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Dear Members,

Please find our October edition.  If you have items for submission for our November edition please email these by 25th October 2014.   We have also included the link to our stakeholder engagement survey in the partnership news section asking you to indicate an area of interest that you would like to contribute your views to.

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Partnership News Update

The LGB&T Partnership now targets its work around workstreams, with a focus on specific pieces of work we think will have real benefit for LGB&T communities and throughout the year we will bring you updates on each of these.   We are keen to ensure that within each workstream you will have a chance to be involved with the work we are undertaking.  As part of this process we are asking you, our stakeholders, to identify any of the workstreams that you would like to participate  in.  We would like to incorporate your knowledge and experience to better the lives of LGB&T communities.    Please use the survey to let us know what you would like to involved in.  Find more information and the survey here

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Updates from Department of Health

Response to Health Select Committee’s report on long term conditions

The Government has published its response to the Health Select Committee’s report into the care, treatment and support of those with long term conditions.
The response explains the measures in place to improve the care, support and treatment of those with long term conditions, including:

  • improving personalised care and support, mainly through the house of care (HOC) approach
  • guidance and tools for commissioners to implement and monitor HOC approach
  • system changes to improve efficiency and patient outcomes
For more information and to read the response click here.

Less smoking, more joking: Stoptober campaign launched

Stoptober, the 28 day stop smoking challenge, was launched last week with the support of top British comedians.
to read more and to sign up click here  

New MyNHS transparency site goes live

The website is a joint project between the Department of Health, NHS England, Public Health England (PHE), the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The site will be developed and improved over time by gathering feedback from users. There is a feedback button on every page so that suggestions from the health and care sector can help improve the data and metrics over time. More data from CCGs, GP practices, clinicians and mental health trusts will be added at a later date.
Clinicians, managers, patient groups and campaigners will be able to use the data to highlight the best performing areas and improve standards through competition and transparency.
To read more, click here
To view MyNHS, click here

Chief Medical Officer (CMO) annual report: public mental health

This report,  looks at the epidemiology of public mental health, the quality of evidence, possible future innovations in science and technology, and the economic case for good mental health.  In it CMO, Professor Dame Sally Davies makes, 14 recommendations to improve public mental health services.
It also outlines the importance of both treating mental health as equal to physical health and of focusing on the needs and safety of people with mental illness.
Highlights from the report include:

  • more needs to be done to help people with mental illness stay in work, as since 2009, the number of working days lost to ‘stress, depression and anxiety’ has increased by 24% and the number lost to serious mental illness has doubled
  • there have been some very interesting technological innovations in mental healthcare and our understanding of the causes and development of mental illness is increasing through techniques such as neuroimaging, neuropsychology, genetics and blood-based biomarkers

read the report here

Update from NHS England

NHS England moves towards integrated health and social care

NHS England and partners are inviting health and social care leaders to join a programme to build a new integrated and personalised commissioning approach for people with complex needs. The Integrated Personal Commissioning programme will, for the first time, blend comprehensive health and social care funding for individuals, and allow them to direct how it is used. Expressions of interest are being sought from the voluntary sector who will be a will be a key partner in designing effective approaches, supporting individuals and driving cultural change.
 read it here

NHS England works to improve safety in hospital discharge

NHS England is developing a range of resources to help healthcare providers improve safety when patients are discharged from hospital. NHS England is welcoming views, including from the voluntary sector, on how the current process can be improved and looking for examples of successful local initiatives for improving discharge handover processes.
To read more, go to:

Updates from Public Health England

Local action on health inequalities: evidence papers

PHE wants to support local efforts on health inequalities, recognising that local
expertise is vital for this work. This is why PHE commissioned the UCL Institute of Health Equity to consider a range of social determinants and present the best evidence and information on approaches that could be applied locally.
A set of evidence papers have now been published - they summarise the links between several key areas and health, and set out what local areas can do. The Institute of Health Equity have gathered case studies to document innovative and successful approaches to inspire further action. These show that there is already much activity and plenty to learn from.
This research shows the evidence supporting action to reduce health inequalities. More information along with the evidence papers can be found here.

First-of-its-kind sickle cell educational resource for science teachers

In a first for the NHS, the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme has produced a set of resources for GCSE science teachers to use when teaching genetic inheritance.
The free resource supports the teaching of GCSE science and uses sickle cell and thalassaemia as models to demonstrate how serious conditions can be inherited.

