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Please find our December edition.  If you have items for submission for our January edition please email these by 17th December 2014.  In this bulletin brings you news of information on conversion of civil partnerships to marriage, a link to the biggest charity survey and information on a number of LGB&T pieces of research and fact finding audits. .

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Partnership News Update

A number of members of the National LGB&T Partnership were named as LGBT people who made a difference in the Rainbow List 2014 - congratulations to Dr Meg Barker, Matthew Hodson, Paul Martin and Monty Moncrieff.  read more here


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Updates from Department of Health

Major new report on digital technology
New plans to improve health outcomes and the quality of patient care through digital technology and innovation were unveiled by national health and social care organisations on the 13th November 2014.
Established by the Department of Health and chaired by NHS England’s National Director for Patients and Information, Tim Kelsey, the National Information Board has set out a vision for how technology should work harder and better for patients and citizens by 2020.
The vision commits to giving everybody online access to their GP records, viewed through approved apps and digital platforms, by 2015.

For more detail, go to:


New team to give voice to learning disability community

 NHS England will appoint a new team to help people with learning disabilities transform services as part of the Transforming Care programme. The team, which will include one member of staff with a learning disability, will ensure those with learning difficulties play a powerful role in shaping services.
To read more, go to:


Autism statutory guidance consultation launched
The government is seeking views on proposed new statutory guidance to local authorities and NHS organisations, to support the implementation of ‘Think Autism’, the update to the 2010 adult autism strategy. 

The consultation deadline is 19 December 2014.
To read more and give your views, go to:

National Data Guardian appointed to safeguard patients’ healthcare information

Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt has appointed independent expert Dame Fiona Caldicott to a new role as National Data Guardian for health and care. Following the appointment of the Chief Inspector of Hospitals to speak out about standards of care, the National Data Guardian will become the patients’ champion on security of personal medical information.
For more information, go to:

Providing better help and support for mental health services

The Secretary of State for Health talks about the government's plan for improving mental health.
To read the speech, go to:

Update from NHS England

GP services get £100 million boost

HNHS England has once again opened the application process for the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund. The £100 million fund is open to bids from GPs wanting to extend access to GP services through improvements such as offering weekend appointments and longer opening hours.

To read more, go to:

Updates from Public Health England

Half of people with hepatitis C unaware

PHE has published a new report, ‘Shooting up: infections among people who inject drugs in the UK 2013’ 
The report shows that in total, 13,750 hepatitis C infections were diagnosed in 2013 in the UK, with around 90% acquired through injecting drug use. Around 2 in 5 people who inject psychoactive drugs such as heroin, crack and amphetamines are now living with hepatitis C, but half of these infections remain undiagnosed.
Interventions to diagnose infections earlier, reduce transmission and treat those infected need to be continued and expanded, with the goal of reducing the prevalence of hepatitis C.
View the full report here:

Evidence into practice: tackling domestic violence in universities and the workplace

PHE has launched 2 new initiatives to help tackle domestic violence and sexual harassment in universities and the workplace.
A survey by the National Union of Students revealed that 37% of women and 12% of men said they had faced unwelcome sexual advances. Research has also found that female students have a greater than 1 in 3 chance of being sexually assaulted during their time at university.
The “Bystander Intervention Initiative” is a free resource with an educational toolkit to be used by universities and colleges for the prevention of sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings. 
See the full press release at:

New funding available for drug and alcohol recovery

Public Health England (PHE) has announced the availability of £10 million of capital funding for services that are helping people in England with drug or alcohol problems to recover from their addiction. Local authorities and service providers are able to apply for capital funding to support recovery-focused projects, following a similar process earlier this year.

See the rest at:

Men need humour and camaraderie to lose weight

A shocking 67% of men are overweight or obese, which is significantly more than women at 58%, yet men are much less likely to join weight-loss programmes. Only 10 to 30% of those in weight-loss programmes are men, and some weight-loss programmes attract almost no men.


A new How to guide launched by the Men’s Health Forum charity, and supported by Public Health England, is the first to show how to adapt and run weight-loss programmes that are tailored specifically for men.



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Gender Pay Gap at Lowest Ever

The gender pay gap is now at its lowest point in history, with more women in work than ever before.

