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Dear Members,

Please find our November edition.  If you have items for submission for our December edition please email these by 20th November 2014.  In this bulletin we have included an update of some of our current work from some of the work streams.  In addition this newsletter also brings you news of information on the Care Act 2014, changes to CQC and some specific LGB&T events. 

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Partnership News Update

Sports & Physical Activity Workstream 

We have completed an up to date listings for LGB&T sports & physical activity groups/clubs covering England. These will be disseminated in a variety of ways over the next few months. If you  think you can support with this, please get in touch with the partnership.

We have commissioned a piece of work to evaluate the current work being undertaken by all Sport England funded NGBs around LGB&T equality and inclusion. We will deliver a report to PHE in the new year and publish the findings on the partnership website.

Finally we hosted a successful LGB&T and Physical activity round table discussion in London, the equality  roundtable events took place over the summer and fed back directly to Public Health England.

ASCOP LGBT Companion Workstream 


We have had a tremendous response to the surveys for the Call for Evidence with over 200 individuals and carers and over 30 providers completing the survey in the first four weeks.  However, as yet no commissioners have responded.  We have decided to extend the deadline for both surveys to Friday 14th November 2014. This will give more people, providers and commissioners the chance to share their experiences through the surveys.


More details can be found under the Consultation section below.

Mental Health Workstream

 The LGB&T mental health guidance project is producing an accessible set of one-page documents around LGB&T mental health issues, for mental health services, practitioners, and potential clients. The documents are covering the following topics: lesbian mental health, gay men’s mental health, bisexual mental health, trans mental health, gender & sexual diversity and mental health, and conversion therapy. 
The plan is to create clear, accessible documents in the form of flyers/posters that services and practitioners could use to inform their work, and LGB&T people themselves could find useful when experiencing mental distress.
During 2014 the workstream for this project has produced first drafts of the content for all of the documents drawing on the relevant reports and research, and liaising with key organisations. The next steps are to finalise the content following feedback from the rest of the LGB&T partnership, and to have the documents turned into glossy pdfs by our graphic designers.

Public Health Outcomes Framework Workstream

We are working with Public Health England to raise awareness of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual & Transgender PHOF Companion Document and to produce tools to assist with implementation of its recommendations.

The document was produced to increase understanding of LGB&T health and make sure that the public health system tackles inequality related to sexual orientation and gender identity and promotes equality for everybody. It follows the structure of the PHOF itself, providing data and evidence on LGB&T communities for each indicator and domain and makes recommendations for actions to address inequalities in outcomes for LGB&T people and communities.
We are working on a series of briefings and podcasts focused on the broad area recommendations:
  1. Recognition: ensuring the needs of LGB&T communities are explicitly considered in local health and social care plans and strategies and that providers are LGB&T friendly
  2. Engagement: ensuring that engagement with LGB&T communities is part of public and patient involvement initiatives and monitored in service contracts
  3. Monitoring: ensuring that there is a requirement in contracts for service providers to monitor sexual orientation and gender identity and that it is included in routine national data collection.
  4. Service Provision:  ensuring that the specific needs of LGB&T people are met and that services are available

Tobacco control workstream

Matthew and Monty (GMFA & London Friend) took a meeting with PHE about Stop-tober. No specific LGB&T angle featured in this year's Stoptober campaign, but the National LGB&T Partnership will undertake further work with PHE during planning for 2015.  Free Stoptober resources  were available which were disseminated by LGB&T organisations and venues during the campaign. and Stoptober resource order forms were sent to LGBT Partnership members.
GMFA had a poster on Smoking and LGBT communities at the PHE conference, presenting evidence of the need for directly targeted provision, particularly in the Smoking Cessation Services.
Monitoring fields in the upcoming review of Local Stop Smoking Services Commissioning and Monitoring Guidance will now monitor inclusion of LGB, following the wording of the Integrated Household Survey. We are waiting confirmation as to whether trans will be covered.
Matthew attended the ‘Smoking Still Kills’ ASH conference to discuss inclusion of LGBT as a prime target for smoking cessation work.


