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Please find our August edition.  If you have items for submission for our September edition please email these by 25th August 2014 as the September news bulletin will be with you at the beginning of the month. 

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Partnership News Update

The Partnership met in July and gained updates from the different workstreams - here are some examples: 
Work stream updates
Case Studies
Overview: Collecting case studies of good practice around LGB&T health and care – what’s working, lessons to be learned, reflecting diverse communities.  We will look to provide other strategic partners with LGB&T case studies to enahnce their work & to spearhead more visibility for LGB&T people. 

Physical Activity 
This work will include a survey and briefing paper on low impact physical activity which will be completed by the end of 2014.  A review of existing materials will be undertaken by Pride Sport .  England wide listings of LGB&T sport and fitness will be gathered and put onto Pride Sports website.  We will chair a PHE expert LGB&T round table meeting in August 2014 

Factsheets on healthy trans*/gender variant living –. Focus groups are being conducted on the project and some are being held in July and August. 

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Updates from Department of Health

Grants for voluntary sector health and social care projects to improve people’s health and wellbeing

The Department of Health has awarded 30 voluntary sector projects grants as part of the Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) Fund and a further 11 projects have been awarded grants as part of the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF).
To read more, go to

Response to the National Autistic Society’s campaign Careless: adult safeguarding measures in the Care Act 2014

The Department of Health has published its response to the National Autistic Society’s campaign, Careless.
To read the response, go to the governemnt website.
For more information on the Careless campaign, go to:

Supporting adult carers through community nursing

This guidance provides information for district and general practice nurses, other health professionals and commissioners about how community nursing can be used to support adult carers.

To read the guidance, get the publication here.

Secretary of State publishes first Annual Assessment of NHS England

The Secretary of State for Health’s assessment report covers the extent to which NHS England met its mandate and business plan objectives, and fulfilled its duties to improve the quality of services, reduce inequalities and secure public involvement.

Update from NHS England

Making health and social care information accessible - Report of engagement activity published by NHS England

NHS England has committed to the development and implementation of a new Information Standard for accessible information and communication.

An update about progress to date with the project and next steps was published in late June, and is available here.
Following engagement activity to inform the development of the standard, a report has now been published. This is available from the NHS England website –

Friends and Family Test (FFT) set for roll-out to all NHS Services

NHS England has taken the next step towards expanding the FFT to all NHS services by publishing comprehensive new guidance.
The roll out of the FFT will mean many more patients will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the services they have received, enabling the public to make better informed choices about the services they use. 
To read more, go to:

Updates from Public Health England

Keep healthy when travelling abroad this summer

PHE and the National Travel Health Network and Centre (NaTHNaC) have published an essential factsheet to keep travellers healthy and safe while abroad on holidays.

HIV, sexual and reproductive health current issues bulletin

PHE in conjunction with the Department of Health, Local Government Association, Association of Directors of Public Health and the National Commissioners Group, develop and write this bulletin to provide information for provider bodies.
This bulletin addresses live issues and queries from those responsible for commissioning sexual health services, and provides guidance and suggestions for solutions at local levels; from July 2014 we are publishing bulletins as and when relevant issues arise.
To suggest topics for future bulletins, email

Chlamydia screening and condom schemes encourage safer sexual behaviour in young adults

PHE has launched two new publications today focused on encouraging safer sexual behaviour in young adults.
Young adults report being offered a chlamydia test has a positive impact on their subsequent healthcare-seeking and sexual behaviour, according to a new PHE report. 
As part of an ongoing commitment to improving young adults’ sexual health, PHE and Brook have today also launched an updated Condom-Card Scheme guide,’C-Card condom distribution schemes. Why, what and how.’ Condom schemes, such as C-Card, aim to ensure easy access to sexual health advice and free condoms for young people.

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The Lesbian & Gay Foundation to become an LGB&T charity

The Lesbian & Gay FoundationFor the past decade, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) has described itself as a lesbian, gay and bisexual charity, mainly focused on supporting people with issues related to their sexual orientation.  However, following unanimous support at the latest Trustees’ meeting, The LGF is excited to announce that the charity will become trans* inclusive in the future.

This significant decision follows 18 months of conversations, meetings and more recently consultations with representatives of trans* community groups in Greater Manchester.  These led to a formal request from the local trans* groups to the LGF’s Board, which was both welcomed and accepted.

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What happens when the money runs out? 

Read the King's Fund Blog here.

Dignity For All Report

Dignity for all report finds UK Government in breach of legal obligations re disabled people's human rights.

Read more here.

