NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group becomes a Stonewall Health Champion

NHS Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is delighted to announce that it has become one of only five CCGs across the country to join the Stonewall Health Champions Programme.

The programme, which is funded by the Department of Health, provides NHS Tower Hamlets CCG with free advice and expertise on how to improve health services for the lesbian, gay and bisexual community from leading equality charity, Stonewall.

As one of only 20 Stonewall Health Champions across the country, NHS Tower Hamlets CCG will receive:

  • Over £6,500 worth of consultancy support 
  • An initial needs assessment based on Stonewall health research
  • Support to establish a lesbian, gay and bisexual network group for staff 
  • Access to NHS specific training on sexual orientation equality 
  • Support entering the first Stonewall Healthcare Equality Index to benchmark progress year on year
  • A benchmarking meeting to identify the next steps at the end of the programme

NHS Tower Hamlets CCG will focus on evaluating and improving its services and strategies. To do this, it is looking to include more lesbian, gay and bisexual people in review processes and to gather more feedback about how these groups use and experience health services in the borough. This information will then be used to directly inform how the organisation commissions healthcare services.

Commenting, Dr Sam Everington, NHS Tower Hamlets CCG Chair and a local GP, said:

“NHS Tower Hamlets CCG is delighted to have been accepted into the Stonewall Health Champions Programme. We are confident that the support and advice we gain from Stonewall will help us to offer the best possible care and support – regardless of sexual orientation. We also hope to apply the equality and diversity learning that we take away from the Stonewall Health Champions Programme to other priority groups across the borough.

“Our vision is of high quality services within a vibrant and stable healthcare economy that focuses on integration around individual people’s needs. We will ensure that the services we commission deliver the best health outcomes for everyone in Tower Hamlets whilst reducing inequalities and ensuring that the needs of all protected characteristics, including lesbian, gay and bisexual people, are met.”

Leila Woodhouse, Stonewall Health Officer added:“By being part of the Health Champions Programme, NHS Tower Hamlets CCG will receive free support from Stonewall to achieve real improvements in the commissioning of health services for lesbian, gay and bisexual people and their families.”