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Dear all,

Welcome to our June newsletter, we hope you’re all enjoying the sunny weather. As always, below you’ll find loads of ways to improve health and care, particularly for LGBTQ people. Please let us know if you have anything you’d like us to share with our readers, and please pass on this newsletter to colleagues who may be interested, and let them know they can sign up here.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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We’re spending time at the moment planning for the coming year’s various projects. While we wait for confirmation of funding to come in, here’s some news from our colleagues:

  1. PHE launches report on improving the health and wellbeing of lesbian and bisexual women and other women who have sex with women
There is evidence that lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women (LBWSW) experience significant health inequalities, and specific barriers to services and support.
This report from PHE outlines the current situation, using a comprehensive evidence base.
If you want to help improve health and social care for LGBTQ women, check out our pages on LBT Women’s Health Week, and get in touch to be involved next year.
  1. Keep informed with the work of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance
The National LGB&T Partnership is a member of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance. We encourage you and the VCSE organisations you work with to sign up to the monthly edition of the Department of Health’s voluntary sector team’s newsletter. They can be added by emailing The newsletter includes updates on the work of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance and news from the DH, NHS England and Public Health England.
  1. Everybody In
Earlier this month, Crisis launched its plan to end homelessness, Everybody In.Homeless Link, our partners in the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, were one of the key partners involved in its development.
  1. Equally Well aims to tackle mental health inequality
A major new initiative to tackle one of the biggest health inequalities was launched late last month by Centre for Mental Health, Kaleidoscope Health and Care and Rethink Mental Illness in collaboration with more than 20 professional organisations, charities and health service bodies across the country.
Equally Well UK is a new collaborative to bring together organisations with a part to play in reducing the 15-20 year life expectancy gap facing people with a severe mental illness in Britain today. Based on a similar scheme running in New Zealand, Equally Well UK brings together organisations involved in mental health and physical health in a common effort to reduce the health gap.

