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Dear all,

We have a fully-packed newsletter for you this month, with loads of ways to get involved including surveys and consultations, and a large number of events both for individuals from LGB&T communities and service providers.
 
In our news section are reports from the Care Quality Commission on gender identity services in the UK, and a response to the Women and Equalities Committee’s Trans Enquiry Report. In our resources section you’ll find info on Carers, BME Trans and Non-binary people, young people with HIV and Risk Management for charities, amongst others.
 
We hope you’re enjoying the summer and the ongoing pride season. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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  1. Expo 2016
A packed two-day programme is planned for this year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo.
It includes appearances by a host of high-profile of speakers who will give their addresses from two main stages. There will also be four specialist feature zones and eight pop-up university rooms, as well as the usual array of business stands. The National LGB&T Partnership will be running a pop-up university session.
 
The exciting Expo 2016 agenda is now available, allowing registered delegates to plan in detail their two days at Manchester Central on 7 and 8 September 2016.
 
To read more, go to: https://www.england.nhs.uk/expo/2016/07/05/expo-2016-agenda/
 
  1. Government Publishes a Response to the Trans Enquiry Report
The Government has now published its response to the Women and Equalities Committee Transgender Equality Report from January. The report contained 35 recommendations in relation to a wide range of areas including cross-government strategy, the Gender Recognition Act 2004, the Equality Act 2010, NHS services and on tackling everyday transphobia. Read more from the LGBT Consortium here.
 
  1. The Care Quality Commission has published the report of its inspection of the London Gender Identity Clinic and The Tavistock and the Portman NHS Foundation Trust Gender identity development service
CQC have now inspected two important gender identity services - the largest Gender Identity Clinic in England for adults and the only Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) for under-18 year olds.
 
West London Mental Health NHS Trust Gender identity clinic (GIC) is a very important service for transgender adults across England, the largest service in the country with a wide referral area. Read the report here.
 
The Tavistock and the Portman NHS Foundation Trust Gender identity development service provides services to young people from around the country, with teams based in London and Leeds, and an outreach service in the south west. Find out more here.

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Surveys

  1. Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Clinic

Andréa Willinger, Sexual Health Outreach worker for Lesbian and Bi women, is heading a new initiative that will see Birmingham LGBT in partnership with Umbrella, opening a new well woman clinic focusing on sexual health services exclusively for lesbian and bisexual women in early 2017.
 
Andréa is consulting with women from the community to find out their thoughts, experiences, ideas and aspirations for this sexual health clinic. Please take a few minutes to complete this initial well-woman clinic consultation survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/lesbianandbisexualwomen
 
As part of this consultation she will be running an event on August 11th: Let’s Talk About Women’s Sexual Health. This will include a talk about the issues affecting women’s sexual health, things to be aware of, and will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have. Find out more here or email AndreaWillinger@blgbt.org
 
  1. HIV and Ageing Survey
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is currently conducting research on the needs and experiences of people growing older with HIV, to ensure these are being recognised and met and are shaping future services. A survey, targeting those aged 50 and over and living with HIV, can be accessed here.
 
  1. Research into LGBTQI Disabled People and Social Care Support
Next-to-nothing is known about the use of social care support by disabled people from the LGBTQI community. That’s why four organisations (University of Bristol, Regard, Stonewall & SCIE) are finding out more about the needs and experiences of this group.
The researchers will use what participants tell them to raise awareness of the social care needs of LGBTQI Disabled people and to highlight examples of things that do and don’t work very well.
 
Please share this survey with LGBTQI Disabled people, the survey can be completed online.
If you would like a paper copy of this survey or assistance in completing it, please contact Dr Heather Ottaway (heather.ottaway@bristol.ac.uk).
 
  1. What’s happening to LGBT people and services?
UNISON has commissioned NatCen Social Research to investigate the implications of public spending cuts for LGBT people and services. They are asking peopl to complete an online survey of six questions – how long it takes depends on how much you have to say.
Take the survey now
The survey is for UNISON members and non-members, LGBT people and anyone who provides services to LGBT people.
The findings will update similar research NatCen carried out for UNISON in 2013.
Please fill in the survey yourself and forward to others.
 
  1. Gender, the Body and Quality of Life Survey
Loughborough University are looking for participants with a range of different gender identities for a new Gender, the Body and Quality of Life Survey.
Hoping to be a useful tool to help health professionals understand more about the feelings and experiences of transgender individuals and to support their treatment and care, the study is looking for participants aged 18 and over and who identify as cisgender or transgender.
The survey can be completed here.

Consultations

  1. Carers strategy: call for evidence - closing date extended until 31 July 2016
This consultation seeks views on a new strategy for carers that will set out how more can be done to support them.
The Department of Health has extended the closing date until 31 July 2016 (from June 30 2016). This will help to make sure DH hears from all those it would like to reach and understand the complex diversity of caring roles – both carers and those they care for.
To read more, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/carers-strategy-call-for-evidence
 
  1. New data security standards for health and social care
This consultation seeks views on the proposed data security standards and the consent/opt-out model from health and care professionals and organisations and the public. This follows the independent review of data security, consent and opt-outs by National Data Guardian Dame Fiona Caldicott.
This consultation closes on 7th September 2016.
 
