This Wednesday sees the launch of the College's first ever LGBTQ+ membership survey – which will remain open until 31 January.
The survey aims to capture experiences of LGBTQ+ psychiatrists in the workplace – and we are looking for feedback from all members regardless of whether they identify as LGBTQ+ or not so we can build up a comprehensive picture of what is going on.
Dr Pavan Joshi, Chair of the College’s Rainbow Special Interest Group, says that inclusion work cannot be done in isolation and urged non-LGBTQ+ colleagues to take part, as well as those who identify as LGBTQ+.
“We need the whole picture. For example, when we are researching British, Asian and minority ethnic people’s experiences of racism, we also need to hear from those people around them who are witnessing their treatment.”
Dr Joshi hopes the survey will help non-LGBTQ+ colleagues to consider their own role in challenging the status quo.
The survey will help the RCPsych to understand whether LGBTQ+ psychiatrists have experienced discrimination, bullying or harassment in the workplace, if so from whom and what action, if any, was taken. We will use what we learn to highlight the experience of LGBTQ+ psychiatrists.
Market research company, Research by Design (RbD), will carry out the survey on our behalf and all responses will be anonymous.
Look out for the email with your personal link to respond. The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete – thank you in advance for taking part in this important project.
If you have any questions or would like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.