Thom O’Neill is a paediatric clinical research fellow at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. He has interests in LGBTQ+ healthcare, social determinants of health, and healthcare inequalities. He is currently working with the Rural GP Association Scotland to help improve healthcare for LGBTQ+ people in remote and rural regions. He is a Clinical Educator for South East Scotland, and teaches on modules at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities. He is also a ‘LGBT Role Model’ with Stonewall Scotland and runs sessions in schools across Scotland.

Beads of Courage

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O'Neill, T. Beads of Courage, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2018. Available at:

You know that feeling when something is completely and utterly good? Where there are no catches, no downsides; just pure unfiltered goodness. When you discover something that you believe couldn’t possibly get any better? Beads Of Courage – a simple yet beautiful programme to mark a child’s journey through illness – rouses that exact feeling.

The Diversity of Youth – LGBTQ+

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O'Neill, T. The Diversity of Youth – LGBTQ+, Don't Forget the Bubbles, 2017. Available at:

LGBTQ+ people face inequalities in both their access to and experiences of healthcare. We know that these healthcare inequalities are also faced by LGBTQ+ youth. Healthcare services tend to be hetero-normative, and education for healthcare professionals about LGBTQ+ issues is sadly lacking. Mental health challenges are high amongst the LGBTQ+ community, but there are a…