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Dear all,

This month we have a (very slightly) shorter newsletter, to help you get away from your desk and out into the sunshine more quickly.
 
Our list of new resources is more succinct, but the opportunities to get involved are many and varied: give your views on being an LGBT carer, describe how your service works with young people to support their mental health or supports LGBT people with severe or multiple disadvantages, or nominate a heath hero. At the end of our newsletter this month we also have a large range of events you may want to attend or publicise to your members.
 
As always, comments on our newsletter and information about consultations, resources or events to include are always welcome. In the next couple of months we’ll have a special issue on young people, so please let us know if you have anything relevant coming up.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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Expo 2016

A packed two-day programme is planned for this year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo.
It includes appearances by a host of high-profile of speakers who will give their addresses from two main stages. There will also be four specialist feature zones and eight pop-up university rooms, as well as the usual array of business stands. The National LGB&T Partnership will be running a pop-up university session.
The exciting Expo 2016 agenda is now available, allowing registered delegates to plan in detail their two days at Manchester Central on 7 and 8 September 2016.
To read more, go to: https://www.england.nhs.uk/expo/2016/07/05/expo-2016-agenda/

The London Gender Identity Clinic at Charing Cross Hospital is to move to a new provider

The West London Mental Health Trust has come to the conclusion that patients requiring gender identity services would be better served in the long term by another provider, and has therefore served notice on their contract to NHS England. Read more here.

A Snap Shot of the LGBT Sector

Last month the LGBT Consortium launched their LGBT Resilience Campaign which aimed to build a picture of the LGBT sector in 2016. The survey asked LGBT groups about changes to their income, circumstances and the demand for their services plus it asked them to look ahead to the next 12 months at what their key challenges might be. The results of the survey have now been drawn into a report showing a range of key findings.

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  1. Organisations providing services to LGBT people with severe and multiple disadvantages
LGBT Foundation are carrying out a research project to understand how LGBT people experience severe and multiple disadvantage. People generally understand severe and multiple disadvantage to mean experiencing a combination of homelessness, substance use, offending, and mental health and well-being issues. We believe that for LGBT people there may be other areas of disadvantage, such as domestic abuse, sex work, stigma, and discrimination.
The aim of this short survey is to assess LGBT organisations' impressions of what constitutes severe and multiple disadvantage for LGBT people. We hope to do this by asking organisations about their own experience of providing services to the community in England.
The results of the survey will be used to inform the design of the next stage of the research, interviews with LGBT people who have lived experience of severe and multiple disadvantage. All data will be kept confidential, and organisational information will be anonymised in any reporting.
 
  1. LGBT Carers focus group
The Department of Health are leading on developing a new cross-government Carers Strategy which will set out what more can be done to improve support for carers. It’s important that the Strategy works for all carers.
What is a carer?Informal carers (also called unpaid carers) are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health issues or disability, addiction, or care needs related to old age. This does not include any activities as part of paid employment.
To help the Department of Health develop the strategy, if you identify as LGBT and also as a carer, then we would like to hear from you about what support works well for you and what could work better.
If you are free on Friday 30 September 2016, 10.30am-12.30pm to join a small group of other LGBT carers (in central London – nearest tube Westminster) to discuss this with the Department of Health carers team working on the carers strategy, please email Carers@dh.gsi.gov.uk Please note that numbers will be limited.
 
  1. NHS Citizen workshop - 12 September 2016
NHS England is exploring the next steps for the NHS Citizen programme. They are holding a workshop in London in September and would like you to join them to shape the future direction of NHS Citizen and explore how they might work in partnership with other organisations to reach communities.
The workshop will focus on learning from past activities, highlighted in a learning report, and how to maximise the impact of NHS Citizen going forward. The event is open to everyone with an interest in the work of NHS England– patients, members of the public, carers and people from all backgrounds. If you would like to attend please sign up for a place today.
 