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Updates from Department of Health

Care Act 2014: statutory guidance for implementation

The Department of Health has published the statutory guidance to support implementation of Part One of the Care Act 2014:
A Government response to the consultation on the draft regulations and guidance has also been published:

The Care Act Factsheets have been updated:

Invitation to attend the launch platform showcasing DH work on eliminating violence against women

TIME: 09:00 – 14:00
The Department of Health is hosting an event to mark UN Elimination of violence against women on 25 November as part of its work to raise awareness of the impact that violence and abuse has on those affected. We would like to invite you to participate in this event and to see what the Department has been doing to raise awareness and develop resources for members of staff affected by domestic violence and abuse.
RSVP to Sam Leigh ( 

Helping the police to support people with vulnerabilities

Launched at the policing and mental health summit of October 2014, this booklet helps the police to identify those who may have particular needs or vulnerabilities and suggests the most appropriate response.
To read booklet, go to:


Providing better help and support for mental health services

The Secretary of State for Health talks about the government's plan for improving mental health.
To read the speech, go to:

Update from NHS England

The NHS Five Year Forward View

The NHS Five Year Forward View was published on 23 October 2014 and sets out a vision for the future of the NHS. It has been developed by the partner organisations that deliver and oversee health and care services including NHS England, Public Health England, Monitor, Health Education England, the Care Quality Commission and the NHS Trust Development Authority. Patient groups, clinicians and independent experts have also provided their advice to create a collective view of how the health service needs to change over the next five years if it is to close the widening gaps in the health of the population, quality of care and the funding of services.

To read more and download the document, go to:


NHS England publishes details of plans for specialised services

NHS England has published details of its priorities for prescribed specialised services for the coming year. Specialised services are those provided in relatively few hospitals, accessed by comparatively small numbers of patients but with catchment populations of usually more than one million.
To download the publication, go to:


Updates from Public Health England

Get everybody active every day

PHE has co-produced 'Everybody active, every day', an evidence-based approach to improve the nation's health through everyday activity.
The new framework for national and local action addresses the national physical inactivity epidemic, responsible for 1 in 6 deaths and costing the country an estimated £7.4 billion a year.
See more at:

Enhanced Ebola Screening Process Begins

Public Health England (PHE) is helping to roll out enhanced screening for Ebola starting at Heathrow, then Gatwick and St Pancras (Eurostar), in passengers that Border Force officers identify as having travelled from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

A range of the Ebola guidance issued by PHE can be accessed from the Ebola virus disease: clinical management and guidance page.

PHE Publishes Global Health Strategy 

– PHE launched its global health strategy (2014 to 2019) at its annual conference (16 to 17 September 2014), outlining its global health priorities for the next 5 years, and providing a framework for international engagement. Visit the website to read the full strategy and for further information the strategy

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SEN and Disability Reforms Resources

The Council for Disabled Children at NCB has produced an Outcomes pyramid to help parents and professionals identify outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs.
It is based on a piece of work carried out as part of the CHUMS research study into health outcomes, led by researchers from the Peninsula Cerebra Research Unit. CDC spoke with over 100 children, young people and parents about the outcomes that mattered to them and found that they could be visualised as a hierarchy and the EHC outcomes pyramid was developed as a tool to help bring that process to life.
To read more and download the outcomes pyramid, go to:


Healthwatch England Annual Report and Complaints Report Launched

Two new Healthwatch England reports, were launched at the Houses of Parliament on the 14th October.
Suffering in Silence examines the public’s experience of making a complaint. It concludes that significant structural reform is needed to create a health and social care complaints system that welcomes, supports and responds to people’s concerns.
Healthwatch England’s Annual Report describes the achievements of Healthwatch England in the last 12 months and demonstrates, for the first time, the power of the Healthwatch network.

