Recent News Round-up from Medway NHS Foundation Trust01-Jul-2019
The Medway NHS Foundation Trust have recently appointed a new Chief Executive; and have also announced being one of the first NHS trusts in the south east to sign up to the Rainbow Badge scheme.
New Chief Executive
Medway NHS Foundation Trust recently announced James Devine had been appointed as the new substantive chief executive.
Devine had been the interim chief executive at the Trust since November 2018, following the departure of LesleyDwyer.
Devine’s previous experience includes senior roles at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Barts Health; and is said to be looking forward to leading the Medway NHS Foundation Trust as they continue to improve care for patients, suggesting the that the Trust has “..strategies underway to ensure (the Trust) can inspire and motivate.. staff – the best of people – to deliver the best of care.”
Rainbow Badge scheme
Conceived by Evelina London, the Rainbow Badge scheme is a way for staff to show they are aware of issues that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT+) people face when accessing healthcare. It is aimed to make a positive difference by promoting a message of inclusion.
The 2018 Stonewall study LGBT in Britain showed the rates of mental health conditions among LGBT people; and it showed Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety are much higher in people who identify as LGBT+.
The rainbow badge is a visual symbol identifying its wearer as someone an LGBT+ person can feel comfortable talking to about issues relating to sexual orientation or gender identity, and indicates that the wearer will listen without judgement and signpost to further support if needed.