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Thanks for signing up to receive our newsletter, and welcome to all our new subscribers.
 
As always, below you’ll find, divided into news, get involved, resources, funding and events, loads of ways to improve health and care, particularly for LGBTQ people.
Please particularly note the calls for evidence and participation, and the opportunities to get involved in our work in the ‘News’ and 'Get Involved' sections.
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The National LGB&T Partnership
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  1. LBT Women’s Health Week 2019 – 11-15th March
We have begun planning next year’s Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women’s Health Week.
If you want to help improve health and social care for LGBTQ women, check out our pages on LBT Women's Health Week, and get in touch to be involved next year.
 
  1. Keep informed with the work of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HWA)
The National LGB&T Partnership is a member of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. We encourage you and the VCSE organisations you work with to sign up to the monthly edition of the Department of Health’s voluntary sector team’s newsletter. They can be added by clicking here. The newsletter includes updates on the work of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance and news from the DH, NHS England and Public Health England.
 
  1. Save the Date: LGBT VCSE discussion around a Consensus on Health and Work
The relationship between employment and health is enduring, close and complex. As part of a piece of work with the HWA to investigate how the VCSE can support people to improved health outcomes through supporting them into and to stay in work, we are planning a discussion session on the 7th December in Central London. If you would be interested in attending, please email Harri Weeks.
 
  1. NHS long term plan – consultation update
To inform its long term plan, NHS England has recently delivered a consultation, which we fed into.
The consultation ended a few weeks ago, but NHS England has published an update that illustrates key stats on the stakeholders who’ve taken part in the consultation and whose views will help form the Long Term Plan. It also provides an update of where the work on developing the plan currently stands, and what the next steps will be.
The Plan is expected to be published in November, with engagement exercises continuing into Spring 2019. You can read this update here.

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  1. CALL FOR PRACTICE EXAMPLES: Closing the employment gap for young people with low level mental health issues
The Partnership are engaged in a project with the YPHP and other HWA partners to develop a resource to help improve understanding about young people not in employment, education or training who experience low level mental health issues and help those working with young people to support them.
As part of this work we want to find new and promising practice and understand what employers need to support them to engage with young people affected by mental health issues and are publishing a call for practice examples to support the resource.
 
  1. Workshop/Focus Group: Trauma Informed Care in Mental Health Services: Identifying good practice
The Mental Health Foundation invites you to participate in ‘Trauma Informed Care in Mental Health Services – Identifying Good Practice’ – a half day workshop for providers, commissioners and people with lived experience exploring how mental health services can provide effective trauma informed care.
The Mental Health Foundation, Association of Mental Health Providers, Centre for Mental Health, LGBT Partnership and the Race Equality Foundation are working in partnership to develop a toolkit that provides relevant, useful information and advice for services seeking to become trauma informed. We would like to invite you to participate in a workshop that will help us deepen our understanding of these issues and prioritise ideas for the toolkit.
 
The workshop will be held on 10th December at the Mental Health Foundation’s offices in London Bridge from 2-5pm. Please contact Alec Williams AWilliams@mentalhealth.org.uk for more info.
 
  1. Seminar: Mental Health and Racial Disparities
As part of the ongoing VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance project on Mental Health and Racial Disparities, we would like to invite you to attend a seminar on 28th November, at 09:45 at the Race Equality Foundation, Unit 17 & 22, Deane House Studios, 27, Greenwood Place, London.
The project aims to improve our understanding of racial disparities in mental health and improving the ability of commissioners to implement effective strategies to reduce racial disparities in mental health.
 
The aim of the seminar is to bring together key players in ethnicity and mental health across NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, the voluntary sector and service users. We will be using the seminar as an opportunity to discuss racial disparities in mental health, as well as share examples of good practice and progress in addressing these. We plan to use the discussion to establish what works and with whom and to ensure that this is robustly reviewed.
 
If you would be interested in attending the seminar, please let us know by the 9th November. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. If you would like assistance with travel costs or expenses for the event, please contact Samir Jeraj at samir@racefound.org.uk. Follow the link below to the Eventbrite page to register. You will also be asked for any dietary requirements you have.
 
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mental-health-and-racial-disparities-seminar-tickets-51957570492
 
  1. Your views on Health Data
NHS Digital are trying to improve everyone's experience of the NHS. They are especially concerned with how people feel about their data, and how gender and sexuality may affect that. What you tell them will help to develop digital products and services that meet your needs and take account of any concerns you may have. The following questionnaire should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
 
  1. Relationships & Sex Education Consultation
The Department for Education (DfE) has published the draft RSE guidance and launched the consultation. We will be submitting a response to the consultation, which closes in early November, and are seeking partners with expert knowledge to help inform our response. If you/your organisation intends to respond and would like to help input into The Partnership’s response, please get in touch.
 
