Survey says: LGBT equality for Leeds
To help improve their understanding of what matters to the LGBT population in the city, the NHS in Leeds has commissioned the University's Institute for Health and Wellbeing to make recommendations on how their existing Healthy Communities Survey could be improved to better meet the needs of the LGBT population. As part of the commission the Institute invited representatives of LGBT and diversity groups in the city to attend a consultation event, from which suggestions for tailoring the survey were made. Now live, the survey is collecting data which the council will use to inform the development and delivery of better services for LGBT people in Leeds.
Alan White, Professor of Men's Health at Leeds Metropolitan and project leader, said: "LGBT history month provides an opportunity to acknowledge the valuable contributions which Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Trans people have made to society. But it also highlights the discrimination which LGBT people have faced throughout history and the importance of achieving a greater understanding of inequalities experienced."
Councillor Lisa Mulherin, Chair of Leeds Health and Wellbeing Board, commented: "It is really important that we gather information to improve health and care advice, services and outcomes for the LGBT community. The more who are involved, the better data we have to inform policy and practice. That is why I am wholeheartedly encouraging people to participate in the survey."
The survey, which runs up until the end of March 2014, is one of four surveys being conducted in Leeds. Once all data has been collected, the anonymous data will be used to identify the key priorities for the LGBT community in how services are developed. Survey findings will be used for consultation purposes and to help in the design of services that are more equitable for all.
Thomas Wales, of GayLeeds.com, added: "I would suggest that all LGBT people within our community take part in this survey. Not only will it help improve our healthcare services, you could also win some high street shopping vouchers to treat yourself. The survey will highlight where the NHS can develop and how it engages with the LGBT community - which can only be a bonus!"
If you would like to contribute to the data please go to: bit.ly/LGBTHealth
People who complete the survey stand a chance of winning part of a £500 prize fund consisting of one £200, 2 x £100 and 5 x £20 high street shopping vouchers. The draw will be made at the end of March 2014.