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Focus Group for NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group – Equality Delivery.

Published 16/09/2014

MGSD Centre have been asked to organise a focus group meeting to represent the community to review the Equality Delivery Document for NHS Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (Medway CCG) that purchases NHS services within Medway.

This is an important document for LGBTQI communities that use Medway NHS Services as the Medway CCG …purchases the services we use. This is an opportunity to advise on any gaps within the service and make sure that our needs are reflected in the Equality Document. 

The Focus Group Meeting will take place on Tuesday 23rd September at a venue in Rochester High Street from 6:30pm to 8pm.

If you are interested in attending the focus group meeting Please contact me via the following email and I shall send you further details.

Picnic Under The Rainbow

First Publised 29/07/2014

This was a mini Rochester Pride Festival organised by Kent & Medway LGBT Community Action Group. They held two pride events in Rochester befor helping Margate Pride

Picnic under the rainbow 2014
2013 Pride Picnic under the rainbow
Kent & Medway LGBT Community Action Team

Care Quality Commission inspection of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

first published 21/07/2014

Message from GIRES – You may have an interest in this announcement.

The Imperial College Healthcare Trust, which is to be inspected, is responsible for gender reassignment surgery at the Charing Cross Hospital.

It is not responsible for …the nearby Gender Identity Clinic, which is the responsibility of the separate West London Mental Health NHS Trust.


 Care Quality Commission inspection of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting this NHS Trust from the 2nd of September 2014, which includes Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, St. Mary’s and Western Eye Hospitals.

The inspection team is very interested to hear from anyone who has used services in the last 12 months about their experiences. The inspection team is also keen to hear evidence from local voluntary & community sector groups about the quality and safety of care that their members and service users have experienced. Please tell CQC about your experiences by Monday 28th July 2014.

You can send reports, peoples stories of care or other evidence your group holds about people’s care to , by post to CQC, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA, or you can ring CQC on 03000 616161. Please put the name of the service you are sending information about in the title to help CQC pass it to the right inspection team.

You can send evidence of high-quality care as well as any concerns you have identified. CQC will use your information to help the inspection team plan the inspection and what to look for on the inspection. The inspection team will ask these five questions about the trust and its services:

• Is it safe?
• Is it effective?
• Is it caring?
• Is it responsive to people’s needs?
• Is it well-led?

You can read more about how CQC carry out their inspections on their website

Thank you very much for helping CQC to understand people’s experiences of care. An inspection report will be available after the inspection and published on their website.(


You can pass your comments direct to the CQC at the above address or if you wish to add your thoughts to SEGI’s MGSD Centre’s response we can add them to our group response. email with the subject title CQC SEGI

RAPID HIV Testing – MGSD Centre & METRO Centre Medway & Kent

First Published 28/03/2014

Metro Centre’s partnership work in Kent and Medway has sprung into action with a weekly drop in service that provides Rapid HIV Testing  at the Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre in Rochester. 

The service is available weekly on a Wednesday evening between 7pm and 9pm.

Tel 01634 408668

331 High Street, Rochester, Medway, Kent ME1 1DA

MGSD Services

MGSD Group
First Publised 02/02/2014

MGSD in partnership with local community based organisations provide access to the following services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Intersex People or People Questioning their Gender or Sexuality.

  • Counselling Services
  • Individual or Group Peer Support
  • Health & Wellbeing Services
  • Rapid HIV Testing Service

All services are confidential and available to support Individuals, Partners, Family & Friends.

  • Educational Awareness Sessions

 For Public & Private Organisations, Schools, FE & HE Colleges Universities Staff & Students.

For further information Call 01634 408668 Leave a confidential message and we will contact you,

Or mailto

XESGEN Project

First Published 01/02/2014

The South East Gender Initiative (SEGI) has been working to support transgender people and promote a greater understanding of Gender Identity since 2011 continuing the work of the XESGEN project ( which began work in Medway to promote awareness of gender dysphoria back in 1993.

Based at MGSD Centre 331 High Street Rochester ME1 1DA SEGI provide a weekly peer support group for transgender people each Thursday from 5.30 to 9pm


Treat people with respect for their


SEGI Opens MGSD Centre

The South East Gender Initiative opened on 31st October 2011. The organisation was formed by Hilary Cooke, Peter Moorcraft, Jacqui Alyn-Stacey, Martin Weeds, to provide support services for the Trans community. SEGI is a legacy project following on from work developed by Hilary Cooke and Peter Moorcraft for the XESGEN Project and NHS Medway Public Heath Team.

Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre opens in Rochester 31st January 2014 as an umbrella organisation supporting LGBTQI groups who provide support services for the LGBTQI communities of Medway & Kent.

Current groups include:-

MGSD Health and Wellbeing Support Services

SEGI South East Gender Initiative Transgender Support Group

Medway Gay Men’s Health Project

Contact:  Tel. 01634 408668

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