National LGB&T Partnership newsletter, January 2017
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Dear all,

Welcome to January’s newsletter. This month, we have two big announcements: an important event from The National LGB&T Partnership in March, and the launch of the first National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week, which will also take place in March.
Sharing The Love will be an opportunity for people in health but outside of the LGBT sector to learn more about supporting LGBT people, and for those in the sector to be supported to advocate for change. National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week 2017 calls on organisations and groups across the voluntary, public and private sectors to consider and develop the work they are doing to support the health of lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women, a group often overlooked even within the LGBT sector.
We look forward to seeing you in March at Sharing the Love, and hearing from you about what you’ll be doing for #LBWHealthWeek17

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The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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Sharing The Love

The National LGB&T Partnership is committed to reducing health inequalities and challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public services. We combine the expertise and knowledge of twelve LGB&T organisations from across England but are keen to ensure everything we produce has much further reach.
To help achieve this, we are organising a special 2-part seminar style event which will be of interest to both LGB&T organisations in England and those engaged in LGB&T policy development or commissioning within the health and care sectors. It will be an opportunity to explore the diverse range of LGB&T specific resources the National LGB&T Partnership have produced to inform policy and practice development.

The day will be split into two parts:
Morning seminar (11 – 1pm): For policy developers, commissioners and senior staff working within the health and care sectors.
The National LGB&T Partnership will present our key resources from the last couple of years, informing health sector stakeholders on how the system can benefit from their information and identifying ways to embed them into their work.
Networking Lunch (1 – 2pm)
An opportunity for those in the health and care sector to meet and network with a range of LGB&T organisations.
Afternoon Seminar (2 – 4pm): For LGB&T voluntary and community organisations.
This is an opportunity to find out more about the resources the National LGB&T Partnership have produced and how they can help a diverse range of LGB&T organisations. Many of the resources centre on embedding LGB&T issues into national policy and members of the Partnership will be on hand to give their top tips and share with attendees how they have already been used by a range of bodies.
The National LGB&T Partnership has a small number of travel bursaries on offer to support LGB&T organisation attending so please get in touch via email if you would like to discuss this.
We hope you will consider attending for the most relevant part of the day. Places are limited so please sign up at

National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week 2017

The National LGB&T Partnership is launching the first National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week which will run from 13-17 March 2017.
The aim of the week is to raise awareness about lesbian and bisexual women’s health inequalities, to make it simple for service providers to empower service users. The week will also be an opportunity to celebrate, highlight and learn from the work of groups and services which provide dedicated support to lesbian and bisexual women.
Growing evidence demonstrates that lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women (LBWSW) are experiencing a range of health inequalities and both face barriers to accessing health care and are having poor experiences when they do.
How you get involved:

  • Click here to download our National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week ’17 briefing pack for information and resources that will support your organisation to get involved.
  • Get in touch with your National LGB&T Partnership contact if you have any questions, to discuss your plans, and for help publicising any activity over the week.
If you are unsure who your contact is, please email Harri Weeks, the Partnership Stakeholder Engagement Manager.

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  1. Improving employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions
NHS England, along with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Department of Health (DH), are making available £70 million over four years to test different ways to support people with a disability or long-term condition to get in and stay in work.The government is seeking views on what it will take to transform employment prospects for disabled people and people with long-term health conditions by listening to patients to understand their needs in order to bring about a positive culture change around work, health and disability. The consultation will close on 17th February 2017.
  1. Specialist mental health services for young people
NHS England has launched a National Review of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHs). As well as a series of webinars and events as part of the consultation, NHS England has launched an online survey to get the views of patients, carers and the public on the issue. The closing date for responses is 28th February 2017.
  1. Access to financial products for people living with HIV
National Aids Trust is currently conducting an online survey with people living with HIV to find out what access they have to financial products and services, such as insurance, mortgages and investments. Please share the survey with any patient representatives or other contacts that may be interested in completing it.The deadline is 10th March 2017.
  1. CQC’s next phase of regulation
The consultation document, 'Our next phase of regulation: A more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach', follows the CQC strategy for 2016 to 2021, published in May 2016, which sets out an ambitious vision for a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach to regulation, so that more people get high-quality care. The deadline is 14th February 2017.
  1. Accessible Information Standard Review
The Accessible Information Standard sets out requirements for NHS and adult social care providers to identify, record, flag, share and meet the information and communication support needs of people with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
NHS England is reviewing the standard to assess impact and ensure it is ‘fit for purpose’ and is inviting views:
Survey for health and care professionals and organisations
Survey for patients, service users, carers and parents (also available in alternative formats)
Survey for support, supplier and representative organisations (including the voluntary and community sector)
The deadline for feedback is 10th March 2017.