  1. Consultation on proposed new policy directions for the allocation of Big Lottery Funds in England, Isle of Man and UK-wide funding programmes.
Government are seeking views on proposed new policy directions for the allocation of Big Lottery Funds in England, Isle of Man and UK-wide funding programmes.
This consultation closes at 12am on 12th August 2016.

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  1. Barriers to health faced by transgender and non-binary black and minority ethnic people
Given that trans/NB individuals tend to experience elevated rates of discrimination when attempting to access heath care, and that black and minority ethnic people also experience a high likelihood of discrimination when trying to use health care services, there is a clear need for a focus on the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender identity, exploring how this crossroad of identity impacts the experience of accessing health care of individuals who are trans/NB black and minority ethnic people. This briefing offers four propositions for creating improved overall health for trans/NB black and minority ethnic individuals.
 
  1. State of Play: Findings from the England Gay Men’s Sex Survey 2014
This major survey was carried out by researchers at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
More than 15,300 men took part to build a picture of sex between men in England and what men need to stay safe. The survey found that 77% of gay and bisexual men have been tested for HIV, more than in surveys from previous years. Over half (55%) of gay and bisexual men had been tested in the past 12 months, compared to 36% in the 2010 survey.
However, one in four gay and bisexual men have never had an HIV test, while one in three are not definite about their HIV status. Click here to view the report.
 
  1. Inequality among lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender groups in the UK: a review of evidence
This evidence review was commissioned by the Government Equalities Office (GEO) to identify the nature of inequality and relative disadvantage experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGB&T) people in the UK. Its purpose was to support the development and targeting of policies intended to remove barriers to LGB&T equality. It builds upon three previous reviews1 to critically assess the nature, robustness and strength of evidence in order to highlight differences among and between LGB&T groups, as well as other relevant comparators.
 
  1. Patients as partners: building collaborative relationships among professionals, patients, carers and communities
This report calls for all NHS organisations to commit to working more closely with patients to meet the requirements of a new relationship with patients and communities outlined in the NHS five year forward view.
The paper looks at what can be achieved by NHS professionals working with patients and looks in detail at case studies drawn from The King’s Fund’s national collaborative pairs programme, which supported patients and health professionals to work together on a wide range of local initiatives.
The paper is a helpful guide for people who are interested in working with patients and sets out five practical ways to develop collaborative relationships among NHS, patient and community partners.
 
  1. Free guide to risk management for charities
Charity Finance Group and accountancy firm Sayer Vincent have launched a free guide for charities dealing with risk, as they say charities don't consider risks faced by their organisation. The guide, Rethinking Risk - Beyond the Tick Box, tells charities that risk management should be integrated with other management processes such as planning rather than treating it as a stand-alone exercise.
 
  1. Public health commissioning in the NHS 2016 to 2017
This agreement sets out outcomes to be achieved and funding provided for NHS England to commission public health services. The original agreement which dates from 2015 was updated on 10 June this year.
 
  1. Care Act for Carers: One Year On
Carers Trust's new report Care Act for Carers: One year on showed that there are some carers who are getting good support under the Care Act, as well as some examples of good practice.
 
The report showed that there is reason to be optimistic about the potential of the Act, particularly if national and local government, and the NHS, work together to invest in the support needed to ensure the legal rights of carers are fully introduced.
 
  1. New Carers toolkit
NHS England has published a toolkit to help health and social care organisations work together in identifying, assessing and supporting the wellbeing of carers and their families.
 
In LGBT communities, it may be less immediately obvious the relationships between individuals, and many within the community might together care for a friend. Individuals in such situations may not identify themselves as Carers.
 
  1. Tackling HIV stigma
NAT has launched a new publication on tackling HIV stigma. Tackling HIV Stigma: What Works examines evidence of what makes an effective stigma intervention and provides a series of recommendations for the approach we should take in the UK.
 
  1. Practice guidance – supporting young people with HIV testing and prevention
This practice guidance from the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) aims to enhance professionals’ confidence at recognising and responding to potential risk of HIV infection for children and young people. The document is particularly intended for practitioners working outside health settings. It covers identification of a child or young person’s need for HIV testing; referral for testing; support throughout the process; support following a positive HIV diagnosis; ongoing management of risk for all young people; and addressing the impact of stigma.

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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. GSK IMPACT Awards: core funding and free training for health charities
GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training and development valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.
Applications are open for the 2017 awards and the closing date is 21 September 2016.
 
  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. LGBT Women’s Emotional Wellbeing Course
Starts 30th July, 2016, Birmingham
In partnership with Birmingham Mind this course will run over four sessions starting on Saturday 30th of July. The emotional wellbeing course for LGBT women promote tools and techniques that can prevent mental health problems developing. The course will be interactive and give people an opportunity to try out some techniques to see which ones work for them. The sessions intend to provide a friendly, safe and engaging atmosphere in which to learn the value of investing in your emotional health.
More information can be found on Birmingham LGBT’s website http://blgbt.org/emotional-wellbeing-course-lgbt-women to reserve a place on this course or for more information please email andreawillinger@blgbt.org
 
  1. New Child Sexual Exploitation courses
Safe and Sound are pleased to be launching a series of one-day training courses for managers and front line practitioners who work with children and young people.
The courses will be piloted once in Birmingham during the period Sep-Dec 2016 before they make a decision whether the courses will be rolled out nationally.
For more information, click here.
 
