The April 2019 Newsletter from the National LGB&T Partnership
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Dear all,

Thanks for signing up to receive our newsletter, and welcome to all our new subscribers, particularly those who joined us after taking part in LBT Women’s Health Week.
We’re back this month after a break in March where we were focusing our energies on LBT Women’s Health Week, putting together bids for some exciting potential new projects, finishing up work on some forthcoming publications and also taking a little break.
As a result, we have lots and lots of new resources to share with you, below. Keep an eye out, also, for ways to get involved and events and training available.
Please let us know if you have anything you’d like us to share with our readers, and please pass on this newsletter to colleagues who may be interested, and let them know they can sign up here.

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  1. LBT Women’s Health Week 2019 – 11-15th March
Thank you for joining us for LBT Women’s Health Week 2019!
The week was an excellent success, with engagement and involvement from colleagues across the LGBT+, VCSE and Health and Social Care sectors.
Check out our website to access the recorded webinar, the Twitter ‘moment’ that compiles the Q&A discussion and links to our various press appearances, including the first discussion of Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health in the history of Woman’s Hour.
We’re already looking ahead to next year, and considering how we can best bring together and celebrate all the LGBTQ women working to improve our communities’ health. If you’re one of these women, or want to suggest someone we should be engaging with, please get in touch
  1. LGBT+ Futures Fund
Partnership member Consortium is excited to announce a new programme of activity for LGBT+ organisations working across England.
The second round of the LGBT+ Futures Small Grants Programme will open this Friday 3 May and close on Friday 31 May at 5pm.
There was a massive response to the first round, which received nearly 100 applications.
Consortium are keen to address some gaps in the kinds of applications coming through and are particularly interested in applications from any groups who are working in the following areas:
• Really small, grassroots level organisations: in this round there’s a short, simple application form for grants of £2,000 and under and £20,000 ringfenced for these really small grants.
• Organisations in South Central, South West, Midlands, East of England and North East, although groups from all geographical regions are welcome to apply.
• Organisations working with diverse communities including BAME LGBT+ people or LGBT+ PoC, older LGBT+ people, LGBT+ people with disabilities.
The priorities for the round remain the same as before:
• supporting and increasing the visibility of LGBT+ people, addressing the findings from the Government Equalities Office’s National LGBT Survey
• work that improves organisation’s sustainability and strengthens their organisation strategically
• creative solutions to reach and include more marginalised and underrepresented LGBT+ people and communities
• collaborating on ideas to help strengthen their organisations and the LGBT+ sector
• LGBT+ youth and Pride organisations are especially welcome to apply for new work or development of work which is in line with the above criteria. 
  1. New Cervical Screening Campaign
As well as our own activity for LBT Women’s Health Week, we supported PHE with their new Cervical Screening campaign, which launched in March. The campaign aims to highlight the risks of cervical cancer as well as the preventative benefits of the screening test and comes as the number of women attending screening has fallen to a 20-year low. The campaign will encourage all eligible people (25-64 years), especially younger women (25-35 years) and groups such as BAME and LGBT people, to respond to screening invitations. Click here to download the new campaign resources and for further information on how to get involved in the campaign. 
  1. BMA MEDFASH prize for improving quality of HIV and/or sexual healthcare
The BMA MEDFASH prize is open to any health or social care professional or organisation actively involved in the delivery of HIV or sexual healthcare in the UK. This year two prizes of £500 each will be awarded; one to an individual and the other to an organisation that has improved the quality of HIV and/or sexual healthcare in the UK.The closing date for applications is 8 June 2019.Click here for more information on the applicant and assessment criteria. 

Keep informed with the work of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HWA)
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. Free tickets for small and medium sized charities for NHS England Health & Care Innovation Expo
Registration is open now for Health and Care Innovation Expo – the biggest NHS-led event of the year and, if you're a small or medium-sized charity, we have a code which will make it free to attend. Focused on the NHS Long Term Plan, the conference and exhibition brings together all parts of the NHS as well as local government and social care leaders: more than any other health and care event. This year it's at Manchester Central on 4 and 5 September 2019. We've regularly attended in the past and found it very helpful.
The code to book a free place is EXPO19. Feel free to share with other local charities, but please don't post it publicly or on social media.
  1. Review of the National Autism Strategy 'Think Autism': call for evidence
In April 2014 the government published Think Autism, a strategy for meeting the needs of autistic adults in England. This year the Department of Health and Social Care, working with the Department for Education, will review the strategy and extend it to cover children as well as adults. The results of this consultation will be used to find out where people think progress has been made and where more needs to be done in the future. The closing date for comments is 16 May 2019.
  1. Survey for everyone with lived experience of a personal health budget
NHS England has commissioned Quality Health to run a survey, closing 14 May 2019 to gather feedback about people’s experiences of personal health budgets and integrated personal budgets.
It is open to all current or previous budget holders and those who support them, including those who responded last year, and, for the first time, will separate out wheelchair budgets from other types of PHB.
  1. Future midwife consultation
The Nursing & Midwifery Council has launched a consultation that proposes to overhaul midwifery education to make the UK the best and safest place to have a baby. This UK-wide consultation sets out the draft skills and knowledge the next generation of midwives will need in order to deliver great care in the years to come. The consultation closes on 9 May 2019.

