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Dear all,

Welcome to our September newsletter. This month we'd like to direct your attention to our news section, below, where there are some excellent new tools and initiatives to get involved with improving healthcare for LGB&T people.
In our ‘get involved’ section you’ll find some important opportunities to have your say (or support your service users to have theirs), and further through the newsletter you’ll find loads of new resources, funding opportunities and events.
 
Please make sure to get in touch and let us know your thoughts, or tell us about an event, consultation or resource that you think we should include in our newsletter.
 

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The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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  1. Two new resources from the National LGB&T Partnership and our Partners.
The Partnership has published another two new resources this month, which are now on our website, complementing our existing range of publications and research.
We have added to both our Dementia resources, with two new publications developed with Alzheimer’s UK, on Living as an LGBT person with Dementia, and supporting an LGBT person with Dementia, and to our series of trans health factsheets, adding information on Fertility to the set.
 
  1. The Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health
The Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health was launched on 30th August.
The suite of 10 resources have been published as a document collection which can be found via the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/prevention-concordat-for-better-mental-health. The National LGB&T Partnership is one of the initial signatories to the concordat, and has committed to ensure that:
“matters relating to inequalities in mental health and wellbeing are the heart of our programme of work on whole systems action, funded by Public Health England. From our work in two pilot sites - the London Borough of Lambeth and the City of Leeds - we will identify and share learning for other local systems seeking to improve the mental health of specific and excluded groups.  In addition, mental health issues will be central to our discussions in a series of national round table events in early 2018 about inequalities in health and LGBT communities.”
 
  1. CQC Equally Outstanding
CQC and a number of partners, The National LGB&T Partnership included, have published a new good practice resource, Equally Outstanding, exploring how a focus on equality and human rights can help to improve quality of care.
Using case studies from the NHS, adult social care and primary medical services, it looks at how services rated outstanding by CQC have prioritised equality and human rights and the positive effects this has had on quality of care and staff engagement. This resource also helps set out the ‘business case’ for equality and human rights at a time when the whole health and care system faces significant financial challenges.
 
  1. Stoptober
Evidence shows that smoking rates are higher among LGBT communities than the general population in the UK. Young LGB people are also more likely to smoke, to start smoking at a younger age and smoke more heavily.
Stoptober, the 28-day stop smoking campaign from Public Health England, is back from 1st October. The campaign has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good.
To support Stoptober, visit the PHE Campaign Resource to order and download free resources today.
 
  1. Health and wellbeing fund 2017/18
The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme provides funding to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to help them contribute towards improving health and care. Each round of the programme focuses on a specific theme and the theme for this round is social prescribing. The department is inviting applications to set up a new social prescribing scheme or to support the expansion of an existing scheme. The deadline for completed applications is 21 November 2017.

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  1. NHS England Consultation on Adult Gender Identity Services
NHS England has extended its consultation, which now closes on 16th October 2017. NHS England wants to hear people’s views on two proposed service specifications: one for how Gender Identity Clinics will deliver specialised outpatient services; and another for how surgical units will deliver surgical interventions.
The National LGB&T Partnership has developed a response, which you can use as a basis for your own response, and may reproduce in your submission.
 
  1. PHE Survey on trans people’s reproductive health
Public Health England are conducting a survey seeking the views of the trans community on reproductive health. It is the most diverse survey about trans reproductive health of its kind seen in the UK.
PHE is inviting all self-identified trans people (and those with a trans history) in the UK over the age of 16 to take part. The aim of the survey is to gain a better understanding of trans people’s experiences, preferences and needs for reproductive health and healthcare to inform future PHE work in this area.
The survey has been developed with input from trans community organisations to try and make the language and questions inclusive of the diverse identities and experiences in the trans community.
 
