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Dear Members,

Within this month's bulletin you will find the link to our stakeholder engagement survey, information on LGBT role models within the NHS and how you can give your experience of being LGB or T in NHS services.  There are two different consultation/research opportunities into GP services as a LGB or T patient and chance to feed information into the CQC inspection of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust - read on to find out. 

Our email address, should you wish to get in touch, is NationalLGB&TPartnership@lgf.org.uk.

Read more about the partnership members on our website - www.nationallgbtpartnership.org.

Join us by going to www.nationalpartnership.org/contact.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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Partnership News Update

We would really appreciate you taking the time to fill in our survey and we hope it will lead to you getting more out of being involved in the National LGB&T Partnership.  We would like to incorporate your knowledge and experience to better the lives of LGB&T communities.   The LGB&T Partnership now targets its work around workstreams, with a focus on specific pieces of work we think will have real benefit for LGB&T communities and throughout the year we will bring you updates on each of these.   Each workstream is identifying within its work programme how it will engage with stakeholders, and as part of this process we are asking you, our stakeholders, to identify any of the workstreams that you would like to participate in.

Find more information and the survey here

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Updates from Department of Health 

New approach to care for the dying published

 
A new approach to caring for dying people based on the needs and wishes of the person and those close to them has been launched.  
 
It takes the form of five new Priorities for Care which succeed the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) as the new basis for caring for someone at the end of their life.  It recognises that in many cases, enabling the individual to plan for death should start well before a person reaches the end of their life and should be an integral part of personalised and proactive care.
 
To read more, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-approach-to-care-for-the-dying-published
 

NHS rated on open and honest reporting culture in world leading transparency drive

Sir Robert Francis has launched a new review into NHS reporting culture to make it easier for NHS staff to speak up.
 
To read more, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-rated-on-open-and-honest-reporting-culture-in-world-leading-transparency-drive  

Campaign to end early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation

Take a stand against female genital mutilation (FGM) and child and forced marriage today - sign the pledge now to show your support in ending these harmful practices forever. Your voices will be heard at the #GirlSummit.
 
To read more, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/campaign-to-end-early-and-forced-marriage-and-female-genital-mutilation

Updates from NHS England

New tool to ensure better physical health for those with mental illness

NHS England has launched a vital new tool aimed at helping front line staff make key interventions and treatment for people with mental illnesses. 
For more information, click here.

Making the NHS clearer for everyone

NHS England has produced a new guide to Understanding the new NHS which outlines the organisations and systems that define, sustain and regulate the NHS. 

Updates from Public Health England 

PHE resonds to health inequalities facing gay, bisexual and MSM

PHE has set out the challenge and vision for the health and wellbeing of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
The summary is the first of a trio of documents which will together provide a framework for action over the coming 6 months. This important work has identified 3 distinct but overlapping areas of concern, which disproportionately affect MSM - sexual health and HIV, mental health and the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco.
 
See the full PHE Press Release here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/phe-responds-to-health-inequalities-facing-gay-bisexual-and-msm 

One in four do not survive melanoma beyond 5 years

Pilot campaign in the Devon, Cornwall and Somerset area urges people to recognise key signs of skin cancer.  In addition, latest figures reveal that of those in the area diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious form of the disease, 1 in 4 (25%) do not survive beyond 5 years.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/one-in-four-do-not-survive-melanoma-beyond-5-years

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Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool in personal health budgets

Outcomes of National Personal Budgets Survey available at: http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/Latest/Resource/?cid=9503 (2013 data, next report due in autumn).

The Autism Strategy

The first ever strategy for adults with autism in England was published in 2010 with a commitment to review this strategy three years later.

Last year, the Government asked for feedback from adults with autism, parents, carers and professionals about how well the 2010 strategy had been implemented so far.