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  1. Engaging with Complexity – Trauma Informed Services
The National LGB&T Partnership and the Race Equality Foundation have worked with the Mental Health Consortia, all members of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, to produce a new resource to help public services become trauma-informed to support women’s mental health.
Engaging with complexity builds on the 2018 Women’s Mental Health Taskforce report, which recommended the wider use of trauma-informed care. The resource is informed by a review of literature and consultations involving women with expertise by experience and professionals with an interest in trauma-informed approaches.
  1. National Voices Peer Support Hub
The Peer Support Hub is an online bank of high quality, curated resources for people looking to measure, evaluate, sustain and grow different types of peer support programmes.
Resources can be in a wide range of formats including reports, toolkits, videos, presentations and journal articles. The Peer Support Hub was developed with the Q Improvement Lab and is supported by the Health Foundation.
  1. The Mental Health Premium
New research from Citizens Advice looks at the additional financial costs that people with mental health problems face with essential services such as electricity, telecoms and financial services. On average, people with mental health problems can be paying £1,100 - £1,550 more every year. This is due in part to the complexity of these essential service markets and how difficult it can be to swap tariffs and negotiate with providers.
As the consumer champion, Citizens Advice are calling on the industry regulators to identify and monitor a set of minimum standards of support which all providers should offer for people with mental health problems.
  1. Mental health services: addressing the care deficit
This report reveals deep disquiet among NHS mental health trust leaders about a substantial care deficit resulting from the impact of growing social and economic hardship in their communities. It looks at the levels of demand reported by frontline leaders across the range of services they provide, and examines what lies behind the growing pressures. In particular, the report identifies widespread concerns about benefits cuts and the impact of universal credit. It also suggests that loneliness, homelessness and financial hardship are adding to pressures on NHS mental health services.
  1. The pharmacy offer for sexual health, reproductive health and HIV: a resource for commissioners and providers
This resource discusses the capacity and capability of pharmacy teams, in both the primary and community sector, to provide consistent and high-quality sexual and reproductive health services. It aims to help commissioners and providers further embed pharmacy into key sexual health, reproductive health and HIV workstreams to: improve delivery of sexual and reproductive health, and HIV services through pharmacies; increase public access to sexual and reproductive health and HIV services; help reduce inequalities within the community; improve sexual health; and reduce the burden on other health services.
  1. Podcast: Teaming up with the voluntary sector to transform care
Partnership working between the voluntary sector, local government and the NHS is crucial to improving care for people and communities. But how can health and care systems make sure they involve local charities and social enterprises in the most effective way? This new NHS England podcast explores the answer, featuring a trio of perspectives and a range of examples of how joined-up working is making a difference to patients, communities and staff. With voluntary sector organisations often having an impact well beyond what statutory services alone can achieve, this podcast provides useful insights into how to maximise local assets to transform care.
  1. Integrated care in action
This suite of case studies shines a light on how health and care organisations and staff are working in new ways to improve health and wellbeing across England. Exploring seven themes, including health inequalities, mental health, and children and young people, the case studies illuminate how integrated care systems are supporting people to live healthier lives and receive the care and treatment they need in the right place, at the right time.
  1. Quality in public health: a shared responsibility
This framework aims to raise quality in public health services and functions. It is the first such framework for public health, and has been developed by the Public Health System Group with support from important partners across the public health system, including from local government and the NHS.
  1. Wider public health workforce review: 2018 to 2019
This report details the findings of Public Health England’s 2018 to 2019 review of the wider public health workforce.
The report identifies 3 broad categories of work completed by the wider public health workforce: leading and advocating for health; influencing the wider determinants of health; direct contact with individuals and communities.
It reports on progress to date to engage and develop the wider public health workforce across a range of sectors.
  1. Improving young people’s experiences in transition to and from inpatient mental health settings
This short guide, produced in association with the Social Care Institute for Excellence, will help practitioners to work with young people to ensure that they are prepared for a planned admission and that their care and support after discharge is tailored to their needs. It covers: planning for admission; preparing for discharge; care and support after discharge; crisis planning; and information and support for parents and carers.
  1. Core funding report offers ‘ammunition’ for others to make the case
The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation has this week launched a report for “funders who care not just about the impact of what they fund, but the impact of how they fund.”
The organisation has gathered data and insights from research carried out over three years, looking into more than 600 grants. It has released the report with the aim of giving others “the ammunition to continue to make the case".
Insights on Core Funding sets out four recommendations which include investing in the ‘what’ and letting the funded organisation determine the ‘how’ and making longer grants.
  1. Local authority spending on homelessness: understanding recent trends and their impact
According to this report, nine years of government cuts have left local services for single homeless people with a shocking £1bn a year funding gap. It warns that cuts to council budgets are leaving increasing numbers of people at risk on the streets, and calls on the government to act now to make up the funding shortfall – or inevitably face missing its target of ending rough sleeping by 2027.
  1. The state of ageing in 2019
This report brings together public data across four areas: work and finances; housing; health; and communities. It reveals vast differences in how people experience ageing depending on factors such as where they live, how much money they have or their sex or ethnicity. Today’s least well-off over 50s face far greater challenges than their wealthier peers and are more likely to die younger, become sicker earlier and fall out of work due to ill health.
  1. Outcomes for mental health services: what really matters?
Through a series of over 100 conversations with people actively involved in mental health services in England including current and former service users, this report highlights how frameworks for measuring outcomes are often too narrowly focused on clinical outcomes. Whilst recovery-based frameworks are trying to widen this, neither fully captures what really matters to people.  
The report challenges those in mental health to find a consensus on the outcomes that matter to people with mental health problems. Services should adopt a broader perspective on outcomes as a basis for collaborating with service users and a foundation for delivering more humane and effective care.
  1. Prevention before cure: prioritising population health
This policy paper contains a suggested framework for a cross-government approach to prioritising population health. The framework outlines four areas that should be considered: addressing the social determinants that influence health; increased and sustained funding for public health; prioritising prevention through the health service; and effective regulation to tackle key drivers of ill-health.
  1. #NewFilters to manage the impact of social media on young people’s mental health and wellbeing
This report examines the impact of social media on the mental health and wellbeing of young people. It explores the positive and negative health impacts of social media, as well as putting forward recommendations to protect young social media users from potential health harms.
  1. A Refuge for All
A Refuge for All is a project led by disabled women with experience of violence and abuse. An advisory group of disabled women have reviewed the progress of the project at regular intervals. This Findings Report and the Best Practice Toolkit provide a user-led approach to improving access for disabled women for service providers who want to achieve a high standard of service delivery for disabled women. Although this report and the best practice toolkit have been produced specifically for services working in the violence and abuse sector, the self- assessment templates could be used to make changes to other services that work with disabled people.
  1. No room at the inn: how easy is it for nomadic Gypsies and Travellers to access primary care?
This report describes the findings of a mystery shopping exercise in which the charity contacted 50 GP practices posing as a patient wishing to register who didn’t have a fixed address or proof of identity. It found that almost half of practices would not register them. Despite this, every GP practice was rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission for their work with ‘people whose circumstances may make them vulnerable’.

