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Dear all,

Welcome to February’s newsletter. This month we’ve been working hard on the launch of the first National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week, which will take place from March 13th to 17th.
First, next week, on the 8th of March, Sharing The Love will be an opportunity for people in health but outside of the LGBT sector to learn more about supporting LGBT people, and for those in the sector to be supported to advocate for change.
National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week 2017 calls on organisations and groups across the voluntary, public and private sectors to consider and develop the work they are doing to support the health of lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women, a group often overlooked even within the LGBT sector. Find out more about #LBWHealthWeek17 and get involved here.

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The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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Sharing The Love – 8th March

The National LGB&T Partnership is committed to reducing health inequalities and challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public services. We combine the expertise and knowledge of twelve LGB&T organisations from across England but are keen to ensure everything we produce has much further reach.
To help achieve this, we are organising a special 2-part seminar style event which will be of interest to both LGB&T organisations in England and those engaged in LGB&T policy development or commissioning within the health and care sectors. It will be an opportunity to explore the diverse range of LGB&T specific resources the National LGB&T Partnership have produced to inform policy and practice development.

The National LGB&T Partnership has a small number of travel bursaries on offer to support LGB&T organisation attending so please get in touch via email if you would like to discuss this.
We hope you will consider attending for the most relevant part of the day. Places are limited so please sign up at


National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week 2017

The National LGB&T Partnership is launching the first National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week which will run from 13-17 March 2017.
The aim of the week is to raise awareness about lesbian and bisexual women’s health inequalities, to make it simple for service providers to empower service users. The week will also be an opportunity to celebrate, highlight and learn from the work of groups and services which provide dedicated support to lesbian and bisexual women.
Growing evidence demonstrates that lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women (LBWSW) are experiencing a range of health inequalities and both face barriers to accessing health care and are having poor experiences when they do.
How you get involved:

  1. Download and share LB Women’s Health Week resources! Click here to visit the National LB Women’s Health Week webpage and download our briefing pack to get information and resources that will support your organisation in getting involved. It also has ideas on what you can do over the week.
  2. Shout about LB Women’s health week on social media! Join our Thunderclap and schedule social media activity to go out across the week using the #LBWomensHealth17
  3. Pledge to do something to mark LB Women’s Health Week and tell us about it! Use the form on our website to tell us what you’re pledging to do for National LB Women’s Health Week 2017 so we can publicise it nationally on your behalf.
  4. Celebrate existing activity for LB Women and tell us about it! You can also use the form on our website to tell us about the important work you’re already doing around lesbian and bisexual women so we can publicise it nationally on your behalf.
  5. Write a short blog post about your activity and why it’s important! You can even use the form to submit a short 150-300 word blog post about your activity and why it’s important. This will be shared through the National LGB&T Partnership blog.
  6. Be Visible! In the briefing pack are a logo image and a poster. You can change your profile photo on social media and display the poster across your building to show support for National LB Women’s Health Week. We’re also asking people to take a picture with the poster, filled in to show why the week is important to them, and post it on twitter.

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Get involved

  1. #LBWomensHealth17
During National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week ’17, the 13th to 17th of March, tweet and/or post on Facebook about what your organisation does to specifically support LBWSW, publicise your groups, events, resources or activities using the hashtag #LBWomensHealth17 (and, on Facebook, tagging in the National LGB&T Partnership) and we’ll re-post and share them. We also encourage you to write articles and blogs for your own websites and newsletters.
If you want your work to be profiled in a blog on the LGB&T Partnership site, you can submit text on our website.

  1. Events supporting and celebrating the health of Lesbian, Bisexual and other Women who have sex with women (LBWSW).
Between the 13th and 17th of March (or on the weekend of the 18th & 19th, if that’s when your service runs), run a specific event or campaign celebrating, supporting or advising LBWSW women. This could include putting on an event or having one of your regular meetings focus specifically on LBWSW and/or their health during National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week. Let us know about it and we’ll publicise it nationally. You might also connect with a local LGBT or women’s organisation and discuss how you can work together.
  1. Research into the needs of Lesbian, Bisexual and other Women who have sex with women at your service.
Use National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week ’17 to kick-start some research into the needs of your LBWSW service users, either collecting new data or analysing existing monitoring data. If you don’t already have data on the sexual orientation of your service users, introduce sexual orientation monitoring. Contact the National LGB&T Partnership for further guidance around this.
  1. Call for involvement in the Brighton Trans and Non-Binary Conference
Brighton University is holding its Annual Brighton Trans and Non-Binary Conference in July to take place alongside Brighton Trans Pride.  All trans and non-binary people, researchers, people from the public, community and voluntary sector, and those wanting to know more about trans lives and trans issues are invited to the conference.