The new strategy - Think Autism - was published in April 2014. This updated strategy states that all of the existing recommendations and duties from the 2010 strategy still apply to local authorities and NHS bodies.
 

read more
 

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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.
Please send your comments and suggestions to us and we will endeavour to incorporate your views into each consultation response:

Other Consultations 

Revised Mental Health 1983 Code of Practice -  sign up for consultation events now

The consultation runs until Friday 12 September and we look forward to hearing from as many of you as possible.
To support the consultation, the Department will be holding a series of events in July and August for organisations and professionals working in the sector, as well as individuals with experience of being detained or subject to the Mental Health Act and their families and carers. There will also be an event specifically focussed on the equality aspects of the proposed changes. 

You will find consultation documents and information on how to respond at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mental-health-act-code-of-practice-consultation-launched  and details of how to register for consultation events at:  
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/department-of-health-england-2923126649?ref=eorgbtn
 

Protecting personal health and care data

This consultation seeks views on proposals to introduce tighter controls and safeguards on the use of personal health and care data.
 
To read more and have your say, go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/protecting-personal-health-and-care-data
 
The consultation is open until 8 August.

Consultation on specialised services policies

NHS England launched (25 June 2014) a three-month public consultation on changes made to a number of its specialised services policies. These policies have already been subject to stakeholder engagement and comment, however, we are now consulting on the final documents. Consultation is open until 17th September 2014. To view the documents and find out how you can contribute your views, http://www.england.nhs.uk/2014/06/25/spec-serv-consult/
 
The list of open for consultation are:
 

  • Bortezomib for the Treatment of Refractory Antibody Mediated Rejection Post Kidney Transplant A07/P/b
  • Eculizamab for the Treatment of Refractory Antibody Mediated Rejection Post Kidney Transplant A07/P/c
  • Non Invasively Lengthened Spinal Rods for Scoliosis D14/P/a
  • Dolutegravir for the Treatment of HIV- 1 in Adults and Adolescents B06/P/b
 

The Diversity Trust 

Click on link to find out about work taking place in Avon & Somerset for the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mounstevens and the Bristol Recovery Orientated Alcohol and Drugs Service, to find out if specialist LGB and Trans services could be developed locally.
read here

The survey is online until Monday 1 September 2014 and here is the link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/bristolroads

National Occupational Standards for Children's Services

Skills for Health is reviewing the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Children's Services and their applicability to CAMHS and Substance misuse workers working with children and young people.
 
To contribute to the consultation, please visit the online survey where you can view the draft NOS and provide your feedback.
 

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Research

Research Into Transgender Friendly GP's by Transfigurations


Coming out as transgender can be the most stressful thing that a person ever does in their life - and if they meet up with an uncaring/obstructive GP it can lead to an increased low self esteem and despair - which can often result in self harm or even an attempt at ending their own life. 

You can help if you have a sympathetic GP for if you have one that is trans friendly and we can publish that in out database it will mean that there might be a sympathetic GP in someone's area where they can go and know that they can get help - and your action in providing the details of a sympathetic GP could therefore save somebody's life

http://eSurv.org?s=LKHIFL_1ed92149T

LGBT Role Models Within The NHS

  Health Service Journal with the NHS Leadership Academy, will be publishing a special supplement in September exploring attitudes to, and experiences of, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender in the NHS.  To take part in the survey and to find out more .... read more
 

The survey is now open and we are seeking views – both from people who identify as LGBT and those who do not.

LGBT focus group on experiences of GP services 

Patient and Public Voice in NHS England are running a series of focus groups,  and would like to run a specific LGBT focus group at Southside on the 27th August in the morning, the focus group would run for 2 hours and travel cost will be paid and all participants will receive a small gift pack for their attendance. The focus group will explore the experiences of GP services with a view to feeding these experiences into the development of some developmental standards for GPs across London.
 
interested participants should contact s.frater@nhs.net 
 

CQC inspection may be of particular interest to trans patients

The Imperial College Healthcare Trust, which is to be inspected, is responsible for gender reassignment surgery at the Charing Cross Hospital.

Care Quality Commission inspection of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) will be inspecting this NHS Trust from the 2nd of September 2014, which includes Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea, St. Mary’s and Western Eye Hospitals.