  1. EHRC Legal Priorities 2017-18 – Gamete storage
One of the EHRC’s Health priorities for this year is ‘caps and restrictions in relation to independent living and health services for trans people (including the taking and storage of gametes for those transitioning).’ If you have a case that resonates with this area and you think that the Commission would be interested in being involved, they suggest that you contact them.
There are two ways in which details of a strategic case could be of use. First, they will consider cases under their regulatory role. Evidence enables them to take up issues of persistent discrimination or breach of human rights. Second, they can consider becoming involved in a case, either by intervening or funding a case.
Legal representatives can call to discuss a referral with Eleanor Williams 07812 674216 eleanor.williams@equalityhumanrights.com or the Lawyers' Referral Helpline on 0161 829 8407 (Tues to Thurs, 10am to 1pm) for England and Wales.
 
  1. LGBT Survey
The Government Equalities Office and DfE have launched a survey to understand the experiences of LGBT people living in the UK.  The survey asks about experiences of public services and experiences of discrimination, including in education and healthcare.  The survey will close on 15 October 2017
 
  1. Better health for all Londoners
The Mayor of London has launched a consultation on the London Health Inequalities strategy. The draft document outlines five goals to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners and invites Londoners and organisations to have their say on these plans. The consultation will run until 30 November 2017.
 
  1. Join the New NHS Alliance
The core aim of the New NHS Alliance is to develop a community of passionate individuals who share a common purpose. In order to be as inclusive as possible, they have moved away from their traditional membership fee model and have adopted a collaboratively agreed set of values as their mark of membership. Join here: http://www.nhsalliance.org/becomeamember/

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  1. NCB resources on gender and children and young people’s mental health and emotional well-being
The National Children’s Bureau has produced three resources exploring children and young people’s mental health from a gender perspective. Awareness of how gender relates to children and young people’s mental health is growing, along with concern around issues such as girls' well-being and self-esteem, young male suicide, and the experiences of trans children and young people. The suite of resources aims to inform understanding of, and responses to, children and young people’s different experiences, coping strategies and help-seeking behaviours. It includes:
  • A new report of findings from engagement work with over 100 young people, with policy and practice recommendations
  • A review of available evidence (first published in 2016)
  • Collected examples of gender-sensitive approaches to support children and young people’s well-being and mental health (updated in August 2017).
All resources are free to download at http://bit.ly/2goBAlE
 
  1. Trans Pathways
This is the largest Australian survey ever undertaken that focuses on trans and gender diverse young people on their mental health and experiences accessing services. The research involved the participation of 859 trans young people aged 14-25 years. It also included 194 parents and guardians of trans young people from around Australia.
 
  1. HIV testing: encouraging uptake
This NICE quality standard covers interventions to improve the uptake of HIV testing among people who may have undiagnosed HIV. It focuses on increasing testing to reduce undiagnosed infection in people at increased risk of exposure.
 
  1. Prevention concordat for better mental health: planning resource
The Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health is underpinned by an understanding that taking a prevention-focused approach to improving the public’s mental health is shown to make a valuable contribution to achieving a fairer and more equitable society. This resource has been developed to help local areas put in place effective arrangements to promote good mental health and prevent mental health problems. It does so by offering a five-part framework of focus for effective planning for better mental health.
 
  1. Sexual health, reproductive health and HIV: a review of commissioning
This report outlines the findings of a 2016 survey which aimed to gain a clear picture of the commissioning arrangements for sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services. The survey found that whilst there has been progress in improving services and the development of collaborative approaches there is also evidence of structural concerns which have the potential to impede effective commissioning. Key findings from the survey highlight the fragmentation of commissioning, barriers to access for those at greatest risk, increasing financial pressures and patient demand, and workforce concerns.
 
  1. Race, Mental Health and Criminal Justice: Moving Forward
Nacro, Clinks, Race Equality Foundation, and Association of Mental Health Providers have published a briefing Race, Mental Health and Criminal Justice: Moving Forward that explores how pathways for people from BAME communities can be more effectively integrated to provide the most appropriate and timely support for those with mental health needs who are in contact with, or end up in, the criminal justice system.
 