  1. Trans people living with disordered eating invited to interview
There is currently very little research about the experiences of trans people living with disordered eating. This doctoral research asks how trans people negotiate difficult relationships with food, eating, and/or exercise in everyday life. It hopes to speak to the many layers of disordered eating - which can be a way of surviving, taking ownership of the body, holding trauma, and so much more.
 
If you are 18+, UK-based, trans, and consider yourself to have disordered eating (in any way), you are invited to share your insights at an interview, in person or via Skype, during November or December 2018. You don’t need any kind of medical diagnosis, and you won’t be asked invasive questions about your gender. You’ll have the option of using clay to express feelings in the interview. If you’d like to participate, get in touch, or see more information, visit jessicasandelson.com or email jessica.sandelson@gtc.ox.ac.uk.
 
  1. Brighton: LGBTQ HIP Community Researcher Project
Brighton Switchboard is developing an exciting new project to train up LGBTQ Community Researchers in order to provide a platform for volunteer-led community engagement. Community Researchers are often able to gather high-quality and rich feedback from communities, due higher levels of trust in existing networks and common understandings of identity. 
 
They are keen to hear your views and ideas on how the project can be shaped to be intersectional and inclusive in its approach. They want to ensure that the Community Researchers Project will reflect the needs and interests of our local LGBTQ communities and have a positive impact. They are particularly keen to hear from people who are BAME/PoC, Disabled People and Older People.
 
If you would like to get involved with the development of the project, please email meg.lewis@switchboard.org.uk for more details about how to get involved.
 
  1. National study looking for participants to improve communication between health and social care professionals and LGBT+ patients with serious illness
The ACCESSCare team at King’s College London has launched a major piece of research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, to understand and improve health and social care professionals’ communication with LGBT+ people with serious illness.
The study is currently looking for LGBT+ people who are facing a serious illness (such as cancer, organ failure, neurological conditions or other conditions that impact significantly on quality of life), as well as their partners, friends and relatives, for participation in a brief interview. The “+” (in LGBT+) is used to be inclusive of anyone who considers themselves to have a minority sexual orientation, gender identity/history, or biological sex.
The study findings will be used to develop evidence-based guidance for health and social care professionals to improve their communication with LGBT+ patients and their significant others.
If you are interested in participating in the ACCESSCare C project, email debbie.braybrook@kcl.ac.uk  
or visit www.csi.kcl.ac.uk/accesscare/c for more information.
 
  1. Survey on Erectile Dysfunction (ED): what's your experience of treatment?
The purpose of the research is to ask people who have erectile dysfunction (ED) about their experience of using ED treatments.
To be eligible to take part, you will need to be over 18, been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, been prescribed treatment for erectile dysfunction and been using it for a minimum of 4 weeks.
If you decide to take part, you will be asked to fill in a survey which will take approximately 20 minutes. There are no right or wrong answers; every view is valuable and important.