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats facing us today

Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, basic operations, even chemotherapy all rely on access to antibiotics that work.

To slow resistance we need to cut the use of unnecessary antibiotics. November 18th is European Antibiotic Awareness Day. As part of that Public Health England in collaboration with the Department of Health, Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the devolved administrations, several professional bodies/organisations and members of the public have developed the Antibiotic Guardian Pledge campaign which is now live at We are asking everyone in the UK, the medical community and the public, to become an Antibiotic Guardian.

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Why sign up to the Health Charter?

People with learning disabilities have poorer health than the general population and die younger than their non-disabled peers. Health and social care providers can do something about this. Pledge your support by signing up to the Health Charter today. Will you help tackle this shocking health inequality.

The Health Charter, associated guidance and self-assessment tool have been developed by a partnership between the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), the National Care Forum (NCF), Sue Ryder, Improving Health and Lives (IHAL) and Mencap.

Find out more about what it means to sign up to the Health Charter and spread the word  here

Mencap launches 'Hear My Voice' campaign

The Hear my voice campaign is all about giving people with a learning disability and their families the chance to speak to their political candidates. To make sure they are truly heard.
Have you ever wanted to tell your MP what you want to see changed for people with a learning disability? Well, now’s your chance.

Read our manifesto and find out about the 6 key issues people with a learning disability and their families want the next government to act on.
Only when we join our voices together can we make the biggest impact.
Please add your voice to the campaign now: 
To help spread the word far and wide that our votes and voices count, why not tweet:  Join the #HearMyVoice movement. Share your story with your future MP and ask them to show that they're listening:

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Summary of Live Consultations

  • We really encourage and value your input into each consultation response that is sent out by The National LGB&T Partnership.  The more individuals and organisations that contribute to and endorse key messages in support of health equalities for LGBT people, the stronger our voice becomes.  It is also crucial that we encapsulate the breadth and diversity of opinions and experiences where possible.
  • Please send your comments and suggestions to us and we will endeavour to incorporate your views into each consultation response:

Public Health England: National physical activity implementation framework (deadline 25th September)

Public Health England: Drug misuse and dependence UK guidelines on clinical management (deadline 30th September)

National Council for Palliative Care: review of choices in end of life care (deadline 30th September)

Call for evidence - LGBT Social Care Needs


The National LGB&T Partnership is working with the Department of Health to develop a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) companion to the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF).This Framework is the Government’s main way of showing what local authorities are doing in relation to social care in adults and measuring experiences across a range of factors.
This work follows the publication of an LGB&T companion to the Public Health Outcomes Framework in April 2013 ( This companion will set out the current evidence on LGB&T social care needs in relation to the framework and make the case for LGB&T inclusive services.
Social care is the provision of support due to illness, disability, old age or poverty and local authorities are responsible for providing this support. Through the ASCOF, the Government has found a way of measuring and comparing authorities, whilst also trying to improve the quality of care support people receive.
The National LGB&T Partnership wants to gather evidence and data on how LGB&T people and their carers experience social care across England to help inform our companion. Please complete our short survey here by 31st October 2014. All responses will be treated as confidential and will be anonymised if cited in the companion document. For more information about the project, email

CQC: inspection of substance misuse services 

In ‘A new start’, our consultation published in June, we outlined that we will inspect and regulate different services in different ways based on what has the most impact on the quality of people’s care. These principles will guide our regulation and inspection of the mental health sector but the detail will be specific to the substance misuse sector. We will ask our five key questions of all services – are they safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led?

We will begin to pilot our new inspection programme of substance misuse services early next year, with expert inspection teams. This will provide us with an understanding of how the new approach will need to be developed for the different organisations. If you would like to give us your views on any of the proposals and changes that we have set out in A fresh start for the regulation and inspection of substance misuse services, please contact us at

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This is your invitation to complete the Compact Voice Annual Survey.
Every completed entry has the chance to win a £100 John Lewis gift voucher. 
Your views are important to us, so please take a few minutes of your time to tell us about your local Compact, and what effect government policies are having on your work.
Your answers will help us to find out how effective local Compacts are in different areas. They will also inform our plans for the local work we do across England, and what policy areas we can provide support on. 
The survey responses also help us identify trends, and provide useful evidence for the conversations we have with central government.

