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Partnership News Update

The LGB&T Partnership now targets its work around workstreams, with a focus on specific pieces of work we think will have real benefit for LGB&T communities and throughout the year we will bring you updates on each of these.   Each workstream is identifying within its work programme how it will engage with stakeholders, and as part of this process we are asking you, our stakeholders, to identify any of the workstreams that you would like to participate in.

Find more information and the survey here

Call for evidence – LGB&T social care needs

The National LGB&T Partnership is working with the Department of Health to develop a lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) companion to the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework (ASCOF).This Framework is the Government’s main way of showing what local authorities are doing in relation to social care in adults and measuring experiences across a range of factors.
This work follows the publication of an LGB&T companion to the Public Health Outcomes Framework in April 2013 ( This companion will set out the current evidence on LGB&T social care needs in relation to the framework and make the case for LGB&T inclusive services.
Social care is the provision of support due to illness, disability, old age or poverty and local authorities are responsible for providing this support. Through the ASCOF, the Government has found a way of measuring and comparing authorities, whilst also trying to improve the quality of care support people receive.
The National LGB&T Partnership wants to gather evidence and data on how LGB&T people and their carers experience social care across England to help inform our companion. Please complete our short survey here by 31st October 2014. All responses will be treated as confidential and will be anonymised if cited in the companion document. For more information about the project, email

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Updates from Department of Health 

Guide to complaints and giving feedback about NHS care

The Department of Health is producing a short, simple guide on making complaints and giving feedback about NHS care, to sit alongside the NHS Constitution and help patients and the public understand how they can raise concerns if NHS care or services fall short of the standards in the NHS Constitution.

The Department is inviting comments on a draft of this guide to ensure that it is as clear and helpful as possible for patients.

You can read the draft here and make comments online at until Monday 8 September 2014.

If you have any questions, please email the NHS Constitution team at

Updates from NHS England

Dental Commissioning Diversity

NHS England has some involvement opportunities in its dental commissioning work coming up. They are trying to get a diverse range of service user perspectives in this work, especially from groups which experience inequalities in access to dental services. We would welcome involvement either directly from your organisations or from the members/networks that you access.
There is an opportunity to join five dental commissioning working groups – closing date for applications 5 September. There is also an engagement event on dental commissioning on 23 September. More details are in the attached documents. Get in touch directly with Dionne Hilton, Dental Pathways Programme Manager,

Learning from the best to make the NHS better

Sir David Dalton has written about the importance of the NHS sharing and learning from best practice, whether from inside or outside the NHS.
His review is looking to the best of the NHS, to see how they are structured, to understand how different ways of organising can enable the generation and standardisation of best practice.
To read more and to share your views, go to:

NHS Five Year Forward View (“5YFV”)

The NHS England website now includes some background on the NHS Five Year Forward View (5YFV), including an outline of the purpose, outcomes and process.
To read this, go to:
We will send more detailed background information ahead of the 9th Sepember working day with Simon Stevens.

NHS England works in partnership to provide £2 million of support for vulnerable patients this winter

NHS England has announced that up to eight voluntary sector organisations will share £2 million to provide extra help over the busy winter months. Groups like Age UK will run local projects that target those most at risk of admission to hospital and who need extra support when they are discharged.
To read more, go to:

Update from Public Health England

Duncan Selbie’s Bulletin

The weekly bulletin from Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, is now available here:

Contacts at Public Health England

If you want to get in touch with us on any matter then please contact Rob Parsons -, Sophie Roscoe -, Usama Edoo – or Catherine Davies
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Comparing Apples with Oranges- using VCS Evidence in Health and Care Commissioning

Regional Voices has been working with partners at NHS Confederation and the Local Government Association to demonstrate the evidence that the voluntary and community sector (VCS) holds that can be used by commissioners and policy makers, to help build on the strengths of communities and help better meet the needs of local populations. The briefing, primarily aimed at members of health and wellbeing boards, but relevant to both other statutory and VCS partners, gives an overview of the knowledge, expertise and insight that voluntary and community sector organisations may hold about their local communities and diverse groups of people within these, as well as the different ways this knowledge can be used to enhance joint strategic needs assessments (JSNAs) and commissioning.

Comparing Apples With Oranges? How to make better use of evidence from the voluntary and community sector to improve health outcomes and supporting case studies:
NB: for Strategic Partners - you may wish to add other case studies to the library about how different parts of the voluntary and community sector are developing and using evidence to influence commissioners – Regional Voices would be happy to work with you on this. Contact  

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  • Department of Health – NHS Outcomes Framework review

  • Department of Health are asking for thoughts on our current proposals and our long term planning for the NHS outcomes framework. The document asks specific questions on 4 main areas of the framework:
  • Mental health
  • Children and young people
  • Health inequalities
  • Patient experience/safety

Feedback will be used to update and improve the NHS Outcomes Framework.

