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Our focus this month is on ways to engage with the health and social care sector, both in our ‘Get Involved’ section and through training and events. There’s also plenty of news to catch up on, some recruitment and funding opportunities, and we’re trailing presenting a more targeted collection of resources.
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  1. LBT Women’s Health Week 2020 – 9th-13th March
Thank you for joining us for LBT Women’s Health Week 2019!
The week was an excellent success, with engagement and involvement from colleagues across the LGBT+, VCSE and Health and Social Care sectors.
Check out our website to access the recorded webinar, the Twitter ‘moment’ that compiles the Q&A discussion and links to our various press appearances, including the first discussion of Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health in the history of Woman’s Hour.
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.
  1. LGBT+ Futures Fund
Partnership member Consortium is excited to announce a new programme of activity for LGBT+ organisations working across England.
The second round of the LGBT+ Futures Small Grants Programme will close on Friday 31 May at 5pm
Consortium are keen to address some gaps in the kinds of applications coming through and are particularly interested in applications really small, grassroots level organisations: in this round there’s a short, simple application form for grants of £2,000 and under and £20,000 ringfenced for these really small grants.
  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. Birmingham LGBT awarded funding to develop services for the Trans community
Birmingham LGBT has been awarded £342,144 from the national lottery community fund reaching communities strand to deliver a new service called the Trans inclusion project.
The funding will enable them to develop a project will that supports people who are Trans and non-binary to access culturally competent services that meet their needs. The project will do this in two ways: through delivering specialist wellbeing support services and by working with mainstream service providers (i.e. health, social care, third sector) to improve their cultural competency. The project will set up a specialist Trans Wellbeing Support Service, which will include access to wellbeing support counselling and wellbeing activities and events
The project will also include a Strategic Development Officer, whose role will be to implement a ‘test and learn’ approach to making mainstream services more Trans inclusive. It will do this by setting up a Tran’s advisory steering group to advise on the development and delivery of the project, and to develop and deliver free training and policy support to mainstream health and social care organisations. Birmingham LGBT will be recruiting for the new service soon.
  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.

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  1. Free tickets for small and medium sized charities for NHS England Health & Care Innovation Expo
Registration is open now for Health and Care Innovation Expo – the biggest NHS-led event of the year and, if you're a small or medium-sized charity, we have a code which will make it free to attend. Focused on the NHS Long Term Plan, the conference and exhibition brings together all parts of the NHS as well as local government and social care leaders: more than any other health and care event. This year it's at Manchester Central on 4 and 5 September 2019. We've regularly attended in the past and found it very helpful.
The code to book a free place is EXPO19. Feel free to share with other local charities, but please don't post it publicly or on social media.
  1. Join Brook’s User Advisory Group
Brook are committed to ensuring that young people are at the heart of their strategic decision making. They have a fantastic opportunity for young people to join their User Advisory Group and help shape their 2020-23 strategy. As well as four existing service users they are looking for two young people under 25 who do not currently use Brook services. If you fit either of these categories please see their website for full details.
  1. CQC want to know how to work better with you locally
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) want to find out your views on how they can work with you and how you work with your local communities. Fill out this questionnaire to shape new guidance. You can also email the questionnaire or post it to return it back to them. Download a copy now or take the questionnaire online. The survey closes 31 May 2019.
  1. Help CQC develop guidance for voluntary and community groups
CQC is looking for a small group of voluntary and community sector professionals to help shape guidance for VCSE groups on how they can best work with them. They will ask you for comment on the research findings and for your views on the draft and final guidance. This will be a virtual working group so it will mainly be online consultation and email, however there will be a webinar in June. One of the first asks of the working group will be for us for us to review/ comment on the findings of the questionnaire above.
If you’d like to join the working group email to express your interest.
  1. End of life care for adults: service delivery
This draft guideline, open for consultation, covers organising and delivering end of life care services for adults approaching the end of their life. It aims to ensure that people have access to end of life services in all care settings, according to their needs and wishes. It also includes advice on services for carers and other people important to adults who are approaching the end of their life. The consultation closes on 7 June 2019.
  1. Opt-out organ donation: organs and tissues excluded from the new system
From 2020, everyone in England over the age of 18 will be considered to be in favour of donating their organs and tissue after death unless they: have said they do not want to donate (opted out); have appointed someone to decide for them after death; or are in an excluded group. The government proposes that transplants of certain organs and tissues will still need consent and is asking people for their views on which organs and tissues should be excluded from the new opt-out organ donation system. The consultation closes on 22 July 2019.