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  1. 2019 GSK IMPACT Awards
The GSK IMPACT Awards are open for applications. The awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Winners receive numerous benefits, including up to £40,000, free training and development from The King's Fund and the opportunity to be part of the prestigious GSK IMPACT Awards Network. The closing date for applications is Thursday 20 September at 5pm.
  1. Nursing Associate consultation – your views needed
The Nursing and Midwifery Council is currently consulting on the standards and requirements for a new nursing profession called Nursing Associates. They would like to hear your views on what skills and knowledge you think this new support role should have to be able to deliver safe and effective care for you and your family.
Find out more and take part in the consultation (closes 2nd July).
  1. Survey on effective interventions to improve air quality and significantly reduce harm from air pollution
This purpose of this survey is to inform PHE how our stakeholders perceive the relative importance of different problems related to interventions to improve air quality. In the survey you will be asked to rate the importance of each individual problem. There is no right or wrong answer: please just state your honest opinion.
Please note the survey questions have been developed through stakeholder engagement and from the contractors reports and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of PHE.
  1. Healthy London Partnership mental health in schools toolkit development
Healthy London Partnership and YoungMinds are working with children and young people across London to design a resource about the things they need to support their mental health and wellbeing in school and college. They are seeking recent projects (consultations, surveys or questionnaires) that have been run in local authority areas, schools, colleges or that centre on wellbeing in school. If you would like to share your learning for the resource, please e-mail details to: by 18 July. There will be a design day organised by YoungMinds on the 27th of July to help create the final London schools resource. If you work with any young people (aged 11-18) who would interested in taking part in the design day, please email
  1. Public consultation for Tier 4 CAMHS: General Children’s Services specification
NHS England has launched a 60 day formal public consultation to seek feedback on a new specification for CAMHS Tier 4 children’s services. Webinars to discuss the proposals will take place on the 4th & 17th of July. They are seeking views on these proposals from patients, carers, members of the public, clinicians and anyone else who may have an interest in CAMHS tier 4 services.
  1. Input into improving the Friends and Family Test
NHS England is carrying out a project to improve some areas of the way the Friends and Family Test works across the country. The work will result in publications of refreshed FFT Guidance by April 2019.
The ambition is to ensure the FFT can be a more effective tool in gathering patient feedback that helps to drive local improvements in healthcare services.
During the project, there are opportunities for healthcare professionals, commissioners and FFT suppliers to be involved in working groups and we also welcome views from patients, voluntary organisations and representative bodies.
If you want to put forward any views on the work, you can contact the project team at Please clearly mark you email title “FFT project”.
There is a new web page about the project and, from July, we will be issuing monthly email updates.  To sign up for these, please register at the email address above, using the email title “FFT Update”.
  1. The Big 7Tea
The NHS is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate one of the
nation’s most loved institutions, and what better way to celebrate than with a cup of tea?
But this will be more than just a regular cuppa. The big 7Tea will bring the nation together
to celebrate. It will be the moment where everyone can get involved in the 70th celebrations
by sharing a welcome cup and their stories of thanks, while raising some money for one of
over 250 dedicated NHS charities.
  1. NHS England Volunteering Programme
NHS England wants to hear from organisations with a volunteering programme who might be interested in promoting their opportunities to NHSE staff.
NHSE have an established Employee Volunteering Policy which lets colleagues take up to five days paid leave each year to volunteer. They have seen a steady increase in the number of people who take employee volunteer leave over the last few years and interest continues to grow. They are keen to help more employees use their volunteer leave and regularly receive feedback that people would like more information about potential volunteer roles on the intranet. If you have a volunteering programme in place, or you are aware of networks/groups that do within your membership, can offer roles nationally and would like to be find out more about being featured on NHSE’s intranet, please contact
  1. Register to become a stakeholder in one of NHS England’s clinical reference groups
Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs) are an integral part of bringing together groups of clinicians, commissioners, public health experts, patients and carers. They use their specific knowledge and expertise to advise NHS England on the best ways that specialised services should be provided.
Registration is open for all stakeholders, including patients, carers, service users, members of the public, clinical staff, provider organisations working in specialised services and voluntary sector partners.
On registration you will be asked to tell us about yourself and your interest areas. This information will be held by the specialised services team and will not be used for any other purpose. If you have a disability or for any reason have difficulty in registering as a stakeholder online, or if you would like your details removed from the stakeholder register, please contact the membership team at .
  1. Opportunities to join the Q community are now open
Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK. There are over 2,000 members and the community continues to grow. Throughout 2018, Q is welcoming applications from people with improvement expertise based anywhere in the UK.