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  1. The VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool
Have you tried the tool yet?
We have worked with colleagues across the Health & Wellbeing Alliance to launch the VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool. This online tool will help your organisation to audit its engagement with Inclusion Health groups. These are the groups identified as experiencing the worst health inequalities in the UK.
The tool consists of five sections and takes around 15 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the audit tool, you will be provided with a unique and tailored guide which will help your organisation to embed action on tackling health inequalities into its everyday activities. Access the tool here
  1. Severe mental illness (SMI) and physical health inequalities: briefing
This analysis compares the prevalence of physical health conditions in patients with SMI and all patients using data from the Health Improvement Network’s general practice database. 
  1. Improving people’s health: applying behavioural and social sciences to improve population health and wellbeing in England
Academics, public health professionals, and representatives from funders and learned bodies have collaborated to produce this strategy. It aims to enable the broad public health system to use behavioural and social sciences more effectively and efficiently to reduce inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of the population.
  1. Health4LGBTI: Reducing health inequalities experienced by LGBTI people
Implemented between March 2016 and March 2018, the aim of this pilot project was to improve our understanding of how best to reduce specific health inequalities experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people. It focused on overlapping inequalities stemming from discrimination and unfair treatment on other grounds (e.g. age, status, income).
The project developed a number of useful outputs
  1. LGBTQ mental health: exploring advocacy approaches to health inequalities
Jacqui Jobson, from Newcastle, and Director of Advocacy Centre North, travelled to Australia and Canada to explore advocacy approaches addressing mental health among LGBTQ communities. You can read her report here
  1. LGBTQ+ D/deaf and hard of hearing experiences accessing healthcare
Brighton and Hove City Council commissioned Switchboard to engage the local D/deaf and hard of hearing LGBTQ+ communities around inclusion needs and experiences when accessing healthcare. The engagement was carried out across July to September 2018 using online survey and one-to-one interview methods.
Recommendations from the survey included; LGBTQ+ and D/deaf and hard of hearing awareness training for frontline healthcare staff, introductory BSL training, prioritising intersectional inclusion in patient participation groups, and to ensure Deaf inclusion is built into service planning, including ring-fencing budget for BSL interpretation. 
  1. Toolkit and learning resource for public health nurses focusing on addressing health inequalities in homeless children, young people and families
The resource sets out how homelessness affects young people and families, what professionals can do and provides links to a range of resources and examples from practice. 
  1. Reducing Health inequalities through New Models of Care
This new report from Institute of Health Equity assesses the potential and opportunities for new care models to drive a health system that focusses on population health, reduces health inequalities and takes action on the wider determinants of health. 
  1. CQC State of Care Report
CQC’s annual assessment of the quality of health and social care in England warns of growing ‘care injustice’, with access to good care increasingly dependent on how well local systems work together.
'The state of health care and adult social care in England 2017/18', CQC’s assessment of the quality of health and social care in England, shows that most people are still getting good care – when they can access it. 
  1. Improving children and young people’s mental health services
This report examines whether the government is on track to meet its ambitions for children and young people’s services. It focuses on how the government decided to implement the policies set out in Future in Mind; whether it is on track to deliver improved mental health services to young people; and accountability for spending and outcomes. 
  1. Advance care planning in general practice – does policy match reality?
Compassion in Dying was prompted to conduct this research after receiving frequent reports from people who told them that their GPs have been hesitant, not confident or even unwilling to discuss or record Advance Decisions to Refuse Treatment forms (often known as ‘Living Wills’) and Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNAR) orders.
The report sheds light on the varying policies and practices that exist between CCGs and makes recommendations on how improvements could be made to support GPs to respect individuals’ end-of-life wishes in line with national person-centred end-of-life care commitments. 
  1. A connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness – laying the foundations for change
This document sets out the government's strategy for tackling loneliness in England. It is the government's first major contribution to the national conversation on loneliness and the importance of social connections. 
  1. Child health in England in 2030: comparisons with other wealthy countries
This report uses long-term historical data on key children and young people health outcomes to estimate the state of child health in England in 2030. The countries compared consist of the 15 countries in the EU, plus Australia, Canada and Norway. The report’s recommendations include a call for NHS England to develop a Children and Young People’s Health Strategy for England. 
  1. Access to children and young people’s mental health services – 2018
This report assesses the state of children’s mental health services in England. The research examines access to specialist services, waiting times for treatment, and provision for those children that are not able to receive treatment. 
  1. Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering: review of community contributions in later life
This review calls on charities, voluntary organisations and the public sector to do more to support and sustain the good will and effort of older volunteers. Making a contribution to our communities has been shown to improve our social connections, enhance our sense of purpose and self-esteem – and as a result, to increase our life satisfaction, happiness and wellbeing. It finds that very few people in later life make no contribution of any kind. However, some people encounter barriers to getting involved in all the ways they might want to, especially as their circumstances change. 
  1. The Lancet Commission on global mental health and sustainable development
This report proposes that the global mental health agenda should be expanded from a focus on reducing the treatment gap to improving the mental health of whole populations and reducing the global burden of mental disorders by addressing gaps in prevention and quality of care. The Commission outlines a blueprint for action to promote mental wellbeing, prevent mental health problems, and enable recovery from mental health disorders.

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NICE committee recruitment
NICE are looking for experts to join their Public Health Advisory Committees to develop guidelines on interventions and services. They need both lay members (people using services, family members and carers, and members of the public and community or voluntary sector) and people with a professional or practitioner background in the topic.
More details can be found on the NICE website.
 
Paid roles
The LGBT Consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector
 
Voluntary roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the LGBT Consortium page dedicated to jobs in the sector
 
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email: nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com

