The *NEW LOOK* National LGB&T Partnership newsletter
- June 2014
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Dear Members,

Welcome to our new look newsletter we hope that this will enable you to access the information contained within it more easily.  Please do feel free to forward this on to others and help us cascade the information as widely as possible.   Within the community resources and opportunities and events sections there is information about a range of new research, events and services for LGB&T community members.

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Partnership News Update

The LGB&T Partnership now targets its work around workstreams, with a focus on specific pieces of work we think will have real benefit for LGB&T communities and throughout the year we will bring you updates on each of these.  Each workstream is identifying within its work programme how it will engage with stakeholders, and as part of this process we will be asking you, our stakeholders, to identify any of the workstreams that you would like to participate in.
The first stage in this will be asking you to fill in a quick survey that identifies any areas that you would be interested in participating in.  You can identify as many areas as you want to engage with. To enable this to work we need to collate this information from you as stakeholders so we can identify your interests in relation to our workstreams. Once collated, we will give this information to each of the workstream leads who will then get in touch with those indicating an interest in that area. It is likely that this could involve a focus group, an online discussion forum, a webinar, collection of case studies etc.  
We really appreciate stakeholders taking the time to fill in the forthcoming survey and we hope it will lead to you getting more out of being involved in the National LGB&T Partnership.  We would really like to incorporate your knowledge and experience to better the lives of LGB&T communities so please look out for a separate email in the next couple of weeks asking for your input into this survey. You can also get more information and detail on each of the workstreams in last month’s bulletin at

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Updates from the Department of Health

UK commits to new action to find breakthrough on dementia

The Prime Minister has committed to new action to accelerate progress on dementia drugs, with a focus on patents, funding and patient access to new medicines.
To find out more, go to:  

Wilful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care consultation conclusion

The Government’s response to the wilful neglect or ill-treatment in health and social care consultation has been published.
To read the document, go to:

Government expanding support to beat homelessness

Government departments have united to expand support for vulnerable people, Housing Minister Kris Hopkins and Communities Minister Stephen Williams have said.
Over £65 million of funding from across Whitehall is being offered to councils and other organisations to tackle homelessness around the country.
To find out more, go to:


Guidance published on patients’ choice in mental health care 

NHS England has published guidance for commissioners, GPs and providers to help them support patients to choose their mental health care. From 1 April 2014 patients with mental health conditions have had the same rights as physical health patients to choose where they have their first outpatient appointment. They are able to choose any clinically appropriate provider in England as long as a CCG or NHS England has a contract with them. For more information, please visit NHS England’s website.

Mental health staff to introduce physical ‘MOT’ to reduce deaths 

Mental health staff will soon give lifestyle MOTs to patients to reduce avoidable deaths. Mental health trusts will receive financial rewards for carrying out checks. For more information, please visit NHS England’s website.

Open Data on health and social care

NHS England and GovLab have jointly launched the open data era in health and social care report, a blueprint for accelerating the use of open data in health and social care settings. The report sets how the availability of open data, within proper safeguards, to care providers, patients and researchers can maximise the social and economic value of healthcare data and spur new innovations and efficiencies.
To find out more, go to:


The weekly bulletin from Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, is now available here:

Sexually transmitted infection risk in England is greatest in gay men and young adults

Number of STI cases diagnosed in 2013 remain close to 2012 figures.
There were 446,253 sexually transmitted infections (STIs) diagnosed in England in 2013, according to new Public Health England (PHE) data out today: close to the number diagnosed in 2012 (448,775 cases).
Gay men were disproportionately affected, accounting for 81% of syphilis (2,393) and 63% of gonorrhoea (13,570) cases in male GUM clinic attendees. Gonorrhoea diagnoses rose 26% in this group, nearly double the national rate, which is of particular concern as harder to treat gonorrhoea strains emerge.
See the full PHE Press Release for details:

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Attitudes Towards Equality

Findings from the YouGov Survey.  This report provides a summary of results from a survey on attitudes to equality and ambition at work. 
Read more

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Summary of Live Consultations

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

Please send your comments and suggestions to us and we will endeavour to incorporate your views into each consultation response: Cabinet Office – New fund to help VCSE organisations become more sustainable (deadline 24th July)

Care Act 2014: launch of care and support consultation ( deadline 15 August) - this consultation seeks views on how local authorities should deliver the care and support reforms in the 2014 Care Act. For more information, please visit the DoH website

NICE Quality standards process guide update - public consultation (ends Wednesday 3 September 2014).   Details of the consultation and how to respond can be found on the NICE website here

Other Consultations

Promising Practice in Physical Activity

This research project is an open callout to any organisations  providing physical activity programmes in England. It is seeking to identify any physical activity programmes that show promising or good on behalf of Public Health England.
It is a unique opportunity to showcase your programme across the country with the potential to scale it up as part of our national drive to get more people, more active, more often
On behalf of Public Health England, the ukactive Research Institute and the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield are undertaking a national process to identify projects and programmes that demonstrate good or promising practice in increasing levels of physical activity in local communities.
Please submit your details through the simple online questionnaire that can be found on the ukactive Research Institute website:

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London Friend publishes Out Of Your Mind 

London Friend publishes new report on improving drug and alcohol treatment for lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans people.  The report aims to encourage commissioners and providers of drug and alcohol treatment services to be more mindful of the support needs of LGBT people when planning and delivering services.  It also includes some practical toolkits to help local planning and drive service improvements to achieve better outcomes for LGBT people in treatment. 

The full report and executive summary can be downloaded from

Online survey for hate crime third party reporting services in England.

