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Dear all,

Thanks for signing up to receive our newsletter, and welcome to all our new subscribers.
This month’s edition is a particularly good one, if we do say so ourselves. Below you will find a news section overflowing with interesting articles, 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.
Please let us know if you have anything you’d like us to share with our readers, and please pass on this newsletter to colleagues who may be interested, and let them know they can sign up here.

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The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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  1. Women and Equalities Committee report on Health and social care and LGBT communities
Earlier this year we gave evidence to the WEC as part of their enquiry. This report, the result of their investigation, finds that too often LGBT people are expected to fit into systems that assume they are straight and cisgender. The Women and Equalities Committee has found that deep inequalities exist in health outcomes for these communities and that treating them 'the same' as non-LGBT people will not address these poor outcomes.
  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. Galop launches LGBT+ Hate Crime Report
One in ten people still think that LGBT people are ‘dangerous’ to other people and could be ‘cured’, according to their new report released earlier this month.
  1. Groundbreaking new platform launched to support mental health
Public Health England (PHE), in partnership with the NHS, has launched Every Mind Matters to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
A new PHE survey reveals more than 8 in ten (83%) people have experienced early signs of poor mental health including feeling anxious, stressed, having low mood or trouble sleeping in the last 12 months. While these can be a natural response to life’s challenges, they can become more serious if people don’t take action, and many wait too long.
Every Mind Matters shows people the simple steps they can take to be better prepared for life’s ups and downs. The launch follows 18 months of planning and local and regional piloting, developed with clinical and academic experts, national mental health charities and input from people with experience of poor mental health.
  1. Menu of evidence-based interventions and approaches for addressing and reducing health inequalities launched
The NHS Long Term Plan (LTP) sets out specific ambitions for the NHS, through local planning and national programmes to take a ‘more concerted and systematic approach to reducing health inequalities’ In support of this ambition, NHS England, collaborating with Public Health England (PHE) and partners in the voluntary and community sector and local government, has worked to develop a ‘menu of evidence-based interventions for addressing health inequalities’. The Menu provides a catalogue of interventions that local healthcare systems and commissioners, working with partners across the system, can draw on to take effective action at neighbourhood, place and system-level to reduce health inequalities.
  1. Tender process for Greater Manchester Trans Health Service Pilot launched
NHS England has launched a selection process to find a suitable provider, or group of providers, to deliver a pilot healthcare service for trans and non-binary adults (17 and above) in Greater Manchester. The pilot will initially run for up to three years.
As an outcome of a significant programme of work to improve gender dysphoria services, NHS England has concluded that a new delivery model is necessary for England that offers access to specialist care by trained professionals in primary care and other local settings.
For more information, read their press release on our blog, here.
  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, and works as the key connecting point between the Health System and the LGBT+ Voluntary and Community sector.

Thank you to all the LGBT+ Children and Young People's Sector staff and leaders who were able to join us to meet Dr Brady and feed into his work plan at our meeting in September. 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, which we will update you on as it progresses.

