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Our focus this month, as last, is on ways to engage with the health and social care sector, both in our ‘get involved’ section and through training and events. There’s also plenty of news to catch up on, some recruitment and funding opportunities, and again, to balance the mass of information in other sections, presenting a more targeted collection of resources.
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  1. LBT Women’s Health Week 2020 – 9th-13th March
We’re already looking ahead to next year, and considering how we can best bring together and celebrate all the LGBTQ women working to improve our communities’ health. If you’re one of these women, or want to suggest someone we should be engaging with, please get in touch.
  1. RCGP calls for whole system approach to improving NHS care for trans patients
On Tuesday the RCGP put out a statement outlining their approach to care for trans patients and calling for improved treatment, stating that Education and training for healthcare professionals, NHS IT systems, and access to gender identity services must all be addressed in order to improve the care trans patients receive across the UK. The National LGB&T Partnership responds to this statement here.
  1. Survey of Londoners Report
The biggest city level survey of its kind, with responses from over 6,000 Londoners from all backgrounds, found that LGBT+ Londoners have higher rates of both social isolation and loneliness (36% and 15% respectively) compared to 27% and 8% of respondents overall. It also found that over a third of LGBT+ Londoners report being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation (36%).
  1. Celebrating the work of LGBT+ people affected by dementia
As we come towards the end of Pride Month, Alzheimer’s Society want to celebrate the work of LGBT+ people affected by dementia who took part in their recent innovation, Bring Dementia Out. More information can be found in their blog and related articles, here.
  1. New Interim NHS People Plan to help NHS staff provide highest-quality care to patients
Delivering the vision of The NHS Long Term Plan will require healthcare that is more personalised and patient centred, more focused on prevention, and more likely to be delivered in the community, out of hospital.
NHSE’s Interim NHS People Plan, developed collaboratively with national leaders and partners, sets a vision for how people working in the NHS will be supported to deliver that care and identifies the actions they will take to help them.
  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. Care Quality Commission research shows racial disparity in people raising concerns about their care
Research undertaken by our Health and Wellbeing Alliance Partners Race Equality Foundation for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of their year-long “Declare Your Care” campaign has revealed those from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background are less likely than those from a non-BME background to raise concerns about the standard of care they receive, particularly in relation to mental health. The Foundation carried out a series of interviews with service users and carers, and the CQC has published these alongside their research. You can learn more 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.

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  1. Opportunity to take part in research with the Office for National Statistics
ONS are looking for volunteers across England and Wales to take part in a one-off research session to help shape the design of survey questions, including those which relate to gender and sexual orientation. This feedback will be given in an interview lasting approximately 1 hour, which will take place at a location convenient and comfortable for you.
You do not have to be an expert in question design to give your views.
Your personal information will be treated as confidential as directed by the Code of Practice for Statistics and will not be shared with any third parties. Feedback you provide will be used to develop questions for official surveys. The information you provide will not identify you or anyone in your household. You will receive £30 as a thank you for taking part.
Please contact ONS if you or any one you know would be interested in taking part. You can contact Katie via: Telephone number: 01329 447040 Email Address:
  1. OUTing Cancer: LGBTQ people living with cancer surveys
Switchboard is partnering with Macmillan Cancer Support to learn about the experiences and needs of LGBTQ people living with cancer in Sussex or East Surrey. This includes people who are going through treatment, approaching the end of treatment, or who have finished treatment.
There are two surveys: one for LGBTQ people living with cancer, and another for professionals and volunteers who support LGBTQ people living with cancer. The surveys will be open until late August.
  1. Survey: Support needed by LGBT+ people with Dementia
Dementia Adventure and National Dementia Action Alliance have created a survey intended to inform them of the thoughts of people within the LGBT+ community around the subject of support needed on a daily, weekly, and maybe annual basis. They are interested in gathering people’s views so that Dementia Adventure can co-produce a service which will be what people want and need. Please do forward this on to any LGBT+ people with dementia and LGBT+ carers.
Please fill in this survey by 1st July 2019.
  1. Survey: LGBT+ Provisions for working age adults in receipt of care
Manor Community supports people with mental and learning disabilities, but often find it difficult to find quality best practice information which can be used to help support younger people (18yrs and 65yrs) with mental or learning disabilities who are part of the LGBT+ community.
Please complete this survey to help them create information and design learning materials which will inform organisations how to better support the LGBT+ community. - It takes on average 8 minutes to complete.
The survey is designed for responses to be completed by an individual if they feel comfortable doing so, or there is an easier-read introduction so a trusted support worker or relative can assist with any contributions. This includes a way to contact us with any questions or concerns.
  1. Research: Have you experienced Intimate Partner Violence whilst in a female same sex relationship?
Research is being conducted on the experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) and help seeking in female same sex relationships. The study is being conducted by Ebony Hislop, Trainee Counselling Psychologist at Teesside University, supervised by Dr Daisy Best & Dr Nikki Carthy. Face to face or Skype interviews will be conducted depending on location. You must be over 18 years old to take part in this study and have experienced IPV within a female same sex relationship. You must have been out of the abusive relationship for at least 12 months. For more information please contact Ebony on
  1. NHS England STP Mapping Survey
As part of NAVCA’s role on the Health & Wellbeing Alliance they have been asked to undertake a mapping exercise on behalf of NHS England’s Voluntary Partnerships Team. The purpose of this piece of work is to enable NHS England to start working to improve the involvement of VCSE organisations in STPs and ICSs, to look at where gaps exist and to provide more appropriate support.
