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  1. LBT Women’s Health Week 2019 – 11-15th March
We have begun planning next year’s Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women’s Health Week.
If you want to help improve health and social care for LGBTQ women, check out our pages on LBT Women's Health Week, and get in touch to be involved next year.
  1. Keep informed with the work of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance
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.
  1. Expo NHS 2018: Pop-up sessions from the Health & Wellbeing Alliance
Expo NHS 2018 will this year take place on the 5 and 6 September at Manchester Central. The Health & Wellbeing Alliance will be hosting two pop-up sessions over the two days:
How the mental health workforce can help people address the practical problems in their lives – Wednesday 5 September, 3:30pm, PUU8
Resilience for individuals, communities and specific groups – Thursday 6 September, 12:30pm, PUU5
Keep up to date with all announcements from the Expo NHS 2018 on Twitter using the hashtag: #Expo18NHS and get the latest news from the Health & Wellbeing Alliance using #HWAlliance.
  1. Community Statement on PrEP
A group of over 32 charities and community groups, including National AIDS Trust (NAT), Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), British HIV Association (BHIVA) and British Association for Sexual Health & HIV (BASHH) have come together to call for NHS England and local authorities to work collaboratively to introduce a national programme for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). The community statement says that the current PrEP IMPACT trial is limited in terms of both numbers and reach and that the routine provision of PrEP should begin alongside the trial to ensure it is available to all those at risk of HIV, whether gay or bisexual men, trans people, BAME communities, women and heterosexual men.

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  1. 2019 GSK IMPACT Awards
The GSK IMPACT Awards are open for applications. The awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Winners receive numerous benefits, including up to £40,000, free training and development from The King's Fund and the opportunity to be part of the prestigious GSK IMPACT Awards Network. The closing date for applications is Thursday 20 September at 5pm.
  1. Relationships & Sex Education Consultation
The Department for Education (DfE) has published the draft RSE guidance and launched the consultation. We will be submitting a response to the consultation, which closes in early November, and are seeking partners with expert knowledge to help inform our response. If you/your organisation intends to respond and would like to help input into The Partnership’s response, please get in touch.
  1. National Sexual Wellbeing Survey 2018: Women who have sex with women
LGBT Foundation’s Women’s Programme has launched a major piece of research into the sexual wellbeing of women who have sex with women.
Programme leaders earmarked this as a priority due to a significant lack of evidence in the UK about the sexual wellbeing of lesbian and bisexual women and other women who have sex with women. Previous research in this area took a more clinical approach to sexual health but excluded other factors including pleasure, exploration, health, access to services, confidence, and consent.
Almost 60% of lesbian and bisexual women say it’s difficult to find information about sexual health that is relevant to them. Complete the survey here.
  1. Greater Manchester: focus group on gender identity services delivery
NHS England wants to explore alternative models for delivery of Gender Identity Services that may provide more local provision and increase clinical capacity across the country, thereby reducing waiting times and improving patient experience. They will be piloting this approach in Greater Manchester.
Trans people, their families and carers are invited to share views on current and future Gender Identity Services provision in Greater Manchester at a session beginning at 4.30pm at The LGBT Foundation in Manchester on Saturday 8th September (following Trans MCR). The session will be led by Harri Weeks, a trans person and facilitator with experience working in healthcare and policy, who’s been working with NHS England on improving Gender Identity Services and wants to feed your thoughts into this next stage of development.
  1. The NHS Long Term Plan and Young People’s Health
This short survey has been created by Health and Wellbeing Alliance Partners Young People’s Health Partnership in response to the NHS long term plan, to gain insight from young people into how the service can be improved to better suit their needs.
  1. Recruitment of Patient and Public Voice (PPV) partners for Digital Health Programmes
HS England is committed to ensuring that patient and public voices are at the centre of shaping our healthcare services. Every level of our commissioning system needs to be informed by listening to those who use and care about our services.
We are looking for expert PPV partners for a variety of groups who have a good knowledge and understanding of the health and care system nationally, regionally and/or locally to join our various advisory groups, and help shape NHS digital health services for people, patients and carers.
