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SECAmb hosts first National Ambulance LGBT Network Conference

05 July 2016

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) will be hosting the first UK National Ambulance LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) Network conference at the Amex Stadium, Brighton on Friday, 5 August. All NHS ambulance staff are invited to attend the conference free of charge.

SECAmb have secured established key note speakers for the conference and key themes are linked to LGBT Health Issues. Dr Joanna Semlyen PhD, CPsychol, AFBPsS, HCPC Registered Health Psychologist will speak on LGBT mental health issues and Caroline Paige, who transitioned after fifteen months of serving in the Royal Air Force, will be speaking on her personal experiences of going through the transitioning process within the workplace.

SECAmb Inclusion Manager Angela Rayner, who is one of the conference’s organisers, said: “We’re running three specialist workshops - Mental Health and LGBT people, Supporting trans patients and staff, and domestic violence in LGBT relationships.  The workshops will be repeated throughout the day so that participants will be able to select and attend their preferred options.”

The conference precedes the yearly Pride Brighton & Hove Festival on Saturday, 6 August, which is widely recognised as the most popular and flamboyant in Pride’s calendar.

Staff from the Trust’s Sussex, Surrey and Kent regions will once again represent SECAmb at the event and will be joined by fellow ambulance service colleagues from across the country.  It is expected that the Trust will have more than 100 participants in the parade and it is hoped that the conference will boost numbers to a record level this year.

Geraint Davies, Acting Chief Executive and Chair of PRIDE in SECAmb said: “SECAmb is absolutely delighted to host the first National Ambulance LGBT Network conference which shows SECAmb’s commitment to deliver diversity and equality for our patients and our staff.

“Year after year our strong presence at Pride 2016 never fails to receive tremendous cheers and support by the crowds lining the streets. It makes me extremely proud to be part of SECAmb.”

To reserve a place at the conference and for advice on accommodation, please contact Asmina.IChowdhury@secamb.nhs.uk


 

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