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Summary of Live Consultations

  • We really encourage and value your input into each consultation response that is sent out by The National LGB&T Partnership.  The more individuals and organisations that contribute to and endorse key messages in support of health equalities for LGBT people, the stronger our voice becomes.  It is also crucial that we encapsulate the breadth and diversity of opinions and experiences where possible.
    Please send your comments and suggestions to us and we will endeavour to incorporate your views into each consultation response:
  • Home Office – Survey for hate crime third party reporting services (deadline 15th August)
  • Department of Health – Care Act draft regulations and guidance (deadline 15th August)
  • Care Quality Commission - Guidance for NHS bodies on the fit and proper person requirement for directors and the duty of candour (deadline 5th September) Click here for the consultation document.

Care Quality Commission inspection of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust from 2nd September 2014.  The inspection team is very interested to hear from anyone who has used services in the last 12 months about their experiences.

The inspection team is keen to hear evidence from local voluntary and community groups and individuals about the quality and safety of care at this trust. You can send reports, peoples stories of care or other evidence your group holds about people’s care to or you can ring 0161 235 8035.

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Has religion affected your experience at work, in daily life or as a business?

The Equality Act legal protects certain characteristics from discrimination, including sexual orientation, gender identity and religion or belief. But how does this work in practice? Has your own or somebody else’s religion or belief proved a barrier to you as an LGB&T person at work, or when using everyday services? Have you experienced the positive effects of being LGB&T and having a religion or belief, or received positive treatment from a religion or belief based organisation?

Share your views and contribute to the debate:

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Interview on Bi Invisibility

As I got more involved with bisexual activism I realised how invisible bisexuality was, and how research was needed to increase awareness of the issues faced by bisexual people.

Sex Education Forum Magazine: LGBT Issues

The July edition of Sex Education Forum magazine  focuses on the inclusion of LGBT issues in  sex and relationships education and is informed by METRO Youth Chances research.
Click here to get the magazine itself here and the press release 

Crime survey: Third of gay and bisexual men took illegal drugs last year

“Gay or bisexual adults were more likely to have taken any illicit drug in the last year than heterosexual adults. In particular, gay or bisexual men were the group most likely to have taken any illicit drug in the last year, with higher levels of illicit drug use than gay or bisexual women and heterosexual men

read more here
read the response to this from London Friend here

Study shows HIV Death Rates have halved in a decade

According to a study, HIV-positive people are far less likely to die from AIDS-related causes than they were a decade ago.
Find out more here

Clinks Publications

Navigating the health landscape in England: a guide for the voluntary working with offenders which provides a guide to the health world with a focus on health and justice:
Rights and complaints procedures for health and care services helps the voluntary sector support their clients to challenge health services when they are not of the expected quality:
Clinks have also published two really interesting case studies of health work with offenders:

  • Sahir House: Achieving outcomes for HIV positive clients (2014) 
  • Lancashire Women's Centres: Ensuring the best health outcomes for vulnerable women (2014) -

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A Gay & Bisexual Man's introduction to Male Cancers: 15th August

Because there is an absence of reliable data on the health needs of gay and bisexual men in this area, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation in partnership with the Health & Wellbeing Service from Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (NHS) are hosting this special event to launch a brand new information resource. 15th August 10.00 - 2.00pm


To book your place and find out more please contact:

South East London HIV Community Research Partnership - seeks volunteers

The South East London HIV Community Research Partnership is run by METRO and the University of Greenwich.  We are researching the experiences and views of people with HIV who areover 50 years and live in South East London.

We are looking for more volunteers to take part in our focus groups. Please consider taking part if you

• live in SE London (Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham, Greenwich or Bexley) and;

• are a person living with HIV and;

• are aged 50 or over and;

• belong to one of the two groups that make up the majority of people living with HIV in London: Black African communities or Men who have sex with men.

All participants will be given £10 in cash as a thank you for taking part.

Contact: and find out more here

Albert Kennedy Trust: researching need

Watch a two minute video here  and fill out the survey about your views on the need for service provision by AKT


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ACEVO Regional Health & Social Care Conference 2014

Location: Leeds - Shine, Harehills Road, Leeds, LS8 5HS
Speaker: The Rt. Hon Patricia Hewitt, Former Labour Secretary of State for Health
Date: Tuesday 21 October 2014
Time: 09:30-16:30
Price: Free for ACEVO Members
£60 Non-members
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Gay Men’s Views and Experiences of Surrogacy to Achieve Parenthood

to find out about the research  please see 

Gay men are sought who either have used surrogacy to achieve a family;

  • are currently considering surrogacy; or have have considered surrogacy but have decided not to pursue this option. 
If you are interested in taking part in this research, or would like further information, please contact Wendy Norton .

Making Sense of Abusive Behaviour in LGBT Relationships

To find out about the key findings of this two year project: full conference event or half day briefing: taking place in London and Sunderland in September 
read more here

20th International AIDS Conferenceews or event title

To read about the conference that took place in July  find it here

Gay Men's Sex Survey 2014

To take part in this years survey for MSM find the survey here


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