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Dear all,

Welcome to January’s newsletter. This month’s newsletter contains absolutely loads of information to help you get the year off to a great start. Join us in a couple of weeks’ time in London for our Conference on young LGBT people and mental health, come along to an event on sports and physical activity in Birmingham, where we will be launching a report into LGBT people and physical activity, or get stuck into reading the many and varied reports that we have collected together for your information.
 
The beginning of a new calendar year also seemed like a good time to take stock of how our readers feel about this newsletter. So that we can make sure the newsletter remains relevant and useful, please click here and answer a few short questions.
 

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The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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  1. Select Committee inquiry into Transgender Equality report published
The report on the Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiry into Transgender Equality was published on January 14th. UK Trans Info have compiled a sub-site, http://www.transinquiry.co.uk/   to present all information on the inquiry, including Written and Oral Evidence, and blogs, statements and news articles.
 
  1. More CCGs set to take on commissioning of GP services
NHS England has announced that another 52 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have been authorised to take on delegated responsibility for commissioning GP services. Delegated commissioning gives CCGs further opportunities to improve out-of-hospital services. It will support the development of the new care models set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View and provides further opportunities to develop commissioning based on improved health outcomes for people on a local basis. The 52 CCGs will be able to operate under the new arrangements from April 2016, meaning that in addition to those already taking on these arrangements in 2015/16, approximately half of CCGs will have delegated responsibility in 2016/17.
For more information, go to: https://www.england.nhs.uk/2015/12/21/commissioning-gp-serv/
  1. Change4Life Sugar Smart App
Change4Life launched its new healthy eating campaign, Sugar Smart, earlier this month. Focusing on the new sugar guidelines, the new healthy eating campaign will provide families with the knowledge and tools they need to help them cut down on sugar. A new easy, fun and free app is now available to download on the App Store and Google Play (just search sugar smart) that will help parents and health professionals to visualise the sugar lurking in foods.
 
Download the new app today and find out how much sugar is in your food. You can also search the web for ‘Change4Life’ for lots of free support, tips, ideas and recipes.
 
  1. Survivors’ Rights: The UK’s new legal responsibilities to provide specialist support for women and girls who have experienced violence
New legal duties in the EU Victims Directive came into force in November 2015 and the Westminster government has indicated that it intends to ratify the Istanbul Convention (European Convention on Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence from the Council of Europe). Both establish rights to specialist support services for victim-survivors of violence against women and girls (VAWG). There has also been a change in EU rules on procurement which provide commissioners with increased room to take VAWG services out of competitive tendering processes. It is vital that policy makers, commissioners and other decision makers are fully aware of these legal changes and mindful of the rights of victim-survivors. The EVAW Coalition makes recommendations towards making these rights a reality in this briefing paper.
  1. New video highlights the patient benefits of access to GP online records
By 31 March 2016, everyone can request to see detailed information in their GP online records. This includes medication, allergies and adverse reactions, immunisations, illnesses and test results. All GP practices across England are currently getting ready for this change and some are already offering this service. At Street Lane Practice in Leeds, about 600 patients have signed up so far. Watch the short video or the long video to hear more about the benefits.
To make sure patients access all the right information about their health, practices will need to verify the identity of the patients and make sure their records are accurate. Further information can be found in the video - Patient Online: Safe access to online GP records
For further information email england.patient-online@nhs.net. To read more, go to: https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/pe/patient-online/about-the-prog/gp-practices/

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  1. Become a CQC Expert by Experience
CQC’s Experts by Experience programme, which involves the public in its inspections, is expanding and looking for recruits.
The successful winners of new contracts to provide CQC with Experts by Experience, Remploy and Choice Support, are now looking for new Experts by Experience to join CQC inspection teams and to help deliver other aspects of CQC’s work.
Experts by Experience are people who have personal experience of using or caring for someone who uses health, mental health and/or social care services that are regulated by CQC. Find out more in CQC’s news story
 
  1. CQC inspections of substance misuse services – understanding people’s experiences of care
Inspection teams are now inspecting independent substance misuse services across the country. They may also inspect other substance misuse services in response to risks they identify or that they are alerted to. A list of the inspections CQC have announced can be found here http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/announced-inspections
 