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  1. LGBT Foundation Patients’ Experiences of Primary Care Annual Survey
The LGBT Foundation Patients’ Experiences of Primary Care Annual Survey is now live.
This survey asks about your experiences of accessing healthcare services from your GP, dentist, pharmacist and optometrist. It aims to build a picture of current healthcare provision by primary care services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. The findings of this research will be turned into a report which will be used to make sure that primary care services are better able to recognise and meet the needs of their LGBT patients.
This is a vital tool for us to gather data and evidence. Please help us by sharing the link with your networks and media channels (& taking it yourself if you identify as LGBT).
  1. Input into the design of NHS.UK
The structure of the information and navigation on NHS.UK is currently failing users. So NHS Digital are redesigning how all the information on the site is structured. To help with this, they would like to test some of their early design thinking with as many people as possible.
There are 13 tasks in total, and there is an option to skip a task if there are too many for you to complete. The entire test should take around 10 – 15 minutes. Please note that NHS Digital are testing the proposed designs not the person doing the task.
The test does not take any personal information from anyone, and only shows us the routes that people took to try and find their answer to the task. It can be accessed using this link: and should be completed by November 1st.
  1. Seminar: Reducing Health Inequalities for People living with Frailty
As part of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, we are working with NHS England to identify: Why there are inconsistences in delivery of healthcare services to disadvantaged people experiencing frailty earlier in life; opportunities to reduce and overcome the barriers to accessible health care that disadvantaged people experiencing frailty earlier in life face; how services and examples of good practice have successfully overcome the barriers to health care services that exist and opportunities for primary and secondary health and care services to support people and to prevent the early onset of frailty.
As part of the development of this work, there will be a seminar event on the 28th November 2019 for NHS providers, NHS England, voluntary sector organisations and people experiencing disadvantage and frailty. For more information, see the Eventbrite, here.
  1. Call for evidence: Reducing health inequalities for people living with frailty
As part of the above project, we are issuing a call for evidence for examples of best practice for services that have improved access to and experience of health care services for disadvantaged people living with frailty much earlier in life. This includes within health and social care, the voluntary sector, grassroots community groups and more.
Please share any examples of work being undertaken currently or previously. These examples will be used to identify and highlight effective practice. If you are engaged in multiple projects, please complete a separate questionnaire for each activity. If the information for any of the sections is not available, please leave them blank. Please return any examples to Friday 1st November 2019.
  1. Share your views on the new questions for The National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles
The National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal) are among the largest surveys on sexual behaviour in the world. The surveys have taken place every 10 years since 1990. NatCen Social Research, University College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of Glasgow are currently preparing for the next Natsal survey. NatCen Social Research, an independent research institute, will be testing some questions which may be used in the next Natsal survey, and are looking for respondents to take part in face-to-face interviews. For more info, see their participant information sheet on our blog, here.
  1. Input into GATE (Global Action for Trans Equality)’s Strategic Plan
As GATE approaches their 10th anniversary, they need your opinion on how you think they should shape their strategic plan moving forward. What are your priorities? What challenges do you face? What can GATE do to help you overcome those challenges? They want to hear from you!
This survey will not take more than 15 minutes to complete and will help GATE design a new strategy for years to come. We advise survey participants to complete this survey on a computer / laptop.
  1. Youth Members wanted for the NHSE Children and Young People’s Transformation Board
NHS England & Improvement are looking for four children and young people to join the Children and Young People’s Transformation Board as Youth Members for one year (December 2019- December 2020) to represent the voices of children and young people.
This is an exciting opportunity to make a difference to children, young people and their families in England. Applicants should current or previous experience of using one or more children’s or adolescent NHS services in England.
The expected time commitment will be a minimum of 5 hours over 2 months. The Youth Member role is a paid role due to the time commitment and extra work required. £75 will be paid to Youth Members for every Board meeting. Travel expenses will additionally be reimbursed to CYP reps and their caregiver (if under 18).
If you would like to discuss this role further and request an application form and other related documents, please email the deadline for applications is November 3rd.
  1. NHS Youth Forum are recruiting
For the last 5 years, The NHS Youth Forum has successfully brought together a diverse range of young people with different skills and experiences, to work in collaboration with NHS England to embed the voices of young people in policy making and service design.
The project will aim to: Ensure the experiences and voices young people are heard within the implementation of the NHS Long Term Plan; Review progress so far, and create next steps for youth engagement in the health sector.
Please contact the NHS Youth Forum team on to receive the application pack.
  1. Mapping NHS services for people with Fibromyalgia
PACFiND is a University of Aberdeen project aimed at developing new pathways of care for people with fibromyalgia ( They are looking for healthcare professionals who see patients with fibromyalgia to take part in a short online survey, which will help them understand current provision of NHS services for people with fibromyalgia.

