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Dear all,

We took a break from the newsletter in December, and hope you all had a good festive break too. Now we’re back with a newsletter as filled as ever with links to resources, events, courses and ways to get involved. This month we’d really like to direct your attention to the news section for how to get involved with the LBT Women’s Health Week we’re developing again this year, as well as the wide range of webinars we’re running as part of our Whole Systems Approach work – you’ll find the links to those under ‘Get Involved’

As always, please get in touch if you have anything you'd like us to share.


Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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National Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women's Health Week

Partner with us on LBT Women’s Health Week
The focus for National LBT Women’s Health week 2018 (12-16th March) will be on prevention and inclusion. We are currently seeking partners from the LGBT, the VCSE, health (and any other relevant) sectors to work with us on developing activities, events, themes and publicity for the week. Please get in touch if you would be interested in working with us.
Find out more about why LBT Women’s Health is important from Sarah Humphreys from Partnership member ELOP on page 26 of the third edition of Pan European Networks: Health.
Sign up to join our Thunderclap.
Contribute your experiences to LBT Women’s Health Week
We are creating a community resource featuring Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women’s experiences of accessing healthcare in the UK. We want healthcare professionals to hear about the good, the bad and everything in between!
You can use whichever medium you’d like- video, writing, photos, art etc so please feel free to get creative.
Make your voices heard and help us to shape a fairer healthcare system for Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans women.
Please email your submissions to Deadline: February 16th 2018

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A Whole Systems Approach to LGBT Health Equality

We are delighted to invite you to an exciting series of webinars for colleagues in the voluntary and public sectors.  Each webinar will be led by experts in the field and will focus on different aspects of LGBT health inequalities. The webinars will make the case for taking whole systems approaches and identify what roles organisations can play in partnership with others. Each webinar will include a 30 minute presentation and 30 minute discussion.
Confirmed webinars:
Whole Systems Approach Introduction: 08 February, 2pm and being run a second time: 21 February, 10am.
Inequalities in mental health and wellbeing and LGBT communities: 20 February, 11am
Housing, inequalities in health and LGBT communities: 26 February, 1pm
Drugs, alcohol and LGBT communities: 01 March, 1pm
End of Life Care for LGBT Communities: 06 March, 1pm
In addition to the webinars listed here, there will be others, on dates yet to be confirmed, addressing Trans health issues, Women’s health issues, LGBT communities and dementia, LGBT students and school, and sexual orientation monitoring.


More opportunities to get involved

  1. Race Equality Foundation are recruiting for new Trustees
More information can be found here.
Application should be made sending a CV and supporting statement to Angela Azubuike by email: Please ensure that your supporting statement draws out how you meet the JD and person specification included in the Information Pack. Closing date for receipt of applications is 12noon on Wednesday 31st January 2018.
  1. Brighton: LGBTQ+ Focus Group - Monitoring Sexual Orientation, Gender and Trans Status in GP Surgeries and beyond
The LGBT Health and Inclusion Project is holding a consultation to find out about the factors important to the LGBTQ+ community in sharing monitoring information about sexual orientation, gender identity and trans status with GPs and council services.
Join them for the focus group on Tuesday 13th February 6:00pm-8:00pm at Community Base, Queens Road, Brighton.
Participants will receive £10 as a 'thank you!'. Refreshments will be provided and travel costs can be reimbursed. Please RSVP by emailing or call 01273 234009.
Anyone aged 18+ who identifies as LGBTQ+ and lives, works, or socialises in Brighton & Hove is welcome to attend. The venue is wheelchair accessible with all-gender bathrooms available.
  1. NHS England Over the Counter products consultation
NHS England has launched a consultation which proposes to rein in prescriptions for some ‘over the counter’ products such as dandruff shampoo and drops for tired eyes, diverting up to £136 million into frontline care.
The consultation will not affect prescribing of items for chronic (long term) conditions or where minor illnesses are symptomatic or a side effect of something more serious.
The full consultation document gives further information about the list of 33 minor illnesses which has been identified by a national joint clinical working group which are either self-limiting or suitable for self-care.
In support of the consultation, there will be a series of four national face to face engagements events for patients and the general public. The dates and times of these events are published on the NHS England website. In addition, there will be a series of online events (webinars) taking place throughout the consultation period for representatives of patient groups and charities. Details of the webinar times and dates are also published on the NHS England website.
  1. The experiences of people sectioned under the Mental Health Act
The government want to listen to views from people with experience of being sectioned or of caring for someone who has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act as part of the review.
This survey will enable us to take account of their views when we make recommendations for change. You can complete the survey online or you can download the survey relevant to you/your service user from the website, here.
  1. LGBT Groups and the law
The LGBT Consortium have a new project that explores the relationship between LGBT groups and the law. Please take part in a survey to tell them about your experiences of using the law in your work. 
  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. Volunteer on a Sense holiday
Volunteer on a Sense holiday or short break! Support a child, young person, or adult with complex communication needs have a holiday full of fun, friendship and new experiences. Apply now

