Five NHS organisations appeared in the annual list of the UK’s top 100 lesbian, gay, and bisexual friendly employers, published by charity Stonewall.

The highest entry was Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust at 19, followed by NHS Tower Hamlets at 45, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at 58, North East Ambulance Service at 70, and Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust at 75.

Alwen Williams, chief executive of NHS Tower Hamlets, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be recognised in Stonewall’s Top 100 for the fourth year in a row. 

“We are the only NHS organisation in London that has achieved such success and this reflects our commitment to diversity among our staff and potential recruits.”

Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust chief executive Mike Cooke said: “Nottinghamshire Healthcare is delighted to receive this award.

He added: “It reflects the commitment and hard work of our staff, service users and carers in championing a culture of fairness; where equality and diversity are central to everything we do. We believe that our participation in the Workplace Equality Index will be of real benefit to our staff and the people who use our services.”

Overall the list named IBM as the best place to work in 2010 for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said: “The index is a powerful tool used by Britain’s 1.7 million gay employees and 150,000 gay university students to decide where to take their talent and skills.”