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Dear all,

Welcome to our September newsletter. This month's newsletter is packed full of ways in which you can get involved with and influence the LGBT health and care sector, as well as links to lots of resources, including the Partnership's latest publication on Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice.

Click on any of the links to the left to go straight to the relevant section. You can also click on the links below left to connect with us on social media or to browse our website or send us an email.

Finally, we continue to make improvements to the newsletter, so please let us know if you have any comments or suggestions.

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The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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LGBT Foundation to host visit from Women & Equalities Committee - Deadline Friday 2nd October

On Thursday 8th October, LGBT Foundation will be receiving a visit from some of the MPs who are members of the Women & Equality Committee. They’ll be talking to staff, service users and volunteers about the issues faced by LGBT people and how government could help to improve these. As I’m sure you can imagine, we have a list of things we’d like to discuss with them but we’d like to hear from Partnership stakeholders if there’s anything you’d like to add to the list. If you have something you’d like to raise, please email sian.lambert@lgbt.foundation by Friday 2nd October.

Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice – LGB&T briefing

This week the National LGB&T Partnership publishes its LGB&T briefing on Alcohol Identification and Brief Advice interventions (IBAs).

You can find this new resource on our website on our Publications page, where you will also find links to our Trans Health factsheets and Smoking Cessation resources. Once you’ve read the resource, we’d appreciate it if you would complete this short survey.

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Supporting people from LGB&T communities with Dementia - Deadline Wednesday 30th of September

Some of you will have seen a write up of a round table organised jointly by NCV/SR/VODG and The National LGB&T Partnership on issues of people from LGB&T communities with Dementia held last December. Click here to see the publication.

In the next steps section of the publication we signalled our intention to produce a publication that highlights good practice across a range of areas. They are: - housing, residential/nursing care, domiciliary care, support for carers and end of life care.

We would like to hear from any of you who have an example of good practice that could be used in the publication.

Please contact Gill Boston who is coordinating the work by 30th September 2015. You can either ring or email Gill, details are as follows: Phone – 07718315831 Email – gill.boston@nationalcareforum.org.uk

Supporting the mental health of children in care, care leavers and adopted children

Following the publication of the government report Future in mind, produced from the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Taskforce, National Children’s Bureau want to support the spread of good practice. NCB are gathering good and promising practice examples in relation to work to support the mental health of children in care, care leavers and adopted children.
Please disseminate through networks and contacts, and respond using this template.

Consultations

  1. Influence the future of health funding and partnerships
The deadline for these consultations is 6th November.
The Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England have come together with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to coproduce a review of investment and partnership between the two sectors.
The review is currently gathering evidence and wants to hear from people and organisations from across England who are involved in improving health, wellbeing and social care. You can have your say through the online consultations, face to face or digital events.
A second consultation asks for views on the role and effectiveness of the government’s current ‘Voluntary Sector Investment Programme’ suite of grants. https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/vcse-review-vsip
 
The consultations will help determine the future of voluntary sector involvement in health and social care; make sure your voice is heard and please share with your networks.

 
  1. How we regulate independent doctor services
The deadline for this consultation is 19th October.
http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/how-we-regulate-independent-doctor-services

 
  1. Have your say on maternity services in England
The deadline for this consultation is 31st October.
The NHS Maternity Review wants to hear what you think is good about maternity services and what could be done to improve them. All comments will contribute to the work of the review which will publish its recommendations by the end of the year. The consultation is open until 31 October to anyone with an interest in maternity, including “women and their families, professionals, commissioners and other organisations”. The Partnership believe it would be valuable for LGBT voices to be heard in this review, so please circulate to your networks and respond as appropriate.
You can take part in the review here.

 
  1. The role of the National Data Guardian for health and social care
The deadline for this consultation is 17th December.
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-role-of-the-national-data-guardian-for-health-and-social-care

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Resources which may be of interest to stakeholders in the sector

  1. Young People’s rights in health care
The NHS Youth Forum have recently launched a series of posters for young people.  The posters focus on young people’s right to consent, their right to complain and their right to comment and give feedback on the services that they receive.  The posters come with an overarching leaflet that gives more information about each topic. The leaflet is also available in audio and easy read versions. They can be downloaded here: http://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/patients/public-voice/yth-for/
Please circulate these materials to any schools, health services or youth groups that you may have contact with.

 
  1. Atlas of variation
PHE, NHS England and NHS Right Care have launched the third and biggest NHS Atlas of Variation in Healthcare to help commissioners, service providers and health professionals deliver the best healthcare. This may be a useful resource to understand how some local health care compares nationally. It may be useful to help develop a voluntary sector offer to local commissioners.
 
  1. Accessing and sharing health records and patient confidentiality
This briefing sets out current arrangements for accessing patient records and sharing confidential patient information. It also describes statutory and public interest disclosures of patient information; information sharing rules for people who lack mental capacity; and access to information on hereditary conditions for relatives. This may be a useful resource for casework and lobbying.
 
