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Dear all,

Welcome to November’s newsletter.
This month we have loads to share with you, including a number of ways to get involved with our work. Today sees the launch of our newest project, in which we will be asking about what LGBT people want from health and social care. We'll be engaging with people through a wide range of routes, and look forward to hearing what you have to say.
 
The resources section of the newsletter contains a wealth of reports, briefings and other resources this month. Unfortunately, November seems like quite a quiet time for recruitment, so we haven’t many links to paid roles. Remember, you can always contact us with LGBT health and social care jobs you would like advertised.

Lastly, we have revived the blogs section of our website, and our first blog is about our project to collect the experiences of LGBT women accessing healthcare.
 
We hope you enjoy the newsletter, as always, please let us know if you have any comments or anything that you would like us to include next month.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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What do LGBT people want from health and social care?

Today sees the start of a new project from the National LGB&T Partnership, which aims to investigate, and inform policy makers of, what LGB&T people want from health and social care services.
 
We are working with National Voices on this ‘I Statements’ narrative project, in which we will draw together opinions and experiences, from across the community, to produce a resource. The resource will outline what LGB&T people want from health and social care services, describe the key areas where there are issues, why this is, and what can be done to address them and improve services for LGB&T people.
 
Be one of the 1st to complete our survey and take part in this important piece of work by clicking on the following link: LGBT ‘I Statements’ survey
 
Also, keep an eye on our Twitter, where we will be hosting some Twitter chats on the subject in December.
 
We would be grateful if you would share our survey with your members and stakeholders. If you would like more information, or to receive the survey in hardcopy, please email us at: nationallgbtpartnership@gmail.com

News

  1. NHS England commit to reducing variation in gender identity services
Will Huxter is Regional Director of Specialised Commissioning (London) at NHS England and currently chair of the NHS England Gender Task & Finish Group. In this blog he talks about next steps for improving England’s gender identity services.
 
  1. Realising the value
Earlier this month the Guardian Healthcare Network took an in-depth look at the Realising the Value project. The Realising the Value consortium recently published the 'How should we think about value' paper which raised the debate on defining value. The paper focused on what matters to individuals in terms of their own health and wellbeing as being the critical component of how to add value to people's lives, and calls for public services to recognise this. 
More information on the Realising the Value consortium can be found on Nesta's website.
 
  1. WMA health secretary outlines measures for greater patient power
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has outlined plans for the most patient-focused NHS culture ever. From next year, for the first time, new ‘Ofsted style’ ratings will show patients how their local area’s health service is performing in crucial areas, including:
  • cancer
  • dementia
  • diabetes
  • mental health
  • learning disabilities
  • maternity care
 
To read more, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/health-secretary-outlines-measures-for-greater-patient-power

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What are LGB women’s experiences of health care?

Has being a lesbian or bisexual woman ever affected the healthcare you've received? The National LGB&T Partnership is working with Public Health England to improve the healthcare provided to lesbian, bisexual and other non-heterosexual women. 
 
As part of this work, we are collecting patient experiences to be part of the report. You can tell us about positive or negative practice (or even a mix of both) – we’d really like to hear about as many healthcare encounters as possible. If you have an experience to share, please follow this link to complete our short survey. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw with a chance to win £50 of shopping vouchers.
 
Focus groups will take place in London, Manchester and Birmingham to explore these issues further. The Birmingham event is already fully booked.
The London focus group will take place at London Friend, 86 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DN at 7.00pm on Monday 7th December jointly hosted by London Friend and ELOP. If you are free on that date and would be interested in participating in the focus group session please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BSQBN5N
LGBT Foundation in Manchester (5 Richmond St, Manchester M1 3HF) will host a focus group on Thursday 10th December 6.30pm. If you are free on that date and would be interested in participating in the focus group session please follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/C2D3YYY

All focus group participants will receive £15 shopping vouchers as a thank you for taking part.

Other ways to get involved

  1. National charities and voluntary organisations survey 2015
You can be part of the biggest annual survey of charities and voluntary organisations. The survey, launched by a coalition of charities, is gathering evidence about the support charities need to influence politicians, key decision makers and funders.
 
By taking part you will be helping make sure that funders and decision makers know more about your needs. By being the biggest survey of charities and voluntary organisations this survey is a powerful way of getting your voice heard.
The survey can be completed in 15 minutes. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/charitysurvey15
 
Please also forward this on to anyone else you think may be interested in being part of this year’s biggest charity survey.
 
  1. Help NHS Choices develop a new healthcare comparison website
NHS Choices is conducting research to support the development of a beta site My NHS aimed at making healthcare data more accessible and easy to understand for a range of people in the UK. This is part of a wider objective for improving transparency across the health and care sector.
 
