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People who are LGBTQ+

Population Outcome: People who are LGBTQ+ in Suffolk and North East Essex have Health Equality

People in Suffolk and North East Essex should have the same opportunity of good health and wellbeing, dignity and respect regardless of their circumstances, and this should include people who identify as LGBTQ+, who currently experience disproportionately worse health outcomes and have poorer experiences when accessing health services.


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The Story Behind the Outcome

Lived Experience


Scarlett's Story

Pete's Story


Healthwatch Suffolk gave evidence to a House of Commons Select Committee (the Women and Equalities Committee)

Exploring the wellbeing of young people who identify as LGBTQ+.

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What did LGBTQ+people tell us about their experiences of health and care services?

Healthwatch Suffolk report

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Wellbeing for LGBTQ+ individuals

Suffolk Mind report August 2023

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Published Evidence

Trans people’s health experiences

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Inequalities - fertility

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Inequalities – maternity

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Inequalities – mental health

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Inequalities - cancer care

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Inequalities – LGBT+ carers

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LGBT experiences at end of life

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References and Further Reading

Local and national organisations

Sexual orientation

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People who are Transgender/ who have had gender reassignment treatments

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Our Ambition

What we know matters to people and why

What matters?Why?
I have my gender and sexual identity recognised and recordedRecording and using information on my gender and sexual identity means that inequalities in my care can be identified and addressed.
I have my gender and sexual identity recognised and recordedInformation on my rights and options for care and support, shared in the right way for me, means I can make the right decisions and know what to expect from my care.

Understanding the impacts of LGBTQ+ discrimination on my health, and actively tackling the barriers I face, means I have access to the right care at the right time.

Equality of access to services that enable me to live the life I choose, build a family and be part of my chosen community, enables me to live well.
I receive high quality careHigh quality, culturally competent, compassionate and sensitive trauma informed care, enables me to have better outcomes for my health and wellbeing.

Understanding my identity, and what is important to me, means my needs and choices are respected and met.
I am seen and heardBeing treated with respect, not experiencing stereotypes, assumptions, bias, prejudice or discrimination, means I can have trust in the professionals who provide my treatment, care and support.

Actively listening and responding to my concerns, feelings and experiences, and giving me choice and control, means my care and my care for others, is safe and effective.

How will things be different in Suffolk and North East Essex

We will ensure recording of gender and sexual identity is accurate and complete for everyone, using this information to identify inequalities in care.We will tackle barriers in access to, and quality of care for LGBTQ+ people and their families and carers.
We will co-produce information in the languages and formats that people need, taking time to explain and making sure any information is fully understood.We will ensure care and support respects people’s identity and lived experiences, enables people to live a full life, and is delivered sensitively and flexibly.
We will co-produce awareness raising and training on diversity of gender and sexual identities; how structures and systems discriminate against LGBTQ+ people and the barriers people face; conscious and unconscious bias in health and care; culturally competent care.

Case Studies – how we are making progress across Suffolk & North East Essex

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Relevant plans and strategies


NHS Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board
Joint Forward Plans
Health Inequalities


Ipswich and East Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

North East Essex 
Alliance Delivery Plan

West  Suffolk
Alliance Delivery Plan

Last Updated on 27 February 2024

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