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  1. Engaging with Complexity – Trauma Informed Services
The National LGB&T Partnership and the Race Equality Foundation have worked with the Mental Health Consortia, all members of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, to produce a new resource to help public services become trauma-informed to support women’s mental health.
Engaging with complexity builds on the 2018 Women’s Mental Health Taskforce report, which recommended the wider use of trauma-informed care. The resource is informed by a review of literature and consultations involving women with expertise by experience and professionals with an interest in trauma-informed approaches. 
  1. Closing the Employment Gap for Young People
To coincide with mental health awareness week YPHP are launching the Closing the Employment Gap for Young People toolkit and a supporting scoping review of evidence.
Young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing can significantly affect their ability to apply for, obtain and maintain work. Particular groups of young people can be more affected by these issues. YPHP carried out work in partnership with Alliance members, Carers Trust, Friends, Families and Travellers, The National LGB&T Partnership, Association of Mental Health Providers, Nacro, NAVCA and The Men’s Health Forum to develop a scoping review to provide an overview of evidence in this area and a resource to help those working with young people to support them. We spoke to young people, employers, charities, mental health providers and the Department of Work and Pensions to understand the issues young people are facing and what professionals are doing to support them. We also explored new and promising practice to understand what employers need to support them to engage with young people affected by mental health issues. 
  1. Using audit in commissioning sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services: guidance for commissioners
This document provides guidance to commissioners on how audits can contribute to both assure quality of service provision and drive continuous quality improvement in sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services. 
  1. Older men at the margins: guidance for practitioners and services providing groups for older men
Older men at the margins was a two-year study to understand how men aged 65 and over from different social backgrounds and circumstances experienced loneliness and social isolation. It also explored the formal and informal ways they sought to stay connected with others and feel less lonely. This guidance sets out the learning from our research and highlights factors to be considered to meet the diverse needs of older men through group programmes and interventions. 
  1. VCSEs: a bidder's guide to working with government
The Office for Civil Society, with support from the Cabinet Office has written a guide for voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to help them work with central and local government. 
  1. Raising the equality flag: health inequalities among older LGBT people in the UK
This report highlights new findings from a recent project exploring the discrepancies in health outcomes experienced by older LGBT people. The research reveals that a lifetime of prejudice and stigma is leading to worse physical and mental health, poorer access to health and social care, as well as greater levels of social isolation and loneliness among older LGBT people.

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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
Spectra are recruiting a Counsellor (working with trans, non-binary and individuals on the trans spectrum).
Spectra CIC is seeking a qualified counsellor who has the skills and experience to deliver counselling to trans, non-binary and other clients on the trans spectrum. Applications from people of trans experience and people of Black, Asian or Minority Ethnicity are particularly encouraged.
Please go to their Vacancies page for the full Job Description and application form.
Deadline for applications: Noon, 3rd June 2019
GATE is delighted to release a call for applications for a Consultancy on Gender Ideology. Work is remote, contract initially for 6 months with the possibility to renew. Trans, gender diverse & intersex people are strongly encouraged to apply. More info here: Deadline is 30 May 2019.
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. *NEW* 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. Mental Health and Prevention – event and webinars throughout June
As part of work on the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health, which the National LGB&T partnership has been involved with, the Association of Mental Health Providers will be hosting an engagement event on Mental Health and Prevention on Tuesday 4 June in Bristol and 6 webinars throughout June. More info is available 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. Free bite-sized e-learning sessions for all health and care professionals
Public Health England has launched new free bite-sized e-learning sessions, developed in partnership with Health Education England, to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of all health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.
The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health and they contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice.
  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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