Clapham Park Group Practice is committed to providing equitable access to healthcare for patients from the LGBTQ+ community.
- Our Equality and Diversity policy is updated annually and our staff have mandatory training at least once every 3 years.
- We aim to provide a confidential service and respect the rights of all patients and help them access the care they need.
- We do not discriminate on gender, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, age or disability.
Sexual orientation monitoring (SOM) and trans status monitoring (TSM)
Our registration form now includes questions regarding sexual orientation and trans status. We collect this information to help us provide the best standard of healthcare possible, tailoring our services, signposting and conversations to your specific healthcare needs. We can use the data collected to ensure the services we provide accurately reflect patients accessing our services. We can also use data collected to identify the prevalence rate of conditions within particular groups.
Who is information about sexual orientation and gender identity shared with?
The practice is bound by strict confidentiality and the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR). This means we will only share your information if consent is provided or if necessary for your healthcare e.g. referrals to other clinical services. Where requested, information will be shared with lawyers, for insurance forms etc.
We adhere to the Gender Recognition Act 2004, and will not disclose an individual’s transgender history to a third party it is medically relevant, and they have given consent to do so.
Why do we collect about sexual orientation and gender identity?
Under the Equality Act 2010, we have a duty of care to pay due regard to patients with protected characteristics. For this reason we collect a variety of demographic information in order to tailor the service and support you receive from us. Sexual orientation and trans status monitoring are one of many pieces of information we collect from our patients.
If you are not comfortable providing this information, you don’t have to. But filling in all of the demographic information on patient forms allows us to provide you the best care possible.
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