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Dear all,

Firstly, we hope you are all well.
 
Thanks for signing up to receive our newsletter, and welcome to all our new subscribers who’ve joined us since lock-down started.
 
This month’s newsletter is unavoidably heavily (though not exclusively) focused on COVID-19. Read on to learn more about services and support available, and check out the ‘Get Involved’ section for 10 different surveys to take part in and/or share.
 
As always, please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or content you want to include in future editions.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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  1. NHS volunteer responders: Vulnerable individuals can self-refer
NHS Volunteer Responders has been set up to support the NHS and the care sector during the COVID-19 outbreak.
An “army” of hundreds of thousands of volunteers has stepped up to support vulnerable people in England who are at most risk from the virus.These volunteers are matched via the GoodSAM app with members of their community who need support to stay well at home.
The help on offer ranges from support with grocery shopping and collecting prescriptions to ‘check in and chat’ phone calls.The volunteers will also help the NHS with patient transport and transport of medical equipment and supplies.
 
Additional volunteering opportunities/resources:
A dedicated area of the London.gov.uk website has been created to link organisations in need of volunteers with individuals wish to help. This includes volunteering for the NHS, Foodbanks and contributing donations: https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering/coronavirus-covid-19-volunteering. 
  1. Reports from Consortium
Consortium, the infrastructure body for the LGBT+ Sector has now published two reports on how COVID-19 is impacting the LGBT+ Sector:  COVID-19: The Impact on LGBT+ Organisations and COVID-19: The Impact on LGBT+ Service Delivery. You can download both visual reports here.
  1. COVID - 19 Crisis - Effect on Gender Services
The Covid-19 pandemic is having a dramatic impact on NHS and independent services across the UK. Read the statement from the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists, here.
This website is written and run by a group of trans people to provide resources to the UK’s trans community around healthcare issues they face. They started this site as a response to the specific needs of the trans community during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
  1. New service to support mental health of all frontline workers across the UK launched
Mind, Samaritans, Shout, Hospice UK and The Royal Foundation have launched Our Frontline, a combination of 1-2-1 support and online resources for NHS workers, carers, the Blue Light emergency services and key workers who are putting their mental health under pressure, while many of us do our bit by staying at home.
At a time when face to face contact is limited, Our Frontline, www.ourfrontline.org, brings together a number of services to provide important workers with round the clock 1-2-1 support.

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  1. COVID-19: guidance for health professionals
Information on COVID-19, including guidance on the assessment and management of suspected UK cases.
  1. NHS Volunteer Responders information for health professionals
  2. Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19)
  3. Supporting disabled people through the coronavirus outbreak
A joint statement from the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, the Minister for Care, and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families.
  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): support for victims of domestic abuse
  2. Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Guidance for education settings and local authorities about children supported through social care, with EHC plans or identified as vulnerable by their school or local authority.
  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local government
Guidance for local councils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
  1. COVID-19: infection prevention and control (IPC)
Guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19. Sustained community transmission is occurring across the UK.
  1. NHS asks people to share their coronavirus symptoms to help others
A new Coronavirus Status Checker will help the NHS coordinate its response and build up additional data on the COVID-19 outbreak.
  1. Safeguarding Guidance and updates for GPs: Highest clinical risk patients
  2. Maintaining standards and quality of care in pressurised circumstances: Letter from Professor Stephen Powis and Ruth May
  3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments
Advice for people who buy care and support through a direct payment, as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and those who provide care and support.