The main role of PPV partners is to ensure that patient voice is heard within the various groups by constructively challenging, offering insight and views from a patient/citizen perspective.
NHSE are specifically looking for PPV partners who can demonstrate an understanding of and who have a strong interest in digital health services and the opportunity they provide in empowering people and patients to manage their health and care.
Membership of the groups is for 12 months initially, and will then be reviewed.
The closing date for applications is Monday 3rd September 2018 (midnight).
  1. Healthy Communities Consultation
Public Health England recognises that communities matter for health.
Community life, social connections, sense of belonging and having a voice in local decisions all contribute to health and wellbeing. These community factors build our sense of control, resilience and wellbeing which also help protect us against illness and help us maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Building strong, connected and inclusive communities is therefore a public health priority.
Public Health England has produced guidance on the evidence but wants to learn more about what works in creating healthy communities and placing communities at the heart of public health.
Please complete this survey by Wednesday 19th September 2018.
  1. Opportunity to help improve content
DHSC is going through a major cross-government content transformation period that will ensure visitors using GOV.UK can find information easier, understand content better and access the information they need more efficiently. They are looking for active GOV.UK users who are medical practitioners, experts who work in the healthcare field or the general public, who can help them improve the content by taking part in user research. To participate please complete this initial form.
  1. Consultation on contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers
NHS England has launched a consultation on the contracting arrangements for Integrated Care Providers (ICPs) to seek views from stakeholders and the public as well as explaining what the draft ICP Contract is, why it is useful and what it would mean for patients and the NHS. The consultation period ends on 26 October 2018.

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  1. The VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool
We have worked with colleagues across the Health & Wellbeing Alliance to launch the VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool. This online tool will help your organisation to audit its engagement with Inclusion Health groups. These are the groups identified as experiencing the worst health inequalities in the UK.
The tool consists of five sections and takes around 15 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the audit tool, you will be provided with a unique and tailored guide which will help your organisation to embed action on tackling health inequalities into its everyday activities. Access the tool here.
  1. Do you know what you should expect from your health and care professional?
The Standards of conduct, performance and ethics set out the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) expectations for behaviour and conduct and all professionals on their Register must meet them.
HCPC have produced a range of resources and these are available on the HCPC website:
Be sure video, which explains how to check the HCPC Register; what you should expect from your health and care professional leaflet, with information on our standards and what to do if you are unhappy with the care that you receive; and an accompanying what to expect from your health and care professional video.
  1. Safeguarding children and young people (CYP) and sharing information to reduce risk to CYP.
DfE has published statutory guidance for organisations to safeguard and promote the welfare of all children and young people under the age of 18 in England. DfE has also published advice to support practitioners in the decisions they take to share information, which reduces the risk of harm to children and young people.
  1. Toolkit to support evaluation of interventions in sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services
PHE has published a resources toolkit to support the evaluation of interventions or projects in sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services. The resources are written primarily for practitioners interested in evaluation of interventions in these areas and consist of: an introductory guide, an evaluation workbook with proformas and guidance and a list of standards and metrics.
  1. LGA Adult Social Care Green Paper
The Local Government Association have published a green paper on Adult Social Care. Their consultation is open until September 26th 2018.
  1. Survey: Charities, Social Enterprises and Men & Boys’ Health
Men’s Health Forum are keen to find out more about what other organisations are doing to improve men and boys' health - so that they can make sure contacts in government and the NHS understand the priorities of the sector - and, for those organisations that want it, spread the word about their activities to support men and boys' health.
Whether you are from an organisation that supports or represents men and boys - exclusively or only as part of your mission - or just interested in how you or your organisation can do more to support men, they want to hear from you in this survey.
  1. Citizens Advice mental health insights: people’s experience of community mental health support
Practical problems, such as losing one’s home or facing redundancy at work, can worsen people’s mental health and quality of life. Primary care and mental health services are seeing an increase in clients with practical problems that take up significant clinical time.   
