Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender LGBT+ (health and wellbeing needs in South Tyneside)

High level priorities


  • Health and Wellbeing Board Chairs must ensure that Health and Wellbeing Strategy implementation plans and supporting strategies explicitly consider the actions to reduce inequalities affecting LGBT+ communities.
  • All health and social care commissioners should continue to use equality impact assessment frameworks, which include sexual orientation and gender identity, for population strategy documents and action plans.
  • All health and social care providers should implement the published guidance on becoming LGBT+ friendly providers.


  • Healthwatch commissioning and contracting processes should monitor levels of engagement with LGBT+ populations.
  • Clinical Commissioning Group public and patient involvement initiatives should ensure that LGBT+ communities are specifically included in CCG communication and engagement strategies.


  • Commissioners should include a requirement in contracts for service providers to monitor sexual orientation and gender identity in service users over 16 years, and consider monitoring younger age groups where appropriate.

Service Provision:

  • Commissioners should use the data available to them to assess whether mainstream services they have commissioned are accessible to and appropriate for LGBT+ people.