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Dear all,

Welcome to our May newsletter.

As we didn't put out a newsletter last month, this one is extra full. Read on for lots of ways to have your say (or help your service users have theirs), resources and events.
Don’t forget, you can always get in touch and let us know your thoughts or tell us about an event, consultation or resource that you think we should include in our newsletter.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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The National LGB&T Partnership joins the Health and Wellbeing Alliance

We’re pleased to be able to announce that we were successful in our bid to join the new Health and Wellbeing Alliance – the successor to the Strategic Partners Programme of which we were previously a member. This means we’ll be working with the Department for Health, Public Health England and NHS England, alongside 20 other voluntary and community sector partners, over the next year (and hopefully beyond) to reduce health inequalities and improve access to health and social care for LGB&T people.
Check the links above on the left to make sure you’re following us on twitter and facebook to be the first to find out more about how to be part of this work.

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  1. Public health opinion wanted on the health challenges in 20 years’ time.
The NIHR (National Institute of Health Research) is taking a long view on the shape of the health challenges that will most likely be seen in 20-30 years' time. The results will be used to inform the NIHR’s future research funding strategies.
Some partners have already been asked for input into the NIHR survey - mostly from the academic and acute sectors. It is important that the wider public health system also has an input so that funding is channelled into research aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the next generation.
The survey is here. Closing date: 16 June 2017
  1. Survey into the Experience of Trans NHS Service Users
Be: Trans Support & Development North have launched a new survey into the experiences of trans people when using NHS services. It is intended that the results be used to improve the experience of trans service users.
Please click here to find out more and access the survey.
  1. Stigma Survey UK
The Stigma Survey UK currently has two surveys open for completion until 30 June 2017.  The surveys are for young people aged 15-24 living with HIV and for members (18 yrs+) of BAME communities living with HIV in the UK.  Respondents completing the survey could win an iPad or smartphone.  Click the link to find out more and access the surveys.
>Young People survey
>BAME in healthcare survey
  1. What do self-management and self-care mean to you? And how do you want to be supported?
National Voices is gathering the opinions and experiences of people with long-term health conditions. We know that people with long-term conditions have to spend a lot of time and effort managing the impact that those conditions have on their lives. We also know that being supported well to do this can be life changing.
You can help National Voices create a powerful new statement about the importance of self-management and self-care, and how professionals and services should support you to manage your condition on a daily basis.
Go to the National Voices website to find out more about the project, and to add your views using the comments form.
  1. Recruitment of lay members to the PrEP Programme Oversight Group
NHS England and Public Health England are seeking applications from individuals to undertake the role of independent lay members of the Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Programme Oversight Group. The Programme Oversight Group is jointly chaired by NHS England and Public Health England. Its role is to provide governance, assurance and control of the delivery of the PrEP Impact Trial programme, for example by receiving progress reports from its expert groups and by addressing risks and issues that have been escalated.
To request an application pack or if you have any questions about the role, please email
The closing date to receive completed applications is 5pm on Tuesday 13 June 2017
  1. Volunteers Week
NCVO’s Volunteers Week is 1-7 June. Download your digital resource pack here, it has everything you need to help plan your celebrations, including bunting, the logo and press release templates.

