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Below you will find a large number of ways to engage with the health and social care sector, share your views and find out more, new funding and recruitment opportunities, and a range of resources and events.
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We’ll try and squeeze in another newsletter before the Winter break, but in case we don’t manage it, we’d like to wish you a happy and restful end of the year.

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The National LGB&T Partnership
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  1. LBT Women’s Health Week 2020 – 9th-13th March
We’re already looking ahead to next year, and considering how we can best bring together and celebrate all the LGBTQ women working to improve our communities’ health. If you’re one of these women, or want to suggest someone we should be engaging with, please get in touch.
One of the main ways that organisations and groups can get involved is to shift the focus of their usual activity to LBT women for the week or month – If you would like to discuss how you could do this, please also drop us a line.
As part of our activity, we are compiling a directory of LGBTQ women’s health and well-being services. This can include sports groups, support groups, any group that supports LGBTQ women specifically. We are happy if this just if for a sub-group (eg LGBTQ women of colour, bisexual women, or D/deaf LGBTQ women) providing it is inclusive (particularly of trans women).A web link would be helpful. If you know of any groups in your localities then please can you send any information to
  1. Government responds to the Health and Social Care Committee report on sexual health
This paper sets out the government’s response to the conclusions and recommendations made in the House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee report on sexual health.
  1. Sign up for news on gender identity services
NHS England is the direct commissioner of specialised healthcare services for gender dysphoria. If you’d like to keep up to date with the news about the work that is happening in this area, then sign-up as a stakeholder of their Gender Dysphoria Clinical Reference Group here:
  1. Keep informed with the work of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HWA)
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 clicking here. The newsletter includes updates on the work of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance and news from the DH, NHS England and Public Health England.

The National LGBT Health Adviser

The National LGB&T Partnership has a close relationship with the National LGBT Health Adviser and his team. We are currently discussing with him what further targeted meetings it would be useful to run in coming months, and have set up a meeting of individuals and organisations working to address LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of cancer and cancer care for early December. We have also started an ambitious piece of work around gender in NHS records, surveys and demographic monitoring, and brought together key trans and LGBT+ organisations with relevant NHSE&I, NHSX and NHS Digital colleagues in late October. We will be bringing together a selection of LGBT+ organisations to further feed into this work next week. We will continue to update you on this work as it progresses, and welcome input from organisations who have particular experience in this area, including those who represent people who face specific barriers.

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  1. TRANSforming Futures
Together with other trans equality organisations and projects, Stonewall are working on a ground-breaking five-year project, which they hope will create lasting change for trans communities by improving access to healthcare and criminal justice services.
First, they want to hear from trans communities, to make sure the work truly meets the needs of the whole community. They’re holding 10 consultation events over January and February 2020, and inviting people to share their experiences in a survey. If you have questions, they’ve developed some FAQs, and if there’s anything else you’d like to know about the project you can email our partnership’s secretariat on
  1. Inclusion Health Groups and Primary Care Networks
You are invited to workshops to help the design of a new toolkit which will improve how Primary Care Networks engage with Inclusion Health groups (homeless people, Gypsies and Travellers, vulnerable migrants and sex workers). National LGB&T Partnership member Stonewall Housing is facilitating these workshops with Friends, Families and Travellers, Homeless Link, National Ugly Mugs and Doctors of the World as part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance’s Inclusion Health Sub-Group.  The links below explain a bit more about Primary Care Networks and Inclusion Health.
Organisations will receive £200 per workshop for attending a workshop if they also bring an Expert by Experience along. All experts by experience will receive a voucher of £50 and travel up to £50.
Both workshops run from 10.00 to 13.30 and will be held at the offices of Race Equality Foundation, 27 Greenwood Place, Kentish Town, London, NW5 1LB: Tuesday 21st January 2020 & Thursday 30th January 2020.
  1. Call for research participants: Exploring how chemsex impacts upon intimacy and relationships
As a participant you would be enabling a unique insight into the psychological worlds of an under studied and increasing population in the UK. To take part you must domiciled in the UK and live in the London area, be a cisgender male aged between 30 & 45 years old, self identify as gay and be a regular user (defined as using at least once a month or more). For more information, contact Gary:, Tel: 07858084270.
  1. Call for evidence: Helping People with Severe Mental Illness to Stop Smoking
For more information, see our blog post, here.
Survey: As part of this project we would like to hear from people who are involved in commissioning tobacco addiction treatment and/or smoking cessation schemes; those who work with adults who have severe mental illness to help them to improve their health and wellbeing; and people who work in the NHS, Local Authorities and VCSE organisations who are responsible for developing/delivering smoking cessation in this survey.
If you would like to contribute to this project as someone who has a severe mental illness, please follow this link.
  1. Call for evidence: Weight Management for People with Severe Mental Illness
For more information, see our blog post, here.
  1. Development of the Royal College of Physicians Gender Identity Health Care Curriculum – user voice
This is the first qualification of its kind and with the support of NHS England has been created in response to the substantial gap between the capacity of current GIH services and the current and projected future need.
The team working on the curriculum, which includes members of the trans community, are now looking for trans people and people with experience of transition to share their experiences in order that the user voice can be captured int eh teaching materials.
The team are looking for examples of a large range of experiences. For more information or to get involved, please do not hesitate to contact Carol Higgison:
  1. How are your partnerships with NHS Trusts?
NAVCA is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to conduct some research into partnerships between NHS Trusts and organisations within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. More specifically, the research aims to understand examples of these partnerships, how they come about, what supports them and the impact that they achieve. This is all with a view to making practical recommendations for how people can be supported in both the voluntary and public sectors and improve partnerships.
The survey forms an important part of this research and will be vital to creating recommendations in the final report. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and your time in completing this will be greatly appreciated. The deadline for completion of this survey is Monday 2 December.
  1. The Charity Governance Awards – enter now
The Charity Governance Awards is a not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK, allowing large and small not-for-profit organisations to inspire and learn from one another. The winner in each category will receive an unrestricted grant of £5,000 and all shortlisted entries will be invited to a complimentary and exclusive Awards Ceremony and Reception in May 2020. Click here for more information and to submit your entry.