Volunteers are being sought to get involved and contribute opinions by joining the research panel. Panel members will be sent a link via email to an optional 10-20 minute survey approximately once every two weeks.  The surveys will focus on gathering views on site content and information as opposed to behaviour of the new website. Starting in November 2015, the programme will initially run until April 2016. To express an interest please contact mynhs.feedback@nhs.net
 
  1. Independent living and disabled people in early adulthood: focus group recruitment
The Disability Partnership is carrying out research about young disabled people’s experiences of living independently. To do this, they are organising focus groups of young disabled people in which they will discuss their experiences of social care services. They are recruiting a group of between 16 and 20 people who are: 
- aged 17 to 19 or 24 to 26 years old
- currently using publicly-funded social care
- living in and around London and available on 14-15 January
- have experiences with social care they are happy to talk about.
 
If you know anyone who would be interested in taking part or want more information, please contact Scope’s Research team: Andy McKeown on 0207 619 7245 or at andy.mckeown@scope.org.uk

Consultations

  1. The role of the National Data Guardian for health and social care
The deadline for this consultation is 17th December.
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-role-of-the-national-data-guardian-for-health-and-social-care
 
  1. Inquiry into the impacts of the Health & Social Care Act (2012) on HIV services in England
Written submissions can be submitted to the group until the 18th December.
This inquiry, run by the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS , is in response to concerns raised by patient groups and service providers that the introduction of the act, in April 2013, has resulted in fragmentation of HIV services, blurred responsibility for standards and created geographical differences in service quality and availability.
Implementation of the act resulted in significant changes to the commissioning of key HIV services with responsibility being shared between local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England. This has given rise to concerns about the practical implications of the Act, including:
·      the potential fragmentation of services
·      the lack of accountability in local authorities tasked with maintaining treatment and prevention programmes
·      the impacts of budget constraints on provision of services
·      geographical differences in service quality and availability
·      the lack of specialised HIV expertise within local authority commissioning bodies
The group is also keen to hear about examples of good practice developed as a result of the new arrangements.
Details on how to make a submission can be found on the group’s website: http://appghivaids.org.uk/node/165

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Drugs and Alcohol

  1. New briefing on LGBT people and smoking from ASH
Action on Smoking and Health, with the support of the National LGB&T Partnership, recently brought out a briefing on LGBT people and smoking. This document sits within a wider “Health Inequalities Toolkit”. Other tools within this pack include briefings on low income families, multiple needs, mental health conditions, smoking in pregnancy and long term conditions.
 
  1. New briefing on MSM and Chemsex from PHE
A brief for commissioners and providers of drug and alcohol services, with input from the National LGB&T Partnership, was published by PHE this week regarding “Substance misuse services for men who have sex with men involved in chemsex”. It highlights issues relating to men who have sexual contact with other men (MSM) involved in chemsex (the use of drugs during or before planned sexual activity to sustain, enhance, disinhibit or facilitate the experience). These practices can have an adverse impact on the health and wellbeing of MSM.

HIV and Sexual Health

  1. HIV new diagnoses, treatment and care in the UK: 2015 report
This new report from Public Health England (PHE) is based on HIV data tables released last month. The number of people living with diagnosed HIV in the UK continues to rise, reflecting the longer life expectancy offered by effective antiretroviral therapy (ART), ongoing HIV transmission and a steady number of new diagnoses. The report also shows that 91% of people attending for HIV treatment and care in 2014 were on ART. 
 
  1. Women Know Best report
Positively UK has published a new report which addresses the wide range of issues affecting women living with HIV and looks at some of the best ways to address them. The report has been produced in conjunction with women living with HIV, and provides a helpful evidence base for support organisations and commissioners to improve and expand their support services for women living with HIV.
 
  1. Sexual health promotion for young people delivered via digital media: a scoping review
This study aims to summarise evidence on effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and mechanism of action of interactive digital interventions (IDIs) for sexual health; optimal practice for intervention development; contexts for successful implementation; research methods for digital intervention evaluation; and the future potential of sexual health promotion via digital media.
 
  1. Department of Health: Sexual Health Information Exchange (SHIE)
The Sexual Health Information Exchange (SHIE) is an information sharing platform  which enables the DH to issue alerts and news of interest, to share policy documents and publications (from DH and external partners), and to provide links to a range of organisations involved in the field of sexual health. The SHIE is private and can be accessed by members only. In order to join the SHIE, an e-mail request should be sent to HSBD@dh.gsi.gov.uk; names will be added to the membership list and an invitation to join will be issued. Further contact details can be found on the BHIVA website.

Mental Health

  1. Guidance for commissioners of financially, environmentally, and socially sustainable mental health services
This guide aims to support commissioners, local health authorities and providers to think broadly, but practically, about building sustainable, resilient communities that have the potential, over time, to reduce mental ill health. Sustainable commissioning involves making sure services make the most effective use of financial, environmental and social resources. This includes commissioning services that support secondary (reducing relapse) and tertiary (improving rehabilitation) prevention. It is these aspects, rather than primary preventative measures, that are the focus for this guide.
 
  1. Exploring how available NHS data can be used to show the inequality gap in mental healthcare
This project, funded by the Cabinet Office Public Sector Transparency Board, set out to explore how far public data about mental health services could be turned into useful public information for people using those services, their families and local communities.

