LGBT Foundation: "If we’re not counted, we don’t count"

The Manchester-based charity welcomes national sexual orientation monitoring




Manchester’s LGBT Foundation, a national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities, has welcomed the publishing of a national standard for monitoring sexual orientation.


The Information Standard was developed in conjunction with NHS England as a significant game changer in the future health and social care provision for lesbian, gay and bisexual people living in England.


Released by NHS Digital today, it aims to better meet the needs of LGB people through improved data collection. The new standard will also provide a mechanism for recording the sexual orientation of all patients and service users aged 16 years and over across all health and social care services in England.


Research by the LGBT Foundation has shown that LGB people are disproportionately affected by a range of health inequalities and experience significant barriers to accessing health and care services. 


The research also pinpointed better sexual orientation monitoring as a vital step towards addressing these specific health inequalities and improving access to care.


Commenting on today’s launch, Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive at LGBT Foundation, said:


“We’ve been working very closely with a dedicated Task and Finish Group for a number of years to create a way for health and social care professionals to monitor sexual orientation in a consistent way. I’m massively appreciative for all of their hard work in making this happen and so proud of what we’ve collectively achieved.”


“If we’re not counted, we don’t count, and the launch of the sexual orientation monitoring Information Standard is a hugely important step in the right direction towards addressing LGB inequality in health and social care in Greater Manchester and beyond.”


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