  1. Guides to help staff support people with access needs
These guides aim to support people with sight loss, hearing loss, autism or learning disabilities to help patients use GP services online such as book appointments, repeat their prescriptions and view medical records.
 
  1. Reducing health inequalities: system, scale and sustainability
This document identifies steps to support local action on health inequalities to improve outcomes. It is aimed at local authority leaders, chief executives, other senior officers and councillors, directors of public health, public health specialists, and commissioners.
 
  1. Making the economic case for investing in actions to prevent and/or tackle loneliness: a systematic review
This research, carried out by the London School of Economics, reviews the evidence on the economic impact of loneliness interventions. It finds that up to £3 of health care costs can be saved for every £1 spent on an effective intervention on loneliness.
 
  1. Making Sense of Social Prescribing
This extensive document will act as a guide to new commissioners and existing professionals who are active in the social prescribing field. It has been co-produced by a group of people already involved in social prescribing and covers a range of subjects, including different models, risk management and governance, commissioning and evaluation checklists and making good quality referrals.
 
  1. Volunteering guidance for NHS providers
An estimated three million people volunteer in health and care. The time volunteers give every day, in a very wide range of roles, makes a valuable contribution to the quality of care patients’ experience.
Volunteering is a key enabler in transforming the way the NHS works with people and communities and is essential for the success of the Five Year Forward View and particularly Chapter 2 which identifies the need to ‘encourage community volunteering’.
NHS England has produced guidance to offer practical support and information for NHS providers to enable them to support the strategic ambition to grow and develop volunteering in the NHS.
 
  1. Modelling excellence in the charity sector: learning from 20 years of the GSK IMPACT Awards
This report explores the work of the small to medium-sized charities working in community-based care and wellbeing that have won GSK IMPACT Awards. The report identifies the characteristics and capabilities of the winning charities; the common factors contributing to organisational effectiveness; and the challenges that small to medium-sized charities face. The report is accompanied by an article outlining tips for charity leaders on building resilience and sustainability.
 
  1. New practical books for LGB&T people
JKP publishes personal stories and resources that encourage greater understanding of gender identity and gender expression. From informative guides for professionals and parents, to children’s storybooks and books for the general reader, the books promote wider discussion about the diversity and complexity of gender and identity.
To receive 15% off your books, please enter code L17 into the voucher codes box at the check-out stage on our website – www.jkp.com

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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. Celebrating Participation in Healthcare community grants
NHS England’s ‘celebrating participation in healthcare’ community grants scheme is open for applications for the third year. Grants of up to £2000 are available to voluntary/community 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 or community 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. The deadline for applications is midnight on 31 October 2017.
 
  1. Digital agency to give away website build grants
Digital agency White Fuse has announced that it is to give away a £5,000 grant each month to help a charity transform its website or get online for the first time. Explaining why they are providing the grants, the agency said on its website: "Having worked with charities since 2008 we know how hard it is for charities to get funding for digital projects.
 
  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. 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 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. 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. 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. Applications are accepted year round.

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  1. Learning From Deaths – Next Steps
Nov 1st, 10-4, London
NHS England is undertaking a programme of work to improve engagement between NHS Trusts and families and carers, when the death of a loved one is subject to a review or investigation. It follows the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) 2016 report ‘Learning, candour and accountability’, which examined the way NHS Trusts review and investigate deaths of patients in England. It concluded that learning from deaths is not given sufficient priority by the NHS.
A ‘next steps’ day, is being held for families and carers. This will focus on the key issues already identified and will begin to develop guidance for NHS Trusts. The final guidance will be published in early 2018.
Alongside families and carers, advocates from different family support organisations/charities with experience of the subject are invited to attend, to input to the development of the guidance. If you’d like to attend please email stacey.buccilli@nhs.net as soon as possible.
 
  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. Enrol now.
 
  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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