The October newsletter from the National LGB&T Partnership
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Dear all,

Welcome to our October newsletter. This month your first stop should be our news section, below, where you can hear the truth about the new sexual orientation monitoring data standard that’s been in the press.
In our ‘get involved’ section, as always, you’ll find some important opportunities to have your say (or support your service users to have theirs) and improve health and care for LGBT people.

This month, we’re focusing on these opportunities, and on other opportunities such as paid and voluntary work, funding, and events and courses, to bring you a newsletter really focused on involvement rather than on a list of recently published resources. At the end of the newsletter you'll find a wide range of conferences and workshops to attend, whatever your role.

Please let us know what you think of this new format.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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Sexual Orientation Monitoring Data Standard

This was an important month for us with the publishing of a National Information Standard for sexual orientation monitoring, released by NHS Digital, that aims to better meet the needs of LGB people through improved data collection.

The National LGB&T Partnership, and our lead partner the LGBT Foundation, has been a driving force behind the development of this information standard and we believe it will be a significant game-changer in the future of health and social care provision for lesbian, gay and bisexual people (LGB) in England.

The publishing of this standard is the culmination of a number of years work with a host of partners to create a way for health and social care professionals to monitor sexual orientation in a consistent way. We're massively appreciative of everyone’s hard work in making this happen and so proud of what we’ve collectively achieved.
Unfortunately, since the launch, we’ve encountered some negative coverage, and a lot of misinformation has been spread. Here is the link to our FAQs and guide on implementing SOM. If you have any questions these resources are a good place to start.

PrEP Impact trial

We know from previous studies that PrEP can effectively reduce the risk of HIV infection. Several countries have implemented PrEP programmes to provide the drug to individuals at high risk of HIV. To plan a PrEP programme in England, NHS England and Local Authorities need to know how many people need PrEP, how many will want to take it and for how long. In order to find this out, they are conducting this trial. This study does not involve a placebo, so everyone who is enrolled in the trial will have access to PrEP. Some trial locations are already enrolling participants, and some have specific allocations of places for trans people. To find out more about the trial, click here.

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  1. PHE Survey on Trans People’s Reproductive Health
You still have until Wednesday 1st of November to share and/or reply to PHE’s groundbreaking survey seeking the views of the trans community on reproductive health. It is the first trans survey about reproductive health of its kind seen in the UK.
PHE is inviting all self-identified trans people (and those with a trans history) in the UK over the age of 16 to take part. The aim of the survey is to gain a better understanding of trans people’s experiences, preferences, and needs for reproductive health and healthcare to inform future PHE work in this area.
The survey has been developed with input from trans community organisations to try and make the language and questions inclusive of the diverse identities and experiences in the trans community.
Initial findings suggest that this research will be a useful tool to creating change within the health system, we encourage you all to share the link as widely as possible, and, if eligible, to complete the survey.
  1. New NHS Standard Contract
The NHS Standard Contract 2017-19 was published to cover the period April 2017 - March 2019. With some recently announced national policy requirements, a National Variation is now required. NHS England has published consultation documents on the NHS Standard Contract web page. Stakeholders are invited to comment on the proposals by emailing by the 10th November 2017.
  1. Better Health for All Londoners
The Mayor of London has launched a consultation on the London Health Inequalities strategy. The draft document outlines five goals to improve the health and wellbeing of Londoners and invites Londoners and organisations to have their say on these plans. The consultation will run until the 30th November 2017.
  1. National Institute for Health Research Seeks Views from Charities on Collaboration
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is running a survey of charities across health and social care to establish how much they know about ways of work with the NIHR and what they want out of collaboration. The survey results will be used to undetrstand how to make it easier for charities to collaborate with NIHR Research Programmes, Research Schools and Units, Infrastructure and Faculty on shared interest.
Anyone working at a health or social care charity is welcome to take part in the survey, and more than one person per charity can respond.
The survey is open until 5pm Thursday 7th December.
  1. Survey on Charities, Social Enterprises and Men & Boys’ Health
Men’s Health Forum are conducting a survey of VCSE organisations to find out more about the work that's being done to support men & boy's health (directly or indirectly) and the priorities of the sector when it comes to men & boys' health. They are keen for as many organisations as possible to take part, so please pass on this link to colleagues.
  1. The Gathering and Use of Patient and Staff Stories to Inform Care
The use of patient stories has been recognised globally as a way in which the patients’ experience can be captured to inform the delivery of quality healthcare. This research study is seeking to discover, explore and research what would help to reposition storytelling and the use of narrative across all health and social care related sectors and organisations including voluntary and charitable sectors.
  1. The Mental Health Challenge for Local Councils
Local councils can make a big difference to people of all ages by promoting better mental health in their communities. By becoming a ‘member champion’ for mental health, councils can lead the way. To learn more about the challenge and sign up, click here.
  1. Partner With Us on LBT Women’s Health Week
The focus for National LBT Women’s Health Week 2018 (12-16th March) will be on prevention and inclusion. We are currently seeking partners from the LGBT, VCSE, health (and any other relevant) sectors to work with us on developing activities, events, themes and publicity for the week. Please get in touch if you would be interested in working with us.
  1. Submit an Abstract to the Association for Young People’s Health 10th Anniversary Conference
AYPH is running a multi-disciplinary conference on young people’s health in London on 21 February 2018, to celebrate their 10th anniversary.The event will be attended by researchers, students, health professionals, education professionals, voluntary sector and youth professionals, commissioners and policy makers. There will also be contributions from young people concerning their experiences and how best to co-produce services.The conference will highlight the latest research around young people’s health and wellbeing and explore the case for investing in this age group.There will be a particular focus on what has changed in the last 10 years, and how we need to work differently to meet young people’s health needs in the future.
AYPH welcome submissions relating to published research, research in progress, clinical developments and innovations in practice.

