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Dear all,

Welcome to October’s newsletter, and hello to our new subscribers. This month the newsletter is packed full of resources, news, and ways to get involved.
 
As promised, the resources section is dedicated to reports, briefings and research related to young people, followed by a few other resources of interest.
 
In March, for Trans Day of Visibility we had a focus on resources related to trans health, and we are interested in further themes and focuses in future, including LGBT women's health. If you have any ideas, or interesting resources to share, let us know.
 

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  1. Youth Work Week 2016
This year's theme for Youth Work Week organised by the National Youth Agency is Fair chances: how youth work helps young people to brighter futures, taking place from 7-13 November, Youth Work Week provides an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people to celebrate their achievements and the impact of their work.
 
  1. New #iwill £40m fund for youth social action launched
A multi-million-pound joint investment by Government and Big Lottery Fund will be the catalyst to create new opportunities for young people to take part social action across England. Social action is defined by this fund as practical action in the service of others and includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.
The #iwill Fund will launch in November and help to transform the culture of community engagement and volunteering among young people, creating a habit for life through targeted investment in the social action journey for 10 to 20 year-olds.
 
  1. New app launched to help provide health information and advice for young people in London
NHSGo is a young people friendly way to access all the information on NHS Choices including sections on sleep, sex and relationships and depression and anxiety. It also includes a focus on young people’s rights and how to make a complaint. Developed with and for young people it’s a great information resource. Go to www.NHSGO.uk for more information.
 
  1. The NHS partners with Twitter to help shed light on what it means to work or be a patient in the NHS
A pioneering new initiative to lift the lid on the NHS through the voices of the people on its frontline went live recently with the launch of the @NHS Twitter account.
 
A UK first, @NHS will see a different NHS patient or member of its 1.3 million staff become curator each week over a three month pilot and report first hand their experiences of the health service.

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Survey on better supporting the needs of LGBT+ looked after children and those who have left the care system

Earlier this year the Care Leavers Association undertook a national survey of the health of care leavers and adolescent looked after children (A report on this will be published later this year). One of the many significant things to come out of this was that 14.5% of the respondents identified as LGBT+ (the rate in the general population is thought to 7%).
The Care leavers Association and Three Circles Fostering are following this up by doing some work on better supporting the needs of LGBT+ looked after children and those who have left the care system. They have a further survey that can be found here.

Focus group for trans people affected by cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support is holding a focus group with trans people affected by cancer to review and feedback on several of Macmillan’s existing cancer information booklets, on areas that can be made more inclusive of trans people, and start to provide evidence for cancer information needs for trans people.
If you are a trans person affected by cancer, or if you have cared for someone from the trans community who has experienced cancer, they would like to invite you to their focus group.
The focus group will run from 10.30am – 3.00pm on Saturday 03 December 2016. It will be held at the LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF.
Food and drink will be provided, plus your travel/accommodation costs will be paid for in advance or reimbursed.
Please email research.learning@macmillan.org.uk or call Fatimah Vali on 0207 091 2405 to confirm your place and to book any travel and/or accommodation.

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Children and Young People's Health

  1. Top tips to involve young people in healthcare planning.
The NHS Youth forum have produced a guide on how to include young people in the planning of health services.
 
  1. I am whole: a report investigating the stigma faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties
This report examines the stigma faced by young people experiencing mental health difficulties. The research looks at the prevalence of this stigma, who is experiencing it and how they are doing so, the impact of this stigma, and the potential solutions that the young people themselves have identified.
 
  1. Children and young people's mental health - policy, services, funding and education
This briefing provides an overview of mental health service provision for children and young people in England. It looks at key government policies on children and young people's mental health, government inquires, and school interventions.
 
  1. Best start in life: promoting good emotional wellbeing and mental health for children and young people
Tackling mental illness in children should begin before they are born, at a time when expectant mothers can suffer mental health problems, this report suggests. It says that early interactions and experiences directly affect how a child's brain develops and concludes it is vital that intervention is made at this critical stage to reduce the chances of mental illness developing in children.
 