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  1. Report of the independent review of adult screening programmes in England
This report says that the NHS has the opportunity to upgrade cancer screening to save thousands more lives each year. It calls for people to be given much greater choice over when and where they are screened, and recommends that local screening services should put on extra evening and weekend appointments for breast, cervical and other cancer checks.
In order to effectively reduce the impact of inequalities, The National LGB&T Partnership, in collaboration with Health and Wellbeing Alliance Members Friends, Families and Travellers, Faith Action, Race Equality Foundation, Mental Health Consortia and Win Win Alliance, and supported by Public Health England, are working on a project which will identify reasons why some people are not attending for breast screening.
The project will undertake significant consultation through focus groups with various seldom heard groups to identify whether there are issues affecting the different community groups in relation to breast screening. Practical measures to reduce these barriers and reduce variation in participation will be identified, including through consultation with staff working within breast screening services, and outlined in a national toolkit, for use by these staff to better engage and communicate with the various population groups.
Please keep an eye out for calls for participants and partners in future newsletters, or email us to register your interest.
  1. Structurally unsound: exploring inequalities: igniting research to better inform UK policy
This report argues that the UK government's current approach to tackling inequality needs to address the multiple levels of disadvantage that some people face. The report gives many examples where inequalities remain, including within health and life expectancy. The report recommends five cross cutting themes for the research and policy-making community to consider to effectively tackle structural inequalities in the UK: language, opportunity, understanding evidence, voice, and place.
  1. CQC: The state of health care and adult social care in England 2018/19
This year’s report considers the pressures faced by health and social care as a whole – but focuses particularly on inpatient mental health and learning disability services. While the overall quality picture for the mental health sector, which includes community mental health services, remains stable, this masks a real deterioration in some specialist inpatient services. In hospital emergency departments, performance has continued to get worse while attendances and admissions have continued to rise. The stability of the adult social care market remains a particular concern.
  1. State of the nation 2019: children and young people’s wellbeing
This report evaluates wellbeing in children and young people, including: statistics on the wellbeing of children and young people in England; wider indicators on their happiness with their relationships and self-reported experiences of their own health and of school. It also includes an in-depth analysis of psychological wellbeing in teenage girls.
  1. Action on Smoking and Health: Health Inequalities Resource Pack
In the UK, smoking rates have declined year-on-year in response to a comprehensive evidenced-based tobacco control strategy.However, while rates have broadly declined across society, they remain disproportionately high in some communities and inequalities in smoking rates have grown since the turn of the century. Only by eliminating the inequalities in smoking rates and achieving a smokefree society for everyone can disparities in life expectancy and quality of life be significantly reduced. Local authorities can and do play a central role in this and should ensure that comprehensive strategies are in place to deliver equality in health. For more information, click here.
  1. Making your website accessible: top tips from Scope
According to a study by WebAIM earlier this year, 98% of homepages from one million popular websites failed to meet legal accessibility standards.
So, how can you make sure that the 14 million people in the UK living with some form of disability can use your website? Members of Scope’s digital team spoke about this at the Festival of Marketing 2019, sharing some practical tips on how you can transform your online accessibility. This includes the use of alt text on images and user testing throughout the design process. You can read the top tips in this article from Econsultancy.

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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 in their Maternity Transformation Programme’s workstream oversight groups, and a new Neonatal Implementation Board. 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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  1. *NEW* 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 stores 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. Health Inequalities Menu of Evidence-Based Interventions
October 29th, 2-3pm, Webinar
As part of the Long Term Plan, NHS England and NHS Improvement made a commitment to develop a ‘menu’ of evidence-based interventions to support the narrowing of health inequalities and improve equity of access and outcomes.
This webinar is an opportunity for the VCSE sector to hear about how this menu is being developed and how they can submit evidence-based interventions for inclusion in the menu. Presenters include Ranjit Senghera from NHS England and NHS Improvement, and Sarah Sweeney from Friends Families and Travellers (a member of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance).
  1. Primary Care Networks: Introduction & How to Get Involved (Webinar for VCSE Organisations)
Thursday 31 October, 11.00am – 12.00pm, Webinar
The Public Participation and Voluntary Partnerships teams at NHS England / NHS Improvement, along with National Voices, are co-hosting a webinar for VCSE organisations to introduce and explain Primary Care Networks (PCNs) and discuss how to get involved, including providing support under the ‘prospectus’.
  1. Traveller Movement Annual Conference
November 21st, London
This year’s conference will provide a platform for community members, public institutions and supporters to write the blueprint for the new cross-government strategy to tackle Gypsy Roma and Traveller inequalities. It will discuss the impact of weak data monitoring, hear the voice of communities and produce a report to inform the strategy. For more info, click here.
  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. Cascading Leadership – The Kings Fund
Cascading Leadership provides an invaluable free opportunity for leaders working in health and wellbeing organisations in the voluntary and community sector in the UK to develop their leadership skills and receive practical support.
It is built on a peer-to-peer model where an experienced VCS leader (a consultant) supports another VCS leader who is seeking support (a partner). Consultants and partners are matched together in pairs. They meet at least five times over a period of nine months where the partner has an opportunity to work through organisational issues and receive support. The consultant also benefits from being stretched to develop their own leadership and skills, while being supported and supervised by senior staff at The King’s Fund. There is no charge for the programme, which is valued at £5,800 for each pair. The next course starts March 2020.
Applications are especially welcomed for consultants and partners from Black and minority ethnic communities, as people from these groups have been underrepresented on previous courses.
  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.
  1. Supporting mental wellbeing – FREE resources
The Virtual College has developed a number of free online resources designed to help develop and support strong mental wellbeing. Please share with colleagues and the charities and community groups you work with. You can view the free resources here.
  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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