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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. They are particularly recruiting for a member of the Looked after children and young people guideline committee, currently.
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* Grants for core costs of small charities
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has launched a new grants scheme specifically for running costs and other core costs of small charities. Available to charities with an income of £500,000 a year or less, the grants are a maximum of £5,000 per year, over three years.
The MCF has recognised that smaller charities face difficulties in accessing funding for core costs, with many charitable foundations – including the MCF – choosing to concentrate on project-based funding. The foundation hopes that its policy shift on grant-making will help smaller charities be able to continue delivering their vital services and activities.
  1. Centre for Ageing Better Volunteering Fund
The Centre for Ageing Better has launched its Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund to support initiatives that put the principles of age-friendly and inclusive volunteering set out in their recent review into practice.
You can find all the information at:
  1. The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund
Under 'The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund', small grants will be provided to support those activists and their organisations working across the world to improve the lives of trans people. Read more here.
  1. Enterprise Development Fund
Access – the foundation for social investment – has recently launched its Enterprise Development Programme, a five-year programme which will provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England. The programme is designed to help VCSE organisations to make a transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones.
  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.

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  1. The NHS Long Term Plan: Opportunities for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (webinar)
9th May, 1-2pm, Online
Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems are working closely with key stakeholders, including the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, to understand what The NHS Long Term Plan means for their areas.
Hosted by the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, this webinar will begin with Matt Tagney, Programme Director, NHS Long Term Plan, providing an overview of The NHS Long Term Plan. The Voluntary Partnerships team, NHS England and the Health & Wellbeing Alliance, will then explain what this mean for the VCSE. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. 
  1. Free bite-sized e-learning sessions for all health and care professionals
Public Health England has launched new free bite-sized e-learning sessions, developed in partnership with Health Education England, to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of all health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.
The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health and they contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice. 
  1. Learning Disability Employment Programme Recorded Webinars
These two webinars for NHS employers were produced by NDTi in partnership with NHS England and NHS Employers.
The have been produced as part of the support on offer as part of the Learning Disability Employment Programme. 
  1. Supporting mental wellbeing – FREE resources
The Virtual College has developed a number of free online resources designed to help develop and support strong mental wellbeing. Please share with colleagues and the charities and community groups you work with. You can view the free resources here
  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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