The NHS outcome framework measures performance in the health and care system and presents a national-level narrative on how the NHS in England is working.
(deadline 12th Sept)

  • National Council for Palliative Care – Review of choices in end of life care

The Government has set up a review of choices in end of life care – to help shape its national choice offer. The review is being undertaken by an independent programme board, chaired by Claire Henry, the Chief Executive of the National Council for Palliative Care. The information gathered will outline the kinds of choices that people would like to be able to make at the end of life and information about the funding, systems and processes that would be needed to enable choices to be acted upon.

The review focuses on end of life care for adults aged 18 and over, and within the current legal framework. Therefore, it does not focus on assisted dying or anything that would involve changes to mental capacity legislation.

The programme board is due to present its findings and advice to Government in February 2015.

(deadline 30th Sept)

  • Equality & Human Rights Commission – Call for evidence on religion or belief in the workplace and service delivery

Has your religion or belief, or that of other people, affected your experiences in the workplace or the services you receive as part of your daily life? Or perhaps they impact on you as an employer or manager?  If so, EHRC want to hear from you, whether your experiences are good or bad.

EHRC want to gather as much information as they can from employees, service users, employers, service providers, trade unions, legal advisors and religion or belief groups so that we can assess how a person’s religion or belief, or lack of it, is taken into account at work and when using services.

This major call for evidence is part of a three year programme to strengthen understanding of religion or belief in public life, to improve knowledge of what happens in practice and to make sure that the laws which are in place to protect everyone’s right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect are effective.

(deadline 14th Oct)

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Global Research

Leading Lesbians Fight Disease and Disability

This thematic issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies focuses on the ways in which lesbian leaders have dealt with disease and disability. In the articles that follow, eight prominent lesbians describe what it means to cope with serious illness and medical treatment in the context of lesbian identity and community. This introduction provides an overview of some of the themes that arose in the various articles, focusing on lesbian support systems as well as best medical practices.
Download the article here

Time-limited opportunity for free physical activity motivational interviewing materials (Let’s Get Moving) – By 31 October

We know that engaging individuals in physical activity at a 121 level can be challenging. Motivational interviewing supported by the Let’s Get Moving toolkit has been shown to be effective in supporting individuals to achieve the CMO recommended level of an average of 150 minutes of physical activity per week and supporting people out of inactivity.
In advance of moving to a digital strategy, there is a final chance to secure free printed ‘Let’s Get Moving’ motivational interviewing packs, the DH-developed evidence-based physical activity intervention. Requests must be made by 31st October 2014.
Content of packs can be viewed at:
These resources can be ordered be order free of charge from: (Note: Search for product code 298594 or Let’s Get Moving or link on the right).

Briefing on the Better Care Fund

The Carers Trust has just produced a briefing on the Better Care Fund (attached), on behalf of the Care and Support Alliance. It outlines the changes that have taken place to the Fund and how the funding will work, and encourages local voluntary sector organisations to contact their commissioners. It also gives a couple of examples of positive engagement. The deadline for submission of local plans is 19 September, so it is important that local organisations take advantage of this short window. 

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BIHR Human Rights Tour 2014

30 September - 6 November
You are invited to the 4th year of our hugely successful Human Rights Tour.
The idea is simple, go across the UK holding free to attend pop-up events in
local communities, raising awareness about human rights, how they are
relevant in everyday life & having a space for debate & discussion.
For this year's tour we are holding twelve events across the length and
breadth of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
For information on where and when we will be coming to your area follow this
To find out more, and to book your free place at any of the twelve events,
visit our site:

2014 Compact Awards open for nominations

Compact Voice is inviting nominations for the Compact Awards until 1 October. The Compact Awards highlight outstanding examples of partnership work between voluntary and community organisations and the statutory sector and recognise achievement as a result of the Compact way of working. Winners will be announced during Compact Week 2014 which takes place from Monday 3 – Friday 7 November. Full details and entry forms.


Opportunity to work with Human Rights Watch

Full Time Researcher, LGBT Rights Program
HRW - Human Rights Watch
Berlin or London
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking a Researcher with its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (“LGBT”) Rights Program. The Researcher will be responsible for developing and implementing a research and advocacy agenda focusing on LGBT rights internationally, including in Europe and Central Asia. Click for more information or to apply

NHS England’s Annual General Meeting and NHS Citizen’s Assembly

Book your place at the NHS Citizen's Assembly and NHS England Annual General Meeting taking place in London on Thursday 18 September 2014.
NHS Citizen’s Assembly:
NHS England Annual General Meeting:

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