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  1. Trans Health and Justice Report
CIE have completed a review of how the health and social care needs of trans offenders are being met in the criminal justice system. The review was commissioned by NHS England who are responsible for commissioning health services in large parts of the criminal justice system. The final report Inside Gender Identity was launched on 23rd January 2018 you can download the report and the associated literature review here.
  1. Briefing on trans people and HIV testing
HIV Prevention England (HPE) has produced a short information briefing highlighting the reasons why HIV testing is so important for trans people.It addresses barriers to HIV testing and includes helpful tips, tools and resources on providing a trans-friendly health service.
  1. ADPH Position Paper on Sexual Health
ADPH has recently published a series of new policy position statements on eight public health key topics, including sexual health. Key messages from the sexual health position paper include: the need for a whole-systems approach to sexual health, HIV and reproductive health; the importance of preventive interventions in promoting wellbeing, resilience and healthy choices and adequate investment to embrace evidence-based technologies and digital services.
  1. Positive Faith resource
Positive Faith is an open access internet resource that addresses HIV and related health and personal issues through the context of faith.  It was developed by Catholics for AIDS Prevention and Support (CAPS) and funded through PHE’s Prevention Innovation Fund.
  1. Factsheets on HIV and aging
NAM aidsmap has produced three new factsheets on co-morbidities and health problems that often affect people living with HIV as they age.Click the links below to access the factsheets.  >Cancer and HIV >Anal cancer and HIV >Kaposi’s sarcoma and HIV
  1. Dementia Action Alliance LGBT+ community recommendations
These recommendations came out of last year’s Dementia Action Alliance roundtable on dementia in the LGBT+ community. This was part of the DAA’s campaign From Seldom Heard to Seen and Heard, which aims to improve outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers who come from seldom heard groups.
  1. Health literacy toolkit
Health Education England, in partnership with Public Health England, NHS England and the Community Health and Learning Foundation, has launched a health literacy toolkit. It provides a suite of resources to help health staff tackle the challenges caused by low levels of health literacy and improve health outcomes.
  1. New resources from Carers UK
Each year Carers UK update their key information guide for carers, which provides an overview of the practical and financial support available for carers. You can find it here Looking After Someone guide
They have also just updated their local directory which helps carers find local sources of support. Link is Local support directory
Carers UK ‘What's new and what's changing’ briefing summarises the key recent and upcoming changes to social security, employment and health and care that could affect carers. You can find it here Carers Rights and Entitlements: What was new in 2017 and what’s changing in 2018?