To read more about Suffering in Silence, go to:
To read Healthwatch England’s Annual Report go to:


Local Action on Health Inequalites: evidence papers

 PHE wants to support local efforts on health inequalities, recognising that local expertise is vital for this work. This is why PHE commissioned the UCL Institute of Health Equity to consider a range of social determinants and present the best evidence and information on approaches that could be applied locally. A set of evidence papers have now been published summarising they summarise the links between several key areas and health, and set out what local areas can do. More information along with the evidence papers can be found in the website

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Summary of Live Consultations

  • We really encourage and value your input into each consultation response that is sent out by The National LGB&T Partnership.  The more individuals and organisations that contribute to and endorse key messages in support of health equalities for LGBT people, the stronger our voice becomes.  It is also crucial that we encapsulate the breadth and diversity of opinions and experiences where possible.
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health’s accountability inquiry into standards in sexual and reproductive health
read this here deadline has been extended until 7th Nov

Call for evidence - LGBT Social Care Needs

DEADLINE: 14th November 2014

The National LGB&T Partnership is working with the Department of Health to develop a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) companion to the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF). This work follows the publication of an LGB&T companion to the Public Health Outcomes Framework in April 2013 ( The companion will set out the current evidence on LGB&T social care needs in relation to the framework, share best practice and lessons learnt in delivering LGB&T inclusive services. 
The ASCOF is a key tool for social care commissioners in planning services, and this companion will be a significant step towards improving provision for LGB&T communities. To inform the companion we want to hear from providers and LGB&T people and carers through two surveys.  
We have had a tremendous response to the surveys so far with over 200 individuals and carers and over 30 providers completing the survey after only four weeks.  However, as yet no commissioners have responded.  We have decided to extend the deadline for both surveys to Friday 14th November 2014. This will give more people, providers and commissioners the chance to share their experiences through the surveys.
All responses will be treated as confidential and will be anonymised if cited in the companion document. 
Providers/Commissioners: To ensure our companion is informed by all available data, we are calling for local authorities, service providers and commissioners across the social care sector to share evidence and data on LGB&T people’s access, experience and outcomes in relation to the ASCOF indicators.  Please complete our short survey here If you would like your organisation to be cited as a best practice case study in the companion, please indicate this in your survey response. 
LGB&T individuals and carers: The National LGB&T Partnership also want to know how LGB&T people and their carers across England experience social care to help inform our companion piece. Please forward this link to the survey across your networks 
For more information about the project, email 


Do you have an experience of palliative, end of life or bereavement care? If so, would you like to share it to help improve care for others

The National Council for Palliative Care and Dying Matters work to improve palliative and end of life care for all who need it. One of our main activities is working with people who have personal experience, partly to make sure we’re rooted in reality and also to really inspire organisations and professionals to improve care. Our People bank gives people an opportunity to participate in this work, as much or as little as they would like to. Examples of the kinds of things that people have done are helping produce good practice guidance, writing a blog, speaking at training, conferences or in the media, taking part in projects and much more. Some people are involved on a regular basis and others simply do one thing e.g. share their story by email. If you’d like to hear more about the people bank, please contact Jo Black on 020 7697 1520 or You can read more about the people bank here For more information about Dying Matters and NCPC, please visit our websites: and

Evidence on the Effectiveness of Gender Clinic Procedures for Claiming Travel Costs wanted:

UK Trans Info are looking for people that are attending or have recently attended a gender identity clinic in England to answer a very quick 5 minute survey regarding travelling to appointments and claiming back travel costs. This survey will close on 20th November 2014. All responses are completely anonymous.


This survey will provide evidence surrounding the effectiveness of gender clinic procedures for claiming travel costs. Please complete the survey even if you are not eligible to claim.

Macmillan Research on Care Transitions wanting to interviews LGBT Patients about their experience


OPM, an independent research organisation, has been commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support to conduct research on patients’ experiences of care transitions on their cancer journey.  By care transitions we mean a change in the place, provider or goal of the care that a person living with cancer is receiving.   We would like to interview LGBT patients about their experiences. We are looking to interview patients who are no longer receiving treatment, i.e. who are in either in survivorship or palliative phases. This is so that we can ask them to talk about their whole cancer journey. We will seek informed consent to participate and conduct the interviews with the utmost ethical and sensitive considerations for participants’ wellbeing. The interview would take about an hour depending on participants’ preferences, and can take place by telephone, at a time convenient to them in November.