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  1. Commissioner perspectives on working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector
Friends Families and Travellers have recently launched two short briefing papers which may be of interest ‘Fairer for all? The negative and disproportionate impact of Universal Credit on Gypsy and Traveller communities’ and ‘Research on learning disabilities in Gypsy and Traveller communities’ You can find these and other resources on health in Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities on their website Policy and Publications section:
  1. Standards of Care for people living with HIV, 2018
The British HIV Association (BHIVA) has published new Standards of Care for people living with HIV in the UK. The Standards, which update earlier versions in 2007 and 2013, provide information to support high quality care and to inform commissioning decisions to meet the growing need for more efficient and cost-effective services. There are eight quality Standards presented with a rationale, quality statements and measurable and auditable outcomes. Three new sections have been introduced looking at HIV prevention, stigma and well-being and HIV across the life course.
  1. Brighton Switchboard and Macmillan research into experiences of LGBTQ people affected by cancer
Brighton Switchboard conducted a piece of research with Macmillan Cancer Support who commissioned them to conduct a series of consultation and engagement activities with LGBTQ people affected by cancer, and those supporting them.
This work will be used to inform how LGBTQ people affected by cancer can be best supported; and to identify areas where improvements to patient experience can be made through Macmillan and in collaboration.
  1. Dementia – the true cost: fixing the care crisis
An investigation by the Alzheimer's Society has discovered that each year tens of thousands of people with dementia are being admitted to hospital via accident and emergency because inadequate social care is leaving them unprotected from falls and infections. This report urges the government to improve access to integrated care and support, provide quality training for health and care staff and cover additional care charges for people with dementia.
To learn about LGBTQ people and Dementia, check out our resources.
  1. Transforming care: the challenges and solutions
This report outlines the challenges and solutions to moving people with learning disabilities, autism and/or mental health conditions out of long-stay inpatient care. It offers insight from a pilot project and provides recommendations for future steps.
  1. Tackling loneliness: a community action plan
This action plan is has been published following the Royal College of General Practitioner's first-ever roundtable on loneliness; an event which saw charities, and community, voluntary and faith organisations come together to discuss how communities can tackle loneliness and social isolation in society.
  1. Dying on the streets: the case for moving quickly to end rough sleeping
This research reveals an increase in the proportion of people with mental health support needs who have died while sleeping rough from 2010 to 2017. It presents the findings of a national survey of street outreach services from across England. It discusses mental health, substance use and the difficulties in accessing mental health services.
  1. Good progress but more to do: teenage pregnancy and young parents
This briefing highlights best practice for councils in reducing teenage pregnancy.  It is published to coincide with new figures from the Office for National Statistics that suggest conception rates in under-18s in England have more than halved since the government’s Teenage Pregnancy Strategy was launched 17 years ago.
Research shows that Lesbian and Bisexual women are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to get pregnant at a young age.
  1. Report on support for young people leaving custody accessing housing
Nacro and Centrepoint have produced a joint report calling for improved support for young people leaving custody who are accessing housing. The research report, ‘Have you got anybody you can stay with?’, highlights the multiple barriers young adults face in order to find safe and stable housing upon release from custody. The report draws upon the experiences of young people, practitioners and Nacro and Centrepoint’s own experiences as organisations supporting young people leaving custody that are at risk of homelessness.
  1. Listening to our future: early findings from the Health Foundation's Young People's Future Health Inquiry
The Health Foundation’s Young People’s Future Health Inquiry is a first-of-its-kind research and engagement project that aims to build an understanding of the influences affecting the future health of young people. This report sets out the initial findings of the engagement work with young people around the United Kingdom.
  1. The social determinants of young people's health
This working paper, produced as part of the Health Foundation's Young People's Future Health Inquiry, provides an overview of evidence on the social determinants of young people's health.
  1. New briefing about joined up health and care
NHS England just published a plain English briefing, Breaking down barriers to better health and care. It sets out why the NHS is joining up services and working more collaboratively through STPs and integrated care systems. This briefing builds on recent written evidence from NHS England and NHS Improvement to the Health and Social Care Committee’s inquiry on integrated care. The committee’s report included a recommendation to improve communication on integration.
If you’d like to stay up to date on integrated care work, visit and subscribe to the NHS’s fortnightly bulletin sharing news, views and good local practice related to integrated care.
  1. NHS England Equality Objectives 2016-20
A new report has been published explaining the actions NHS England is taking to meet it's public sector equality duty and the key equality focussed developments and initiatives it is undertaking. NHSE has six equality objectives covering the period 2016-2020 and each objective has a number of targets associated with it which have been revised for 2018/19 and 2019/20. The objectives and targets can be found here and the report can be downloaded here.

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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
Birmingham LGBT are recruiting for two roles in their Sexual Health Services which are part of the Umbrella partnership. The roles are for:
• Sexual Health Outreach Worker (Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women) – 28 hours per week.
• Sexual Health Outreach Worker (Black African & African Caribbean Men who have sex with men) – 18.5 hours per week.
Application packs are attached or can be downloaded via this link:
Voluntary roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the LGBT Consortium page dedicated to jobs in the sector
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email:

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  1. 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.
  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. Apply anytime.
  1. The Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust makes grants to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society. 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. 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. Applications are accepted year round.

