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GEO launches results of LGBT Survey and LGBT Action Plan

Earlier this month the Government published this action plan, alongside the results of the largest national survey of LGBT people ever undertaken. The survey, which had 108,000 respondents, showed that LGBT people are experiencing prejudice on a daily basis. The action plan will include a £4.5 million fund to address inequality, and support the delivery of actions in areas including health, education, personal safety and the workplace.

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.

Funding from the Mayor’s Rough Sleeping Innovation Fund will support a new partnership between Stonewall Housing and The Outside Project

Stonewall Housing and The Outside Project are delighted to announce funding from the Mayors Rough Sleeping Innovation Fund to create a community centre and night shelter for vulnerable homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) people.
Working together, Stonewall Housing and The Outside Project will launch an LGBTIQ+ community centre with a focus on holistic wrap around support for those most at risk of rough sleeping. Overnight shelter accommodation will be provided within the centre for those in crisis. Individuals using the centre will be able to access Stonewall Housing’s wider services including a work-ready scheme, social groups and mental health advocacy with the aim of providing support and fostering resilience in order to better equip people in the wider world.

Keep informed with the work of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance

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.

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  1. 2019 GSK IMPACT Awards
The GSK IMPACT Awards are open for applications. The awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Winners receive numerous benefits, including up to £40,000, free training and development from The King's Fund and the opportunity to be part of the prestigious GSK IMPACT Awards Network. The closing date for applications is Thursday 20 September at 5pm.
  1. Evidence based interventions: Consultation
NHS England has launched a consultation on evidence-based interventions – research evidence shows some interventions are not clinically effective or only effective when they are performed in specific circumstances.
NHS England is publicly consulting on the design principles of the programme, the interventions we should target initially and proposed clinical criteria. The activity goals to be set and the delivery actions, including proposed new terms in the NHS Standard Contract, are also being consulted on. The consultation will run from 4 July to 28 September 2018. If you would like to respond, you can do so by:  
  1. Transgender and Non Binary Network
Do you want to hear from the NHS England Patient and Public Participation team?
The NHS England Patient and Public Participation team hold a Transgender and non- binary network list, where we communicate updates and information relating to services/service developments that the Public and Patient Participation team are involved in.
If you would like to be part of the network please contact them on confirming that you would like your details to be added to the network list, please include your full name, email address, and organisation details (if you belong to one).You will then receive details of NHS England public involvement opportunities, including (but not limited to) invitations to events, to complete surveys or to participate in involvement opportunities which we are made aware of.
  1. Experiences Of Ethnic Minorities In Cancer Care: Opportunity To Share Your Voice
Patient surveys in England have shown that cancer patients from ethnic minority backgrounds tend to have different experiences to White British patients when receiving cancer care support. For example, some ethnic minority groups are less likely to report being treated with respect and dignity in hospital or receiving support from GPs and nurses.
brap, an equality charity based in Birmingham ( is undertaking a project on behalf of NHS England to better understand the experience of cancer patients from ethnic minority backgrounds in order to help the NHS to improve the way it approaches care in the future.
brap would really like to hear from you if you are a cancer patient from an ethnic minority background or their carer. You can get in touch via the contact details below. They will be very happy to tell you more about the project and we can also discuss the best way to meet and speak with you. brap will be able to cover local travel expenses to help you participate in interviews if required.
If you work for a community group or organisation that supports people from ethnic minority backgrounds and would like to get involved with this work brap would really love to hear from you.
To set up an interview or discuss the project in more detail with them please get in touch with Rahela Hussain via email on or Asif Afridi on Or you can telephone 0121 272 8450.
  1. Brighton: have your say about Online GP Consultations
Brighton & Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are designing a new Online Consultation service that will allow patients to contact their GP practice online. They have launched an online survey for patients, carers and the general public to have their say on the type of online service they would be interested in, and it's important that LGBTQ+ voices are heard in this process!
  1. NHS England Volunteering Programme
NHS England wants to hear from organisations with a volunteering programme who might be interested in promoting their opportunities to NHSE staff.
NHSE have an established Employee Volunteering Policy which lets colleagues take up to five days paid leave each year to volunteer. They have seen a steady increase in the number of people who take employee volunteer leave over the last few years and interest continues to grow. They are keen to help more employees use their volunteer leave and regularly receive feedback that people would like more information about potential volunteer roles on the intranet. If you have a volunteering programme in place, or you are aware of networks/groups that do within your membership, can offer roles nationally and would like to be find out more about being featured on NHSE’s intranet, please contact
  1. Register to become a stakeholder in one of NHS England’s clinical reference groups
Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) are an integral part of bringing together groups of clinicians, commissioners, public health experts, patients and carers. They use their specific knowledge and expertise to advise NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided.
Registration is open for all stakeholders, including patients, carers, service users, members of the public, clinical staff, provider organisations working in specialised services and voluntary sector partners.
On registration you will be asked to tell us about yourself and your interest areas. This information will be held by the specialised services team and will not be used for any other purpose. If you have a disability or for any reason have difficulty in registering as a stakeholder online, or if you would like your details removed from the stakeholder register, please contact the membership team at .