  1. Ensuring all children can benefit from improved mental health services
The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) would like to hear, via a short survey, what needs to happen for the Government’s vision for improved mental health services to be realised for all children and young people and how charities working with particular groups of children have been involved in service transformation.
In this survey NCB would like to hear from all charities, but especially from charities working with specific groups of children who may have poorly understood needs, and those who may not be directly involved in mental health service provision.
The survey will be open until 5th September.
 
  1. VCS Involvement in transformation of mental health services for young people
The Young People’s Health Partnership and National Children’s Bureau want to gather examples from the VCS about prevention work on children and young people’s mental health.  They will publish all those examples which can demonstrate the impact that they have had as well as how young people have been involved in their work, and will present them at an event in late 2016 hosted by the National Children’s Bureau.  This is an opportunity to showcase good practice from across the VCS.
Please contact info@youngpeopleshealth.org.uk for the case studies submission form, or if you have any queries.
 
  1. Awards Announcement: Nominate your Health Hero
Skills for Health are delighted to announce the launch of the Our Health Heroes Awards. They’re looking for those extra-special people who put patient care first, strive to keep their team motivated and are true heroes to the healthcare sector.
Working in partnership with National Skills Academy for Health and UNISON, the Our Health Heroes Awards have been created to acknowledge the significant contribution made by the support workforce, those who play a crucial role in delivering patient care on the front line.
The aim of the Our Health Heroes awards is to celebrate the 798,600 people across the UK health sector who work in roles such as healthcare assistants, assistant practitioners, porters, cleaners, caterers, maintenance workers and administrative staff, by encouraging colleagues, team leaders and supervisors to share their stories and give them the recognition they deserve.

Consultations

  1. NHS England: Consultation on specialised services clinical commissioning policies and service specifications - PrEP
NHS England has launched a public consultation on a proposed clinical commissioning policy proposition on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV. The closing date for comments is 23 September 2016.
 
  1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): Sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes consultation
This draft guidance urges local councils to increase the availability of condoms to people most at risk of sexually transmitted infections. It recommends local authorities consider distributing free condoms to men who have sex with men and other high risk groups. It also recommends selling cheap (cost price) condoms to adults. Comments and feedback on the draft guideline are being accepted until 16 September 2016.
 
  1. Health experiences in the Criminal Justice System
The CQC is keen to make sure everyone receives outstanding health and social care including in the Criminal Justice System. Therefore they are looking for people in contact with the Criminal Justice System or their families to feedback about the quality of health and care services in their area. Feedback can be sent via a webform, email, telephone or by writing to them.

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  1. Public Health Outcomes Framework LGBT Companion
The National LGB&T Partnership has recently published an update to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Public Health Outcomes Framework Companion Document.
The document is a resource for all those commissioning and delivering healthcare services in order to support the delivery of an equitable public health system. The Companion Document was first published in 2013 and this 2016 update reflects PHOF indicators that have been refreshed since first publication.
 
  1. Improving outcomes and supporting transparency: part 2: summary technical specifications of public health indicators
The public health outcomes framework concentrates on increasing healthy life expectancy; reduced differences in life expectancy; and healthy life expectancy between communities. This document sets out the technical specifications of the indicators in the revised framework. Local authorities must consider this document when carrying out their public health functions.
 
  1. Avoiding Unconscious Bias: A Guide For Surgeons
This guide aims to encourage surgeons to be aware of unconscious bias, and sometimes adjust their behaviour so that their trainees and fellow staff do not misinterpret their actions. It outlines the impact on of unconscious bias on equality and diversity in relation to recruitment and workplace harassment in particular.
 
  1. WOW! Exchange
National VoicesWellbeing Our Way programme has launched the WOW! Exchange: an online catalogue of exciting and innovative practice in health and care.
Health and care charities deliver some exciting projects, and the WOW! Exchange is a space to share that practice, exchange ideas, and to enable learning. The work listed on the site includes projects by charities and community organisations, and between public services and their voluntary-sector partners.
The WOW! Exchange is completely open access and you can use it to identify examples of great practice which may complement or inspire your own work. Charities and community groups can also add their own examples of enabling people to live well, using the simple ‘share your projects’ button.
To keep up to date with Wellbeing Our Way, sign up to WOW Now, our e-newsletter, and join the conversation using #WOWhealth.
 