If you if you would like to participate, please contact Ellie Sayer on or 020 7239 7818.

If you would like to discuss the research with someone at Macmillan, you can contact Jon Ardill on or 020 7840 4727.


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LGBT History Month - Pre Launch 18th November


Tickets are available FREE and are avilable here

There will speakers on each of our 5 Faces of LGBT History Month 2015: Jan Bridget on Anne Lister, Jez Dolan of Polari Mission on Hugh Paddick and Kenneth Williams (and the phenomenon of polari), respected artist Sadie Lee will discuss Frida Kahlo, and probably our most fascinating ‘face’ The Chevalier d’Eon de Beaumont will be the topic of The Tate Gallery’s Clare Barlow. All hosted by cabaret artist Rose Collis.
During the day, there will be a chance to browse various charity stalls prior to the show itself.find out more here

Through the Eyes of Others (vol 1) will be launch during LGBT History Month pre-launch on Tuesday 18 November.

Packed full of LGBT History, Artwork, Personal Stories, Poems, Photographs and individuals who are remembered, Through the Eyes of Others showcases work by over 30 contributors from across the world.

LGBT Manifesto Launched

The LGBT Chief Executives Network, facilitated by LGBT Consortium, have produced an LGBT manifesto. you can read the full manifesto here.

Care Act 2014

The Care Act gives local authorities new responsibilities from April 2015. It will impact on how adult care services are commissioned and developed. SCIE is producing a range of products and services to help you to implement both the letter and the spirit of the Care Act.
to find out more click here


CQC Publishes Changes 

After extensive consultation over the past year, we are now announcing a new way of regulating and inspecting care homes, community adult social care, GPs and Out-of-hours services in England.  There are many changes, but one of the most significant is that we will now rate services to help people compare and choose services, highlighting where care is outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.
Our three Chief Inspectors have produced a short video to introduce these changes, which you can view here...
We listened to your feedback on all of these points and our consultation response sets out what we did as a result. You can read the full consultation responses here…
We have also published new handbooks for providers setting out our new approach to regulation and inspection in detail and these are now available on our website:

These handbooks include our view of what good and outstanding care looks like. We will be publishing information about this which is aimed at the public over the coming months.
We also continue to host discussions and reviews about the way we work on our online community for the public. If you are not already a member, please sign up here…

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London Gay Art Festival GFEST 2014 Programme LIVE Now

London's LGBT cross-art annual event GFEST 2014 will showcase new visual and performance art works and films from Monday the 10th to Saturday the 22nd November.

This years festival will showcase an eclectic line up featuring new commissioned works presented along with curated LGBTQI art and films.

Breathtaking works that explore this year’s festival theme 'Myths & Mythology’ include thought provoking feature and short films, paintings, video installation and photographic works along with cabaret acts as well as South Asian dance works.

Festival Director,  Nieanjan Kamtakar said, "GFEST 2014 brings together an inspirational line-up of film-makers, artists, and performance dancers, each united in their aim to dispel the modern myths and stereotypes surrounding LGBTQI cultures"

The full programme is available here:

Help GMFA say “Pants2HIV”

GMFA, the gay men’s sexual health charity, is running a fundraising campaign to raise money for its website, HIV prevention and sexual health campaigns, and FS magazine.   

Pants2HIV asks people taking part to pose in their pants, make a donation to GMFA, post their picture on social media and choose two friends to do it next.

GMFA’s Chief Executive, Matthew Hodson, said, “If we’re going to be able to have honest discussions about what it means to live with HIV then we’ve got to get beyond the point where nobody is willing to talk about it. If we want gay men of all ages and backgrounds to think about HIV as an issue that affects them, and to seek out information about how to prevent transmission, then we need to get people talking about HIV.”
“We know from the feedback we receive, and from the number of men who come to us for information on sexual health, that GMFA’s work helps gay men to get a much better understanding of HIV and how to prevent transmission.”
“GMFA’s annual running costs are about the same as it costs to treat just one gay man living with HIV. With changes to the way that HIV prevention is funded, it’s much harder to get money for information services that serve the whole gay community, like our websites and FS magazine. Pants2HIV can help us raise the vital funds that we need to keep these projects going, to challenge the silence around HIV and to draw attention to the fact that gay men continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.”
“In just a few days, #Pants2HIV has got gay men talking about HIV - and about how much their health and their community means to them."