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  1. The VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool
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. Priorities for the Plan
Now the NHS has turned 70, and with the Government preparing a long-term plan for the service in England, a broad range of leaders in charities and voice organisations have come together, co-ordinated by the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, to offer their views on what should happen next to improve health and care – within the NHS and beyond.
  1. Citizens Advice report - how mental health practitioners respond to practical problems
Citizens Advice has published a new report, following research with mental health practitioners.
They have found mental health practitioners are spending more time on non-health related issues, such as debt and housing, and this is having a negative impact on patients, staff and mental health services.
8 in 10 practitioners surveyed said they had less time to deliver clinical care after being asked to assist with tasks like budgeting and contacting public service bodies. 86% of practitioners say practical problems mean people struggle to recover following treatment.
For the full report, please click here.
  1. Government response to the consultation on Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a Green Paper and next steps
The original consultation, which the National LGB&T Partnership inputted into, asked for views on a Green Paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people. This response sets out what was heard over the course of the consultation, the response to respondents’ views, and outlines the next steps for implementing the Green Paper’s proposals.
  1. Public Health England: health and justice annual review 2017/18
This report outlines health trends in prisons and other prescribed places of detention. It focuses on some aspects of the work of Public Health England's National Health and Justice Team. This includes the provision of health care in prisons in England, care for people in prison with specific needs and protecting health, including responding to seasonal flu.
This website is an online tool for people working in primary care who want to learn about and discuss how to provide high-quality care for migrant patients, particularly those in more vulnerable circumstances.
  1. Carers action plan 2018-2020
The government have published the Carers Action Plan 18-20 which sets out the cross-government programme of work to support carers over the next 2 years.
It is structured around the following themes: services and systems that work for carers; employment and financial wellbeing; supporting young carers; recognising and supporting carers in the wider community and society; building research and evidence to improve outcomes for carers.
The plan draws on responses to the 2016 Carers strategy: call for evidence.
  1. Public health approaches to reducing family violence
This report provides an introduction to the subject of family violence. It examines the evidence on what a public health approach tells us about family violence and which public health interventions are effective in reducing violence.
  1. Loneliness: how do you know your council is actively tackling loneliness?
This briefing summarises the recommendations from the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, which highlighted the critical role that local leaders in councils, the wider public sector and business have in tackling loneliness. It sets out a series of questions for local leaders and local authorities to consider.
  1. Mental health: how do you know your council is doing all it can to improve mental health?
This briefing highlights the role that local government can play in the promotion of good mental health in individuals and communities. It sets out questions for local leaders to consider when planning services and key points for good practice.
  1. Investigation into the transition from child and adolescent mental health services to adult mental health services
This independent report reviewed the transition from child and adolescent mental health services to understand the impact that variations have on the safe and effective care of young people. It makes a number of recommendations to national NHS organisations to make the transition smoother and safer for young people.
  1. Work, worklessness and health: local infographic tool
This tool includes a slide set with regional and local level data for each county or unitary authority in England. It aims to help local stakeholders raise awareness of work, worklessness and health issues, and embed them into policy planning.
  1. Dementia in Gypsy and Traveller communities
Health and Wellbeing Alliance partners Friends, Families and Travellers undertook a piece of research to find out more about awareness of the symptoms of dementia in Gypsy and Traveller communities, awareness of ways to reduce the risk of dementia, and to find out more about access to care and support for dementia. The resulting report can be found here.
  1. Accessible Information: Emojis
Sense recently published the following video on accessibility features and using emojis.  Full video on YouTube here:

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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:

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  1. *NEW* Community grants of up to £2500 to highlight patient and public involvement in the voluntary sector
NHS England’s ‘celebrating involvement in healthcare’ community grants scheme is open for applications for the fourth year. Grants of up to £2500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services. To apply you must be a voluntary, community or social enterprise organisation and be able to share your project successes in a creative way. Full details of eligibility and how to apply can be found on the NHS England website here. The deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 20th September 2018.
  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. Webinar: Everything you need to know about the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard
7th August, 2-3pm, online
Laurence Webb, Pride in Practice Manager at LGBT Foundation will being hosting a webinar that will introduce you to the Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard. This interactive session will help you will learn why sexual orientation monitoring is important and how to talk to patients and service users about sexual orientation with confidence. You will also learn about best practice for collecting this information, and how to use it within services to improve outcomes for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people, for example through LGBT-affirmative social prescribing and active signposting. To register for this event please click here
  1. Webinar: "What if they leave her sitting in the corner?"  Securing long-term care and support for disabled adults
9th August, 11-12, online
This webinar will draw on the findings of a recent Sense report into the barriers to long term planning for disabled adults. It will highlight the findings and recommendations in the report – examining the solutions for VCSE organisations, commissioners and policy makers.In addition, this webinar will pull together the wider expertise of the Complex Needs Consortium and include a focus on advocacy and support for people with autism.It will be an opportunity for discussion, sharing of best practice and identifying future joint working possibilities. To register for this event please click here.
  1. EXPO 2018
5th&6th September, Manchester
Registration for Expo 2018 opened on 1 March, with complimentary tickets available for NHS, local government and other public sector employees (please email us for details. A range of ticketing options will be available to delegates from other sectors, with discounted early-bird rates.
  1. Webinar: Evidence based interventions: Consultation
13th September, 10-11, online
NHS England launched a consultation on evidence-based interventions – research evidence shows some interventions are not clinically effective or only effective when they are performed in specific circumstances.
NHS England is publicly consulting on the design principles of the programme, the interventions we should target initially and proposed clinical criteria. The activity goals to be set and the delivery actions, including proposed new terms in the NHS Standard Contract, are also being consulted on.
Read more on the consultation above. To attend the webinar, please click here.
  1. From the Bottom to the Top: Emerging Trends in Therapy & BDSM
6th October, London
BDSM has been described as one of the most demonised forms of sexuality, but the recent de-pathologisation in the DSM-5 has led to an increased demand from those involved in the BDSM/Kink Communities for therapists to become kink-aware and kink-knowledgeable.
The conference is open to counsellors and psychotherapists, clinical sexologists and psychosexual therapists, counselling and clinical psychologists, and those trained in somatic sexological bodywork and sex coaches.
  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.
Detailed information on the format and submission process for presentations and workshops can be found here. Applications must be received by the submission deadline July 16th 2018.
  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:
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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