  1. Accessible Information Standard
From 31 July 2016, all organisations that provide NHS care or adult social care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard.
The standard aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand with support so they can communicate effectively with health and social care services.
 
  1. PHE: Syphilis epidemiology in London: sustained high numbers of cases in men who have sex with men
The aim of this report is to provide you with an update on the epidemiology of syphilis in adults in London. It shows that the rate of syphilis diagnoses is three times higher among Londoners than anywhere else in England and that it disproportionately affects men who have sex with men. The report contains an overview on syphilis alongside data sources and a breakdown of the syphilis burden in London by local authority.

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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. Community grants available to highlight patient and public participation in the voluntary and community sector
NHS England’s ‘celebrating participation in healthcare’ community grants scheme is open for applications. Grants of up to £1000 are available to voluntary and community organisations that want to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services.
To apply you must be a voluntary or community organisation and be able to share your project successes in a creative way – it could be by producing a film, animation or comic – it’s up to you!
You can find further details and apply online. The deadline for applications is midnight on 21 September 2016.
 
  1. GSK IMPACT Awards: core funding and free training for health charities
GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training and development valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.
Applications are open for the 2017 awards and the closing date is 21 September 2016.
 
  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. The Foundation will be rolling out other grant programmes later in the year, which they are currently in the process of designing.
 
  1. Joseph Rowntree Power and Accountability Fund
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust opened theirPower and Accountability programme to allow people to create a world in which power is more equally shared and institutions are accountable to wider society. They focus grants in three areas: strengthening corporate accountability, strengthening democratic accountability, encouraging responsible media. To apply, charitable organisations should produce a narrative proposal of no more than four sides of A4, outlining what they want to do (what & how, why, who and the impact). The average grant size is £50,000 but actual grants can range between £500 - £100,000+. Larger national charities with substantial reserves and statutory bodies aren’t eligible to apply.
 
  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. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive their highest priority in 2016.  Apply anytime.
 
  1. Skipton Grassroots Giving Fund
Skipton Building Society is offering grants of £500 through the Grassroots Giving scheme to develop local grassroots groups from across the UK. The Fund aims to help community organisations and groups who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere, so registered charities cannot apply. The funding can be used for a variety of things, but explicitly can’t be used for rent, travel programmes, animal welfare, running costs, or direct costs of fundraising events. Previous grant winners have included sports clubs, libraries, music groups and community radio stations. Applications should be submitted via the website before the deadline on Friday 29th July.
 
  1. Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Grants are available for registered charities who need assistance towards a capital project eg new build, refurbishment, equipment or transport. http://www.bernardsunley.org/
 
  1. The Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust have updated their guidelines for funding applications. Generally, the Trust makes grants to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society through addressing marginalisation, displaying positive organisational characteristics, and that which make a difference. 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. People’s Health Trust
Local organisations working to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding through the Active Communities fund, run by People’s Health Trust. Community groups and other non-profits with an income of less than £350,000 a year can seek investment between £5,000 - £50,000 for up to two years. They’re particularly interested in funding genuinely small and local projects run by local people, or by communities of interest; examples of projects previously funded include women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women, and computer skills support group run by and for older people. The fund is currently open in a few places across the country, so check their website for when grants in your area are available.
 
  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 and larger grants (in excess of £100K) will be the exception. Applications are accepted year round.

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  1. Courses on Bid Writing, Reporting to Funders
August – December, Nationwide
See http://www.cmlconsultants.co.uk/workshops.htm for further info.
 