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  1. Social Prescribing – an update from NHS England
11th July, 10-11am, Webinar 
This is your opportunity to hear more from the NHS England team who work on Social Prescribing, the developments in the programme over the recent year and hear about the aspirations for the future.There will also be the opportunity to hear from a VCSE partner on the way that they are involved in social prescribing and some of the benefits that have been seen by patients.
Register your interest and access details to log on by e-mailing with ‘social prescribing webinar’ in the subject header.
  1. LGBT Inclusion in Sport​​
​13th July, Birmingham
A must attend event for those working in physical activity, sport, health and education
Plenaries and workshops offer the latest insight into motivations and attitudes of LGBT+ people to sport and physical activity & strategies for engagement. Sign up here.
  1. Webinar: How can the voluntary sector help reduce NHS winter pressures?
​19th July, 12-1pm, Webinar
Join the Health and Wellbeing Alliance and NHS England at a webinar on Thursday 19th July, 12-1pm to hear about some fantastic work by the British Red Cross, Citizens Advice and Race Equality Foundation that has helped to reduce winter pressures and resulted in better standards of living, fewer avoidable winter deaths and made savings for health and care services. Participants will be introduced to toolkits, case studies and resources which offer useful insights on effective ways of working.
Following the presentations, participants will discuss the role of the voluntary sector and opportunities for better integrating the sector in the planning and management of winter pressures. This webinar is aimed at policy leads, commissioners, Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise organisations, Local Authorities and others involved in winter planning.
Please click here to register for the webinar.
  1. The NHS at 70 debate: How can it survive and thrive for another 70 years?
25th July, Liverpool
National Voices is partnering with NHS Clinical Commissioners, NHS Providers, the Royal College of Physicians and Ipsos Mori to deliver a second debate to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, taking place on Wednesday 25 July, 6-9:30pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Liverpool.
If you or a colleague based in the North West would like to attend, please register for a ticket here using password NHS70.
The debate will look at how the NHS can survive and thrive for the next 70 years, and how it might overcome some of the challenges it faces.
  1. EXPO 2018
5th-6th September, Manchester
Registration for Expo 2018 opened on 1 March, with complimentary tickets available for NHS, local government and other public sector employees (please email us for details. A range of ticketing options will be available to delegates from other sectors, with discounted early-bird rates.
  1. From the Bottom to the Top: Emerging Trends in Therapy & BDSM
6th October, London
BDSM has been described as one of the most demonised forms of sexuality, but the recent de-pathologisation in the DSM-5 has led to an increased demand from those involved in the BDSM/Kink Communities for therapists to become kink-aware and kink-knowledgeable.
The conference is open to counsellors and psychotherapists, clinical sexologists and psychosexual therapists, counselling and clinical psychologists, and those trained in somatic sexological bodywork and sex coaches.
  1. Health Inequalities Research Network Conference
31st October 2018, London
HERON is an international public engagement network funded by the Wellcome Trust and aimed at people involved in action and research to tackle inequalities in health and health service use. It brings together people from the community, local charities, public health researchers and health practitioners with a vision of having a collaborative approach to research in the community.
The 2018 HERON conference will include presentations, workshops, discussion, art and more on the theme of ‘current and future directions in health equity research and action’ from researchers, community organisations, and healthcare representatives. The conference will take a future-orientated perspective to explore how we can learn from present research and tackle inequalities through future research and action. You can register to attend this free conference here.
Detailed information on the format and submission process for presentations and workshops can be found here. Applications must be received by the submission deadline July 16th 2018.
  1. Gypsy and traveller cultural awareness e-learning course
Friends Families and Travellers (FFT), have produced this cultural awareness course about Gypsies and Travellers, which is essential for anyone working in the public sector and voluntary sector. For example: teachers, police officers, people working in healthcare, and those in housing planning and equality and diversity departments.
  1. E-learning – community centred approaches to health
PHE and HEE have produced a new e-Learning for Health programme on community-centred approaches to health improvement:
These two new e-learning modules are suitable for practitioners, managers and commissioners who want: an update on evidence and guidance on community-centred approaches to health improvement; and to take a more strategic and planned approach to scaling-up community-centred approaches.
  1. Free online course for carers
Caring for adults, a free online course for carers, builds on what people may already know to give a better understanding of the role of carer. It also supports wellbeing by giving some ideas and information about looking after yourself and dealing with stress. If learners complete the course they are awarded with a digital badge, displayable on social media sites such as LinkedIn.
  1. Improvement FUNdamentals
Improvement FUNdamentals is a new open online course for people working in health and care. The course covers the principles of quality improvement. It is free and entirely self-paced, meaning participants can complete the course in their own time.

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