LGBTQ+ Network

I take huge pride in the diversity of our staff and the fantastic skill, care and dedication they demonstrate every day.

— Dame Marianne Griffiths, Chief Executive Officer

Our LGBTQ+ Network is a volunteer-run group of LGBTQ+ staff and volunteers (plus allies).

Members come from all levels of the trust. Some have worked here for decades, some just a handful of weeks. The Network is diverse and inclusive – the ‘+’ is our way of acknowledging all sexual orientations and gender identities (including non-binary identities and intersex individuals).

The Network runs a wide range of social events throughout the year.  Members get involved with staff consultations and community events such as Pride. We’re dedicated to, and passionate about, making the experience of working here and providing better care all the time, and our LGBTQ+ Network is a key part of that effort.

The Network is run by a small group of dedicated individuals, who support the wider membership in making positive change across the trust to continually improve staff experience and safe patient care – our ‘True North’.  It meets with the Chief Workforce and Organisational Development Officer and Director of HR quarterly.

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Staff stories

James is a Laboratory Assistant in CIRU & the LGBTQ Network’s Social Media Correspondent.

Can you describe your role at BSUH?

I am a Laboratory Assistant in CIRU (Clinical Investigation and Research Unit) and I previously worked in Pathology. I had the lab background but had plenty to learn when it came to research including exams and courses. There are over 100 research studies that have samples come through the lab (and many more that do not involve samples).

There is a huge amount of research ongoing at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) and just a few examples include oncology drug trials, HIV research, an alopecia study and meningitis research in local schools. Research nurses bring us their patients’ samples to process and store long term or ship on dry ice to external labs. Our processing includes centrifuging samples to separate blood plasma from red blood cells, making blood slides and blood spot cards, counting cells under the microscope and processing samples in the safety cabinet.

One of the biggest differences between working in the biochemistry lab where I started and working in the research lab is the amount of admin, databases, e-mail enquiries and paperwork we do as every step of the way in research needs to be carefully documented.

Working in this environment is fascinating and I love this job.

What attracted you to BSUH originally?

After achieving my goal of wanting to live in Brighton next on the list was finding a career I could be proud of. I’m very proud to work for the NHS and BSUH is a fantastic employer.

You’re part of our LGBTQ+ Network and have recently taken on the social media correspondent role.  What inspired you to get involved?

As an extension of being proud to work for the NHS/BSUH, I felt I really wanted to be involved further. When a list of volunteer roles went up I knew this was the one for me. Having grown up in a small town on the Isle of Wight, it is a so wonderful to live in a city where you can be yourself and work for an employer where exactly the same is true. That is my reason for wanting to get involved with the Network, the appreciation for what we have here.

Work is only one part of who we are.  ‘Who is James’ outside of BSUH?

I’m happiest when at a Star Trek convention/comic con or at a music festival. I do so many of each every year. Live music is a constant part of my life. I first made a website for my favourite actress – Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi in Star Trek) – in 2001, and have grown a fan community to of over 17,000 likes on Facebook. Star Trek and Marina fandom has gained me friends all over the world and I have spent time with friends from Ohio and Texas USA, Sweden, Finland, Malta, Israel and many more.