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Dear all,

Thanks for signing up to receive our newsletter, and welcome to all our new subscribers.
It’s been a busy month for us, particularly in the run up to LBT Women’s Health Week, but a quieter month on the resources and publications front. This issue is still jam packed, though, as it’s full of opportunities to get involved, jobs and volunteering opportunities, events, and other news.
Keep an eye out next week for a special issue on LBT Women’s Health Week.
Please let us know if you have anything you’d like us to share with our readers, and please pass on this newsletter to colleagues who may be interested, and let them know they can sign up here.

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The National LGB&T Partnership
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  1. LBT Women’s Health Week 2020 – 9th-13th March
The aim of LBT Women’s Health Week is to raise awareness about the health inequalities which affect women in LGBTQ+ communities, to make it easier for service providers to empower service users and for communities to support LGBTQ+ women. The week is also an opportunity to celebrate, highlight and learn from the work of groups and services which provide dedicated support to LGBTQ+ women.
A specific bulletin will be sent out with full information on the week. In the meantime, for information on how to support the week, please watch our webinar/download our slides.
  1. New adult gender dysphoria health service to be piloted in London in 2020
The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been selected to run a 3-year pilot that will evaluate the delivery of specialised gender dysphoria services for adults (over 17) in a non-specialist setting. For more info, read the full release here.
  1. New ‘Telefriending’ service for older LGBT+ people being piloted
Opening Doors London are piloting a new telephone befriending service designed for LGBT+ people aged over 50. They hope this new telephone befriending scheme will reach their more isolated members, for example those who are isolated due to their geographical location, where their standard scheme is unable to operate, as well as increasing capacity. For more info, read their blog, here.
  1. Diva Awards and National Diversity Awards
The Partnership’s own Harri Weeks has been shortlisted in the category ‘Rising Star’ in this year’s Diva Awards. You can vote for them, and your other favourites here.
Harri has also been nominated in the category ‘Positive Role Model (LGBT)’ at the National Diversity Awards. You can support Harri by providing further nominations here. You can nominate other role models, community organisations, or in other categories here.
  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.

The National LGBT Health Adviser

The National LGB&T Partnership has a close relationship with the National LGBT Health Adviser and his team. This month we’ve been continuing to develop activities and events for LBT Women’s Health preparing for the best practice conference that the team are running next month. We have also continued with our ambitious piece of work around gender in NHS records, surveys and demographic monitoring, working with various colleagues internally to NHSE/I, NHSX and NHS Digital. We’re currently taking stock of the multiple strands of work and further developing our plan of action. Lastly, we have been working with Dr Brady and his team and some research colleagues from academia to look at the current evidence base for LGBT+ health and what we can and should do to develop better relationships between evidence and policy making as well as between the voluntary, academic and policy sectors. If you have any questions about our work with Dr Michael Brady, the National LGBT Health Adviser, please do get in touch.