Care and Caring

  1. Valuing carers 2015: the rising value of carers' support
This briefing is the third in a series of research reports looking at the value to the UK economy of the support provided by unpaid carers.
 
  1. Quick Guides to get ready for winter
NHS England and partners have published six Quick Guides providing examples of how people across the country are working with the care sector (including voluntary sector organisations) to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions and delayed transfers of care.
 
Read the new Quick Guides – quick to read and quick to implement – here: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/keogh-review/Pages/quick-guides.aspx
 
  1. Giving adults voice, choice and control in social care
This document provides guidance on how registered nurses, care and support staff can enable relationship-centred care, and how they can work with others to achieve personalised care and support.
The guidance is for staff across a range of care settings, including care home staff and carers who look after people in their own homes.

Using Health Data

  1. Making the difference: diversity and inclusion in the NHS
This report uses data from the NHS Staff Survey to assess the scale of the problem before drawing on wider work on climates of inclusion to suggest comprehensive strategies to bring about lasting and pervasive change. It showed that discrimination within the NHS was experienced between managers and staff, between colleagues, but also from patients and members of the public.
 
  1. Health economics metrics to support the case for prevention
A new report, Health economics metrics to support the case for prevention, commissioned by PHE, sets out and reviews the interactive return on investment and prioritisation tools available to local authorities and NHS commissioners. The report covers the PHE priority areas of obesity, reducing smoking, reducing harmful drinking, ensuring the best start in life and reducing dementia risk.
 
  1. Fat chance? Exploring the evidence on who becomes obese
This report examines current knowledge and data on obesity and examines the demographic make up of the people who are becoming obese. It shows that many factors, including parental weight, access to green spaces and the safety of roads have a strong influence on obesity rates in children and must be considered.
Obesity profiles are becoming increasingly complex, with a number of the positively correlating factors being areas (such as bullying and victimisation) where LGBT people are also disproportionately affected.

Local Public Health

  1. Place-based systems of care: a way forward for the NHS
The NHS in England is facing growing financial and service pressures at a time of rising demand. This paper proposes a new approach to tackling these challenges. It argues that NHS organisations need to move away from a ‘fortress mentality’ whereby they act to secure their own individual interests and future, and instead establish place-based ‘systems of care’ in which they collaborate with other NHS organisations and services to address the challenges and improve the health of the populations they serve. The paper argues that this will require the backing and support of national bodies and policy-makers, and fundamental changes to the role of commissioning in the NHS.
 
  1. The district council contribution to public health: a time of challenge and opportunity
This report was commissioned by the District Councils’ Network in 2015. Its intention is to contribute to the understanding, assessment and development of the role of district councils in improving the health of their citizens and communities. It focuses on district councils’ role in promoting public health through some of their key functions and enabling roles.
 
  1. Improve Health through the Home
PHE has published a series of commissioned work and new resources to enhance local understanding of the relationship between the home environment and health. The resources include a health and housing resource developed by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, a suite of training resources, developed by Sitra, the national membership organisation for housing with health, care and support and a public consultation on standards in housing led by HACT, a housing solutions agency. 

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NICE committee recruitment

Smoking - deadline for applications is 03/12/15 at 17:00.

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
The following paid roles are currently being advertised.
 

  1. Chlamydia Outreach Workers (sessional), METRO, London
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email: lgbtpartnership@gmail.com

Voluntary roles

There are also many voluntary opportunities currently available:
 

  1. London Friend - board of trustees
  2. London Friend - volunteers including counsellors, fundraisers, publicity
  3. Albany Trust - Board of Trustees, including those with experience of counselling and psychotherapy
  4. London LGBT+ Switchboard helpline
  5. ELOP - group facilitators
  6. Broken Rainbow - online chat volunteers (home-based)
  7. Intercom Trust
  8. LGBT Foundation
 
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email: lgbtpartnership@gmail.com

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  1. Fully funded PhD opportunity: Social Determinants of LGBT Mental Health: Assessing the Influences of Community, Social, and Political Context
The research student will join the University of Southampton's Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHEW) research group. More information can be found here.
 
  1. Weekly webinars: live application support
The BIG Lottery Fund holds weekly webinars hosted by their funding officers who provide tips on applying for funding, including how to evidence the need for a project and how to demonstrate outcomes. They also provide tips on how best to present the work of a project and examples of successful projects. At the end of the session there is an opportunity to ask any questions.
 
  1. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Bursary Scheme
With support from the Education and Training Foundation the TSNLA is operating a CPD bursary scheme to enable staff in the third sector to access appropriate CPD opportunities. If you or your staff need to go on a course but don't have the funds to pay for it then this scheme is for you (up to £350 per individual is 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. GEO Engagement events
LGBT Consortium is working with the Government Equalities Office to run a series of events and roundtables to better understand key LGBT issues and upskill the sector in working with Government. These events are being held around the country between October and March. For more information go to: http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/GEOevents
 
  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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