The survey takes 10-15 minutes to complete.
Complete the survey at: 

Queer Futures

A national study investigating the self-harm and suicide of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. to take part in the survry

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Making it Work: A Guide to whole System Commissioning for Sexual & Reproductive Health and HIV 

Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new guide to the commissioning of sexual health, reproductive health, and HIV services on September 5th as part of an initiative that strengthens PHE’s commitment to improving SRH, reducing sexually transmitted infections and securing best outcomes for people with HIV. The work is being supported by NHS England, Local Government Association, Association of Directors of Public Health and Department of Health, and MEDFASH has been appointed by PHE as project delivery agent. To read the full guide, visit  here

Report on the Future of Health and Social care in England  

A New Settlement for Health and Social Care - This is the final report from the independent Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England click here  to read it 

In it, the commission discusses the need for a new settlement for health and social care to provide a simpler pathway through the current maze of entitlements. To download the report, please click here

Beating Cervical Cancer 

The HPV Vaccine: Beating cervical Cancer - A Question and Answer sheet for girls and their parents on the HPV vaccine is available from September 2014. It is intended to answer any questions about the human papillomavirus vaccine and provides more detailed information on the topics covered in the leaflet and is designed to answer further questions that you might have. To read the Q&A sheet, visit here.

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Training Opportunity: 20th November 

Upcoming Training:
Including the Invisible - Meeting the Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Young People in Youth Settings - Thursday 20 November 2014.

Internship Proposal –  Stonewall Housing – Roar Check List Project

We are looking for an experienced researcher or intern with access to external academic supervision– ideally linked to an educational institution, to evaluate the effectiveness of the Roar Check List.  We do not have any additional funds to support evaluating this method of working but we would be happy to pay any travel or any out of pocket expenses. We anticipate that the project would take a year including recruitment of partner agencies.  Time commitment would vary but as a rough guess, one day a week for the duration of the project would be ideal.
 Applicants would need to hold a current DBS form and provide references as this work would involve contacting vulnerable adults.
 If you are interested in finding out more, please contact

Making Person Centred Care A Reality:
How to Support LGBT  Older People in Care Settings

Conference: Making Person Centred care a reality; How to support LGBT older people in care settings. A specialist training day for professionals working in the care sector.
Open Clasp Theatre Company are organising a national conference to provide health and social care professionals with the necessary skills to meet the individual care needs of members of the older LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or Trans) community.
The training day will include specialists from Age UK, Stonewall Housing, Opening Doors, SAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination) and experts in gender equality and ageing who will present information, research findings, and address the legal guidelines surrounding the care of LGBT people.
It will also feature workshops by Equal Arts, facilitated discussions and thought-provoking live performance from Open Clasp.]
Booking and info:
Date:                            Wednesday 29th October 2014, 9:30am – 5pm
Venue:                         The CastleGate, Melbourne Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 2JQ

Fee:                             £150   (Delegates from care organisations will additionally receive a copy of Swags & Tails: Valuing Good Practice in Care, a training tool in their delegate pack – an engaging and effective Person Centred Care training in-house resource for providers of residential care and home care for older people usually sold for £120)

Pilot interventions with Black and Minority Men who Have Sex with Men being tendered by PHE

Three projects currently being tendered by PHE for pilot interventions with Black and Minority Men who Have Sex with Men:

Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men behaviour change pilots - group intervention

Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men behaviour change pilots - individual intervention pilot

Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men behaviour change pilots - group intervention with HIV positive men

Shout Festival In Birmingham 

The festival website is

Support for help with statistics  

This week GSS and NCVO launch the Voluntary Sector Placement Scheme for Government Statisticians, which seeks to match up voluntary sector organisations with government statisticians for short placements.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to benefit from the analytical skills of government statistician all for free.  Find out more here.

Job Opportunity: LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate

Birmingham LGBT is seeking to recruit to a new and exciting pilot post of LGBT Independent Domestic Violence Advocate funded by the Birmingham Community Safety Partnership.
The post will be responsible for delivery of this exciting pilot project working with key stakeholders and partners. Including; provide independent advocacy and support, develop multi-agency links and partnerships, inform survivors of full range of civil, criminal and practical options  and deliver training around LGBT domestic violence/abuse.

The successful applicant will join a motivated and enthusiastic team based at the Birmingham LGBT Centre in Central Birmingham.


Terms: NJC scale point 30 £24,892 - £26,539

Plus up to 5% matched pension contributions

1 year Fixed term contract ongoing subject to funding.

Closing Date for applications is midday on Thursday 16 October 5pm

An application pack can be downloaded at or email

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