A key part of the Government’s commitment to tackle hate crime, set out in ‘Challenge it, Report it, Stop it’, is to improve the recording of hate crimes, to provide a better picture of where the problems are and to help the police and others use their resources more effectively. 
The survey will run from Monday 16 June 2014 to Friday 15 August 2014 
Please click on the link to download the survey:  

Part of the Picture: lesbian, gay and bisexual people’s drug and alcohol use in England

Research carried out by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) in partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) found there were significant drug and alcohol problems in the community. For more information, please visit the LGF website.

A New Pan London LGBT* Domestic Abuse Advocacy Service

Stonewall Housing & the LGBT* Domestic Abuse Forum recently launched 'ROAR' a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT*) Domestic Abuse Advocacy service.
The aims of this specialist service are to ensure that LGBT* people affected by domestic abuse across all London boroughs are fully supported, provided with confidential housing, legal, and safety advice, advocacy, sign-posting, emotional support, and one to one tenancy sustainment, through which we are hoping to lower incidents of LGBT* homelessness. 
ROAR Advocacy Service Mobile:
Twitter: @lgbtdaf

LGBT Community Sports Activator 

Birmingham LGBT and its Pride in Sports partners are set to help more local LGBT people get into sport & fitness thanks to £142,788 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund.
The funding will allow us to develop a new programme designed to encourage LGBT people in the area to try a new sports, and challenge homophobia in sport, after feedback from the community that there was not enough provision for the community.

School campaign on homophobic abuse launched

A new campaign has been launched in England and Wales to tackle homophobic and transphobic abuse in schools. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has created the resource pack for teachers. It is designed to explain the law around hate crime and encourage young people to talk about stereotypes and prejudice.
The LGBT Hate Crime Pack, which is backed by the National Union of Teachers, contains a DVD and lesson plans for teachers, designed to help students discuss stereotypes and prejudice and the impact of this type of bullying on victims. The resource is available to all teachers to download from the CPS website.


Health And Wellbeing Board priorities across England 

The LGA have produced an interactive map which allows users to search the priorities of health and wellbeing boards across England, as well as view the health and wellbeing strategies for each area. For more information, please click here.

Care Act Factsheets 

The Care Act received Royal Assent on 14th May 2014. These factsheets have been produced to accompany Part One of the Act and provide an overview and the duties and powers that local authorities will have in the future. For more information please visit the DoH website.

Free NCB Briefing on the Annual Report of the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum

This briefing summarises for colleagues in the children and young people’s voluntary sector key points from the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum report 2013/14. This includes setting out key progress, concerns and new challenges made to the health system. A summary of key steps set out in the 2014/15 Mandate to Health Education England, published alongside the Forum’s report, is also included as an annex.
For the briefing, go to:

Women’s voices on health: addressing barriers to accessing primary care’ 

WHEC has published ‘Women’s voices on health: addressing barriers to accessing primary care’. The includes findings from a survey with 300 women as well as focus groups with BME women, refugee and asylum seeking women, women living with HIV, LGBT women, and women with learning disabilities. It was produced by Maternity Action with support from Imkaan, Positively UK, Change and ELOP. Click here to read the report and here to listen to the podcast.

Addressing barriers to accessing primary care' (attached). It has now been published and can be accessed on the WHEC website and the Maternity Action website
The National LGB&T Partnership participated in this research through the involvement of ELOP in this project. 

New poll reveals worldwide support for gay players to come out

 Survey of football fans from around the world has revealed widespread, majority support for any international players thinking about coming out as gay 
read more

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Mind Out for the Laughs

This event is taking place on Wednesday, 16th July.
raising funds for our important LGB&T mental health services in Brighton and Hove. Featuring Zoe Lyons, Brighton Gay Men's Chorus, Dolly Rocket and many more!
Visit the Facebook event page at:
book online at 

Trans Action 2014

Trans Action 2014 @ The University of East Anglia - Norwich on September 5th (evening) 6th & 7th 2014.
Supported by Goldsmiths, University of London - School of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies.
For more details please see:

New Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Mental Health
Network in Bristol

Opportunity for a regular space for LGBT mental health clinicians and non climicians campaigners, carers and service users to discuss the issues LGBT people face in mental health services, as well as generate feedback on new developments in mental health
services through Bristol Mental Health Partnership Board.

This is open to people that use/work in the public, voluntary community/faith or private sectors.

 email for further information

National Network looking for new members working with lesbian and bisexual women
Next meeting Friday 11th July

Does your organisation provide support or services to lesbian and bisexual women? Would you like to work with other LGBT organisations to explore how we can improve services to LB women and secure more resource for these services? Do you want to network and connect with others who are working to improve the lives of LB women?
If you answered ‘yes’ to any or all of the above questions, the National Network of Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Service providers is for you.
The next LB Womens Network event currently still has some spaces with funded travel left.
The training and planning meeting takes place in Manchester on Friday 11th July
Click here to find out more about the Network or email for more information.

Job Opportunity
LGBT Community Sports Activator

Birmingham LGBT is seeking to recruit to a new and exciting post of LGBT Community Sports Activator for a Sport England funded project. The aim of the project is to ensure that more LGBT people develop a sporting/fitness habit for life. The project complements existing LGBT sports activity and builds on the legacy of the Pride in Sports Festivals.

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

Closing Date for applications is midday on Monday 21st July

An application pack can be downloaded at or email

For more details contact David Viney on 0121 643 0821

LGBT Community Sports Activator Application
Press Release LGBT Community Sports Activator.doc

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