About this event

  • Date and time Sat 29 Jun 2019 from 12:30pm to 6:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Public Engagement Programme

On the 50th anniversary of the Pride movement, the health of today’s LGBTQ+ community is the focus for the inaugural RSM ‘Pride in medicine’ event. Join a multidisciplinary faculty of engaged experts to discuss the topics and recognise the best forms of support and current guidance for health professionals. 

Last year, the Government Equalities Office LGBT Survey report showed that LGBT people are more dissatisfied with health services in comparison to those who are not LGBT. This can include lack of knowledge among medical staff about the health needs of LGBT people, specific concerns with mental and sexual health services and, among transgender people, concerns with the gender identity services provided by the NHS.

We hope this meeting will help improve the healthcare of LGBTQ+ people. During the day you will explore public policy, society, particular health matters, patient narratives, the present scenario and the future of healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community. Through a series of lectures, forums and workshops, you will learn about: 

  • Trans - what a general doctor might reasonably know
  • Growing up LGBT+ in the UK
  • “Unnatural” reproduction
  • Strategies for addressing LGBT healthcare inequalities
  • BMA President Dinesh Bhugra speaking on mental health
  • The range of health matters and topics that impact today’s LGBTQ+ community. 

The event has two strands: 

  • The CPD approved paid lectures, designed for healthcare professionals and policy advisors, can be booked on this page
  • The open forum, with a series of activities to the general public, can be booked for free on Eventbrite

The two strands will come together at the end of the meeting, with free drinks and networking opportunities. 

Be part of this important day for the RSM, where we will bring together healthcare professionals and the LGBTQ+ community for an educational meeting and an open forum for valuable exchange, visibility and learning. 

The program for this event been developed with the support of GLADD - The Association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists.

This event is part of the Pride in London Festival.

If you have booked for the paid event, you will automatically have access to the open forum.

Key speakers

Professor Dinesh Bhugra

Professor Dinesh Bhugra

Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London

Speaker's biography

Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE is the current President of the BMA Council. 

He is Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London and honorary consultant at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. 

He was President of the World Psychiatric Association from 2014-2017 and in 2017 became President-Elect of the British Medical Association.  

Dinesh Bhugra’s research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He is the recipient of over 10 honorary degrees. He has authored/co-authored over 400 scientific papers and 32 books two of which have been translated into Chinese and Japanese. He is also the Editor of three journals (International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health).  

Previously he was the Dean (2003-2008) and then President (2008-2011) of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK, where he led on major policy initiatives on psychiatry’s contract with society, public mental health and the role of the psychiatrist. He has led on major international surveys on discrimination against people with mental illness and medical students’ interest in psychiatry. 

Professor Catherine Meads

Professor Catherine Meads 

Professor of Health, Anglia Ruskin University

Speaker's biography

Catherine is a senior systematic reviewer and has published numerous systematic reviews and health technology assessments, including music for recuperation after surgery, therapeutic writing in long-term conditions, and in sexual orientation and health. Previously, Catherine was Research Leader at RAND Europe in Cambridge, Reader in Health Technology Assessment at Brunel University, Senior Lecturer at Bart’s and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and at the University of Birmingham. 

Her research interests include leading and managing systematic reviews and health technology assessments, systematic reviews in complex interventions and of devices and diagnostics, prognosis, causality and health service delivery.  

Catherine has been conducting research into lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) health since 1992, with the intention to develop evidence useful for health policy. Her work includes several publications on prevalence of conditions in sexual minority compared to heterosexual women, health behaviours and pregnancy rates. One systematic review contributed to obtaining funding for a LGBT health centre in Birmingham.  

Recently she completed a best evidence review for Public Health England on healthcare experiences and health of UK sexual minority women. She has also delivered numerous public lectures, taught undergraduate medical students, helped develop an elearning package for GPs and has been on several LGBT conference steering committees. 

Dr Michael Brady

Dr Michael Brady

Medical Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust, the first National Adviser for LGBT Health in the NHS.

Speaker's biography

Dr Brady was appointed as the National Advisor for LGBT Health at NHS England in April 2019. In this new role Michael will be working across NHSE, with the Government Equalities Office and a wide range of stakeholders, partner organisations and the LGBT community to address health inequalities for LGBT individuals and improve experience in the NHS. Michael is also an HIV and Sexual Health consultant at Kings College Hospital in London and the Medical Director of the Terrence Higgins Trust. 