  1. Keep on caring: supporting young people from care to independence
This cross-government strategy looks at how to improve services, support and advice for care leavers. It makes recommendations for local and national government, and wider sectors of society.
 
  1. Not seen, not heard: a review of the arrangements for child safeguarding and health care for looked after children in England
This report looks at how effective health services are in providing early help to children in need, the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and how these services identify and protect children at risk of harm. It concludes that health professionals have improved the way they assess risk and recognise safeguarding concerns, but that services are not consistently protecting and promoting the health and welfare of children. It urges a whole system response to do more to listen to and involve children in need in their care.
 
  1. Young people in custody
Prisoners' Education Trust has published 'Great Expectations: towards better learning outcomes for young people and young adults in custody'. The report looks at the educational opportunities for young people in custody. It makes ten recommendations, starting from the premise that custody should be a last resort and that further reductions in numbers of both young people and young adults in custody needs to be a clear policy goal.
 
  1. How safe are our children?
NSPCC published their annual state of the nation review How safe are our children on 21 June. The report draws on official data and authoritative research and is designed to advise professional practice. The report calls for a greater focus on victims of abuse and neglect in particular appealing for additional mental health support for children who have experienced abuse and neglect.
 
  1. NICE: Guideline on harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people
NICE has published guidance to enable practitioners to help children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour. The guidance calls for a joined up approach by universal services, child health services, children’s social services and the voluntary sector when responding to concerns about a child or young person’s sexual behaviour.
 
  1. Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation: understanding risk and vulnerability
This review, carried out by Coventry University on behalf of the Early Intervention Foundation, and funded by the Home Office, looks at the risk indicators and protective factors for Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation. It aims to provide policy makers and practitioners with an assessment of the best evidence for identifying and appraising risk indicators. The findings are based on a rapid evidence assessment and consideration of ten risk assessment tools currently in use in local areas.
 
  1. A Future at Risk: Cuts in Youth Services
This report, published by UNISON in August, estimates that over £380 million has been cut from youth services across the UK in the past six years. In the last year alone, more than half (55%) of councils reduced spending on youth services such as youth centres, outreach support and advice for young people. Many of the cuts included specialist services aimed at young women, young black people and young lesbian, gay and transgender people.
 
  1. LGBT-inclusive sex and relationships education in the UK
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) published its SHH…No talking report this summer (July). The report, based on an online survey of young people aged 16-25, confirms that sex and relationships education (SRE) is inadequate in many schools and that topics such as consent, gender identity and LGBT issues are mostly absent from young people’s experiences of SRE.
 
  1. Preventing suicide: lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people
These toolkits are designed to help nurses understand mental health issues in relation to LGBT sexual orientation and identity in young people.
 
  1. Mental Health toolkit for schools
PHE recently partnered with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families to launch a resource to help schools and colleges in the UK to measure and monitor children and young people’s wellbeing.
The toolkit aims to raise awareness amongst school and college staff of the range of validated tools that are available to help measure subjective mental wellbeing amongst the student population. This, in turn, will help school and college leaders make use of school and college level data to identify the mental wellbeing needs of students and determine how best to address these. Efforts taken by schools and colleges to promote the physical and mental health of the student population creates a virtuous circle, reinforcing attainment and achievement that in turn improves student wellbeing, enabling students to thrive and achieve their full potential.

Other new resources this month

  1. Consent: supported decision-making: a guide to good practice
Traditionally clinical practice in the NHS has considered that it is up to doctors to decide what risks to communicate to patients. Recent case law has changed and doctors are now obliged to ensure that patients are aware of any and all risks that an individual patient might consider significant. This guidance is aimed at doctors and surgeons to help them understand this shift in the law, as well as giving them the tools to assist in improving their practice.
 
  1. Involving patients and citizens: I statements for research and innovation
This guidance sets a standard for how patients and citizens should be involved in research and innovation. It was developed as part of the Department of Health's accelerated access review and this guidance aims to provide standards for how patients and the public are involved in research and innovation in medical technologies, diagnostic tools, drugs and digital health care.
 