Trans and non-binary people (not just academics!) are invited to create workshops, present talks or to engage in other ways around areas of interest/concern to trans and non-binary communities. The organisers are encouraging those less visible in trans and non-binary communities, including people of colour, disabled people, deaf people, to contribute if they can.  Volunteers from Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard can provide some support for those who want to present their ideas, and you can also ask for topics to be covered that you would like to hear about.

To contribute to the conference, you will need to submit an outline of what you would like to do (no more than 250 words, but it can be less than this). This will need to be written and submitted here by 31st March 2017. To find out more, contact Suzy Armsden on or 01273 642204.

  1. GMFA Survey for gay men living with HIV
GMFA want to know if you've faced HIV stigma and we want to help you find ways to educate others about the realities of life with HIV. They have created this survey which asks you about stigma you’ve faced due to your status and how you’ve handled it. There’s also an opportunity to request an HIV stigma information pack, which has advice about dealing with HIV stigma and facts about HIV to educate others.
  1. Accessible Information Standard Review
The Accessible Information Standard sets out requirements for NHS and adult social care providers to identify, record, flag, share and meet the information and communication support needs of people with a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
NHS England is reviewing the standard to assess impact and ensure it is ‘fit for purpose’ and is inviting views:
Survey for health and care professionals and organisations
Survey for patients, service users, carers and parents (also available in alternative formats)
Survey for support, supplier and representative organisations (including the voluntary and community sector)
The deadline for feedback is 10th March 2017.



Consultation on service specifications for Adult Low and Medium Secure Mental Health Services

As part of the mental health service review programme, NHS England has launched a 90 day public consultation on the two new service specifications (and two separate appendices) for the Adult Secure Low and Medium Mental Health Services on 10 February 2017.
NHS England states that "these specifications have been developed and tested with the support of lead clinicians and patient and public representatives. This approach has ensured that the views of stakeholders have informed the development throughout the process."

It is disappointing that the service specifications exclude gender reassignment from the list of protected characteristics that are to be considered in promoting equality of access.
You may wish to contribute to the two webinars that NHS England is hosting on the following dates:

Wednesday 15 March 2017   10.00 am – 11.00 am
Wednesday 22 March 2017 1.30pm – 2.30pm

To sign up for the webinars, please go to:

NHS England is also arranging a national face to face event aimed at clinicians, providers, local CCGs and Local Authority commissioners, Ministry of Justice, National Offender Management Service and Department of Health. This event will be held on Tuesday 14 March 2017 at Avonmouth House, 6 Avonmouth Street, London SE1 6NX. To register please email

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  1. Report to the Mayor of London on LGBT+ Mental Health
This report explores the health inequalities that LGBT+ people face in accessing mental health services and terms of mental ill health prevalence. It summarises key findings and makes recommendations to the Mayor of London to support the development of the mental health roadmap, currently being developed by the London Health Board. It also sets out further steps the Mayor could take to support better mental health and wellbeing for LGBT+ Londoners through his wider policy brief.
  1. Producing modelled estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population of England
This work provides a population denominator for use in estimating health outcomes by sexual orientation. Being able to compare health outcomes between different population groups is important in assessing health inequality and inequity.
Please see our response to this estimate, along with further information about sexual orientation monitoring, on the LGBT Foundation’s website, here.