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  1. Reports from the LGBT & Cancer Taskforce
Following members of the LGBT Taskforce prioritising the need for more specific LGB&T cancer information, Macmillan held workshops with LGB people and separately with trans (including non-binary) people to explore this issue further.
To read the write up and ideas on ways the Taskforce are influencing change in this area, please click the following links: LGB, Trans.
  1. Realising the value: ten actions to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing
This is the final report of the Realising the Value programme, an 18-month programme funded by NHS England in support of the NHS Five Year Forward View vision to develop a new relationship with people and communities. The report sets out ten key actions on what should be done and how people need to work differently to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing.
  1. Your treatment and care: Planning ahead for the LGBT community
Compassion in Dying has launched a pioneering new publication. It’s the first of its kind specifically for the LGBT community, supporting individuals to plan ahead to help ensure they get the end-of-life care that's right for them.
‘Your treatment and care: Planning ahead for the LGBT community’ has been produced by Compassion in Dying in collaboration with Opening Doors London and with support from Stonewall. It can be viewed online, downloaded, or you can request a hard copy here.
Studies have shown that LGBT people can face significant barriers stopping them from getting the end-of-life care they want. This resource will inform and empower LGBT people to think about and record their wishes for future care and treatment, in case they lose capacity to make or communicate decisions for themselves. It includes how to ensure they get the treatment that is right for them and that the people they trust are involved in decisions about their care.
  1. Rights resources for professionals working with young people
The Young People’s Health Partnership has published a new briefing aimed at supporting professionals working with young people to identify sources of high quality information and resources on young people’s rights. The briefing lists not only resources on health and social care rights, but also resources relevant to related social determinants of young people’s health.
  1. Missing Out: The Identification Challenge
Based on findings from Carers UK’s State of Caring Survey 2016, this research explores the time it takes for people to recognise they have taken on a caring role, and whether they had missed out on support because they simply didn’t think of themselves as a carer. It also looks at the impact that missing out on support can have across carers’ lives.
  1. Health Matters: Increasing the uptake of HIV testing
This guidance outlines how providers and commissioners can normalise HIV testing and reduce barriers to uptake.
PHE is working to reduce the number of people living with undiagnosed HIV by improving access to testing and is funding HIV home-sampling test kits which can be ordered online.
  1. Unchartered Territory: A report into the first generation growing older with HIV 
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has released a new report that explores what it means to grow older with HIV in the UK. The report is based on research carried out by THT in partnership with peer researchers – older people themselves living with HIV. The report seeks to set out the needs and experiences of this first generation of people ageing with HIV, and the actions needed to ensure that their needs and concerns are fully addressed.
  1. A seat at the table: the views of people living with HIV
The King’s Fund is committed to listening to people with lived experience of our health care system. We have been reviewing HIV services in England to develop policy and planning recommendations for the next 5 to 10 years. It is common practice for our reviews to involve a broad range of stakeholders. It is less common – but no less important – for us to directly involve people with lived experiences in the design of our research and in influencing how services may need to change. This article asks three people living with HIV why the experiences of patients should be used to develop policy and planning recommendations.
  1. HIV in the UK
This report provides the latest data and estimates on HIV in the UK and describes the quality of HIV care delivered through specialised services. For the first time, survey data that shows what it is like living with HIV is included, as well as personal quotes to contextualise the experiences of those living with HIV in the UK today.
  1. Social Investment in Mental Health
MHPF are happy to announce the release of the Social Investment in Mental Health guide in partnership with Big Society Capital, an independent financial institution set up to help grow social investment in the UK.
This guidance provides a basic introduction to social investment for mental health providers. It is aimed at readers with little or no knowledge of this topic, to help them think about whether their organisation or project might be suitable for social investment. It also provides examples of how others are using social investment, the types of products available and where to find out more.
  1. Digital Marketing for Charities
A marketing agency has published a free guide to digital marketing for charities. The 12-step guide to digital marketing for charities, compiled by Flagship Consulting, addresses the recommendations made by the Charity Commission last year that aimed to help charities keep pace with digital change. In addition, the guide provides advice on brand development and digital fundraising.
  1. 50 Social Media Tools: The Ultimate List 2016
Just like social media itself, the best social media tools are constantly changing. Whether they're tools for social media management, visual media, or analytics, there's always something new. That's why Business 2 Community has put together the 50 best social media tools used in 2016.

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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. 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. 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.
  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. 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.
  1. Stepping Up
NHS Leadership Academy has launched a Stepping Up programme aimed at developing black and minority ethnic (BME) colleagues in bands 5 – 7 who aim to be leaders.  
The fully funded programme will run over five months, for individuals who have an interest in developing their leadership abilities and want to be involved in creating a transformational change in equality and diversity across the healthcare sector. 
Colleagues will benefit from a mix of learning, including face-to-face, self-directed and workplace-based. Applications are now open. For more information or to apply visit the NHS Leadership Academy website.
  1. School for Change Agents
The School for Change Agents is a free five week virtual learning programme for change activists in health and social care brought to you by the NHS Horizons Group. All of the live sessions start at 15:00-16:30 GMT on Thursdays via an online webinar. The webinars are recorded and made available for viewing at a later date. The first session begins on 16 February.
  1. Domestic Abuse and the Impact on Children & Young people
February 23rd, All day, London
Around 1 in 5 children has been exposed to abuse, however the voice of children and young people is often missed in cases of domestic abuse and those working with them, in a range of settings, often feel ill-equipped to support them effectively. Drawing on over 40 years' experience delivering frontline services for survivors of abuse, Solace Women's Aid provides specialist training, to enable you to respond confidently to children and young people affected by domestic abuse.
This course will help practitioners build their skills and knowledge around working with children and young people affected by domestic abuse, both whilst still living in abusive environments and post-separation.
  1. Proud2BSmokefree Report Launch Event
February 28th, 1.30pm, Manchester
Ahead of national 'No Smoking Day' on 8th March The LGBT Cancer Support Alliance invite you to join them for the launch of their report on smoking habits within the LGBT community, which presents data captured by the LGBT Support Alliance at Manchester Pride. The report features a new set of recommendations for health commissioners, care providers, smoking cessation services and LGBT organisations/event organisers.

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