  1. Assertiveness for LGBTQ Women
Saturday 13th August, 11am – 3pm, Brighton
A workshop for LGBTQ women to share ideas and discuss ways to increase assertiveness in our daily lives. Please contact info@mindout.org.uk or call 01273 234 839.
 
  1. Courses on Bid Writing, Reporting to Funders
August – December, Nationwide
See http://www.cmlconsultants.co.uk/workshops.htm for further info.
 
  1. Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016
  2. Manchester
Registration is open for Health and Care Innovation Expo 2016, which will be held on 7 and 8 September 2016 at Manchester Central. Complimentary ticket codes are available to eligible groups, please email us for more information. Register now at www.expo.nhs.uk. Expo will host an inspiring list of speakers, including Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England and Dr Robert Varnam, Head of General Practice Development for NHS England. The unique pop-up university will return, with more than 100 expert-led workshops running throughout the two days. The National LGB&T Partnership will be running a session and sharing a stand at the event with other Strategic Partners so please come and talk to us.
 
  1. TGEU 3rd Legal Practitioners’ Seminar - Call for Participants 
8th-9th September, 2016, Athens.
Applications to be made by Monday 20th June, 2016.
TGEU are pleased to invite applications from lawyers wishing to attend its third legal practitioners’ seminar.
Practitioners from across Europe will come together to share their experience of litigating cases before national and international courts, identify and analyse existing gaps in the legal protection of trans people and discuss how these gaps can be closed through strategic litigation. The seminar will also provide an opportunity to share information regarding relevant legal and non-legal developments in the area of trans rights. This year’s seminar will focus on the treatment of and claims brought on behalf of trans asylum-seekers, in addition to other relevant issues that will be determined based on the interest and need of applicants.
Places at the seminar are limited and potential participants are asked to complete an online application form setting out their experience and motivation for attending.
TGEU will cover accommodation and travelling costs associated with attending the seminar. Information regarding the venue and program will be provided at a later date. Successful applicants will be asked to arrange their travel to Athens so that they arrive on 7 September and depart not earlier than 9 September 3:30 pm.
Please direct any questions towards Richard (richard@tgeu.org).
 
  1. PHE annual conference 2016
13th-14th September, 2016, University of Warwick.
The theme is ‘Evidence into action’ and PHE will promote and showcase the application and translation of science and research to support effective local and national action to improve public health.
The outline of the 6-track programme, covering a wide range of topics, is now available. PHE are delighted that Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, and Jane Ellison, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health, will be addressing the conference.
Further information can be accessed on PHE events website.
 
  1. Decriminalisation of Prostitution: Preparing for Change
29th September, 2016, London.
In July 2016 the Home Affairs Committee published an interim report on prostitution, which advocates for the decriminalisation of soliciting by sex workers and sex workers sharing premises.
Recognising the need for further deliberation on the future of prostitution in the UK, Public Policy Exchange brings this timely conference which is a unique opportunity for local authorities, women’s organisations and other stakeholders to examine the latest policy developments and discuss the way forward.
to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online.
 
  1. Peerfest 2016
13th October, 2016, London
Peerfest is an annual celebration of peer support practice from across England and Wales. It is for people with lived experience and also organised and delivered by people with lived experience.
Call for Contributions: The team would love to hear from innovative groups and speakers involved in peer support including services for diverse groups and communities (rural, LGBT, BaME). There are opportunities to share your work and ideas through workshops and stalls and we are also looking for keynote speakers as well as a range of performers for the evening celebratory event. See www.peerfest2016.london for details.
 
  1. Emerging models of primary care: Empowering teams of professionals to lead change
18 October, 2016, London
Hosted by The King’s Fund, this event provides an opportunity for all progressive primary health care professionals to find out how they can take the reins and lead the development of new models that will improve care for their local populations.
For more information click here.
 
  1. Centre for voluntary sector leadership at the OU
Open University Business School are launching a new centre which aims to provide voluntary sector organisations with access to free leadership development modules and research-led insight.
 
Two new courses relating to the voluntary sector will be available through OpenLearn this year as free online badged open courses (BOCs). These free courses are aimed at learners working (or aspiring to work) as paid members of staff or as volunteers in voluntary or community organisations:
 
Introducing the Voluntary Sector covers the context and features of voluntary and community organisations including: the structure and history of the UK voluntary sector; values and beliefs; funding issues; understanding stakeholders; power and empowerment; the role of volunteering.
 
Working in the Voluntary Sector focuses on the practicalities of working or volunteering in voluntary and community organisations including: working with volunteers; marketing and communication; budgets; fundraising; taking part in meetings; working in teams and partnerships; building resilience. (This course will be available online over the summer)
 
Each free course is eight weeks long and involves three hours per week of study.
 
  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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