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Dear all,

Welcome to our July newsletter. This month there are once again absolutely loads of ways to get involved with improving healthcare for LGB&T people and having your say (or allowing your service users to have theirs). As you may know, the Government recently launched a survey on LGBT lives and experiences, and there is also a consultation underway on the service specifications for gender identity services. Read on for a number of other surveys and pieces of research, as well as events and resources.
 
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.

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The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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  1. 2018 GSK IMPACT Awards are now open for applications
Funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, the GSK IMPACT Awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
 
  1. Our Health Heroes Awards 2017
Also now open for nominations are the Our Health Heroes Awards 2017. Skills for health and Health Education England are looking for those extra-special people who put patient care first, strive to keep their team motivated and are true heroes to the healthcare sector. They will be searching for teams and individuals that go above and beyond the call of duty, are creative and innovative in their roles and deserve a big thank you. This could be a support worker, apprentice, integrated team or workforce planning team. Nominate here.
 
  1. Gender identity services consultation
NHS England has launched a 12-week consultation, which closes on 30 September 2017, on specialised gender identity services for adults (17 and above). NHS England wants to hear people’s views on two proposed service specifications: one for how Gender Identity Clinics will deliver specialised outpatient services; and another for how surgical units will deliver surgical interventions. The proposed service specifications have been developed through engagement with the trans community and clinical experts. James Palmer, Medical Director for Specialised Services at NHS England, has recently taken over as Senior Responsible Officer for this work and has written a blog on the consultation. The proposed service specifications, consultation guide can be viewed here.
 
  1. Update on PrEP Impact Trial in England
Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England have published another update on the PrEP Impact Trial following concerns from HIV organisations and campaigners about further delays in starting the trial.  United4PrEP, a coalition of charities and individuals campaigning for PrEP, have called for more speed and transparency with PrEP plans.  PHE and NHS England have confirmed that procurement for the trial drug should be completed by July and have promised a timeline for next steps and a FAQs document to address some of the more detailed queries that have been raised.
 
  1. Changes to Blood Donation rules
The Government has announced changes to the rules on blood donation in England. This follows a review of blood donor criteria related to risk behaviours by the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) who advise UK ministers and health departments. The changes announced by the Government mean that the rules are consistent for all groups that are deferred due to sexual behaviours. Men who have sex with men (MSM); commercial sex workers (who have previously been excluded) and people who have sex with partners in groups known to have a high risk of having an infection that could be passed on during sex are now able to donate after three months have passed since the last sexual activity. 

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  1. LGBT Survey
The Government Equalities Office and DfE have launched a survey to understand the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people living in the UK.  The survey asks about experiences of public services and experiences of discrimination, including in education and healthcare.  The consultation will close on 15 October 2017
 
  1. Patient and Public Voice members needed for the Public Health Oversight Group (PHOG)
NHS England’s Public Health Oversight Group is looking for two Patient and Public Voice members. The group oversees the commissioning of the national screening, immunisation and child health information services; this includes cancer screening and childhood vaccinations. Applicants will need to have a genuine commitment to developing excellent health services along with lived experience and understanding of national screening and/or immunisation programmes. Further details about the role can be found on the NHS England website. The closing date for applications is midnight on 14 August 2017. To request an application pack please email abenaa.yeboah@nhs.net or fatema.limbada@nhs.net.
 
  1. London Clinical Senate’s Patient and Public Voice (PPV) Group is Recruiting
The London Clinical Senate is recruiting new members to join its Patient and Public Voice (PPV) Group. This is an exciting opportunity for people who want to help improve health services in London.  
The London Clinical Senate provides independent advice to commissioners and other bodies, supporting them to make the best decisions about healthcare for people in London. The role of the Clinical Senate’s PPV Group is to act as the ‘voice’ of patients, carers and the public. Its views inform the advice given by the  Clinical Senate.
As a PPV member, you will represent patients and carers who use London’s health services. You will also use your knowledge and experience to improve the quality of healthcare and to challenge the thinking of healthcare professionals where necessary.  
Further information about the role and how to apply can be found in the Application Information Pack and also on http://www.londonsenate.nhs.uk/patient-public-voice/ppv-recruitment-2017/. The application deadline is 8 September 2017.Please direct any further queries to england.londonclinicalsenate@nhs.net or Sue Dutch (0113 80 70443).
 