The inspection team is very interested to hear from anyone who has used services in the last 12 months about their experiences. The inspection team is also keen to hear evidence from local voluntary & community sector groups about the quality and safety of care that their members and service users have experienced. Please tell CQC about your experiences by Monday 28th July 2014.

You can send reports, peoples stories of care or other evidence your group holds about people’s care to enquiries@cqc.org.uk , by post to CQC, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4PA, or you can ring CQC on 03000 616161. Please put the name of the service you are sending information about in the title to help CQC pass it to the right inspection team.

 

Out Now Global Research 

LIVE! : Take part in the Out Now Global LGBT2020 Study now - Learn more about the world's largest ever LGBT market research study.

 

Help Equality Research Database

The former equality team at NHS North West has privately resurrected much of what was the HELP equality research database,
 
http://needlibrary.info/
 

Domestic Violence and LGBT People 

NEDAP  Launched a new Domestic Resource for LGB&T people on Friday the 11th July 2014 at Sunderland University as well as launching The Catherine Donovan Marianne Hester Research  ‘Whats Love got to do with it?’  It has  a set of video resources and lesson/training plans for use by organisations when looking at Domestic Abuse affecting LGB&T people.
These free resources can be found here and here.

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‘A Day in the Life’ work shadow scheme

Applications are now open for NCVO’s ‘A Day in the Life’ work shadow scheme. The scheme matches charity employees with counterparts in participating government departments, giving each the chance to spend a day in the other’s workplace. The scheme is open and free to all VCS organisations in England. Employees of participating government departments are also invited to apply.

Apply for the scheme by 1 August. For further information, please contact Ramzi Suleiman

Voluntary sector and volunteering research conference

The primary UK conference for the voluntary sector and volunteering research community is taking place in September. Organised in partnership by NCVO, VSSN and IVR, the conference will connect researchers, policy makers and practitioners. The programme features a session on the voluntary sector and changing public service delivery. 

2014 Compact Awards open for nominations

Compact Voice is inviting nominations for the Compact Awards until 1 October. The Compact Awards highlight outstanding examples of partnership work between voluntary and community organisations and the statutory sector and recognise achievement as a result of the Compact way of working. Winners will be announced during Compact Week 2014 which takes place from Monday 3 – Friday 7 November. Full details and entry forms.

 

Core funding and free training for health charities - 2015 GSK IMPACT Awards

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 valued at up to £6,000. Apply by 19 September
 

GMFA are seeking a full time Health Campaigns and Website Manager

Are you passionate about improving gay men’s health? Do you have the imagination to develop campaigns that will engage a wide variety of gay men, helping to prevent ongoing HIV infection? Are you smart with technology and up to date with media and social media? Do you have the wit, the will and the drive to make a real difference?

GMFA is a London based gay men’s health organisation, whose work includes a strong focus on sexual health and HIV health promotion. We are looking for someone to manage our HIV prevention and gay men’s health media campaigns and to maintain and develop our website.

For details, including an application form, please visit http://www.gmfa.org.uk/jobs-at-gmfa. Completed application forms must be sent to jobs@gmfa.org.uk, or by post to 11 Ebenezer St, N1 7NP, and received by noon on Monday 4 August. 

 

The pink, purple and blue bi flag will be everywhere this September 23rd which is the sixteenth Bi Visibility Day. Last year around the world it was marked with a host of events, flag-flying, and even the first ever roundtable meeting on bi issues at the White House.

LGBT and ally groups may want to collaborate with bi organisations like BiPhoria, Bi Community News, BiUK or Bisexual Index on events.

You can find out about what's going on and what has happened in previous years at september23.bi.org, and use the contact form on that webpage to add your own events.

Halve IT Campaign 

The Halve IT campaign aims to cut the number of people diagnosed late with HIV by 50%.
It also wants to halve the proportion of people living with undiagnosed HIV by 2015.

Read here for more information.

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