  1. An introduction to multispecialty community providers (MCPs) and the emerging contract framework
This briefing summarises NHS England’s document The multispecialty community provider (MCP) emerging care model and contract framework (July 2016), which describes MCPs – a new place-based model of care – and the emerging contract framework which NHS England is currently developing to support the rollout of this approach to health and care provision. It is expected that many MCPs will develop over the next few years.
 
  1. Awareness and understanding of EHRC guidance on the Public Sector Equality Duty: a qualitative study
The Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED) is a duty on public authorities to consider how their policies or decisions affect people who are protected under the Equality Act. This research explores the effectiveness of some of the guidance the Commission has produced on the PSED.
 
  1. Brexit FAQs
The NHS European Office has produced a set of frequently asked questions which relate to the potential implications of leaving the EU on the NHS. It covers the facts around issues such as compliance with EU laws and regulations, recruiting and retaining EU staff and accessing EU funding.

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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. 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. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive their highest priority in 2016.  Apply anytime.
 
  1. Skipton Grassroots Giving Fund
Skipton Building Society is offering grants of £500 through the Grassroots Giving scheme to develop local grassroots groups from across the UK. The Fund aims to help community organisations and groups who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere, so registered charities cannot apply. The funding can be used for a variety of things, but explicitly can’t be used for rent, travel programmes, animal welfare, running costs, or direct costs of fundraising events. Previous grant winners have included sports clubs, libraries, music groups and community radio stations. Applications should be submitted via the website before the deadline on Friday 29th July.
 
  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 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. Creating person-centred, community focused care - high impact action.
Webinar, 3rd and 4th November, 2016,
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens has commissioned the People and Communities Board (PCB) to propose a limited set of high impact interventions, approaches or methodologies which would help create more person-centred, community-focused health and care, as set out in the Six Principles for engaging people and communities.
The PCB are keen to work with a range of stakeholders to gain a better understanding of what change has made a difference in their work, how any proposals could be implemented, the opportunities and barriers to change.
The Board will host two Webinars to gather people’s thoughts on the emerging proposals.
Thursday 3rd November 9-10am: Webinar for voluntary sector, patients and carers: creating person-centred, community focused care - high impact actions
Friday 4th November 9-10am: Webinar for health and care staff and practitioners: creating person-centred, community focused care - high impact actions
Please email events@nationalvoices.org.uk if you would like to join, including which of the two you will be joining. Login details for the WebEx will be shared with participants nearer the time.
 
  1. 'Intro to NICE 2016' masterclass
London, 8th November, 2016
The ‘Intro to NICE’ masterclass is for patient, carer, service user and voluntary organisations working in the health and social care arena and who would like to know more about NICE.
For more information and to attend, click here.
 
  1. Supporting Children's Emotional and Mental Health - Future in Mind
London, 23rd November, 2016
National Children’s Bureau and the Young People’s Health Partnership are hosting this free seminar for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations working with children and young people. Following the publication of Future in mind in March 2015 this event will:
Provide an update on the transformation of child and adolescent mental health services outlined in Future in Mind; examine VCS organisations’ experience of the transformation agenda at national and/or local level and consider the experiences, ongoing challenges and future needs of particular groups of children and young people affected by health inequalities, and the extent to which developments are addressing their needs. Find out more and book your place at: https://supportingchildrensemotionalmentalhealth.eventbrite.co.uk
 
  1. Issues faced by the LGBT community in accessing end of life care – Lecture
London, 7th December, 2016
Six months on from the launch of the Marie Curie report ‘Hiding Who I am’ which explores the realities of end of life care for LGBT people, Marie Curie would like to invite you to hear firsthand from people who have experience of both delivering and receiving end of life care and attend our lecture ‘Issues faced by the LGBT community in accessing end of life care’.
For more information, visit: https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/policy/campaigns/marie-curie-england-lecture-series
 
  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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