Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard - elearning for healthcare
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About the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard programme

Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information StandardThis programme provides health and social care staff with an introduction to the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard.  The programme sets out why the Standard was introduced in adult health and social care services, explains some of the health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) communities and explores the benefits of monitoring.

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The first principle of the NHS Constitution is the commitment to a comprehensive health and social care service, available to all irrespective of personal background.

However, research highlights that lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people are more likely to experience health inequalities compared to heterosexual people, such as being at higher risk of poor mental health, or missing out on routine health screening.

By recognising that every patient has different needs and circumstances, people working in health and social care services can deliver a personal form of care, which recognises diversity, improves outcomes, and addresses health inequalities. Wider patterns or inequalities can also be identified.

The Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard will enable health and social care organisations to monitor in a way that is consistent across the adult health and social care system.

Particular thanks go to the members of the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard Task and Finish group and everyone who provided input into this elearning module.

Meet the team

  • Stuart Moore

    Stuart Moore

    Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Health Education England
  • Mike Cullen

    Mike Cullen

    Sexual Orientation Monitoring Coordinator, LGBT Foundation
  • Josh Bradlow

    Josh Bradlow

    Policy Officer, Stonewall
  • Patricia Howe

    Patricia Howe

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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