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  1. Children and young people’s mental health: prevention evidence
Public Health England have published a summary report and outputs from a review of evidence for universal approaches to improving children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. This series of reports summarises the evidence for the effectiveness of universal approaches to improving children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing and are intended for strategic and operational leads, working on children and young people’s mental health. The report includes the results of the project the Young People's Health Partnership's led with HWA partners including The National LGB&T Partnership to gather existing evidence and run focus group discussions with young people to explore a range of young people’s perspectives about what keeps them mentally well.
  1. A Roadmap To Inclusion: Supporting Trans People of Faith
The Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES) is pleased to have developed this guide on supporting trans and gender diverse people of faith. It is intended to serve as a companion to the charity’s previous successful booklet: Inclusivity – Supporting BAME Trans People.
  1. The detention of young people with learning disabilities and/or autism
This report condemns the 'horrific reality' of conditions and treatment under which many young people with learning disabilities and autism are detained in mental health hospitals, 'inflicting terrible suffering on those detained and causing anguish to their distraught families'. It calls for an overhaul of inspections and changes to the Mental Health Act to protect those detained and for the establishment of a Number 10 unit with Cabinet-level leadership to urgently drive forward reform.
  1. No age limit: the hidden face of domestic abuse
In this report, Age UK advocates legislation to change what is understood as domestic abuse and make it easier for people to recognise or report it, as well as to improve the resources available to help victims and survivors. This includes training for health care practitioners and better links between the NHS and police.
  1. Women and HIV in the United Kingdom
This report provides a summary of the HIV epidemic in women in the UK and contains information relating to: trends in new HIV diagnoses in women; clinical outcomes among women accessing HIV services in the UK; HIV testing patterns in antenatal and sexual health services; quality of life and experiences of women living with HIV; and satisfaction with HIV services and extent that social and women’s health needs are being met.
  1. New research from Carers UK shows two thirds of UK adults can expect to care unpaid for a loved one in their lifetime
Carers UK have released new research looking at the likelihood people have of being a carer in adult life. The report is called: "Will I care? The likelihood of being a carer in adult life" and can be accessed here.
  1. WHO - Role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing
WHO very recently published a comprehensive scoping review on the role of the arts in improving health and wellbeing. A review of over 900 academic publications from 2000-2019 shows strong evidence of the arts facilitating both the prevention and promotion, and the management and treatment, of mental and physical health. Accordingly, the review recommends the cultural and health and social care sector act on this evidence and encourage collaborative approaches to this.

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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.
NHS England User Involvement
NHS England and NHS Improvement have new service user involvement opportunities. For further information visit their Involvement Hub.
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:
Royal College of Physicians - Patient and Carer Network Recruitment
The Royal College of Physicians is recruiting new members to their Patient and Carer Network. If you'd like to be part of a network of volunteers that support and influence improvements in health and healthcare, sign up here:  
RCP are working hard to make their Patient and Carer Network as inclusive and balanced as possible. They recognise that they have room to improve and would like your help to enable them to bring a wide range of voices from a mix of organisations, communities, UK nations, regions, sectors and experiences to enable diverse discussions from a broad patient and carer perspective.

