Leadership and Empowerment

NHS Rainbow Badges

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The Rainbow Badge was pioneered by Dr Michael Farquhar, a consultant at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, the first Trust in England to introduce the scheme. “The badge signals to LGBT+ people using our services that those wearing the badge are good people to talk to about these issues, but also to challenge negative attitudes towards LGBT+ people which sadly still persist across the NHS”.

Nightingale is regarded by some as a gay icon. We may never know if she had sexual relationships with women, but she rejected the Victorian hetero normative ideals of marriage. She created a new path for women who, like herself, wished to live differently and support themselves through the profession of nursing. Her passion paved the way for social reformers who came after her.

Image courtesy of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust / Image courtesy of Dr Michael Farquhar

Exhibits from ‘Florence The Leader’

Discover the 200 Exhibits

Nightingale is respected worldwide for her pioneering role in developing the nursing profession, her statistical work, and her evidence-based approach to healthcare. In honour of her bicentenary the World Health Organisation have named 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

In our special exhibition, you will find out about objects, people and places which tell interesting stories about Florence’s life and legacy. You’ll discover artefacts from her life, people she both inspired and challenged, and places she helped to shape. There’s many more insights too!

Please click on the different sections of her famous coxcomb diagram to explore various aspects of her life and legacy. We hope you enjoy exploring!