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Dear all,

Welcome to our October newsletter. Once again, this month's newsletter is overflowing with news, resources, and information about how you can get involved with and influence the LGBT health and care sector. This month, we are proud to present our new resources on LGBT people and Mental Health, originally launched on World Mental Health Day.

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Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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Last chance to influence the future of health funding and partnerships

The deadline for these consultations is 6th November.
The Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England have come together with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to coproduce a review of investment and partnership between the two sectors.
The review is currently gathering evidence and wants to hear from people and organisations from across England who are involved in improving health, wellbeing and social care. You can have your say through the online consultations, face to face or through digital events.
A second consultation asks for views on the role and effectiveness of the government’s current ‘Voluntary Sector Investment Programme’ suite of grants. https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/vcse-review-vsip
 
The consultations will help determine the future of voluntary sector involvement in health and social care; make sure your voice is heard and please share with your networks.

LGB&T People and Mental Health – Resources for practitioners and for service users

Earlier this month the National LGB&T Partnership published a set of two resources on LGB&T people and mental health, one for services and practitioners, and one for LGB&T people seeking support you can find these resources on our website on our Publications page, where you will also find links to our Trans Health factsheets, Smoking Cessation and Alcohol IBA resources. Once you’ve read the resource, we’d appreciate it if you would complete this short survey.

WMA presents new guidelines for physicians on transgender healthcare

New guidelines for physicians to enable them to increase their knowledge and sensitivity towards transgender people and the unique health issues they face have been approved by the World Medical Association. 

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Public health workforce review

Public Health England and the Centre for Workforce Intelligence are carrying out a review of the public health workforce to inform national and local workforce planning and strategy development. 
 
PHE is holding a number of events around the country between November and January enabling local leaders to come together to discuss and shape national and local thinking on workforce issues. In particular they wish to examine:

  1. What are the key drivers that will shape the context within which we need to protect and improve the public’s health?
  2. What might this mean for future skills/capability gaps and likely trends in the workforce?
  3. What do we need to start putting in place now so that the workforce is fit for the future?
  4. Are there longer-term trends we need to start planning for immediately?
 
You can also get involved by volunteering for a 30-60 minute one-to-one interview with the project team. These interviews will supplement the literature review phase of the project and allow them to capture rich information that will be tested during the engagement events.
 
If you’re interested in being involved, or know someone who would be, please contact the team at PHWorkforceReview@phe.gov.uk
For more information please go to: http://www.cfwi.org.uk/news/public-health-workforce-of-the-future-to-be-explored-in-new-review  

National charities and voluntary organisations survey 2015

You can be part of the biggest annual survey of charities and voluntary organisations. The survey, launched by a coalition of charities, is gathering evidence about the support charities need to influence politicians, key decision makers and funders.
 
By taking part you will be helping make sure that funders and decision makers know more about your needs. By being the biggest survey of charities and voluntary organisations this survey is a powerful way of getting your voice heard.
The survey can be completed in 15 minutes. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/charitysurvey15
 
Please also forward this on to anyone else you think may be interested in being part of this year’s biggest charity survey. 

Consultations

  1. NHS England’s draft public participation policy
The deadline for this consultation is 30th October.
NHS England has established a Board-level Task and Finish Group chaired by Lord Victor Adebowale which is overseeing a number of important actions to strengthen the way that NHS England connects with, and involves, the public. These include the development of:  A DRAFT over-arching Patient and Public Participation Policy to add your thoughts on the draft document, go to https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/draft-pppi-policy-state-arrangements
 
  1. Have your say on maternity services in England
The deadline for this consultation is 31st October.
The NHS Maternity Review wants to hear what you think is good about maternity services and what could be done to improve them. All comments will contribute to the work of the review which will publish its recommendations by the end of the year. The consultation is open until 31 October to anyone with an interest in maternity, including “women and their families, professionals, commissioners and other organisations”. The Partnership believe it would be valuable for LGBT voices to be heard in this review, so please circulate to your networks and respond as appropriate.
You can take part in the review here.
 
  1. The role of the National Data Guardian for health and social care
The deadline for this consultation is 17th December.
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/the-role-of-the-national-data-guardian-for-health-and-social-care
 
  1. Inquiry into the impacts of the Health & Social Care Act (2012) on HIV services in England
Written submissions can be submitted to the group until the 18th December.
This inquiry, run by the All Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS, is in response to concerns raised by patient groups and service providers that the introduction of the act, in April 2013, has resulted in fragmentation of HIV services, blurred responsibility for standards and has created geographical differences in service quality and availability.
Implementation of the act resulted in significant changes to the commissioning of key HIV services with responsibility being shared between local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England. This has given rise to concerns about the practical implications of the Act, including:
·      the potential fragmentation of services
·      the lack of accountability in local authorities tasked with maintaining treatment and prevention programmes
·      the impacts of budget constraints on provision of services
·      geographical differences in service quality and availability
·      the lack of specialised HIV expertise within local authority commissioning bodies
The group is also keen to hear about examples of good practice developed as a result of the new arrangements.
Details on how to submit a submission can be found on the group’s website: http://appghivaids.org.uk/node/165

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Diversity and inclusion: the power of research in driving change - using research and data to promote inclusive workplaces

NHS Employers has partnered with Imperial College London, Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion and North West Coast Academic Health Science Network to produce this diversity and inclusion strategic report. Providing a workplace that celebrates and is inclusive of diversity is now essential for the NHS to operate effectively for both staff and patients. In order to monitor this, research has become an essential tool in allowing benchmarking how effectively the NHS is performing within the standards set by equality legislation. This report is an analysis of past research into workplace diversity and inclusion across the NHS to determine how effective it has been in bringing about change with regard to the NHS becoming a more diverse and inclusive employer.

