25 November 2016

Work on Trans Toolkit begins

Trans flagBMH's work to support trans service users and staff is progressing well - with a Trans Toolkit currently being developed.

A Trans Toolkit Co-Design Workshop was held this month to develop the resource, which will inform staff across BMH about how best to support trans service users and colleagues. The toolkit will be available to staff in 2017, following consultation across the system.

Meanwhile, there have been several Working with Trans People workshops, with more set to take place in the coming year. These workshops have been commissioned by BMH's System Leadership Team (SLT), Community Mental Health Services and Inpatient Services and have been attended by staff from across the system.

Attendees found out facts about the sociology of gender and discovered more about transphobia and the importance of terminology during the training, which was delivered by Stand Against Racism & Inequality and the Diversity Trust. The workshops 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 focused on what staff need in terms of support and guidelines.

"This is a valuable piece of work that will support BMH staff through the provision of guidance and resources. The guidance and training will ensure that trans service users and staff are treated with dignity and respect" says Kate Webb, Senior Business Manager in BMH's SLT.

AWP staff within BMH will have Working with Trans People workshops delivered on a whole team basis. BMH is inviting non-AWP staff from across the system to take part in the next Working with Trans People workshop on 21 February 2017. Please contact Kate Webb, Senior Business Manager within SLT, on 0117 9192318 or at kate.webb4@nhs.net, if you are interested in attending this training.

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