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Right Arrow Trust awarded Navajo charter mark
19 May 2015 at 14:48

A NHS trust’s inclusive attitude towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people was recognised with the award of the Navajo charter mark.

The award to Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust was presented at the annual Merseyside and Cheshire LGBTI partnership at a ceremony in Liverpool.

The Navajo movement started in Lancashire in1999. As well as tackling inequality and prejudice, it recognises that social well-being and acceptance in society of lesbian, gay and bisexual people has a positive impact on their health. More recently the scheme has been extended to include transgender people too.

The name Navajo was chosen in tribute to the traditions of tolerance, non-discrimination and goodwill that historically formed a central part of the North American Navajo Nation's belief system.

Audrey Cushion, Deputy Director of HR, said: “The charter mark assessment takes into account an organisation’s practices and policies, how it trains and recruits, and how it engages with staff. We are very proud to be one of the 11 organisations in Merseyside and Cheshire to be awarded it.

Lin Douglas, Trust equalities lead, added: “I am delighted we have achieved this award. We have taken positive steps in addressing these issues and the charter mark will support employees and users of our services who identify as LGBTI.”

Picture shows Audrey Cushion, Deputy Director of HR, and Lin Douglas, Equalities lead, with the Trust’s Navajo charter mark certificate.

Issued by Tony Ellis, Marketing and Communications Manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The Trust has a budget of £183.2m and employs 3,472 staff. In 2014/15, we saw 270,141 outpatients; treated 59,808 inpatients; made 280,831 home visits in the community; supported the birth of 2,747 babies; and attended to 110,620 urgent care cases.