More GP practices in Kirklees have received recognition for meeting the needs of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) patients this Pride Month.

Six practices across Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees have received an award from the LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice programme for making services more accessible for LGBT people in their communities.

This follows the news in February, when Blackburn Road Medical Centre was announced as the first practice in Kirklees to complete the programme, achieving gold.

GP practices took part through a pilot funded by the Government Equalities Office, co-ordinated by NHS North Kirklees and NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), delivered by LGBT Foundation.

The CCGs aim to commission health services that give protected groups equal access, experiences and outcomes.  Supporting GP practices to achieve the Pride in Practice award is one way they are doing this.

Pride in Practice works in partnership with practice staff to better meet the needs of their LGBT patients and empowers LGBT community members to work with health professionals to find shared solutions to barriers, ensuring patient voice and lived experience is at the centre of the programme.

The programme includes myth-busting training, support to deliver effective active signposting and social prescribing for LGBT communities.

Practices that have achieved an award have made changes across the whole patient journey including from what people see when they enter the building to the language that is used.

Penny Woodhead, Chief Quality and Nursing Officer, for the CCGs said:

“We’re really proud to see more practices in Kirklees complete the Pride in Practice programme. This shows their commitment to provide primary care services that are LGBT inclusive and understand the needs of our communities.

“Pride in Practice is important now more than ever as GP practices are making changes in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Our practices have access to ongoing support and insight from the LGBT Foundation to help them to continue to provide inclusive healthcare.”

The Pride in Practice programme is endorsed and informed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Royal College of General Practitioners, Care Quality Commission, and the Government Equalities Office.

GP practices that have achieved the Pride in Practice award:

  • University Health Centre, Huddersfield- Gold
  • Blackburn Road Medical Centre, Birstall- Gold
  • Cleckheaton Group Practice- Gold
  • Elmwood Family Doctors, Holmfirth- Silver
  • Kirkburton Health Centre- Bronze
  • Windsor Medical Centre, Dewsbury- Bronze

Photo caption: The Team at Blackburn Road Medical Centre presented with their gold award. Image was taken in February, before the Coronavirus pandemic