  I’ve been really proud to support a wide range of LGBT patients throughout the year and it’s been a privilege to have been part of their healthcare.

Laurence Webb, Pride in Practice Manager at the LGBT Foundation added:

“1 in 5 lesbian, gay and bisexual patients report that their sexual orientation is a factor in them delaying accessing health services and half of trans patients feel unable to be who they are when talking to a health professional. By accessing this free accreditation award programme in Greater Manchester primary care practices can provide an equal service that meets the specific needs of LGBT people.”

Jon Rouse, Chief Officer at GMHSC said:

“We are delighted to support the LGBT Foundation with a three year contract to deliver Pride in Practice training across Greater Manchester to GP Surgeries, Optometrists, Dentists and Pharmacies to support inclusive care for LGBT people. The LGBT Foundation has a fantastic track record for delivering this training. We are already hearing of the benefits to patients and I am looking forward to seeing the results over the coming years.”

For more information about Pride in Practice, visit the LGBT foundation website, or call 0345 3303030