  1. Health and care quality systems in practice: a guide for local leaders
This guidance has been produced in collaboration with the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CFPS) and Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) to support health and care leaders in navigating the local agencies and organisations responsible for regulating and improving the quality of health and care services.
 
  1. NHS maximum waiting times and patient choice policies
This briefing sets out policy on maximum waiting time standards and patient choice in the English NHS. This may be a useful resource for casework and lobbying and campaigning.
 
  1. Improving Experience of Care through People Who Uses Services
The report explores how patients and carers can, acting as leaders, make a real difference in improving experience of care. This report has been a collaborative piece of work which lays out the design of the scope of the research with patient leaders and commissioners.

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The LGBT consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector

The following roles are currently being advertised:

  1. Trans Programme Assistant, LGBT Foundation, Manchester - Deadline October 5th
  2. Chlamydia Outreach Workers (sessional), METRO, London
  3. Group facilitators (volunteer), ELOP, London
  4. Trustees (unpaid), Brighton & Hove Switchboard
  5. Sexual Health Outreach Worker - Lesbian and Bisexual women, Birmingham LGBT, Birmingham
  6. BME Sexual Health Outreach Worker, Birmingham LGBT, Birmingham
 
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email: lgbtpartnership@gmail.com

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Realising the Value

The Realising the Value programme, funded by NHS England, seeks to enable people to take an active role in their health and care. The aim is to develop evidence-based approaches and tools to support the implementation of person centred care. Programme partners are looking for experienced local partner sites, from within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector or that work closely with this sector, that have an appetite to use their existing experience to help others learn what works in practice.
See more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/call-applications-local-partner-sites-realising-value
The deadline for responses is 13 October 2015.

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NHS Citizen: Get involved in shaping local services  - free

7 October, Manchester, 21 October, Birmingham.
NHS Citizen is a way of giving the public a say in the NHS in England and creating a new culture of collaboration. FaithAction and NHS England both want to make sure that more diverse groups of people are taking up opportunities like this to help shape health services – so that services can better meet people’s needs, so FaithAction are running free half-day sessions, which are chances to learn about NHS Citizen and the best ways to have your voice heard, plus a chance to meet and hear from officials involved in NHS Citizen and share your views with them directly.
For more informationand to book a place on the sessions, please visit: http://www.faithaction.net/portal/faith-and-health/get-involved/nhs-citizen/

Making Choice Happen: Delivering quality end of life care to make choice a reality for everyone

15 October, London.
Ben Gummer as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Quality will be speaking at NCPC's upcoming conference on Choice in End of Life Care. For more information: http://www.ncpc.org.uk/making-choice-happen-registration 

NHS England's Annual General Meeting

21 October, London , 4:30pm.
The AGM falls on the first anniversary of the launch of the Five Year Forward View. This year, the NHS want to provide their stakeholders and the public with the opportunity to scrutinise their work towards delivering this and discuss their future direction.
For details, go to: http://www.events.england.nhs.uk/nhs-england/666

GEO Engagement events

LGBT Consortium is working with the Government Equalities Office to run a series of events and roundtables to better understand key LGBT issues and upskill the sector in working with Government. These events will be held around the country between October and March. For more information go to: http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/GEOevents

Lived experience conference 2015 -  Beyond ‘them and us’

6 November, Leeds.
Peer Support workers use their experience of mental illness or learning disability to give valuable support to others, however, other professionals have lived experience which could be a considerable asset to services too. In this interactive conference, discuss how to work towards acknowledging and embracing lived experience in the most helpful, effective and appropriate ways. Be part of the conversation that discusses 'how to work together to challenge the stigma which continues to exist in many services and settings'. For more information: http://www.andrewsimscentre.nhs.uk/events/565/lived-experience-conference-2015---beyond-them-and-us/

Working with ChemSex 

The use of drugs to facilitate sex by men who have sex with men (often referred to as "ChemSex") has become a concerning Public Health issue, with HIV and Hepatitis C infections rising and increasing numbers of men seeking help with issues around sexual well-being and drug use.
It can be a challenging issue for therapists, drugs workers and sexual health workers; being aware of the harms, understanding referral pathways and intervention and therapeutic techniques as well as safer sex/drug use practicalities can sometimes be beyond the normal scope of our experience and training.
   
Attendees at this training day will have the opportunity to share good practice, as well as explore our own concerns about working confidently with this group. For more information: http://www.pinktherapy.com/Training/tabid/82/ctl/ViewCourse/mid/422/CourseId/123/language/en-GB/Default.aspx

Birmingham Transgender Day of Remembrance

20 November, The Penthouse Birmingham, 6pm.
Wheelchair accessible and changing facilities will be available. The event will start at 6pm and finish at 7.30pm. The room is large, includes a staffed bar and will remain open following the event for networking, socializing and entertainment from trans performers. All welcome.
 
If you would like your event for TDR to be included in the next newsletter please email us the details.

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