LGBT Ireland today, August 15, announced the launch of the country’s first eLearning training course for HSE staff entitled ‘LGBT+ Awareness and Inclusion Training: The Basics’.
Developed in partnership with the HSE’s Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme (SHCPP), the new course will be available to all HSE staff on the HSELanD on-line platform. Developed by LGBT Ireland the eLearning modules and content was designed in consultation with an LGBT + working group comprised of TENI, Belong To, Gay Health Network, LINC, Gay Project Ireland and NUI Galway.
‘LGBT+ Awareness and Inclusion Training: The Basics’ is designed to help all staff within the HSE to develop understanding of how they might make simple changes to their everyday work practices to provide an enhanced service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The eLearning training is also available to partner organisations which have access to HSELanD.
Paula Fagan, Chief Executive Officer with LGBT Ireland said “Each year we have a growing number of requests for LGBT+ equality and diversity awareness programmes from employers and statutory agencies across Ireland. We find that most people are willing and eager to improve their approach to LGBT+ service users but may be blocked by a lack of understanding, or a fear of not doing or saying the right thing. The development and launch of this online module will go some way to respond to this as it has the capacity to reach large numbers of HSE staff”.
“LGBT+ Awareness and Inclusion Training: The Basics” was created in response to the National Sexual Health Strategy 2015-2020, the LGBTI+ National Youth Strategy 2018-2020, and the upcoming, National LGBT Inclusion Strategy.
As well as summarising important LGBT+ terminology, the training covers topics such as: LGBT+ inclusion, transgender people and healthcare and inclusive communication.
The module also includes an ‘Extend my learning’ section, which contains additional information and suggestions as to how learners might further develop their understanding of the issues in order to review and improve their service to LGBT+ people.
The e learning modules are now available to all HSE staff and associated access staff on HSELanD.ie
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