This brief presents a review of case notes submitted by Citizens Advice advisors on what challenges people with mental health needs face in their everyday life and  when accessing healthcare in the community. ​It also forms a part of policy series on mental health.
  1. Women in crisis: how women and girls are being failed by the Mental Health Act
This report sets out growing evidence that being detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 can be detrimental to women's and girls' wellbeing, with little attention paid to their particular needs, including their experiences of trauma. This can have devastating consequences, as shown by previously unpublished figures on self-inflicted deaths outlined in this report.
  1. Civil Society Strategy: building a future that works for everyone
This Strategy sets out how government will work with and for civil society in the long-term to create a country that works for everyone.
  1. Local action on health inequalities: understanding and reducing ethnic inequalities in health
This guidance aims to support local and national action on ethnic inequalities in health. It provides: a summary of information and data by ethnic group in England; examples of practical approaches to address ethnic inequalities in health; case studies of local action to address ethnic health inequalities.
  1. The 'So what, what next?' project: supporting people with a learning disability, autism or both to use their skills and interests to play a part in the community
The 'So what, what next?' project was designed by the Transforming Care empowerment steering group to look at ways of supporting people with a learning disability or autism who have recently been discharged from hospital to explore their skills and passions and to find ways to contribute these to their local communities. This report outlines the findings and learning from the project.
  1. Improving Understanding of Service User Involvement and Identity
This report aims to improve understanding of good and bad experiences of service user involvement in the commissioning, design, delivery and evaluation of public sector services and the challenges faced by service users in negotiating their dual role of both being a service user representative and recipients of services. This report will be of interest to Disabled people who are service users and for people who design, manage and evaluate services in the public sector.
  1. Rough Sleeping Strategy Published – and response from Homeless Link
The Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy was published earlier this month and can be found here. Health and Wellbeing Alliance Member Homeless Link’s joint response with a range of charities has been largely welcoming, whilst highlighting the structural issues that need to be addressed in order to end rough sleeping.

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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. Community grants of up to £2500 to highlight patient and public involvement in the voluntary sector
NHS England’s ‘celebrating involvement in healthcare’ community grants scheme is open for applications for the fourth year. Grants of up to £2500 are available to voluntary, community and social enterprise 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, community or social enterprise 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 here. The deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 20th September 2018.
  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. EXPO 2018
5th-6th September, Manchester
Registration for Expo 2018 opened on 1 March, with complimentary tickets available for NHS, local government and other public sector employees (please email us for details. A range of ticketing options will be available to delegates from other sectors, with discounted early-bird rates. 
  1. From the Bottom to the Top: Emerging Trends in Therapy & BDSM
6th October, London
BDSM has been described as one of the most demonised forms of sexuality, but the recent de-pathologisation in the DSM-5 has led to an increased demand from those involved in the BDSM/Kink Communities for therapists to become kink-aware and kink-knowledgeable.
The conference is open to counsellors and psychotherapists, clinical sexologists and psychosexual therapists, counselling and clinical psychologists, and those trained in somatic sexological bodywork and sex coaches. 
  1. Health Inequalities Research Network Conference
31st October 2018, London
HERON is an international public engagement network funded by the Wellcome Trust and aimed at people involved in action and research to tackle inequalities in health and health service use. It brings together people from the community, local charities, public health researchers and health practitioners with a vision of having a collaborative approach to research in the community.
The 2018 HERON conference will include presentations, workshops, discussion, art and more on the theme of ‘current and future directions in health equity research and action’ from researchers, community organisations, and healthcare representatives. The conference will take a future-orientated perspective to explore how we can learn from present research and tackle inequalities through future research and action. You can register to attend this free conference here.
  1. Gypsy and traveller cultural awareness e-learning course
Friends Families and Travellers (FFT), have produced this cultural awareness courseabout Gypsies and Travellers, which is essential for anyone working in the public sector and voluntary sector. For example: teachers, police officers, people working in healthcare, and those in housing planning and equality and diversity departments. 
  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. 
  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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