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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
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. Rainbow Pilgrims at LGBT History Month
February 2018, London & Buckinghamshire
Rainbow Pilgrims is a landmark project that explores the hidden histories of LGBTQI migrant and travelling communities in the UK. Find out about their events here.
  1. Prevention Concordat for Mental Health: Learning Events
February & March 2018, National
Public Health England is hosting a series of learning events across the country to facilitate the spread of effective practice and dissemination of learning around the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health. The ethos and actions promoted through the Prevention Concordat are underpinned by an evidence base which demonstrates that adopting prevention focused approaches makes a valuable contribution to achieving a fairer and more equitable society. The regional events will provide an opportunity to maximise peer-to-peer learning and provide opportunities to explore the set of resources brought together by the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health.
  1. Disability and Employment Deep Democracy Session
February 13th 2018, London
As members of the Win-Win Alliance, NSUN and Change are co-facilitating a ‘Deep Democracy’ session on Tuesday 13th Februaryin Stratford, London, to explore why employers find it difficult to employ disabled people. This session is looking at what needs to happen to support young people with mental health issues and people with learning disabilities and/or autism into work.
The session will contribute to a wider piece of work that aims to develop a business case and narrative for NHS organisations and other employers based on existing published evidence and research, previous work and a series of workshops and interviews.
Email or call Sarah 07778 659 390 for more information.
  1. Association for Young People’s Health 10th Anniversary Conference
February 21st 2018, London
A conference for health professionals, researchers, commissioners, youth workers, policy makers, CCGs, GPs, and the voluntary sector which addresses the questions: What’s changed for young people’s health in the last 10 years? What’s happening for young people’s health now in policy and practice? What new ideas and innovative practice can we learn from?
To find out more and to book, click here. To submit an abstract, click here. The deadline for abstracts is 8th December 2017.
  1. School for Change Agents
February – March 2018, Online
If you’ve been frustrated by having to navigate stifling hierarchies to get the changes you know are needed, or criticised for being a dissenter, disruptive or even divisive, then the School is for you. It’s more than just a school — it’s a platform for learning, and a community of people like you. To find out more and to sign up, click here.
  1. The Proud Carers
4th March 2018, London
The Proud Carers was set up to provide LGBTQI carers of people with dementia with an opportunity to meet with people who are going through the same challenges; members of the same community, possibly of the same age bracket, people who understand their challenges to the full.
The Albany Trust have identified an unfortunate gap within the charity support system regarding LGBTQI carers of people with dementia. They aim to provide participants of this peer support group with a safe space to explore their feelings, thoughts, and sometimes pain. This will be a non -judgemental environment, hosted by a facilitator at the Albany Trust, a charity that championed LGBT rights, freedom and mental welfare from its foundation in the late 1950’s.
This is a voluntary service, free of charge, that aims to champion all members of our community, particularly in an age when the mature tend to be forgotten.
If you would like to join they group, please contact or call 07950 289612 for more details.
The first meeting will be on Sunday, the 4 March, looking at meeting monthly to start with.
  1. Health and care explained: how the system works and how it is changing
7th March 2018, London
This event is designed for anyone working in the NHS, public, private, academic and third sector who would like to gain a greater understanding of how the health and care system currently works and how it is changing. Join The Kings Fund for an informal day of learning and networking and find out the answers to questions you’ve always been afraid to ask.
  1. Population Health and Prevention Conference
7th March 2018, Leeds
The purpose of this event is to showcase the national, regional and local work in the area of prevention linked to education and training to assist in the culture change for focus shifting onto preventing avoidable ill health and premature mortality.
  1. Sex Works – The intersection of Mental Health and Sexuality Professionals
23rd - 24th March 2018, London
If you're a therapist working in the field of sexuality, Pink Therapy's 2018 Conference puts a controversial yet vital theme into the spotlight.
As well as aiming to improve services for sex workers who often feel stigmatised by therapists, Sex Works! The Intersection of Mental Health and Sexuality Professionals establishes an important dialogue about the increasingly visible overlaps between sex work and therapy.
  1. People-powered Health
2nd May 2018, London
NESTA are holding an event on 2nd May on the future of people powered health, which recognises that there is a demand for decisions and control to be shared in health.
In addition there is an opportunity to share work in this area.
  1. 2018 International Health Congress
28th – 30th June 2018, Oxford
This Oxford-based conference series seeks to bring together researchers who aim to promote health and wellbeing through improved health services in Europe and around the world.
  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. Enrol now.
  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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