Pictured at the launch of “LGBT+ Awareness and Inclusion Training: The Basics”. … Maeve O’Brien (HSE, SHCPP), Helen Dealy, HSE, Moira Germaine (HSE, SHCPP) Chief Executive of the HSE Paul Reid, Paula Fagan, CEO LGBT Ireland, Helen Moritmer LGBT Ireland, Tony Liston HSELand & Anita Butt (HSE, SHCPP).


‘LGBT+ Awareness and Inclusion Training: The Basics’  is designed to help all staff within the HSE to develop understanding of how they might make simple changes to their everyday work practices to provide an enhanced service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The eLearning training is also available to partner organisations which have access to HSELanD.


Paula Fagan, Chief Executive Officer with LGBT Ireland said “Each year we have a growing number of requests for LGBT+ equality and diversity awareness programmes from employers and statutory agencies across Ireland. We find that most people are willing and eager to improve their approach to LGBT+ service users but may be blocked by a lack of understanding, or a fear of not doing or saying the right thing. The development and launch of this online module will go some way to respond to this as it has the capacity to reach large numbers of HSE staff”.


Paul Reid, Chief Executive Officer for the HSE said, “The new module was developed in response to a demand from staff for additional support in relation to LGBT+ inclusive practice. It builds on previous HSE work in this area and is an ideal way for staff to gain a basic understanding of LGBT+ issues and how taking an inclusive approach will yield better health and wellbeing outcomes for our LGBT+ service users. I encourage all HSE staff to complete this accessible and informative training programme”.