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  1. LGBT+ Sector updates
Consortium, the infrastructure body for the LGBT+ sector, have a COVID-19 update and information page here.
LGBT Foundation have a COVID-19 update and information page here.
Stonewall have a list of LGBTQ+ specific support here.
London LGBTQ+ Community Centre have developed a list of resources available to the public for Coronavirus information and relief here.
  1. The Queerantine Survey
The purpose of this research project is to understand the impact of the coronavirus global pandemic on the wellbeing of the LGBTQ+ community. We are interested in studying how members of the LGBTQ+ community are experiencing the coronavirus pandemic, including accessing and supporting their wider networks and dealing with stress. The survey asks questions about social networks, volunteering, stress, mental health, wellbeing, and sociodemographic information (education, age, occupation, etc.).
  1. LGBT Foundation LGBT people and Coronavirus survey
LGBT Foundation have launched a survey for LGBT people to tell them how Coronavirus has affected them. This information will be used to add additional evidence to the briefing, and to help inform services and support for LGBT communities during this time. You can complete the survey here.
  1. Survey on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on trans health and health care
The survey is dedicated to investigate how trans people are personally affected by the situation around COVID-19 and what consequences this has for their physical and mental health. Please find all the information on the survey on the different languages here: https://transcarecovid-19.com/
  1. BAME/POC trans inclusivity handbook - UK survey
Sabah Choudrey is working on a handbook with Jessica Kingsley Publishers on inclusive practice of Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME)/people of colour (POC) trans (including non-binary and gender non-conforming) people and need the voices of the amazing BAME/POC trans community in it. You can read and take part more here.
  1. COVID-19 Study for Londoners
The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had an unimaginable impact on our lives. Please take part in this quick survey on Talk London so that the GLA’s policy teams better understand how Londoners are experiencing life, including work, renting, your health, volunteering and parenting.
  1. Young people's mental health and their Coping strategies during and after Covid-19 lockdown
A research study to understand how 16-24 year olds are coping and managing their mental health during the COVID-19 lockdown. Take the survey here.
  1. The Co-SPACE Study
Covid-19: Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children during Epidemics. The Co-SPACE study will tell us how families are coping during the covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, and what parents can do to help support their children’s mental health.
  1. Building Safe Choices – LGBT+ People over 50
Do you know where you want to live as you get older? Have you thought about the options that may be available to you as an older LGBT+ person? Join Tonic Living, Stonewall Housing and Opening Doors London as they work together to increase the housing and support choices for older LGBT+ people. The first step is to complete this questionnaire.
  1. Services for men survey
COVID-19 is increasing the demand for some services, reducing the demand for others - and, in many cases, making it harder to deliver them. To this end, Men’s Health are keen to understand the impact of COVID-19 on organisations supporting men's health and also wanting to survey what services are available for men at this time - whether they relate directly to COVID-19, or to the consequences of self-isolation, or whether they relate to other men's health issues - which remain no less urgent as a consequence of COVID-19.
  1. The Carers UK State of Caring 2020 survey
Please share this survey with your contacts locally and consider filling it in if you are a carer yourself: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/9CRF9GS The survey is the UK’s most comprehensive research into the lives and experience of carers and many professionals who work with carers find the results provide a useful evidence base for their work locally.
  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: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/application/crg-stakeholder-reg-april-2019/.
  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. COVID-19 Resources from Health and Wellbeing Alliance Partners
AYPH is keeping an up to date list of information and resources on their website to support young people and parents during lockdown. They also worked with the Youth Advisers from our We're All Right project to develop an original resource that is rights-based and survivor led.
 
Carers UK have produced guidance and advice for carers, in light of the recent outbreak of Coronavirus/COVID-19.  You can access the guidance here: https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/health/looking-after-your-health/coronavirus-covid-19
 
Association of Mental Health Providers have created a resources page on their website with key guidance and relevant info, including a page on managing your mental health and financial support during the pandemic: https://amhp.org.uk/resources/covid-19-mental-health/
They have also published the following article: Supporting Mental Health in Communities During Covid-19: Bringing VCSE and Statutory Services Together
 
Maternity Action have released their COVID-19 FAQs on employment rights, maternity pay and benefits:  https://maternityaction.org.uk/covidmaternityfaqs/
  1. Report: A Time to Quit
A Time to Quit finds that people with severe mental illness who smoke are just as keen to quit as other smokers, but few get effective help. There are widespread myths that it is not possible or not safe for people with a mental illness to quit smoking. Yet with the right help, including behavioural techniques delivered well, stop smoking medication and family and peer support, people can reduce or quit smoking.
  1. Report: More Than a Number
More Than a Number finds that people with severe mental illness received little effective help to manage their weight. For some, taking mental health medication leads to rapid weight gain, yet few are offered help to prevent this or even made aware it might happen. And for people who have gained weight, there is little help on hand and little understanding of the causes of weight gain. Where support is offered, it often sets people up to fail by focusing solely on reducing their weight or BMI rather than on manageable goals such as eating more healthily, spending more time outdoors or taking up a physical activity.
  1. Racial disparities in mental health: Literature and evidence review
This research review has been created as part of the Racial Disparities in Mental Health
project commissioned by NHS England. This project has sought to improve knowledge
and understanding so that good practice and effective strategies may be implemented.
This, in turn, will enable better outcomes for black and minority ethnic (BME)
communities who have a mental illness and black and minority ethnic people
experiencing mental health treatment.
  1. Caring Behind Closed Doors: the forgotten families of the coronavirus outbreak’
Carers UK released new research this month, ‘Caring Behind Closed Doors: the forgotten families of the coronavirus outbreak’, looking at the impact the coronavirus crisis has had on the lives of unpaid carers in the UK.

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NHS England User Involvement
NHS England and NHS Improvement have new Non-Executive Director 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: nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com

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  1. Key coronavirus legal issues for charities explained
This free webinar with Bates Wells solicitors is available watch again on demand. It's full of great advice on topics like HR law, contracts, insurance, governance and volunteer management. Just register to view.
  1. Webinar: COVID-19 and Homelessness Services
Homeless Link have set up weekly webinars each Wednesday afternoon around the outbreak at 15.00 which all are welcome to sign up to.
  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. 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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