Navajo Charter Mark

Navajo Merseyside & Cheshire LGBTIQ Charter Mark

In May 2016 St Helens and Knowsley NHS Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was first awarded the NAVAJO Charter Mark and we proudly retained the Chartermark upon re-assessment in May 2019.

What is the Navajo Merseyside & Cheshire LGBTI Charter Mark?

Navajo is an equality mark supported by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) Community networks across Merseyside and Cheshire. It is a signifier of good practice, commitment and knowledge of the specific needs, issues and barriers facing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTIQ) people in Merseyside.

The application process was designed to assess organisations in terms of LGBTIQ friendliness and the application included five distinct elements:-

  • Practices and Policies
  • Training
  • Staff Recruitment & Engagement
  • Monitoring
  • Service Users and LGBT Engagement

Retaining the Chartermark means we have demonstrated that we:

  • Promote best practice in engaging with the LGBTIQ communities.
  • Recognise and is working towards addressing the difficulties that our organisation may face in understanding and meeting the needs of our local LGBTIQ communities.
  • Employ an inclusive recruitment and selection process, and promote equal opportunities in all our functions.
  • Have ensured that members of the LGBTIQ communities are involved in the Trusts decision making processes.

Our latest action plan can be found here

Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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