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Everybody Equal? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) History Month Conference

Thursday 11th February 2016 at The Showroom, Lincoln

Public sector organisations are serving a population that is more diverse than ever before. During this event we’ll be asking questions: ‘is everybody equal when accessing services, are we getting it right in supporting LGBT community?’

We want to educate, challenge, dispel myths and give people food for thought on equality and diversity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. We will also be looking at specific risks and health inequalities that are prevalent within the LGBT community and how we can overcome these.

Presentation downloads

Keynote speakers

Prof Rachel Munton
Managing Director of East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

Nick Corrigan
Director of Personal and Professional Development Programmes, Stonewall

Sophie Wood - There were no slides used for this presentation
Secretary of the National Trans Police Association


Box ticking matters! Importance of equality monitoring information
Sophie Ford and Zoë Rowe

Assumed hetero unless stated otherwise. The unconscious bias of heteronormativity
Debbie Bland and Rachel Higgins

Services fit for later life. Health and social care services for older LGBT people - There were no slides used for this workshop
Karen Duncombe

The journey of trans people - There were no slides used for this workshop
Zoe Watts and Paul Fitzgerald

If you have any queries please contact us via the event hotline on 01332 224503


Thursday 11th February 2016

Please note, a full detailed agenda can be downloaded at the bottom of the event page.
All speakers and timings are subject to change.

10:00Keynote - Rachel Munton
10:45Keynote - Nick Corrigan
11:30Refreshment Break
12:45Lunch, networking and exhibitions
13:45Keynote - Sophie Wood
15:30Refreshment Break
15:45Final speakers and plenary
16:15Close and networking

Speakers and Facilitators


Nick Corrigan

Keynote Speaker
Nick Corrigan is the Director of Personal and Professional Development Programmes at Stonewall.

He is responsible for overseeing the strategy, content and quality of the work that we deliver which empowers individuals. Nick’s team delivers life-changing interventions across workplaces, schools and communities across England. Nick recently returned to London from Sydney, Australia, where he worked as an Organisational Development consultant, supporting amazing people and projects which assisted the most vulnerable people and communities to overcome the challenges they face.

Professor Rachel Munton

Keynote Speaker
Professor Rachel Munton is Managing Director of East Midlands Academic Health Science Network, a partnership organisation between the NHS, Higher Education and Industry.

Her previous roles span national and regional portfolios, including Director of the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care for Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire: Director of the East Midlands Leadership Academy, Interim Director of Nursing for NHS East Midlands, Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Deputy Chief Executive of the Mental Health Act Commission, Director of Mental Health Nursing at the Department of Health, and Associate for Leadership for Inclusion at the NHS Leadership Academy.

Rachel is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and Adult Nurse, with a passion for service user/patient involvement, inclusive leadership, equality and diversity. She is also a special advisor to Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group governing body, and was included in the HSJ's top 50 Inspirational Women in the NHS 2014.

Sophie Wood

Keynote Speaker
Sophie Wood is Secretary of the National Trans Police Association which exists primarily to provide support to serving and retired Police Officers, Police Staff and Special Constables with gender identity issues. The NTPA further aims to provide support to all serving and retired Police Officers, Police Staff and Special Constables who wish to support colleagues, friends or family members with gender identity issues. The NTPA also offers assistance to the Policing Family as a whole in creating positive, meaningful and inclusive contact with the Transgender Community.

She initially trained to be a Primary School Teacher in the early 1990’s but went into Residential Social Work and spent 5 years working with Visually Impaired Adults with other disabilities, specialising in caring for those who had sustained serious head injury and Brain Damage.

In 2004 she joined West Mercia Police Service where her main role has been training Police Officers and Civilian Staff to use National Information and Intelligence systems, ultimately specialising in Police Intelligence training including Cybercrime Investigation.

Sophie became Sophie in 2011 and is incredibly proud to be a Trans Woman. She currently lives in Spain with her Wife of 23 years in the South of Spain and works in the private sector in Gibraltar.

Debbie Bland MCSP, HCPC

Debbie is a Senior Physiotherapist within Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS). She is a visible LGBT link for LCHS and a member of the LGBT Network. Having worked in the NHS for 30+ years, she has seen how the nation’s view of the LGBT population has changed and ‘developed’. Unfortunately there is still a common unconscious bias of heteronormativity present in media. Debbie would like to believe that the public services in Lincolnshire fall outside this constricted view, and is hoping that today’s conference and workshops help prove this theory.

Karen Duncombe

Karen is an Equality and Human Rights Specialist in the NHS and has been working in this area for over ten years. Prior to that, she was an access campaigner and advocate. She is passionate about developing accessible health care for all; especially those who might find it harder to access services or who might find themselves discriminated against. Karen lives in Lincoln and has one child and two point four dogs.

Sophie Ford

Sophie Ford is Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s Equality and Diversity Lead. Since becoming Equality and Diversity Lead in July 2013, Sophie has supported the Trust in increasing its ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index by 145 places. She also has professional experience as an HR Adviser.

Sophie has been previously working within equality and diversity at City of Lincoln Council and Inclusion Officer for childcare settings around the county. She also worked for the Playwork Inclusion Project (Kids) where she delivered inclusion training to local authorities and supported regional networks to support the inclusion of disabled children and young people into play and childcare settings.

Sophie has a degree in Applied Psychology and was awarded the NHS East Midlands Leadership Academy Award for NHS Leader of Inclusivity 2014. Sophie is currently studying the NHS Mary Seacole programme (Post Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership).

Rachel Higgins MSc, PGCert

Rachel is an Equality & Diversity Specialist working for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) and has worked within the NHS for 27 years. Her qualifications include Msc in Diversity Management and she has recently completed the Mary Seacole NHS Leadership Programme (PGCert HCL (Open). Rachel has recently been accepted to be an Equality Advisor for the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Rachel believes that although sometimes used interchangeably, the terms ‘equality’ and ‘diversity’ are not the same. Equality is about ‘creating a fairer society, where everyone can participate and has the opportunity to fulfil their potential’. Diversity literally means difference. It is about recognising individuals as well as group differences, treating people as individuals, and placing positive value on diversity in the community and in the workforce.

Zoë Rowe

Zoë is Interim Director of Nursing and Quality at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and senior visible LGBT leader. She joined LPFT in late 2013 initially as Head of Quality and Safety and later as Associate Director of Nursing and Quality. She is Registered Mental Health Nurse and Registered Adult Nurse.

Initially post registration Zoë worked in SE Asia with Vietnamese refugees in Hong Kong. In the UK in the late 1980s she worked in the voluntary sector in HIV /AIDS related preventative work. She has experience of working in inpatient older adult services, adult community mental health services, safeguarding, quality and matron roles. She was studying Traditional Chinese Medicine and completed MA Nursing Studies.


The Showroom, Lincoln

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PDFEverybody Equal? Conference Programme