How people can take part in Pants2HIV: Find out here

Enabling and Supporting People With Disabilities 

The Disability Partnership (Sense, Mencap, Scope and The National Autistic Society) has joined forces with NHS England and the Strategic Clinical Networks (East of England) to host an exciting new public participation event on November 26th 2014.  The event will focus on enabling and supporting people with disabilities, including those who are trans, service providers and commissioners, to work together to ensure meaningful participation in health and social care. 
The day includes:

  • The opportunity to hear from people with disabilities about their experiences of participation and how best to support them
  • A range of workshops to help you develop your knowledge base and gain practical advice on supporting people with disabilities
  • A marketplace session for you to share your current projects and engage directly with service users
When:  Wednesday 26th November 2014
Where:  Deafblind UK Conference Centre, John and Lucille van Geest Place, Cygnet Rd, Peterborough PE7 8FD
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Register for this event      or go to

If you would like to showcase your current work or project in the marketplace session please contact Sarah White ( , 020 7014 9373)

Integrated Personal Commissioning: Realising Person Centred Care Through Volunteering - Joint CSV/ECORYS/In Control learning event 

Four events that will explore how volunteers and volunteer involving organisations can contribute to and help deliver integrated, person centred care, in the context of ambitions of the Integrated Personalised Commissioning programme announced by NHS England in ‎August 2014. They will be of interest to local voluntary sector organisations as well as commissioners and providers in health and social care.
Run in partnership between CSV, ECORYS and In Control and with the support of NHS England, Public Health England and Regional Voices, the learning events will also provide participants with the opportunity to contribute to the development of guidance on how the volunteer involving sector can help ensure that people with health and care needs are able to access and make most effective use of the resources and support (including personal health budgets) to shape the care that is meaningful to them in their lives.
The events are free to attend and you can register via the following links:
Cambridge, 10 December 2014
London, 28 January 2015
Preston, 3 February 2015
Leeds, 11 February 2015
If you have any enquires, please contact Emily Michelis,

Job Opportunities

METRO Workforce Development Lead


METRO is looking for an experienced and dynamic leader to lead on the development and support of our diverse integrated workforce of paid staff and volunteers.


The successful applicant will have at least five years’ experience in a similar role and experience of developing both staff and volunteers in a the charitable sector. Additionally they will have a degree level HR qualification and have a collaborative leadership approach and solution-based focus to steer the charity through challenges and support the development of its greatest asset - the workforce.


Application deadline: midday Monday 10th November 


An application pack and all details can be found on our on our website here or email


METRO Youth Research, Policy & Practice Officer

We are looking for a skilled, committed, motivated and outgoing person to support METRO Youth through policy, research and practice development. Working to support and develop our national Big Lottery funded research project Youth Chances in its critical final year and to support its future development, the work will involve research analysis and report writing; policy development in key identified areas of work; and development of service implementation plans to further the work post current funding.


The successful candidate will have experience of conducting research and knowledge of a range of research methods; they will have experience and knowledge of policy development and understand links into practice.


Application deadline: midday Monday 10th November


An application pack and all details can be found on our on our website here or email

DfE announcement of a £2 million fund to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools.ews or event title

You can read the press release here which has all details.
It was launched alongside the report into effectiveness of work in schools which you can find here.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Sanctuary Stoke & Staffordshire are holding an event on the 19th Nov for TDoR (


The Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to memorialize those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. The event is held in November to honor Rita Hester, whose murder on November 28th, 1998 kicked off the “Remembering Our Dead” web project and a San Francisco candlelight vigil in 1999. Rita Hester’s murder — like most anti-transgender murder cases — has yet to be solved.

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