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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
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. Celebrating Participation in Healthcare community grants
NHS England’s ‘celebrating participation in healthcare’ community grants scheme is open for applications for the third year. Grants of up to £2000 are available to voluntary/community organisations to showcase how they have been involving patients, service-users and the public in improving health services.
To apply you must be a voluntary or community organisation and be able to share your project successes in a creative way. Full details of eligibility and how to apply can be found on the NHS England website. The deadline for applications is midnight on 31 October 2017.
  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.
  1. Transform Foundation Website grant programme
This programme can cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training. The Website Grant is aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations with a social mission. The grant is most suitable for non-profits with an income between £500,000 and £20 million. Applications can currently be made on a rolling basis.
  1. Barchester Healthcare Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to small local groups / charities to improve the quality of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual. This year their focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Apply anytime.
  1. The Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust makes grants to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society. They are particularly interested in encouraging inclusion, integration and independence and support work that develops social connections and relationships. Grants are commonly used for core funding (salaries, running costs and overheads), but can also be used for project costs, capital grants and funding to strengthen an organisation. The Trust has no deadlines and first stage applications can be made at any time.
  1. 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. Applications are accepted year round.

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  1. Supporting young LGBT people: Exploring different approaches
November 9th, 4-7.30pm, Huddersfield
This seminar and discussion event forms part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science and will explore LGBT young people and the kinds of support they might need. The event is designed to facilitate discussions between academics and practitioners in a supportive environment and there will be opportunities for questions and discussion.
To register, click here.
  1. VCSE Personal Health Budgets learning support networks
Various dates, Various locations.
Personal Health Budgets are giving people choice and control, transforming health and wellbeing outcomes. To find out more book onto the latest in a series of free learning events which take place in November: North East, 8th November, Newcastle. North West, 10th November, Preston. South East, 15th November, Brighton. South Central, 16th November, Oxford.
The sessions are free to attend and open to any VCSE colleagues who are supporting people with Personal Health Budgets, or are keen to find out more.
  1. New NHS Alliance: Health Creation: Wealth Creation - the power of people and communities
December 6th, 9.30 -6, London
Headlined by Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State Health and chaired by Victoria Macdonald, Channels 4´s Health and Social Care Correspondent, the Summit is supported by 25 top-class speakers, including compelling case studies and those with lived-experience. To find out more and to book, click here.
  1. National Dementia Action Alliance Annual Conference
December 6th, London
Join DAA for the day to focus on improvement within dementia care, including taking time to discuss the revamped Dementia Statements. To find out more and to book, click here.
  1. Volunteer Management Conference 2018
January 25th 2018, London
Join NCVO, ACEVO and DCMS as they outline the latest volunteer management strategies, designed to ensure you can consistently attract, recruit and retain an ambitious volunteers workforce. Learn best practice from others and take away inspiration to ensure your volunteers strategy will secure a sustainable recruitment and retention drive for the future. To find out more and to book, click here.
  1. Association for Young People’s Health 10th Anniversary Conference
February 21st 2018, London
A conference for health professionals, researchers, commissioners, youth workers, policy makers, CCGs, GPs, and the voluntary sector which addresses the questions: What’s changed for young people’s health in the last 10 years? What’s happening for young people’s health now in policy and practice? What new ideas and innovative practice can we learn from?
To find out more and to book, click here. To submit an abstract, click here. The deadline for abstracts is 8th December 2017.
  1. School for Change Agents
February – March 2018, Online
If you’ve been frustrated by having to navigate stifling hierarchies to get the changes you know are needed, or criticised for being a dissenter, disruptive or even divisive, then the School is for you. It’s more than just a school — it’s a platform for learning, and a community of people like you. To find out more and to sign up, click here.
  1. E-learning – community centred approaches to health
PHE and HEE have produced a new e-Learning for Health programme on community-centred approaches to health improvement:
These two new e-learning modules are suitable for practitioners, managers and commissioners who want: an update on evidence and guidance on community-centred approaches to health improvement; and to take a more strategic and planned approach to scaling-up community-centred approaches.
  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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