The government has appointed the UK’s first National Adviser for LGBT Health.
Dr Michael Brady, Medical Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust and a sexual health and HIV consultant at King’s College Hospital, will advise the government on how to tackle inequality in the healthcare system including:
- improving healthcare professionals’ awareness of LGBT issues
- the implementation of sexual orientation monitoring across the NHS
- working with statutory and professional organisations to address LGBT issues in physical and mental health services.
“I want to ensure that every LGBT person is treated with dignity and respect and receives the right information, treatment and care,” said Dr Brady. “I want all healthcare workers to understand the needs of LGBT individuals and for everyone to feel comfortable and confident that they will be treated fairly when they access healthcare.”
Dr Brady will work alongside a new 12-person Advisory Panel, largely made up of representatives from various charities in the sector. The panel will guide the Government on policy, help to deliver the LGBT Action plan laid out by the Government Equalities Office, act as a sounding board, and provide evidence on the experiences of LGBT people.