CQC inspectors are particularly interested in hearing about the experiences for people who are in the most vulnerable circumstances using substance misuse services. Please pass on this request to service user and support groups and networks.
If your group can share any feedback to help our inspection teams you can:
  1. Ring 03000 616161
  2. Share someone’s experience of care at http://www.cqc.org.uk/share-your-experience-finder
  3. Share any reports or surveys of people’s experiences you have to mhinspections@cqc.org.uk
 
Please encourage people using substance misuse services to contact us using our phone number or share your experience form.
Questions or queries about this letter can be sent to engagementandinvolvement@cqc.org.uk
 
  1. Help NHS Choices develop a new healthcare comparison website
NHS Choices is conducting research to support the development of a beta site My NHS aimed at making healthcare data more accessible and easy to understand for a range of people in the UK. This is part of a wider objective for improving transparency across the health and care sector.
 
Volunteers are being sought to get involved and contribute opinions by joining the research panel. Panel members will be sent a link via email to an optional 10-20 minute survey approximately once every two weeks.  The surveys will focus on gathering views on site content and information as opposed to behaviour of the new website. Starting in November 2015, the programme will initially run until April 2016. To express an interest please contact mynhs.feedback@nhs.net

Consultations

  1. Patient Reported Outcome Measurement Public Consultation – have your say
Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) measure health gain , and have been collected nationally in England, since 2009. Patients are asked to complete questionnaires before and after hip or knee replacement, and groin hernia or varicose vein surgery to assess the improvement in their health from their perspective.
 
NHS England is consulting on the current PROMs collections and the future for PROMs, regarding options around how to use resources most effectively to understand the outcomes which matter to patients, in areas with unwarranted variation in outcome and to consider indicators for future service improvement.
 
Give Us Your Views via the online survey - https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/proms-programme/consultation/intro/view
 
This is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in outcomes that matter to patients, especially the voluntary sector, to contribute to shaping how NHS England uses its resources to understand more of what’s important to patients, and the difference that certain procedures have on patient’s quality of life.
 
  1. Patient Choice; Have you been referred for an outpatient appointment – what do you know about your right to choose?
Initial research has shown that when patients are referred for an outpatient appointment, they quite often do not know that they have the right to make choices about where the appointment takes place and which consultant lead team treats them.
 
NHS England’s Patient Choice Unit is holding a series of regional patient engagement events to find out what patients know about their legal rights to choice and how they would like to receive information about their outpatient appointment options.  The findings from these events will inform improvements to the national patient choice programme and will help to shape a national awareness raising campaign.
 
The events will take place between 10.30 and 2.30 on the following dates in the locations below.  If you would like to take part in one of these events, please register via the relevant links below:
   
For more information please contact Oliver Wilkinson oliver.wilkinson@nhs.net / 0113 825 1448.
 
All reasonable travel expenses will be covered and lunch will be provided.
 
  1. Influence the Code of Practice on Confidential Personal Information
The CQC is seeking views on the way it accesses, handles, shares and uses confidential personal information.
 
The use of personal information is an important part of the CQC’s work. People need to feel safe when telling them about their care and they must have assurance that the information will be handled safely and appropriately at all times.
 
The code has implications for people who use services, their families and carers, as well as providers of care and staff who work for CQC. Click here to find out more about the consultation. This consultation closes at noon on 19th February.
 
  1. How to keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level: public consultation on proposed new guidelines
This public consultation seeks views on the UK Chief Medical Officers’ proposed new guidelines to limit the health risks associated with the consumption of alcohol. Views are specifically sought on the recommendations on a weekly guideline on regular drinking; advice on single episodes of drinking; and a guideline on pregnancy and drinking. This consultation closes on 1 April 2016.

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  1. Government Equalities Office publishes guidance on Recruiting and Retaining Trans Staff
This guidance, produced in partnership with Inclusive Employers, is designed to provide employers with practical advice, suggestions and ideas on the recruitment and retention of transgender employees and potential employees. It is also a useful guide for the managers of trans staff and for trans staff themselves. It also aims to help employers comply with the law.
 
  1. Government Equalities Office publishes guidance on Providing Services for Trans People
This guide, produced in partnership with Gendered Intelligence, sets out guidance and good practice examples to help service providers ensure transgender people are welcomed, included and valued as customers, clients, users or members, and to ensure they are treated fairly and appropriately. It also aims to help service providers comply with the law.
 
