Have Your Say

The following studies are currently looking for participants - we would be thrilled if any GLADD member, friend or colleague could support them. More research is desperately needed to drive progress in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so get involved if you can and help shape work that makes a difference to LGBTQ+ communities!

Coming Out in Clinical Practice: Experiences of LGBT+ healthcare workers within Primary Care

This study aims to learn from the experience of LGBTQ+ doctors and other healthcare professionals within general practice, to understand how people develop, protect, and manage their professional identities. There are two components: a survey questionnaire and an interview.

The questionnaire should only take about 5 minutes and is linked below. The second component is the interview. These are likely to last about 1 hour and will be conducted via Zoom. Whilst completion of both sections is ideal it is not mandatory. If you are interested in participating in an interview, please contact us on HCPLGBTQID@bsms.ac.uk

Experiences of LGBTQ+ Physicians

A London School of Hygeine and Tropical Medicine health policy student is recruiting participants to take part in 30-minute Zoom interviews for her master's dissertation project. Participants will be asked how identifying as queer influences their experiences with other physicians and with their patients. All questions will be sent to participants in advance and all personal data will be kept anonymous.

If you are interested, please email meera.rothman1@student.lshtm.ac.uk with your name and the dates/times when you are free for a Zoom interview.

The co-production of a novel behaviour change intervention for hospital staff to improve understanding of, and response to, LGBTQ+ patients accessing healthcare in that setting

There is substantial and consistent evidence that those identifying as LGBTQ+ experience increased incidence of poorer mental and physical health and significant discrimination in health and social care.
Work has already begun to improve the understanding of, and response to, those self-identifying as LGBTQ+ by GP practice staff, for example in Greater Manchester through the ‘Pride in Practice’ scheme run by the LGBT Foundation. We want to see if we can develop interventions which help hospital staff improve their cultural competency in Cambridge, with local people working together to co-design an intervention or interventions to support change. We believe in so doing we will:

  1. Improve the quality of the interaction between patient facing staff and patients regarding the needs of those identifying as LGBTQ+, and enable staff to be more confident and compassionate\
  2. Improve the experience of LGBTQ+ people accessing their local hospital

    We’re inviting people to participate in several small focus groups, each meeting 3-4 times over a twelve-month period, fully supported by the principal researcher throughout. However you identify yourself regarding sexuality or gender you will be welcome, as we want as wide and diverse a group as possible, reflecting our rich and diverse communities.

Please contact the researcher at sc1784@pgr.aru.ac.uk for more information.

Adjustment, Risk and Protective Factors in LGB+ People

This collaborative group invites people who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, etc. (LGB+) to participate in a study investigating different psychological and physical well-being aspects.

This study is part of a broader research project at Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) which involves several countries worldwide. Through your participation, you will improve the knowledge of risk and protective factors related to the lives of LGB+ people. The aim is to use the knowledge gained from this research to inform anti-discriminatory policies and practices. This project has ethical approval.

Exploring the Experiences of Transgender and Non-Binary Doctors within the NHS

Transgender and non-binary people face increased rates of workplace discrimination and harassment within the UK. This has been well documented, but not within the context of the NHS. The NHS has a responsibility to foster a diverse workforce and ensure its staff are adequately protected from discrimination and unequal opportunity at work. This study aims to explore the experiences of gender minority doctors within the NHS and understand the challenges they face within the workplace.

If you are a qualified doctor who works or has worked in the NHS within the last ten years and identify as transgender or non-binary, then you are eligible to take part in the study. Non-binary here is being used as umbrella term to encompass gender identities such as agender, bigender, genderqueer or gender-fluid.

Participation in the study is completely voluntary and involves a one-off one-to-one Zoom interview which will last from 30-60 minutes. If you are interested in participating and would like further information, please see the contact details below: