Experience of being a LGBT advisor to the Government Equalities Office

11 February 2021, 18:30 - 19:30

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In this free online event to support LGBT+ History Month, Professor Catherine Meads talks about her experience as a Government Advisor on the UK Government Equalities Office LGBT Advisory Panel.

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Catherine was appointed when the Panel was set up in April 2019. There are currently nine individual appointees and three representatives of LGBT charities – Stonewall, LGBT Foundation and LGBT Consortium. Since it was set up there have been three different Secretaries of State in charge of the Women and Equalities portfolio. Professor Meads talks about why she applied, how she was appointed and what little they have been able to achieve as a panel since.

Catherine Meads is a Professor of Health at ARU and senior systematic reviewer. She has published numerous systematic reviews and health technology assessments in a wide range of topics, 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 and has published a number of papers, including on sex hormone levels in lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual women, UK educational and training materials aimed at health and social care staff about providing appropriate services for LGBT+ people, and associations between sexual orientation, and overall and site-specific diagnosis of cancer. Recently she completed a best-evidence review for Public Health England on health and healthcare experiences of UK sexual minority women. She has also delivered numerous public lectures, spoken at a Select Committee and All Party Parliamentary Groups, taught undergraduate medical and nursing students, helped develop an e-learning package for GPs and has been on several LGBT conference steering committees. She is currently a member of the UK Government Equalities Office LGBT Advisory Panel.


Event presented to support LGBT+ History Month.

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11 February 2021, 18:30 - 19:30
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