  1. Increasing understanding of the healthcare challenges faced by trans and non-binary people
NHS England, including commissioners, have been meeting with the Trans and Non-binary Interaction team from All About Trans. The meetings are helping staff understand more about the challenges many trans and non-binary people face when accessing healthcare and how the healthcare system can be improved so it is more inclusive. All About Trans has written a blog about the meeting in London and a blog about the meeting in Leeds, which outline some of the conversations that took place.
  1. Gender-sensitive approaches to addressing children and young people’s emotional and mental health and wellbeing
The National Children’s Bureau has published practice examples showing how considerations of gender can inform work to support emotional and mental health and wellbeing. This follows our evidence review exploring how gender relates to children and young people's needs and experiences, and to parental and professional responses. Gendered issues in children's mental health include young male suicide, low self-esteem among girls and mental health inequalities faced by trans young people. In sharing promising examples, NCB aims to help further thinking and practice in this area.
  1. Disrespect NoBody campaign
The Disrespect NoBody campaign helps young people to understand what a healthy relationship is; re-think their views of controlling behaviour, violence, abuse, sexual abuse and what consent means within their relationships. It aims to prevent the onset of domestic violence in adults by challenging attitudes and behaviours amongst young people that abuse in relationships is acceptable.
  1. Make It Your Decision
Many people assume that there’s nothing they can do to prepare for their future treatment and care. But there are things we can do now to plan ahead and ensure that what matters to each of us is known about at the end of life. This is the focus of a new campaign, Make It Your Decision, launched this week by Compassion in Dying – the first of its kind to encourage people to plan ahead for their treatment and care and make their wishes known.
  1. A new relationship with people and communities: actions for delivering chapter 2 of the NHS five year forward view
As part of the NHS five year forward view, the People and Communities Board was invited to recommended a set of high-impact actions for adopting person- and community-centred approaches to health and social care. Chapter two of the forward view sets out a vision of health and care where people are fully engaged with their health. This report outlines actions and related recommendations for making this vision a reality. The actions address key areas in the NHS where substantial progress can be made over the next year. The annex highlights approaches or interventions developed within the voluntary sector which have the potential for wider adoption.
  1. Improving patient and public participation in the health services commissioned by NHS England
NHS England has published a suite of documents to strengthen patient and public participation in health services. Together with the existing participation framework for primary care, new frameworks for public health, armed forces, health and justice and specialised services will support NHS England commissioners to carry out meaningful and inclusive participation with patients and the public. The frameworks have been developed with stakeholders, including Patient and Public Voice partners and representatives from voluntary and community sector organisations.

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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
The LGBT Foundation is currently advertising for a Director of Operations
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. Digital agency to give away website build grants
Digital agency White Fuse has announced that it is to give away a £5,000 grant each month to help a charity transform its website or get online for the first time. Explaining why they are providing the grants, the agency said on its website: "Having worked with charities since 2008 we know how hard it is for charities to get funding for digital projects.
  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. Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Grants are available for registered charities who need assistance towards a capital project eg new build, refurbishment, equipment or transport.
  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. 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. 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. Applications are accepted year round.

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  1. Cancer Doesn’t Do Labels
18th March, Manchester.
This will be a creative and interactive event, run by and for trans people, exploring our stories, experiences and thoughts about cancer.
As a thank you for participating, all attendees will receive a free goody bag!
Travel bursaries are available, please email for more information.

  1. LGBT Women in Sport Conference
15th April, Brighton.
The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) is holding a participation and inclusion conference in April to motivate and encourage LGBT women to get involved in sport. Speakers from the world of sport - amateur and professional - will explore the issues and barriers that discourage LGBT women from participating.
Delegate places are available free of charge to interested women from the LGBT community and their straight allies. To find out more about the conference or to book a place, click here.

  1. Developing person-centred cultures to deliver compassionate care
Person-centred cultures should be created across organisations, encompassing staff as well as people accessing services. Multiple organisations have partnered to create a free online course about implementing compassionate care approaches.
  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.
  1. Stepping Up
NHS Leadership Academy has launched a Stepping Up programme aimed at developing black and minority ethnic (BME) colleagues in bands 5 – 7 who aim to be leaders.  
The fully funded programme will run over five months, for individuals who have an interest in developing their leadership abilities and want to be involved in creating a transformational change in equality and diversity across the healthcare sector. 
Colleagues will benefit from a mix of learning, including face-to-face, self-directed and workplace-based. Applications are now open. For more information or to apply visit the NHS Leadership Academy website.

  1. School for Change Agents
The School for Change Agents is a free five week virtual learning programme for change activists in health and social care brought to you by the NHS Horizons Group. All of the live sessions start at 15:00-16:30 GMT on Thursdays via an online webinar. The webinars are recorded and made available for viewing at a later date. The first session began on 16 February.

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