  1. Chief Medical Officer annual report 2014: women’s health
This report contains analysis of, and recommendations on, a range of women's health issues, including obesity, cancer and reproductive health.
 
  1. Efficiency, equity and equality in health and health care
Three common “Es” have high ethical and political content for health policy: efficiency, equity and equality. This paper examines the links between the three, with especial attention given to (a) the claimed conflict between efficiency and equity, (b) the equity of inequalities and (c) the conflict between six equity principles: equal health, equal health gain, equal value of additional health, maintaining existing distributions, allocation according to need and equal per capita resources.
 
  1. Vanguards Support Directory
This directory outlines the support currently available from the Five Year Forward View arm’s length bodies and some of the voluntary sector strategic partners. It has been put together as a forerunner for a wider directory of support for the vanguards, which will enable them to meet the six principles in the empowering patients and communities domain. The vanguards asked for help to understand what support is currently available, to show them in one place where they can obtain support and highlight any gaps they have.
A copy of the Vanguards Support Directory is available via the following link:  https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/vanguards-support-directory.pdf
 
  1. PHE research 2014 and 2015: annual review
This publication sets out PHE research achievements for 2014 to 2105. These include more than £22 million in external research income; 669 peer-review publications; and significant contributions to the evidence base for public health policy and practice.
 
  1. Easier Said Than Done
This report sets out some of the reasons why we might find it hard to live in a healthy way, exercising, eating well, getting adequate sleep, and checking for early warning symptoms. It also looks to the field of behavioural science for strategies that people can use to overcome those hurdles and to initiate lifestyle changes. These include commitment devices, temptation bundling and implementation plans.
 
  1. The Children's Commissioner for Wales' guide for Challenging the Negative Media Reporting of the LGBT Community
The Welsh Children’s Commissioner has made a guide aimed at young people, with advice on how to take action against harmful and one-dimensional media portrayals of the LGBT community. The guide contains information on how to complain in an easy-to-use manual.
 
  1. Looking after HIV: Considering the needs of HIV positive looked after children
NCB’s Looking after HIV report considers the needs and experiences of children and young people in care who are living with HIV, or at risk of acquiring HIV. It explores professionals’ understanding of and responses to these needs, and the policy and practice guidance available to inform this. Looking after HIV, published in 2008, continues to provide clear, practical guidance on issues and challenges that remain relevant in 2015. Since policy and legislation have changed, NCB has produced an accompanying document updating Section 3, the broad children’s policy framework.
To download both documents, go to: http://www.ncb.org.uk/hiv/resources-for-professionals/looking-after-hiv
  1. Inclusion health: education and training for health professionals: end of study report
This report emphasises the need for a combination of clinical and non-clinical skills and knowledge in working with homeless people and vulnerable groups, and identifies possible opportunities for strengthening education and training of health care professionals.
 
  1. What about YOUth? Fingertips Tool
This tool provides local authority level estimates based on what 15 year olds said about their attitudes to healthy lifestyles and risky behaviours, including drug use, alcohol and wellbeing. The information for each topic area is shown by ethnicity, deprivation and sexuality. The data for the tool were collated from the 2014 What About YOUth? survey, commissioned by the Department of Health. 

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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.

Join the NIHR Public Health Research Programme Advisory Board
The NIHR are seeking experienced senior public health decision makers to help identify and commission new research.
 
The PHR Programme funds research to evaluate any non-NHS intervention with the potential to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health, including interventions in education, the built environment, transport and social care.
 
The role of the PAB is to provide high-level strategic advice on what research is needed and to help identify the questions that matter most to public, community and voluntary services. Membership of the board offers the opportunity to contribute to and influence the direction of public health research. Applications must be received by 1 February 2016.
 
