All the little things: Activism, soft power, and influencing change
There is a necessary overlap between the health of LGBT people and the wellbeing of the LGBT healthcare workforce; having understood what health inequalities LGBT+ people in the UK face, this presentation seeks to examine ways to improve health outcomes for them. This talk will look at the work undertaken by GLADD (The Association of LGBTQ+ Doctors and Dentists) in trying to improve the health outcomes of LGBT people, whilst also seeking to ensure LGBT doctors and dentists can bring their true self to work. By reviewing projects big and small, undertaken by a small organisation with no staff and relatively little financial backing, this presentation hopes to demonstrate that persistence and soft power can influence change at multiple levels.
Christopher, a Warwick MB ChB alumnus, is a Clinical Development Fellow in Critical Care at NHS Ayrshire and Arran in the west of Scotland. He joined GLADD (The Association of LGBTQ+ Doctors and Dentists) as a medical student, and was the organisation’s Co-Chair for 4 years. Through GLADD Christopher is interested in the rights of LGBT health professionals and the care of LGBT patients; he has organised teaching events for professionals on LGBT health, is part of a research programme aimed at improving the experience of LGBT patients, and is undertaking a review of health care professional’s experience of being taught about LGBT health inequality.
He has been involved in surveys of homophobia and biphobia in the NHS workplace, and worked with partner organisations to improve the experience of LGBT medical students. Christopher is a member of the BMA’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion advisory group. Outside of work he can be found swimming in Highlands rivers and lochs, and frequently eating cake.