LGBT employee networks under the microscope - Chapter two

Bridget Lockyer and HU Einarsdottir

The launch of LGBT+ Networks

In the second of a series of blogs Dr Anna Einarsdóttir, senior lecturer at the University of York, announces the launch of the research project she is leading in partnership with NHS Employers (and others) on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) networks in the NHS. 

This week, Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Week 2017 sees the launch of LGBT+ Networks, a major new research project from the University of York in partnership with NHS Employers, Stonewall and Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei). The project is investigating how LGBT networks operate, who takes part in them, how they are supported and what they can do to improve relationships between colleagues, and ultimately, enhance the wellbeing of LGBT employees.  

To mark this launch we, the research team (Dr Anna Einarsdottir, Dr Bridget Lockyer, Professor Karen Mumford and Professor Yvonne Birks), are unveiling the project’s website: The website will be the hub of LGBT+ Networks, providing regular updates on the ongoing research through our blog and newsletters, as well as hosting forums for discussion between LGBT NHS networks and individual staff members across the UK.

The project’s website is the principal way NHS staff can be involved and contribute to the research as it progresses. It is vital to us that we hear and include as many different voices as possible.

Our first task will be working closely with nine case study NHS organisations who we are in the process of selecting with the support of Stonewall. The case study organisations will be chosen in line with where they are placed in the current Stonewall workplace equality index. They will provide a rich source of insight through participatory observation and semi structured interviews about their LGBT staff network experience.

We are also pleased to hold our first advisory board meeting this week at NHS Employers in Leeds. The meeting will be a fantastic opportunity to discuss the implementation of the research with a wide range of parties ranging from academics, regulators and equality and diversity practitioners in the NHS, to trade union and civil society organisations, who share a commitment to the success and lasting impact of the project.

Please visit the website to find out more about the study and how you can get involved, and continue to watch this space!

Dr Anna Einarsdottir and Dr Bridget Lockyer

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