For details on how to apply please go to: http://www.nets.nihr.ac.uk/programmes/current-opportunities/

Paid roles

The LGBT consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector
The following paid roles are currently being advertised:
 

  1. BME Sexual Health Outreach Worker (Black African and African Caribbean MSM) (Part Time), Birmingham LGBT, Birmingham
  2. LGBT Wellbeing Support Worker (Part Time), Birmingham LGBT, Birmingham
  3. LGBT Wellbeing Support Worker (Full Time), Birmingham LGBT, Birmingham
  4. Greenwich Sexual Health Outreach Worker x 3, METRO, London
  5. Sexual Health Outreach Workers (sessional), METRO, London
  6. Project Worker, Lancashire LGBT, Lancashire
 
The following roles are also currently being advertised at the LGBT Foundation in Manchester:
  • Women’s Programme Co-ordinator
  • Policy and Research Co-ordinator
  • Policy and Research Assistant
For more information, go to:  http://lgbt.foundation/About-us/Jobs/

Voluntary roles

There are also many voluntary opportunities currently available:
 

  1. Trustee: Treasurer, Free 2B Alliance, London
  2. London Friend - volunteers including counsellors, fundraisers, publicity
  3. Albany Trust - Board of Trustees, including those with experience of counselling and psychotherapy
  4. London LGBT+ Switchboard helpline
  5. ELOP - group facilitators
  6. Broken Rainbow - online chat volunteers (home-based)
  7. Intercom Trust
  8. LGBT Foundation
 
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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  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 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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As well as our Conference on young LGBT people and mental health, and the event on sports and physical activity in Birmingham where we will be launching a new report, the following events may be of interest to you:
 

  1. Faith and Health: New avenues to improving the public’s health
Wednesday 24th February 2016, SOAS, University of London, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG
Featuring Rt Hon Alistair Burt MP, Minister of State for Community and Social Care
 
Following their report on the impact of faith on public health, FaithAction are pleased to announce their ‘Faith & Health’ event.
The role that faith based organisations can play in helping health outcomes is important, but often misunderstood by public health officials.  ‘Faith & Health’ brings FBOs and those from both a national and local public health perspective together, to discuss how these two areas can work together effectively to improve health outcomes within communities throughout the country, particularly those who are considered hardest to reach.
There is also a lack of evidence for this good work, to encourage both sides of the value that working together can bring.  Academics are an important part of this evidence gathering, and also need to be involved in the conversation to shape how faith groups can show the impact they have on public health.
By equipping FBOs with the skills necessary to effectively evaluate their work to show their impact, and showing public health the benefits of working with groups around the country already involved in vital health work, as well as highlighting this work to academics who wish to evidence this work, the event will have a significant role in shaping the national public health conversation.
For further information and to book, go to: http://www.faithaction.net/faith-and-health/
 
  1. Antibiotic Resistance and You
Wednesday 24 February 2016, John Hunbury Lecture Theatre, UCL School of Pharmacy, London. Additional date (to be confirmed) Birmingham.
 
Find out what antibiotic resistance really means to you and your family. These are free of charge, public facing events with the aim to help educate on the value of antibiotics.
This free event aims to:
·       Educate you about the causes of antibiotic resistance, why it is a threat, and how you can do your part to help solve
this problem by taking simple, everyday steps.
·       Explain the roles and responsibilities of the government, policy makers, and healthcare professionals in tackling
this problem.
·       Encourage you to join the fight against antibiotic resistance.
Please click on the following link to view the programmes and to register to attend: http://antibioticguardian.com/meetings-events/antibiotic-resistance-and-you/
 
  1. Beat Stress, Feel Better: Online Mental Health for Middle Aged Men
Thursday 25th of February 2016, 6pm - 7:30pm, 7 - 14 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YR
Bupa UK Foundation, a trustee of the Men’s Health Forum, a user of our Man MOT service and the project manager will present the aims and objectives of the project.
Bupa UK Foundation is sponsoring the online mental health project, Beat Stress, Feel Better. The Men's Health Forum will be delivering the project aimed at middle aged men.
Drinks and food will be provided.
  1. NHS Central London, West London and Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are in the process of setting, measuring and refreshing their equality objectives.
Thursday 11th February 2016, 12 noon – 4pm, St Pauls Centre - Queen Caroline Street London W6 9PJ GB
During this event the attendees will score the CCG’s progress on meeting the current objectives, while also helping to agree new priorities for 2016 onwards.
A light lunch and networking session will be provided to start the event.  
 
Please confirm your attendance via the link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/three-borough-equalities-objectives-workshop-tickets-20695748541
 
  1. 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 are being held around the country between October and March. For more information go to: http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/GEOevents
 
  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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