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  1. Focus group as part of NIHR Research on promoting MSM sexual health
The LUSTRUM research group are actively recruiting volunteers who would be interested in taking part in a focus group to explore how better partner notification could help reduce undetected sexually transmitted infections. For more information, email
  1. Survey: Integrating Care for Trans Adults (ICTA) Project
This survey is being undertaken by researchers from the Open University, the LGBT Foundation and Yorkshire MESMAC as part of a larger study. In this study we are looking at how different services can work together to support trans people better. These services include gender identity services but could also include GP services, other health services, mental health services and support provided by the voluntary sector.
For more information on this project, read this blog from Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Lead for the Integrating Care for Trans Adults (ICTA) Project. 
  1. Help NHS England develop a new website that meets your needs
Please take five minutes to complete this survey and help NHSE improve your experience. The survey closes at midnight on Monday 16 March 2020.
  1. NHS Consultation:
For a greener NHS
Like many organisations the NHS has identified the need for action now. All NHS staff are being encouraged to step-up activity to tackle this challenge as part of the ‘For a greener NHS’ campaign.
A ‘call for evidence’ has been launched inviting the public, NHS staff, representative groups, charities and experts to submit their ideas on how the NHS can be more environmentally friendly.
The deadline for submissions is 22 March 2020, and ideas can be submitted here.
Consultation on Patient Safety Specialists
NHSE would like you to tell them what you think about their draft requirements for patient safety specialists by completing a survey or, if you prefer, please email your views to
  1. Join the Prioritisation Committee of the Public Health Research Programme
The Public Health Research (PHR) programme is seeking to appoint members to the Prioritisation Committee.
This opportunity is for current voluntary/charity sector employees working at a senior level and/or with a breadth of experience and knowledge of public health issues. For more info, click here
  1. Join the NHS England and NHS Improvement Learning Disability and Autism Advisory group
The NHS England and NHS Improvement Learning Disability and Autism Engagement Team work to help people with a learning disability, autistic people and their families, carers and supporters to have their say in work happening at NHS England and NHS Improvement. They have an Advisory Group that is made up of people with a learning disability, autistic people and family carers, and are looking for two new members to join the advisory group
  1. The Common Ambition Programme
The Health Foundation has launched an exciting new £2.1m programme for partnerships developing collaborative communities where people, families, health care professionals and researchers work together to improve health care.
The Common Ambition programme will support up to five ambitious teams across the UK to work towards a shared aim: to build sustainable change across health care through collaboration between those who use services and those who deliver them. Applications close March 20th.

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It’s been a quiet month on the resources front. Don’t forget, if you have a new publication or report you’d like us to share, you can always send it to us at
Keep a look out next month for a new publication from the Partnership – a terminology guide co-produced with Brook volunteers. 

  1. Sexually Transmitted Infections in England: The State of the Nation
Sexually Transmitted Infections in England: The State of the Nation was a project led by THT and BASHH. It aimed to provide a stocktake of the current evidence available on STIs in England and provide recommendations on how to improve the nation’s sexual health.
The project used existing evidence, carrying out a review of the data available in the public domain. It aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of the trends in STIs, who was affected, why we were seeing these trends, and where the gaps are in our understanding. You can read the report here.
You may also be interested in this response from Michelle Ross: The fight for better sexual health must not exclude trans and non-binary people
  1. Staying Safe Online
For LGBT young people, the internet is a place to make friends and discover yourself -  but going online can be risky. Covering everything from cyberbullying to dating apps, Staying Safe Online identifies the dangers. But don’t worry: it’s packed with hints, tips and resources for keeping young people safe online. 
  1. Podcast: The Journey of a Parent & Their Trans Young Person
In the latest episode of Allsorts of Thoughts, a podcast produced by the young people of Allsorts Youth Project, Colin and their mum, Jane, share their experiences of being a young trans person, and the parent of a trans child.
From two distinct perspectives, this episode of Allsorts of Thoughts covers themes such as ‘coming out’ as a young person, family unit and parent, access to support networks available through Allsorts, and much much more.

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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.
NHS England User Involvement
NHS England and NHS Improvement have new service user involvement opportunities, including joining the Taskforce to improve children and young people’s inpatient mental health, learning disability and autism services. 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:
Royal College of Physicians - Patient and Carer Network Recruitment
The Royal College of Physicians is recruiting new members to their Patient and Carer Network. If you'd like to be part of a network of volunteers that support and influence improvements in health and healthcare, sign up here:  
RCP are working hard to make their Patient and Carer Network as inclusive and balanced as possible. They recognise that they have room to improve and would like your help to enable them to bring a wide range of voices from a mix of organisations, communities, UK nations, regions, sectors and experiences to enable diverse discussions from a broad patient and carer perspective.
*NEW* Gender & Sexuality Activist-In-Residence Programme
This programme offers non-academic activists working around issues of gender and/or sexuality a funded residency (1-2 months with flexibility) at the University of Brighton. The aim is to foster connections and intellectual and political exchange between academics and non-academic activists. Applicants don’t need any academic background or training, just a desire to develop and share activist knowledges around gender and sexuality.
*NEW* AYPH/Health Foundation Inequalities Policy Fellow
The Association for Young People’s Health are delighted to advertise this new three year full time post funded by the Health Foundation (HF) to focus on the health inequalities affecting particular groups of young people.

