14 July 2016
BMH initiative supports trans service users
BMH has launched an initiative to ensure
its staff treat trans people accessing the system with dignity and
As part of this, the first Working with Trans People workshop -
commissioned by the BMH System Leadership Team - took place on 7
July. It was attended by a range of staff from different services
in the BMH system and facilitated by Alex Raikes MBE, Director
(Strategic) of Stand Against Racism & Inequality, Cheryl
Morgan, Lexi Dark and Henry Poultney.
Attendees found out facts about the sociology of gender and
discovered more about transphobia and the importance of
terminology. The workshop also covered laws that relate to trans
people, such as the Gender Recognition Act and the Equality Act.
The event featured a range of activities and a session focussed on
what staff need in terms of support and guidelines.
BMH will hold another workshop in August to gather more
information. These workshops will then be used to produce Trans
Best Practice Guidelines and tools which will be issued for wider
consultation across the system. The Guidelines should be made
available to staff later in the year.
Kate Webb, Senior Business Manager in BMH's SLT, says: "The
guidelines will enable staff to feel confident when engaging with
trans people and ensure that service users are treated with the
dignity and respect they deserve."