  1. Trans women’s views on menopause and HRT
Researchers from King’s College London wish to explore transgender women’s beliefs, attitudes and expectations/experiences of menopause and hormone replacement therapy (HRT). It is hoped that the study will help to build knowledge to better support transgender healthcare, wellbeing and the transgender community as a whole.
 
The study consists of a short online questionnaire on your personal views and experiences of HRT and menopause. It will also collect some background information, such as your age, ethnicity and employment status. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete and we ask that you complete the survey and should be completed in one sitting. Participation in this study is voluntary and completely anonymous, so your answers cannot be traced back to you.
 
Should you have any queries about the study or your rights, please feel free to contact Sophie Mohamed at sophie.mohamed@kcl.ac.uk or Myra Hunter at myra.hunter@kcl.ac.uk
 
Please click here to complete the survey.
 
  1. Research into LGBTQ people in Prisons.
An Open University research study is interested in the life stories of LGBTQ+ people who have either served a prison sentence or worked as a prison officer in a women’s prison in England. If you identify as lesbian/gay, bisexual, trans, queer or intersex, and have either served a prison sentence or worked as a prison officer in a women’s prison in England, then this project is interested in your story. If you think you might like to take part and speak anonymously and confidentially about your life experiences to a researcher, the project would like to hear from you. Find out more here.
 
  1. Help develop Brighton LGBT Switchboard
Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard want to hear from you about what you think about then. They want to know how you view the charity, what you think about their services, and help them plan for the future. All feedback, whether positive or negative, is useful.
 
To help to gather feedback, Switchboard will be holding two focus groups in August: Thursday 10th August, 2-3pm at Brighthelm Centre and Tuesday 15th August, 6-7pm at Bar Broadway
 
If you would like to attend a focus group please RSVP by emailing brighton.admin@switchboard.org.uk.
 
  1. NHS England Youth Forum is recruiting
The British Youth Council is excited to announce that they are recruiting for the 4th year of the NHS Youth Forum to help shape health services and are looking for young people aged 14 – 25, from across England to be part of it. There are:
  • 8 open places for any young people across England who have an interest in health
    4 seats available for young people from hospital forums
    4 seats available for Members of Youth Parliament to be elected via an online vote by all Members of Youth Parliament in England
  • They will join 9 young people continuing from 2016.
The purpose of the NHS Youth Forum is to bring together a diverse range of young people who can use their own perspectives and experiences of healthcare services to highlight good practice and develop suggestions for improvement in areas which may need it. It is about advising, sharing opinion and ideas, giving feedback and helping to improve services.
For further details and the application process: http://www.byc.org.uk/uk/nhs-youth-forum The closing date is 9am on the 2nd August 2017. Any enquiries should be directed to: nhsyouthforum@byc.org.uk.

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  1. New leaflet from PHE to improve accessibility to screening for trans people
PHE have developed a new leaflet which aims to improve access to screening for trans people by providing information about what screening is available, why screening is important, and how to access the appropriate screening for your body.
 
  1. Supporting LGBTQ+ people in homelessness services
Service providers are not always aware of the sexuality or gender identity of the people they support, and might not understand their needs. As a result, LGBTQ+ individuals can struggle to get the right support, delaying their progression out of homelessness and increasing the likelihood of their needs becoming more complex. This introduction is written for staff who are new to LGBTQ+ issues, and includes links to specialist agencies and resources to help you develop service provision tailored to individuals' needs.
 