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  1. *NEW* The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund
Under 'The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund', small grants will be provided to support those activists and their organisations working across the world to improve the lives of trans people. Read more here.
  1. *NEW* Enterprise Development Fund
Access – the foundation for social investment – has recently launched its Enterprise Development Programme, a five-year programme which will provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England. The programme is designed to help VCSE organisations to make a transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones.
  1. Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping vulnerable young people (aged 14-25). The Fund will provide core funding to organisations within the youth sector and outside.  There is no deadline to apply.
  1. Transform Foundation Website grant programme
This programme can cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training. The Website Grant is aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations with a social mission. The grant is most suitable for non-profits with an income between £500,000 and £20 million. Applications can currently be made on a rolling basis.
  1. Barchester Healthcare Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to small local groups / charities to improve the quality of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual. This year their focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Apply anytime.
  1. The Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust makes grants to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society. They are particularly interested in encouraging inclusion, integration and independence and support work that develops social connections and relationships. Grants are commonly used for core funding (salaries, running costs and overheads), but can also be used for project costs, capital grants and funding to strengthen an organisation. The Trust has no deadlines and first stage applications can be made at any time.
  1. The ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation provides grants to charities in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled and older people. ACT gives large and small donations to charities depending on the project and available funds. Their current focus is on transformational change. Applications are accepted year round.

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  1. King's Fund's Cascading Leadership programme is now open for new applications. 
The programme, now in its third year, offers free support, advice and training to the leaders of health and wellbeing charities; from small start-ups or support groups to major national organisations, it's based on a ground-breaking model of peer-to-peer support.
Successful applicants will be matched into pairs, with a consultant (an established charity leader), working with a partner (a leader who is seeking support). A distinctive aspect of the programme is that those providing the support are current leaders in the sector, who develop their leadership skills and receive training and supervision from The King’s Fund, while they are supporting another organisation.   
  1. Health Inequalities Research Network Conference
31st October 2018, London
HERON is an international public engagement network funded by the Wellcome Trust and aimed at people involved in action and research to tackle inequalities in health and health service use. It brings together people from the community, local charities, public health researchers and health practitioners with a vision of having a collaborative approach to research in the community.
The 2018 HERON conference will include presentations, workshops, discussion, art and more on the theme of ‘current and future directions in health equity research and action’ from researchers, community organisations, and healthcare representatives. The conference will take a future-orientated perspective to explore how we can learn from present research and tackle inequalities through future research and action. You can register to attend this free conference here
  1. Overcoming the barriers to change for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic young offenders
14th November, 5-7pm, Leeds
Reoffending, school exclusion, stop and search and unemployment rates are significantly higher for black young people. BAME community based service providers should play a greater role in supporting BAME young offenders and reducing reoffending.
How do we ensure HMPPS commissioning is more responsive to the needs of BAME young offenders?
This free seminar will focus on practical solutions and overcoming the barriers to change.
The event will be held at Leeds Beckett University. For further details please see the event flyer or to request your free seminar place please book here
  1. LGBT Leadership Programme
November 2018, Birmingham
Birmingham LGBT has created a unique Leadership Programme to develop LGBT leaders of the future equipped with essential leadership skills, with the confidence to facilitate the growth of resilient, diverse organisations and communities.
A key aim of the Leadership Programme is to enable LGBT individuals and allies to become empowered to be decision makers, in supporting their organisations and workforces to achieve greater equality, inclusiveness and diversity. 
  1. Subsidised training - LGBT-inclusive RSE
Various dates throughout November & December, North of England
With mandatory Relationships and Sex Education on the horizon the UK's largest LGBT+ youth charity is offered heavily subsidised places on their upcoming Sexuality aGender v2 training. Sexuality aGender v2 is a brand new, pioneering resource pack. It is NOT a sexual health package for LGBT+ young people, it is an inclusive pack for ALL young people.
Sexuality aGender v2 will enable you to engage with young people in a meaningful conversation about gender identity, sexuality and sexual health. This will in turn help them explore who they are and what they want, in a safe, supported way, free from assumptions. 
  1. Gypsy and traveller cultural awareness e-learning course
Friends Families and Travellers (FFT), have produced this cultural awareness course about Gypsies and Travellers, which is essential for anyone working in the public sector and voluntary sector. For example: teachers, police officers, people working in healthcare, and those in housing planning and equality and diversity departments. 
  1. E-learning – community centred approaches to health
PHE and HEE have produced a new e-Learning for Health programme on community-centred approaches to health improvement:https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/community-centred-approaches-to-health-improvement/
These two new e-learning modules are suitable for practitioners, managers and commissioners who want: an update on evidence and guidance on community-centred approaches to health improvement; and to take a more strategic and planned approach to scaling-up community-centred approaches.
  1. Free online course for carers
Caring for adults, a free online course for carers, builds on what people may already know to give a better understanding of the role of carer. It also supports wellbeing by giving some ideas and information about looking after yourself and dealing with stress. If learners complete the course they are awarded with a digital badge, displayable on social media sites such as LinkedIn. 
  1. Improvement FUNdamentals
Improvement FUNdamentals is a new open online course for people working in health and care. The course covers the principles of quality improvement. It is free and entirely self-paced, meaning participants can complete the course in their own time.

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