  1. Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016
  2. Manchester
Registration is open for Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016, which will be held on 7 and 8 September 2016 at Manchester Central. Complimentary ticket codes are available to eligible groups, please email us for more information. Register now at www.expo.nhs.uk. Expo will host an inspiring list of speakers, including Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and Dr Robert Varnam, Head of General Practice Development for NHS England. The unique pop-up university will return, with more than 100 expert-led workshops running throughout the two days. The National LGB&T Partnership will be running a session and sharing a stand at the event with other Strategic Partners so please come and talk to us.
 
  1. Ageing better in Birmingham - the LGBT perspective
  2. Birmingham
Birmingham LGBT is holding an Ageing Better event for members of the community who are interested in discussing how to ‘age better’: how to stay socially connected and supported by each other and how social investment could be utilised to strengthen these community networks.
This event will also be the launch of the Older LGBT People’s Forum, a membership group which will give a voice to older LGBT people. If you do not fall into this group but you are still interested in the event, or wish to find out more about Ageing Better in Birmingham (LGBT Hub), contact Maria Hughes on 0121 643 0821 or email mariahughes@blgbt.org
Places are limited and booking is essential. You can book using the details above, or book on Eventbrite.
 
  1. PHE annual conference 2016
13th-14th September, 2016, University of Warwick.
The theme is ‘Evidence into action’ and PHE will promote and showcase the application and translation of science and research to support effective local and national action to improve public health.
The outline of the 6-track programme, covering a wide range of topics, is now available. PHE are delighted that Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, and Jane Ellison, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, will be addressing the conference.
Further information can be accessed on PHE events website.
 
  1. Decriminalisation of Prostitution: Preparing for Change
29th September, 2016, London.
In July 2016 the Home Affairs Committee published an interim report on prostitution, which advocates for the decriminalisation of soliciting by sex workers and sex workers sharing premises.
Recognising the need for further deliberation on the future of prostitution in the UK, Public Policy Exchange brings this timely conference which is a unique opportunity for local authorities, women’s organisations and other stakeholders to examine the latest policy developments and discuss the way forward.
to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online.
 
  1. Peerfest 2016
  2. , London
Peerfest is an annual celebration of peer support practice from across England and Wales. It is for people with lived experience and also organised and delivered by people with lived experience.
Call for Contributions: The team would love to hear from innovative groups and speakers involved in peer support including services for diverse groups and communities (rural, LGBT, BaME). There are opportunities to share your work and ideas through workshops and stalls and we are also looking for keynote speakers as well as a range of performers for the evening celebratory event. See www.peerfest2016.london for details.
 
  1. Emerging models of primary care: Empowering teams of professionals to lead change
18 October, 2016, London
Hosted by The King’s Fund, this event provides an opportunity for all progressive primary health care professionals to find out how they can take the reins and lead the development of new models that will improve care for their local populations.
For more information click here.
 
  1. Centre for voluntary sector leadership at the OU
Open University Business School are launching a new centre which aims to provide voluntary sector organisations with access to free leadership development modules and research-led insight.
 
Two new courses relating to the voluntary sector will be available through OpenLearn this year as free online badged open courses (BOCs). These free courses are aimed at learners working (or aspiring to work) as paid members of staff or as volunteers in voluntary or community organisations:
 
Introducing the Voluntary Sector covers the context and features of voluntary and community organisations including: the structure and history of the UK voluntary sector; values and beliefs; funding issues; understanding stakeholders; power and empowerment; the role of volunteering.
 
Working in the Voluntary Sector focuses on the practicalities of working or volunteering in voluntary and community organisations including: working with volunteers; marketing and communication; budgets; fundraising; taking part in meetings; working in teams and partnerships; building resilience. (This course will be available online over the summer)
 
Each free course is eight weeks long and involves three hours per week of study.
 
  1. NCVO courses on impact and outcome
Various dates, mostly London.
NCVO offers comprehensive training and consultancy services for all types of organisations. NCVO also offers a number of annual conferences to bring together the sector together around key topics. An area of significant focus in the voluntary and community sector right now is how to identify and evidence impact. NCV oh run a number of courses on this, and other subjects. Find out more about their courses here.

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