Culturally competent and compassionate LGBT+ curriculum in health and social care education and practice

Pezzella, Alfonso ORCID logoORCID:, Papadopoulos, Irena ORCID logoORCID:, Collinge, Sean ORCID logoORCID:, Dudau, Victor ORCID logoORCID:, Doru, Ana Maria ORCID logoORCID:, Kouta, Christiana ORCID logoORCID:, Rousou, Elena ORCID logoORCID:, Nikolaidou, Elena, Rocamora-Perez, Patricia ORCID logoORCID:, López-Liria, Remedios ORCID logoORCID:, Nielsen, Dorthe ORCID logoORCID:, Twisttmann Bay, Laila, Baiocco, Roberto ORCID logoORCID:, Pistella, Jessica ORCID logoORCID:, Kuckert-Wöstheinrich, Andrea ORCID logoORCID: and Ziegler, Sabine ORCID logoORCID: (2020) Culturally competent and compassionate LGBT+ curriculum in health and social care education and practice. In: Social Work and Sexuality Conference Mumbai 2020, 26-27 Nov 2020, Mumbai, India. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


Evidence shows issues with professional conduct and discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT+) people in health and social care, continue to exist in the UK and most probably in other EU countries. This indicates the need to ensure that health and social care professional education must include exploration of LGBT+ issues, in order to enable professionals to provide culturally competent and compassionate care which is free from prejudice to this population.

This poster highlights the need to develop more culturally competent and compassionate teaching tools and resources to include LGBT+ issues in the curriculum and training for the future workforce.

IENE 9, an Erasmus+ funded project, adopted a mixed-method and innovative approach for gathering and developing teaching tools and resources for a more culturally competent and compassionate LGBT+ education in health and social care curricula across Europe.

Results /Outcomes
There seems to be a lack of covering in LGBT+ health needs in the health and social care curriculum. The IENE 9 project is addressing this gap in education which will improve the care provided for LGBT+ people.

Specific training on LGBT+ issues may result in better knowledge and skills of the health and social care workforce, which helps to reduce inequalities and communication between providers and LGBT+ people, as well as diminishing the feelings of stigma and discrimination experienced by LGBTQ+ people (Carr & Pezzella, 2017; Sekoni, Gale, Manga‐Atangana, Bhadhuri, & Jolly, 2017).

Implication for social work practice
Stigma towards LGBT+ individuals cannot be eradicated overnight and shifting cultural beliefs is a slow process that requires imaginative and creative methods to encourage people to learn more about LGBT+ topics. Exposure to LGBT+ issues, through awareness workshops and campaigns, could facilitate this process. Social workers are the champions overlooking vulnerable LGBT+ people and it is vital for social work practitioners and educators to join hands and provide both educational material and policies to protect LGBT+ rights.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Sustainable Development Goals:
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 36543
Depositing User: Alfonso Pezzella
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2022 08:58
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 15:04

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