According to new statistics released today (19 November 2014) by the Office for National Statistics, the pay gap has reduced by 0.7 percentage points over the past year to 19.1%, and for those in full-time work the gender pay gap has reduced to almost zero for those under 40.
read more here

Converting Civil Partnerships to Marriage

Last month the Government announced revised regulations for converting from civil partnerships to marriage, and these regulations have now been approved by the House of Lords.

Read more here

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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.
  • GMC : review on guidance for doctors on confidentiality to make sure it is clear, helpful, up to date and relevant to doctors’ day-to-day work.


    We are also reviewing the seven pieces of explanatory guidance that give more detailed information on specific confidentiality issues, such as reporting concerns about patients to the DVLA or DVA, disclosing information about serious communicable diseases, and reporting gunshot and knife wounds.


    Tell us what you think

    We want to know how useful the guidance is and how we could improve it.

    • Is anything missing, wrong or misleading?

    • Could we make the guidance easier to access and use?

    • Can you share with us patients’ experiences of how their confidential information is collected, recorded and used?


    Dead line : 9 January 2015 through our questionnaire for patient representatives at our online consultation site. We will use your responses to help us redraft the guidance, in preparation for a full consultation during 2015.



    Find out more

    You can find further information about our confidentiality review and all our guidance and learning materials on our website. Contact us with any questions at

ASA LGB&T Swimming Audit 2014

The ASA is launching an LGB&T Swimming Audit on the 17th November. This audit is an insight project aimed at collecting a national baseline reflection of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGB&T) swimming participation.


We aim to identify the barriers and motivations to swimming for LGB&T participants and the most effective way to address to them. We also aim to identify how to engage with LGB&T participants more effectively in order to drive a long-term strategy to increase LGB&T swimming participation across the nation.


This survey will be vital to shaping the ASA's strategy to drive LGB&T swimming participation over the next three years, so we are extremely keen to gain as wide a range of LGB&T respondents as possible.


Please find the link to the survey below, the survey will open on the 17th November and will stay open until the 31st December so there is plenty of time to complete it:

 ACCESSCare: Advanced Cancer Care Equality Strategy for Sexual minorities

What is ACCESSCare? Do you have an experience of palliative, end of life or bereavement care? If so, would you like to share it to help improve care for others

This project, led by Dr Richard Harding, and funded by Marie Curie Cancer Care, aims to improve demand for and supply of palliative care for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgendered (LGB and/or T) and are in the later stages of a life-limiting illness.

The project will involve in depth qualitative interviews with people who identify as LGB and/or T and are in the later stages of a life-limiting illness, as well as with bereaved caregivers of transgendered people who died a predictable death from a progressive illness or condition

For further information, please see the video below, or get in touch with the ACCESSCare project team through the dedicated e-mail address:
Our website is
Contacts are / 020 7848 5521 Twitter handle is  ​@ACCESSCare_CSI<>

CQC Review of the experience of people who have been through a mental health crisis. 

CQC regularly inspects all registered health and social care services in England, and we produce a report on each service that we visit.   Right now, we are looking at the experiences of people who have been through a mental health crisis.
CQC are looking at how different organisations and agencies work together when people are in a crisis.  CQC will explore whether everybody who has a mental health crisis gets the same level of help and response.  
We have already gathered some information through a Call for Evidence.  Inspection teams will now visit 15 different areas for more information. We want to hear from people in those areas who have had one or more of these experiences:

  1. went to an accident and emergency department when in crisis, and with a particular focus on those who may have self -harmed
  2. needed access to and support from specialist mental health services
  3. were detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.
 We want to explore:
Whether there are inequalities for different groups of people who have a mental health crisis.
  • Whether or not different areas respond differently to people in a crisis.
  • Whether there are examples of good care and practice that other areas can learn from

You can contact us at the mailbox address  . 

read more here

CQC Mental Health Crisis review are looking for responses from the following areas by the 8th December

  • Waltham Forest
  • Ealing
  • Essex (with a focus on North Essex)
  • Northamptonshire
  • Southampton
  • Windsor & Maidenhead 


Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is carrying out a study into police use of force.

The aim of the study is to provide a fuller picture of how and when force is being used by police in England and Wales, and to develop an understanding of different views and experiences of its use. 

We will use evidence from this work to inform future recommendations to the police service. 
This is a wide-ranging study which will not only look at cases that the IPCC has dealt with, but will also involve surveying the general population, focus groups with members of the public and interviews with police officers. 

Further information about the scope of the study, and the external reference group which has been set up to support this work, is available on our website.

