Sexual Orientation Monitoring
From 2 July 2018 the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust will be piloting a new Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard. This means that all patients who are admitted to the wards participating in the pilot will be asked which of the following options best describes how they think of themselves:
- Heterosexual or Straight
- Gay or Lesbian
- Other sexual orientation not listed
- Person asked and does not know or is not sure
- Not stated (person asked but declined to provide a response)
- Not known (not recorded)
Why we are monitoring sexual orientation
Understanding a patient’s background and current needs will help us to deliver person-centred care. Like someone’s ethnicity, age or marital status, sexual orientation is a characteristic that doesn’t define a person but can have an impact on their health risks and outcomes, and so is useful information in the care and treatment of the individual.
What happens with the data?
This information will be covered by the Data Protection Act 1988 and kept strictly confidential.
Where can I find more information?
More information on the standard can be found here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/about/equality/equality-hub/sexual-orientation-monitoring-information-standard/