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Empowering charities to speak up about funder practice
Sometimes, charities receive a poor service when applying for and receiving grants. No matter how unclear a grant application process, how inaccessible the foundation staff are, how prolonged the decision making, or how onerous or disproportionate the reporting requirements, charities haven't had a platform to share their experiences.
Grant Advisor UK seeks to change that. Currently running as a pilot, Grant Advisor UK is a free website that enables charities and fundraisers to post totally anonymous reviews of funders. Reviews are a public, transparent and user-led way of holding funders to account. The site is being hosted by CAST, a tech for good charity.

  1. *NEW* The Healthy Communities Together programme
Healthy Communities Together is a new programme developed in partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund and The King’s Fund.
The programme aims to support local areas to develop effective and sustainable partnerships between the voluntary and community sector, the NHS and local authorities to improve health and wellbeing, reduce health inequalities and empower communities. More info here.
  1. Co-Producing Personalised Care Grant
NHS England is looking to compete a Grant to support a current programme of work that enables people with lived experience to play a full part in strategic co-production at a national and regional level. More info here.
  1. Ibrahim Foundation
This Foundation makes grants to organisations which aim to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK, both now and in the future. They like to consider work which others may find hard to fund, perhaps because it breaks new ground, appears too risky, requires core funding, or needs a more unusual form of financial help such as a loan.
  1. Greater London Stronger Communities Fund
The Mayor of London wants to make London the most active and socially integrated city in the world. To help achieve this goal, the Mayor launched Sport Unites, his multi-million-pound community sport investment programme.
As part of Sport Unites, over the next 12 months the Stronger Communities fund will award up to £5k to projects that use sport and physical activity (i) to bring Londoners together from different backgrounds, cultures and faiths, and (ii) to help socially isolated or lonely Londoners feel better connected to their local communities.
The mayor is offering funding of between £2,000 to £5,000, which will be awarded to projects that encourage and facilitate social integration between different groups through physical activity.
  1. Wilkinsons - Helping Hands
Helping Hands is a community initiative where each local store has a budget to distribute to projects and schemes within the stores local community.
  1. Lloyds Bank Foundation - Enable Programme
Enable grants are awarded to charities which have identified clear development needs, and provide a great opportunity to strengthen charities to deliver more effectively.
  1. Grants for core costs of small charities
The Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) has launched a new grants scheme specifically for running costs and other core costs of small charities. Available to charities with an income of £500,000 a year or less, the grants are a maximum of £5,000 per year, over three years.
The MCF has recognised that smaller charities face difficulties in accessing funding for core costs, with many charitable foundations – including the MCF – choosing to concentrate on project-based funding. The foundation hopes that its policy shift on grant-making will help smaller charities be able to continue delivering their vital services and activities.
  1. Centre for Ageing Better Volunteering Fund
The Centre for Ageing Better has launched its Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering fund to support initiatives that put the principles of age-friendly and inclusive volunteering set out in their recent review into practice.
You can find all the information at:
  1. The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund
Under 'The Antonia & Andrea Belcher Trans Fund', small grants will be provided to support those activists and their organisations working across the world to improve the lives of trans people. Read more here.