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Empowering charities to speak up about funder practice

Sometimes, charities receive a poor service when applying for and receiving grants. No matter how unclear a grant application process, how inaccessible the foundation staff are, how prolonged the decision making, or how onerous or disproportionate the reporting requirements, charities haven't had a platform to share their experiences.
Grant Advisor UK seeks to change that. Currently running as a pilot, Grant Advisor UK is a free website that enables charities and fundraisers to post totally anonymous reviews of funders. Reviews are a public, transparent and user-led way of holding funders to account. The site is being hosted by CAST, a tech for good charity.

  1. Ibrahim Foundation
This Foundation makes grants to organisations which aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK, both now and in the future. They like to consider work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, appears too risky, requires core funding, or needs a more unusual form of financial help such as a loan.
  1. Greater London Stronger Communities Fund
The Mayor of London wants to make London the most active and socially integrated city in the world. To help achieve this goal, the Mayor launched Sport Unites, his multi-million-pound community sport investment programme.
As part of Sport Unites, over the next 12 months the Stronger Communities fund will award up to £5k to projects that use sport and physical activity (i) to bring Londoners together from different backgrounds, cultures and faiths, and (ii) to help socially isolated or lonely Londoners feel better connected to their local communities.
The mayor is offering funding of between £2,000 to £5,000, which will be awarded to projects that encourage and facilitate social integration between different groups through physical activity.
  1. Wilkinsons - Helping Hands
Helping Hands is a community initiative where each local store has a budget to distribute to projects and schemes within the store's local community.
  1. Lloyds Bank Foundation - Enable Programme
Enable grants are awarded to charities which have identified clear development needs, and provide a great opportunity to strengthen charities to deliver more effectively.
  1. Grants for core costs of small charities
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has launched a new grants scheme specifically for running costs and other core costs of small charities. Available to charities with an income of £500,000 a year or less, the grants are a maximum of £5,000 per year, over three years.
The MCF has recognised that smaller charities face difficulties in accessing funding for core costs, with many charitable foundations – including the MCF – choosing to concentrate on project-based funding. The foundation hopes that its policy shift on grant-making will help smaller charities be able to continue delivering their vital services and activities.
  1. Centre for Ageing Better Volunteering Fund
The Centre for Ageing Better has launched its Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund to support initiatives that put the principles of age-friendly and inclusive volunteering set out in their recent review into practice.
You can find all the information at:
  1. The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund
Under 'The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund', small grants will be provided to support those activists and their organisations working across the world to improve the lives of trans people. Read more here.
  1. Enterprise Development Fund
Access – the foundation for social investment – has recently launched its Enterprise Development Programme, a five-year programme which will provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England. The programme is designed to help VCSE organisations to make a transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones.
  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.

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  1. Peer Leadership Academy
Applications are now open for the Spring 2020 Peer Leadership Academy. Run by NHS England and NHS Improvement’s Personalised Care Group in collaboration with Peoplehub, this is a personal development programme for people who have experience of personalised approaches to health and care and would like to share their story and play an active role in promoting personalised care across the country. If you know someone who you think would be interested, please share the information available on the Peoplehub website. Applications close on 19 December 2019.  
  1. Understanding and measuring wellbeing: free workshops across the UK
The What Works Centre for Wellbeing, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, are pleased to announce a programme of free workshops around the country designed specially for small to medium-sized charities, starting in February 2020.
Introductory workshops: Understanding, improving and measuring wellbeing
The workshops will cover wellbeing concepts and evidence, how to use evidence to improve your activities, and recommended measures for wellbeing evaluations: Wednesday 5 February at The Health Foundation, London. Wednesday 18 March at the Melting Pot Studio, Edinburgh. Wednesday 13 May at The Priory Rooms, Birmingham.
Advanced workshop: Designing and preparing for evaluation
There is also a more advanced workshop on wellbeing evaluations designed for medium-to-large charities and social enterprises who would like to conduct or commission a wellbeing evaluation: Wednesday 26 February at The Health Foundation, London
Learn more about the workshop programme at 
  1. Supporting the development of primary care networks: series of webinars
NHS England is continuing to support the development of primary care networks through a further series of webinars aimed at those working within primary care and the wider NHS.
The webinars will focus on a range of topics, such as how to best use technology to develop services and the role of pharmacy within PCNs, and will include examples of work already in progress across the country with a chance to ask questions and find out more about next steps in relation to the development of primary care networks. More info is available here:
  1. Transforming Healthcare Together: Support for health, care and VCSE leaders to build relationships that transform our healthcare system
A menu of support to inspire and equip health, care and voluntary sector leaders to work in partnership at ICS/STP level to support joint action that improves local health and care priorities.
Further info, including events and workshops, is available here:
  1. Learning Disability Employment Programme Recorded Webinars
These two webinars for NHS employers were produced by NDTi in partnership with NHS England and NHS Employers.
The have been produced as part of the support on offer as part of the Learning Disability Employment Programme. 

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