Dr Susan Bewley

Dr Susan Bewley

Professor (emeritus) of Obstetrics and Women’s Health, King’s College London

Speaker's biography

Susan qualified in 1982 (Oxford University & Middlesex Hospital). She has a degree in medical law and ethics, trained in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and became consultant obstetrician and Clinical Director at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London 1994-2011. Latterly she worked in London’s Havens (Sexual Assault Referral Centres). Her research contributions relate to severe maternal morbidity and violence in pregnancy (>350 publications and 8 edited books). She believes in evidence-based, patient-centred care, and multi-disciplinary team working, and taking a societal, public health approach to the health of the next generation. She was the first co-chair of GLADD (https://www.gladd.co.uk) and has chaired the RCOG Ethics Committee, NICE Intrapartum Guideline Development Group (GDG) and NICE Rapid Update Standing Committee. She has been a Member of the NICE Fertility GDG, NICE Domestic Violence GDG and World Health Organisation GDG on women living with HIV. She was awarded the 2015 British Medical Journal Editor’s award for “Speaking Truth to Power”.

Dr Michael Farquhar

Dr Michael Farquhar 

Consultant, Sleep Medicine, Evelina London Children’s Hospital 

Speaker's biography

Dr Mike Farquhar is a consultant in sleep medicine at Evelina London Children’s Hospital. He trained in general paediatrics, respiratory paediatrics and sleep medicine in Glasgow, Nottingham, Sydney and London. 

Dr Michael Farquhar joined the Evelina London sleep medicine team as a consultant in 2012. He holds weekly general sleep, hypersomnia and adolescent sleep clinics, and supports Evelina London’s busy diagnostic sleep study service. He also works with colleagues across Evelina London to support sleep in children and young people with complex medical difficulties. 

Mike has an interest in the importance of sleep, sleep deprivation and fatigue in the context of shiftwork within the NHS. He has worked to improve awareness and understanding of these issues since becoming a consultant. 

Mike also has a strong interest in raising awareness of issues and challenges faced by young people who identify as LGBT+, particularly when accessing NHS healthcare. In 2018, he helped develop and pilot the Rainbow NHS Badge (https://www.evelinalondon.nhs.uk/about-us/who-we-are/NHS-Rainbow-Badges.aspx) scheme at Evelina London, which has now been adopted across Guy’s and St Thomas’ and beyond. 

Aimee Linfield

Aimee Linfield 

LGBT Foundation, Co-ordinator for Pride in Practice

Speaker's biography

Aimee is a co-ordinator for LGBT Foundation’s Pride in Practice program and works closely with primary care services to include LGBT people, as well as delivering training and consultancy to health care services. 

Pride in Practice is a programme by the LGBT Foundation that aims to ensure all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people have access to primary care services that are LGBT inclusive and understand the needs of our communities.  

LGBT Foundation was funded by NHS England and Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership) to support GP Practices, Community Pharmacies, Dental Practices and Optometry outlets through the program. 

Established in 1975, LGBT Foundation exists to support the needs of the diverse range of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. 


View the programme 29 June 2019

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome address

Dinesh Bhugra CBE, BMA President and Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry King’s College London

Session 1: Public Policy: What are the key issues / what is the evidence?

Dinesh Bhugra CBE, BMA President and Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

Setting the scene: LGBT health inequalities in the UK

Dr Michael Brady, National Adviser for LGBT Health

Strategies for addressing LGBT healthcare inequalities

Aimee Linfield, Pride in Practice Manager - Greater Manchester, LGBT Foundation

More information please! Why better research drives inclusive policy

Catherine Meads, Professor of Health, Anglia Ruskin University

Panel discussion

Session 2: A look at key health topics

Dr. Christopher Morrison, chair of GLADD - The Association of LGBT Doctors and Dentists

The NHS Rainbow Badge Project

Dr Michael Farquhar, Sleep Medicine Consultant, Evelina London Children’s Hospital

"Unnatural" Reproduction

Susan Bewley, consultant obstetrician and Emeritus Professor of Obstetric and Women's Health at King's College London

LGBTQ+ sexual health in 2019 in a nutshell

Dr Andy Williams, consultant in Sexual Health and HIV at Barts Health NHS Trust

Trans - what a general doctor might reasonably know

Dr James Barrett, Lead Clinician, Gender Identity Clinic

Sexual variation and mental health

Dinesh Bhugra CBE, BMA President and Emeritus Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London

Panel discussion
Tea, coffee and networking

Session 3: Panel Discussion & Public Audience Engagement Forum

“How can we do better?”

A panel discussion & audience engagement forum asking how the world of healthcare can better support and guide patients from the LGBTQ+ community. Featuring speakers from the day and organisations including:

Dinesh Bhugra
LGBT Foundation 

Chaired by Dr Michael Brady, National Adviser for LGBT Health

Closing address

Dr Raj Lal Sharma, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, Lead of Psychological Therapies Services

Drinks reception
End of drinks reception


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom