The March 2020 Newsletter from The National LGB&T Partnership
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Dear all,

Thanks for signing up to receive our newsletter, and welcome to all our new subscribers who’ve joined us during LBT Women’s Health Week 2020.
We’ve tried to find a balance in this month’s newsletter between our usual content – ways to get involved in creating change in the health sector, resources and events, and providing information and resources relating to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
We think we’ve achieved that, including by adding a new section for news from our health system partners, but as always, please let us know if you have any questions, comments, or content you want to include in future editions.

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The National LGB&T Partnership
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  1. NHS volunteer responders: 250,000 target smashed with three quarters of a million committing to volunteer
The number of people committing to join the NHS Covid-19 effort is three times higher than initially targeted, the Royal Voluntary Service has today announced.
The NHS Volunteer Responders recruitment initiative has recruited 750,000 people just two days after the target was increased after hitting its initial quarter of a million target within less than 24 hours.
The drive will now be temporarily paused to enable the charity to process the applications and work together with the NHS to get the volunteer army up and running.
If you are interested in volunteering and have not yet signed up, please wait a few weeks before accessing the website again. Keep an eye on the NHS’s social media for information on when it again becomes possible to sign up.
  1. LBT Women’s Health Week 2020 – 9th-13th March
LBT Women’s Health Week 2020 feels like some time ago given all that’s occurred since, but it was in fact in full swing only 3 weeks ago. The week had a fantastic reach, with more ‘impressions’ on twitter than for the rest of the year combined, and excellent engagement at events.
Thank you again to everyone who was involved. Please do let us know if you have any feedback, or ideas for next year.
The best way to catch up on everything that happened is to check out our website, here: We’d particularly suggest you check out our Press page for links to the various articles published during and about the week.
  1. London Emergency Response fund launching soon 
The fund will be launched imminently, with the GLA, the City Bridge Trust and other funders pooling together to launch the new fund aimed to support London’s Voluntary Sector. London Funders are working with funders from across sectors to bring more money together in response to community need. As the emergency scheme develops, a variety of funders from across London will pool their resources and expertise to help these organisations. 
A special section of the website has been created to help link organisations in need of volunteers with individuals wanting to sign up to help too: 
The Press Release (which London Funders update daily): 

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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. Mobile networks remove data charges for online NHS coronavirus advice
Free access to online NHS services will be available for as long as coronavirus (COVID-19) remains widespread in the UK.
  1. Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do
  2. Staying at home and away from others (social distancing)
The single most important action we can all take in fighting coronavirus is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.
  1. Government cracks down on spread of false coronavirus information online
Specialist units are operating to combat misinformation about coronavirus and five to ten incidents are being identified and tackled each day.
  1. New advice to support mental health during coronavirus outbreak
People struggling with their mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be offered additional online support and practical guidance to help them cope.
  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): letter from the Secretary of State to the social care workforce
The letter thanks the social care workforce for their help on coronavirus (COVID-19) so far.
  1. Safeguarding Factsheet: Community volunteers during COVID-19 outbreak
This factsheet is designed to address specific concerns that people involved in supporting their community may have at this time.
  1. COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) and prisons
This page provides guidance for families and friends of those in prison in England and Wales during the coronavirus pandemic.
  1. Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers
Information for parents and carers about the closure of schools and other educational settings following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).
  1. Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals
Weekly shopping vouchers worth £15 to spend at supermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus.
  1. NICE Quality Standards and Indicators Programmes and COVID-19
During this period of emergency, NICE has adapted its priorities to support the NHS, local authorities and the wider health and social care sector to tackle COVID-19. They will only publish guidance that is therapeutically critical or focused on COVID-19-related issues.
The stakeholders and advisory committees involved in the development of guidelines, standards and indicators include a large number of frontline staff. Their priority in this crisis is caring for patients and service users. For this reason, NICE have cancelled all quality standards advisory committee meetings and will not be publishing any draft or final quality standards or indicators until further notice.
NICE are working closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop rapid guidelines on topics relevant to the management of COVID-19. These will be published weekly and will focus on a range of clinical settings. Please visit
  1. CQC and COVID-19 - Give feedback on care
As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic CQC have suspended routine inspections to reduce the pressure on health and social care services during the coronavirus outbreak. They will still monitor them using data and information, and will still visit if we think there's a risk of harm or abuse. Because of these changes, it's even more important that they hear feedback about services that people are using or are working at.

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  1. Let us know what support your LGBT+ organisation is providing online
Our colleagues at NHSE in the LGBT Adviser’s team would like to pull together information on what support he LGBT+ sector is able to provide online during social distancing. We’ve seen some of the great work that many of you are doing on social media, but we’d love it if you’d contact us with full information about the work you’ve taken (or continued) online during this time.
  1. LGBT+ Sector updates
Consortium, the infrastructure body for the LGBT+ sector, have a COVID-19 update and information page here.
  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. The Carers UK State of Caring 2020 survey has now launched.
Please share this survey with your contacts locally and consider filling it in if you are a carer yourself: 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. Framework for involving patients in patient safety
A key part of the NHS Patient Safety Strategy published in July 2019, is the introduction of a framework for Patient Safety Partners to provide guidance on how the NHS can involve patients and their carers in their own safety, as well as being partners alongside staff in improving patient safety in NHS organisations. A consultation on this framework is now open.
  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.

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  1. LGBTQ+ Terminology Guide
Originally conceived when Brook contacted us to ask if we had a terminology guide they could refer to in their work, this new resource from The LGB&T Partnership and Brook is published this week.
Drawing initially from existing sources and then reviewed by the Partnership’s membership, this publication aims to serve as a comprehensive guide to the language used in the LGBTQ+ health and social care sector, for both LGBT+ sector and health and care system colleagues.
  1. COVID-19 Resources for London’s civil society
The GLA are working to ensure London’s civil society has access to information and resources that will help them with continuing to provide vital services during the coronavirus outbreak. Please visit for support on issues like how to volunteer safely, guidance for non-English speaking communities and more.    
As part of this they have created a digital support access form for Civil Society organisations looking for digital support to assist in managing the massive increase in demand. It is live here: 
  1. COVID-19 Resources from NVCO
Your organisation and coronavirus NCVO’s main practical guidance with information to help you protect your staff, volunteers and beneficiaries, and handle the financial and other impacts on your organisation.
Are volunteers on lockdown? NCVO’s volunteering development manager Shaun Delaney explains what we know.
New procurement guidance in response to Covid-19: implications for charities Charities delivering public services are facing serious challenges. Rebecca Young explains the issues and what the government's new guidance for contracting authorities will mean in practice.
What charity trustees need to think about NCVO’s governance lead Dan Francis outlines nine questions to consider.
Volunteers responding to coronavirus Shaun Delaney on the coordination efforts going on behind the scenes and explains the best ways to offer your support.
Coronavirus and charity funding Paul Winyard details initiatives like the new National Emergencies Trust appeal and promises of support from grant-makers.
  1. COVID-19 Resources from Health and Wellbeing Alliance Partners
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:
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:
Maternity Action have released their COVID-19 FAQs on employment rights, maternity pay and benefits:
  1. Report: From Seldom Heard to Seen and Heard
National Dementia Action Alliance have now launched a report on From Seldom Heard to Seen and Heard, setting out what we have achieved over the three years.
After surveying members to find out what they wanted the NDAA to campaign on, the unanimous decision was post-diagnostic support for people from seldom heard groups. In autumn 2017 they launched From Seldom Heard to Seen and Heard, a campaign bringing members together for improved outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers who come from seldom heard groups. They have mainly focused on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender + (LGBT+) community, people with learning disabilities, and the prison population, and have also been keen to include other seldom heard groups throughout the campaign.
  1. New report from FaithAction: Extending Our Reach in Tackling Loneliness
The report is a follow-on from their 2019 report, Right Up Your Street, which highlighted the breadth of faith-based provision in tackling loneliness.

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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:

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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. Free working from home webinar with Phoenix Systems
(Tuesday 2 April at 10.00) NCVO’s Trusted Supplier will explain how to keep your remote workers safe and secure. 
  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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