  1. New online support for young LGBTQ+ people at risk of homelessness.
The Albert Kennedy Trust, the UK’s LGBT youth homelessness charity, in launching a brand new online support service, inter-AKT. It focuses on preventing homelessness, by hopefully reaching young people before they are at risk of homelessness.‘inter-AKT’ is a safe and non-judgmental space that connects young LGBTQ people with Digital Mentors to explore a range of issues, whether it’s through chat, messaging, video calls or just audio. If young people have a worry, question, concern, challenge, interest, or even an opportunity they want to make the most of, they can explore their options with AKT’s trained Digital Mentors.
 
  1. The health needs of LGBT women
This blog post from PHE looks at the work being undertaken to address the inequalities and support action that promotes the health of lesbian and bisexual women and women who have sex with other women.
 
  1. National Standards for Peer Support in HIV
The first ever national standards for peer support in HIV in the UK have been published by Positively UK, in partnership with people living with HIV, the British HIV Association (BHIVA), National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA) and Children’s HIV Association (CHIVA).The standards aim to create a benchmark for the HIV community, health and social care providers and decision makers to ensure consistency in approach and promote good practice in the delivery of peer support.
 
  1. Useful tools for evaluating the involvement of patients, carers and the public
UCLPartners has put together a short guidance on useful tools for evaluating the involvement of patients, carers and the public. This is for those working in partner organisations – for more information please contact Chelsea Atherton at UCLPartners chelsea.atherton@uclpartners.com
 
  1. What works; patient and stakeholder engagement for Sexual Assault Referral Centres
Following research undertaken into how sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) engage victims, survivors and stakeholders, NHS England has published the ‘What Works; patient and stakeholder engagement for Sexual Assault Referral Centres’ report. It is intended to help SARCs collect and share feedback on patient involvement and identifies learning from innovative engagement work in the public, third and voluntary sectors, as well as from those working with vulnerable and excluded groups. The report sets out a number of recommendations and identifies policies, tools and practices for service user engagement. To receive a copy, please email andreacollins1@nhs.net.

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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, including on Promoting health and preventing premature mortality in black, Asian and other minority ethnic groups 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: nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com

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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. http://www.bernardsunley.org/
 
  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. Health and Care Innovation EXPO
11 & 12 September, Manchester
Expo aims to help leaders in the NHS, local authorities and beyond to work together for whole-system change and improvement. At Expo 2017 the focus is on the actions we can now all take to deliver the vision of the NHS Five Year Forward View, across all parts of our health and social care services. Across two main stages, four feature zones, eight pop-up university rooms and four satellite event spaces, Expo 2017 will explore the most important developments across health and social care.
 
It is a chance for communities to further understand the ways they can get involved in the health and care agenda. As a member of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, The National LGB&T Partnership has secured a discount code. To claim this discount please contact us at harri.weeks@lgbtconsortium.org.uk.
 
  1. Gypsy and Traveller Engagement Masterclasses
Dates between 6th & 22nd September, Nottingham
This half day Masterclass is for anyone wanting to engage or work more effectively with Gypsies and Travellers, ensuring their services are inclusive and accessible. This is a lively, interactive session delivered by English Romany Gypsies who are professional and experiences trainers. The venue will be Gypsylife, Gypsy Corner Farm, Smeath Road, Hayton, Retford, Notts DN22 9JL. 
For more information and bookings please contact gypsylifenat@gmail.com or call 07480 221756
 
  1. Peer Leadership Academy
The Peer Leadership Academy is a personal development programme for people with 'lived experience' of a personalised approach to health care, especially personal health budgets. It helps them to play a vital role in the delivery and shaping of key NHS personalisation health care programmes, including personal health budgets and Integrated Personal Commissioning. People are eligible to apply if they are an individual or a family carer who has experience of having a personal health budget or experience of Integrated Personal Commissioning.
 
  1. Developing person-centred cultures to deliver compassionate care
  2. son-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.
     
  3. 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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