Increasing supplier diversity in health care

This guide provides action steps and case studies about developing a supplier diversity program. It outlines how, by adopting a supplier diversity program, hospitals and health care systems can support minority-owned businesses and communities while obtaining products and services of competitively high quality and value.

Health matters: a new resource to aid local public health professionals

PHE's 'Health matters', launched in September, is the first of a planned series of resources for public health professionals. It is designed to support colleagues across the public health and healthcare system with local and national level data, policy and program expertise, and campaigning and social marketing resources. The pilot first issue, Health matters: smoking and quitting in England, is on tobacco. For information on tobacco use and smoking cessation in LGB&T communities, see our publications.

Prevalence of dementia in population groups by protected characteristics: a systematic review of the literature

This systematic review examines evidence on how the prevalence of dementia varies with socio-economic position; race or ethnic group; religion or belief; gender; sexual orientation or disability. The review is for commissioners and providers of dementia services, PHE knowledge and intelligence team, researcher funding bodies and researchers and policy makers.

Shared principles for redesigning the local health and care landscape

This document provides local system leaders - local authorities, health and wellbeing boards, clinical commissioning groups, NHS and care providers and patients and the public - with shared principles to ensure that proposed service redesign meets a number of fundamental requirements to assure themselves, their partners and their communities that the proposals are focused on improving services and improving health and wellbeing outcomes.

How to set up a staff support network

This guidance is designed to help in setting up a staff support network group in your organisation. It provides ideas based on established good practice, and can be adapted to suit your organisation's needs for non-commercial purposes. It can be adapted for any type of staff support network, and it has been developed as an example for black and minority ethnic staff networks.

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Paid Roles

The LGBT consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector.
The following paid roles are currently being advertised:
 

  1. Sexual Health Outreach Worker - Lesbian and Bisexual women, Birmingham LGBT, Birmingham (closes 30/10)
  2. BME Sexual Health Outreach Worker, Birmingham LGBT, Birmingham (closes 30/10)
  3. LGBTQ Mental Health Housing Advocacy Worker (closes 02/11)
  4. Research & Engagement Sessional Worker – Dementia, METRO, London
  5. Chlamydia Outreach Workers (sessional), METRO, London
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email: lgbtpartnership@gmail.com
 

Voluntary Roles

There are also many voluntary opportunities currently available:
 

  1. London Friend - board of trustees
  2. London Friend - volunteers including counsellors, fundraisers, publicity
  3. Albany Trust - Board of Trustees, including those with experience of counselling and psychotherapy
  4. London LGBT+ Switchboard helpline
  5. ELOP - group facilitators
  6. Broken Rainbow - online chat volunteers (home-based)
  7. Intercom Trust
  8. LGBT Foundation
 
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email: lgbtpartnership@gmail.com

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The ACT Foundation

The ACT Foundation provides grants to charities, in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled and older people. ACT gives large and small donations to charities depending on the project and available funds. Their current focus is on transformational change and larger grants (in excess of £100K) will be the exception. Applications are accepted year round.

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  1. GEO Engagement events
LGBT Consortium is working with the Government Equalities Office to run a series of events and roundtables to better understand key LGBT issues and upskill the sector in working with Government. These events will be held around the country between October and March. For more information go to: http://www.lgbtconsortium.org.uk/GEOevents
 
  1. Lived experience conference 2015 -  Beyond ‘them and us’
6 November, Leeds.
Peer Support workers use their experience of mental illness or learning disability to give valuable support to others, however, other professionals have lived experience which could be a considerable asset to services too. In this interactive conference, discuss how to work towards acknowledging and embracing lived experience in the most helpful, effective and appropriate ways. Be part of the conversation that discusses 'how to work together to challenge the stigma which continues to exist in many services and settings'. For more information: http://www.andrewsimscentre.nhs.uk/events/565/lived-experience-conference-2015---beyond-them-and-us/
 
  1. Working with ChemSex
6 November, London.
The use of drugs to facilitate sex by men who have sex with men (often referred to as "ChemSex") has become a concerning Public Health issue, with HIV and Hepatitis C infections rising, and increasing numbers of men seeking help with issues around sexual well-being and drug use.
It can be a challenging issue for therapists, drugs workers and sexual health workers; being aware of the harms, understanding referral pathways and intervention and therapeutic techniques as well as safer sex/drug use practicalities can sometimes be beyond the normal scope of our experience and training.
   
Attendees at this training day will have the opportunity to share good practice, as well as explore their own concerns about working confidently with this group. For more information: http://www.pinktherapy.com/Training/tabid/82/ctl/ViewCourse/mid/422/CourseId/123/language/en-GB/Default.aspx
 
 
  1. Birmingham Transgender Day of Remembrance
20 November, The Penthouse Birmingham, 6pm.
Wheelchair accessible and changing facilities will be available. The event will start at 6pm and finish at 7.30pm. The room is large, includes a staffed bar and will remain open following the event for networking, socializing and entertainment from trans performers. All welcome.
 
If you would like your event for TDR to be included in the next newsletter please email us the details.
 
  1. It’s Complicated
26th November, Central London.
LGBT* DAF (Domestic Abuse Forum) is pleased to invite you to take part in It’s Complicated, a unique conference that will focus on the inter-sectional needs and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* survivors of domestic abuse.
Delegates will gain an understanding of:
·       The challenges experienced by LGBT survivors with compound cultural identities
·       The additional risks for LGBT survivors with inter-sectional needs
·       Good working practice and new referral pathways to specialist services
 
The event will take place in a fully accessible building, BSL interpretation will be provided. For more information go to: http://lgbtdaf.org/its-complicated-a-unique-conference/ to book, click the link above.

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