The North West region of the Royal College of Nurses is launching an LGBT network for members working in health.

The network is also open to those who have an interest in working and influencing the formation of RCN policy and activity around the region.

As part of the RCN’s work around diversity, the network will support members to promote LGBT issues within their own organisation and look at ways of tackling discrimination at work and in care environments.

Commenting on the network, LGBT staff lead Matthew Harris said: “There is great potential here for the group to become the eyes and ears and voice of LGBT communities, to also identify areas of good practice, and also areas where organisations have significant areas to develop in.”

The network will hold ten evening meetings a year and plans to involve social and peer support.

The first meeting next month will begin to shape the future of this group and other RCN work.

The RCN North West region is already involved with a wide range of events, including Pride and the National LGBT Health summit, and is working with the leading LGBT organisations in the area, including the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Foundation.