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  1. LBT Women’s Health Week
Please check out our calendar for information on the events and activities taking place during LBT Women’s Health Week. Get in touch to add anything to the calendar.
  1. Volunteering and health inequalities workshop
March 10th, 10-1, London – Kings Cross
The Long-Term Plan includes a commitment to double the number of volunteers in the NHS in three years to enhance the impact of volunteering, especially in deprived communities, and to improve access to volunteering opportunities making volunteering in the NHS more accessible. Ultimately, NCVO, working with NHSE, want to look at whether volunteering (including in the NHS and outside of it) might help to narrow health inequalities. For more info, email
  1. LGBT Health Event from NHSE
March 13th, Manchester
NHSE/I are delighted to invite you to our national learning event taking place in Manchester, to share best practice in reducing health inequalities for LGBT people across the NHS, social care and voluntary sector. We will be joined by Dr Michael Brady, National Advisor for LGBT Health, Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, and the LGBT Foundation, and a number of other professionals and organisations working in LGBT health. Participants will take away practical solutions to addressing LGBT health inequalities locally and there will be opportunities for networking.
This event is open to professionals across the health, social care and VCSE sectors with a responsibility for addressing LGBT health inequalities – including NHS trusts, primary care, commissioners, and policy makers. Up to two places may be booked per organisation – additional places will be opened up depending on availability. Light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please inform us of any accessibility requirements upon signing up. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis. If you sign up and find you can no longer attend please let us know so we can offer your space to someone else.
  1. Dementia, care & Nursing Home Expo
March 17&18th, Birmingham
UK’s most dynamic social care event dedicated to inspiring business growth & a sustainable social care model. A series of sessions from the Bring Dementia Out team. Book here.
  1. Data, the VCSE sector and health inequalities:  How to access and use equality and health Inequalities data
March 18th, London, venue TBC
This event is specifically for the VCSE sector and will talk through the NHS RightCare Equality and Health Inequality data packs and other sources, including: Where to find information; How to translate the data; How to use it to influence locally.
Places are limited to one per organisation and will be given on a first come, first served basis.  To reserve your place, please e-mail indicating any dietary and access needs.
  1. Relaunch of the Disability Matters resources
March 26th, 6-8pm, RCPCH London
Disability Matters is for everyone who may work with, volunteers with, care for, commission or delivers services for disabled children, young people and their families." The online resources were developed with children, young people, families and a range of organisations, and have recently been updated. To book onto the event, click here.
  1. 2020 IUKI International LGBT+ Youth Workers' Conference
March 28th, Manchester
This year the format will be different as Proud Trust are running events over two days - attendees are welcome to attend one or both days.
Saturday is the general conference. Sunday is a day called "Meet me at the Intersection". Referencing the term coined by Kimberlé Crenshaw, this will be a day of activities looking at intersecting identities and the interaction between different power structures, and how this applies to our work. There will be presentations, activities and discussions around this theme.
This is a collaborative conference with representatives from a range of organisations across Ireland and the UK. Book here.
  1. Understanding and measuring wellbeing: free workshops across the UK
The What Works Centre for Wellbeing, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, are pleased to announce a programme of free workshops around the country designed specially for small to medium-sized charities, starting in February 2020.
Introductory workshops: Understanding, improving and measuring wellbeing
The workshops will cover wellbeing concepts and evidence, how to use evidence to improve your activities, and recommended measures for wellbeing evaluations: Wednesday 18 March at the Melting Pot Studio, Edinburgh. Wednesday 13 May at The Priory Rooms, Birmingham.
Advanced workshop: Designing and preparing for evaluation
There is also a more advanced workshop on wellbeing evaluations designed for medium-to-large charities and social enterprises who would like to conduct or commission a wellbeing evaluation: Wednesday 26 February at The Health Foundation, London
Learn more about the workshop programme at
  1. Supporting the development of primary care networks: series of webinars
NHS England is continuing to support the development of primary care networks through a further series of webinars aimed at those working within primary care and the wider NHS.
The webinars will focus on a range of topics, such as how to best use technology to develop services and the role of pharmacy within PCNs, and will include examples of work already in progress across the country with a chance to ask questions and find out more about next steps in relation to the development of primary care networks. More info is available here:
  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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