You can:

  • complete this short survey by 10 December 2014;
  • letting us know if you would be interested in attending a meeting to discuss this work further with us; or alternatively
  • sending us any comments or questions to

Charity and Community Sector Survey:

Charity coalition launches #biggestcharitysurvey
take part here

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LGBT History Month

Youth Work and Educational Resource pack, helping you get ready for February!
Each year LGBT History Month is themed around an academic subject, this year that subject is history itself. Our friends over at LGBT History Month have selected various individuals from our past, those who for a variety of reasons have lived “coded lives”:
 *   L(esbian) - Anne Lister, a diarist from the 1700's;
 *   G(ay) - Kenneth Williams and Hugh Paddick, actors;
 *   B(isexual) - Frida Kahlo, an artist;
 *   T(rans) - Chevalier d'Eon, a diplomat
This resource pack is an exploration of these people and their lives with accessible and easy to run activities for young people in school, youth work provisions and other educational establishments. Throughout, there is opportunity to compare the lives of LGBT people who have come before us to the experience of LGBT people today, what has changed? What needs to change? Explore with young people the answer to these questions.
Download it for free here.

First UK guide for lesbian and bisexual women affected by sexual violence

To mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on Tuesday 25th November, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) launched ‘‘A guide for lesbian and bisexual women who have been affected by sexual violence’ – the very first guide to be released in the UK specifically for lesbian and bisexual women.
You can download ‘A guide for lesbian and bisexual women who have been affected by sexual violence’ here:

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A new LGBTQ community history project at London Metropolitan Archives

London Metropolitan Archives (LMA) has received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a LGBTQ oral-history/ memorabilia archive which will record histories in imminent   danger of being lost forever. Over a two year period people will be invited to contribute to a digital archive of document based material. A website will also be provided which meets the needs of those interested in LGBTQ history but who cannot visit LMA, or who feel more comfortable and secure exploring the stories and material at home.
Clare Summerskill, Jan Pimblett, and the staff at LMA are currently looking for VOLUNTEERS to help with this new and exciting project, which will run over the next two years.  
  •  If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer or if you have any questions about the project please email Clare Summerskill at: or the LMA Team at You can also call on 020 7332 3851
     Visit to find out more about LGBTQ history at LMA.

NICE: Invitation to apply for the position of topic expert member - Public Health Advisory Committee (PHAC)

NICE are currently seeking to recruit topic expert members on our Public Health Advisory Committees (PHACs).

The Centre for Public Health (CPH) leads the development of public health guidelines in the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). PHACs assist the Centre for Public Health at NICE to develop public health guidelines.

If you would like to apply for, or inform other members of your organisation about these positions, please find details on the NICE website below:

Topic expert member: Antimicrobial resistance: changing risk-related behaviours in the general population

Topic expert member: Sexually harmful behaviour among young people

Topic expert member: Dual diagnosis: community based services for meeting people’s wider health and social care needs when they have a severe mental illness and misuse substances

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm on Wednesday 10th December 2014.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the role further, please email

Study  exploring the sexuality and sexual health experiences of lesbian & bisexual women  who have been diagnosed and received treatment for  reproductive and female cancer 

Have you ever had: Breast, cervical, uterine (womb), vulval or ovarian

  • Would you be willing to help with a small research study?
If so, please read on.

Who is responsible for  the study?
My name is Joy Hall, I am Head of Department Public & Community Health at Birmingham City University (Faculty of Health). I have a long standing professional interest in sexuality in health care, and am a qualified  nurse, educator  and psychosexual & relationship therapist.

What should you do if you want more information about the study or are interested in helping with the study ?
Contact: Joy Hall
Tel: 0121 331 6049

Inspections of general practices based on best available data

For the first time, information on every general practice in England has been analysed and published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to show the public how it will decide which surgeries it will inspect and what it will focus on.
The ‘intelligent monitoring’ of general practices published Monday 17 November are made up of different types of evidence on patient experience, care and treatment, based on sources including surveys and official statistics.  

Today’s analysis reveals that almost eight out of ten general practices in England appear to be of low concern, based on the available data and almost 3,800 are in the lowest category. 
 Within the next two years, CQC will have inspected and rated every general practice in England as Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate to help people make informed choices about their care and encourage improvement in quality.
CQC has been publishing ‘intelligent monitoring’ data for NHS trusts since last October. For further information, please visit:

National Festival of LGBT History

The first National Festival of LGBT History



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