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  1. NAVCA’s Health Survey 2017
The findings from NAVCA's report on relations between the voluntary sector and the local health and care system are from an online survey that ran in November and December 2016 and attracted 72 responses. The answers provide valuable information about how local health bodies are working with their local voluntary sector, a key aim of the NHS's Five Year Forward View. It shows that although relationships are improving overall, in some key areas the voluntary sector is frozen out; Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs) where local health services are commissioned are a particularly worrying example.
  1. Public health working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector: new opportunities and sustainable change
The case studies in this report, published by the Local Government Association (LGA) and Volunteering Matters show how public health and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) are working together to make a real difference to people's health and wellbeing.
  1. Self-care: everybody's talking about it
This paper highlights the need to support patients to better manage their own health and the need for greater recognition of the potential for voluntary and community services contribution towards this. The discussion paper outlines the benefits of promoting self-care approaches and the briefing for the voluntary and community sector contains case studies.
  1. Next steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View
This document reviews the progress made since the launch of the NHS Five Year Forward View in October 2014 and sets out a series of practical and realistic steps for the NHS to deliver a better, more joined-up and more responsive NHS in England.
  1. Refreshed statutory guidance on involving people in health and care
NHS England has developed refreshed statutory guidance on involvement, working with CCGs and a range of other stakeholders. The guidance highlights the benefits of involving people in their own health and care and communities in commissioning decisions, such as improving health and wellbeing, patient experience and making best use of resources. It reflects the new commissioning landscape and sets out the context and principles of involvement. The guidance is made up of two documents, ‘Involving people in their own health and care’ and ‘Patient and public participation in commissioning health and care’. It also outlines relevant legal duties, actions for commissioners, good practice examples and links to other resources, which support involvement.
  1. GMC: Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information
This guidance sets out the principles of confidentiality and respect for patients’ privacy that all doctors are expected to understand and follow. It also sets out the responsibilities of doctors for managing and protecting patient information.
  1. Introduction to the social determinants of health
The Royal College of Physicians (RCP), have produced an e-learning course, which provides a way for health professionals to tackle health inequalities. The course clearly sets out the main drivers of health inequalities, which are rooted in social, economic and environmental circumstances, and provides clear practical actions which can be taken.
  1. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): Sexually transmitted infections: condom distribution schemes
This guidance recommends that condoms should be more widely available to reduce the rates of sexually transmitted infections and that local authorities should consider providing free condoms through pharmacies, sexual health charities and universities.
  1. The future of HIV services in England: shaping the response to changing needs
This report argues that the complexity of the health system in England is holding back progress in meeting the needs of people with HIV. The report highlights how improvements in treatment mean that, 30 years on from being seen as a death sentence, people with HIV are able to live longer, healthier lives. It argues that because of this, health services need to focus on quality of life rather than just on suppressing the virus, and also need to co-ordinate care with that for other long-term conditions common in older people.
  1. The impact of housing problems on mental health
This report, conducted with ComRes, reveals that over the last five years one in five adults suffer mental health problems due to housing pressures. The research also surveyed the experiences of 20 GPs who highlighted the number of patients diagnosed with anxiety or depression directly due to housing issues and that GPs required greater help to support patients with housing problems.

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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. Digital agency to give away website build grants
Digital agency White Fuse has announced that it is to give away a £5,000 grant each month to help a charity transform its website or get online for the first time. Explaining why they are providing the grants, the agency said on its website: "Having worked with charities since 2008 we know how hard it is for charities to get funding for digital projects".
  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. Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Grants are available for registered charities who need assistance towards a capital project eg new build, refurbishment, equipment or transport.
  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. People’s Health Trust
Local organisations working to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding through the Active Communities fund, run by People’s Health Trust. Community groups and other non-profits with an income of less than £350,000 a year can seek investment between £5,000 - £50,000 for up to two years. Check their website for when grants in your area are available.
  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. SLAMbassadors workshop at Gendered Intelligence
Sunday June 18th, 10-5, London
The Poetry Society is running a SLAMbassadors spoken word workshop for members of Gendered Intelligence’s youth group COLOURS - for trans, gender variant and questioning young people of colour. All young trans, gender variant, non-binary and questioning people of colour up to the age of 25 are welcome to attend the workshop. You don't need any previous experience to take part. It will be a fun workshop with a chance to try out spoken word in a safe space.
The session will be led by poet, artist and performer Travis Alabanza at the Gendered Intelligence headquarters.
The address is Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP. It is around 5 minutes' walk away from Kings Cross station.
Lunch will be provided. Please sign up here if you'd like to take part.
  1. LGBTQ Young People in Care Matter
Monday June 26th, 10-4.15, London
Presenting findings and discussing implications for practice from the first national study of the needs of LGBTQ young people in the care system, funded by the ESRC. This important research included interviews with young people and foster carers, focus groups with professionals and a national survey of local authority provision.
The conference will be of interest to policy makers and all professionals and caregivers who work with young people in care and care leavers, as well as those who work with LGBTQ young people.
Speakers will include Dr Jeanette Cossar, Professor Gillian Schofield and members of the young researcher team.
£85 including lunch and refreshments.
To reserve your place and for further information on the research please visit
  1. ONS census roadshows – get the latest updates on the 2021 Census
4-10 July, Various venues
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) ran an extensive consultation on the content of the 2021 Census in England and Wales during 2015. Following this, they will now be holding 4 regional roadshows to share the latest news on the proposed content for the 2021 Census questionnaire.
This will be an opportunity to ask experienced ONS staff questions and to find out about progress towards an administrative data census beyond 2021.
Book a place on Eventbrite by using this link and following the instructions:
  1. Developing person-centred cultures to deliver compassionate care
Person-centred cultures should be created across organisations, encompassing staff as well as people accessing services. Multiple organisations have partnered to create a free online course about implementing compassionate care 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.
  1. Stepping Up
NHS Leadership Academy has launched a Stepping Up programme aimed at developing black and minority ethnic (BME) colleagues in bands 5 – 7 who aim to be leaders.  
The fully funded programme will run over five months, for individuals who have an interest in developing their leadership abilities and want to be involved in creating a transformational change in equality and diversity across the healthcare sector. 
Colleagues will benefit from a mix of learning, including face-to-face, self-directed and workplace-based. Applications are now open. For more information or to apply visit the NHS Leadership Academy website.

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