Last Friday (17 May) saw the launch of the NHS Rainbow Badge on our paediatric wards.

The badge, which signifies openness and inclusivity for anyone that identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and those of all identities (LGBT+), was given to the over 60 members of staff who signed up.

The initiative originated at the Evelina Children’s Hospital earlier this year and has already won support from Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, as well as former St George’s member of staff, Dr Ranj Singh.

Dr Luci Etheridge, Consultant General Paediatrics & Young People’s Health, helped to bring the badges to St George’s.

Luci told us: “For many of our patients, we see them at a time when they are still developing their identity, as well as dealing with a mental health or physical condition. We want to be inclusive and provide a safe environment for not just patients, but staff and visitors who are LGBT+ too.

“After requesting the implementation pack from the Evelina, we were delighted with the response. Over 60 members of the team took part in inclusivity training and are now wearing the badges with pride.”

The launch was arranged to coincide with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

Please note: if you work at the Trust and would like to find out more or enquire about ordering a Rainbow Badge, please speak to your local manager and Celia Oke, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, first.