Please fill in this very short online survey - there are just 4 questions and it only takes a couple of minutes to complete.
  1. Free tickets for small and medium sized charities for NHS England Health & Care Innovation Expo
Registration is open now for Health and Care Innovation Expo – the biggest NHS-led event of the year and, if you're a small or medium-sized charity, we have a code which will make it free to attend. Focused on the NHS Long Term Plan, the conference and exhibition brings together all parts of the NHS as well as local government and social care leaders: more than any other health and care event. This year it's at Manchester Central on 4 and 5 September 2019. We've regularly attended in the past and found it very helpful.
The code to book a free place is EXPO19. Feel free to share with other local charities, but please don't post it publicly or on social media.
  1. Join Brook’s User Advisory Group
Brook are committed to ensuring that young people are at the heart of their strategic decision making. They have a fantastic opportunity for young people to join their User Advisory Group and help shape their 2020-23 strategy. As well as four existing service users they are looking for two young people under 25 who do not currently use Brook services. If you fit either of these categories please see their website for full details.
  1. Shaping Brook’s Strategy
Engaging and involving young people in shaping Brook's strategy is critical. To collect qualitative feedback they will host a number of workshops and we are looking for established youth groups to take part. Please contact Lisa if you run a youth group and would like more information about this opportunity.
  1. The Peer Leadership Academy is now taking applications
The Peer Leadership Academy is a personal development programme that aims to build people’s knowledge, skills and confidence so they can play an active role in the personalised care programmes at a national and regional level. It is open to people who have lived experience of personalised approaches to health and social care with direct relevance to the work of the Personalised Care Group. You must be willing to commit to playing an on-going role in shaping policy and practice within personalised care at a national and local level. However, levels of commitment may vary depending on people’s individual circumstances.
Apply here. Applications close 19th July.
  1. Consultation: People who have been detained under the Mental Health Act whilst in prison or an immigration removal centre
NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a consultation on proposed guidance relating to people held within prisons and immigration removal centres (IRCs) who have been detained under the Mental Health Act for assessment and treatment within mental health inpatient services. 
Whilst the consultation is open to anyone who would like to share their views, they are particularly keen to hear from people who have been detained for assessment and treatment whilst in prison or an IRC, as well as from their families and carers, and the organisations who support them.
Closes 19 July.
  1. Opt-out organ donation: organs and tissues excluded from the new system
From 2020, everyone in England over the age of 18 will be considered to be in favour of donating their organs and tissue after death unless they: have said they do not want to donate (opted out); have appointed someone to decide for them after death; or are in an excluded group. The government proposes that transplants of certain organs and tissues will still need consent and is asking people for their views on which organs and tissues should be excluded from the new opt-out organ donation system. The consultation closes on 22 July 2019.
  1. Join the NHS Leadership academy
The NHS Leadership Academy are currently recruiting experience of care partners as part of their leadership development programme. They are particularly interested in hearing from young patients and carers aged 14-25. They are also holding a series of storytelling and personal impact workshops to provide participants with practical tools to tell stories effectively. The workshops will take place in Leeds, London and Plymouth and are free to attend, including lunch, travel expenses and accommodation if the journey to the venue is over 3 hours.

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  1. Engaging with Complexity – Trauma Informed Services
The National LGB&T Partnership and the Race Equality Foundation have worked with the Mental Health Consortia, all members of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance, to produce a new resource to help public services become trauma-informed to support women’s mental health.
Engaging with complexity builds on the 2018 Women’s Mental Health Taskforce report, which recommended the wider use of trauma-informed care. The resource is informed by a review of literature and consultations involving women with expertise by experience and professionals with an interest in trauma-informed approaches.
  1. Closing the Employment Gap for Young People
Young people’s mental and emotional wellbeing can significantly affect their ability to apply for, obtain and maintain work. Particular groups of young people can be more affected by these issues. YPHP carried out work in partnership with Alliance members, Carers Trust, Friends, Families and Travellers, The National LGB&T Partnership, Association of Mental Health Providers, Nacro, NAVCA and The Men’s Health Forum to develop a scoping review to provide an overview of evidence in this area and a resource to help those working with young people to support them. We spoke to young people, employers, charities, mental health providers and the Department of Work and Pensions to understand the issues young people are facing and what professionals are doing to support them. We also explored new and promising practice to understand what employers need to support them to engage with young people affected by mental health issues.
  1. Digital Leadership 101 Series – blogs to help small charities
NAVCA is working in partnership with Superhighways on the Digital Leadership 101 initiative, along with the FSI and London Plus, have contributed to a comprehensive series of blogs offering tips and advice across a range of digital topics. This first collection in this series focuses on security - helping your small charity stay safe online. Here is a selection of blogs taken from the collection:
Cyber security for small charities: simple tips to stay safe online – from our Business & Communications Lead, Tom Watson
Data Protection: 5 simple ways small charities can apply the rules – by Data Protection guru, Paul Ticher
Encrypting your devices with Windows BitLocker – by Superhighways
  1. House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee report on Sexual Health
This report finds that despite top-line figures for sexual health appearing positive, they hide a number of seriously concerning underlying trends and inequalities as poor sexual health outcomes fall disproportionately on certain groups. An enduring theme throughout the Health and Social Care Committee's inquiry was geographical variation in access to the highest standard of sexual health services, worsened by the impact of greatly reduced funding and increased fragmentation of services. The report concludes that sexual health must be sufficiently funded on a national level to deliver high-quality sexual health services and information.
  1. Body image: how we think and feel about our bodies
This report, published during mental health awareness week 2019, reveals findings from a recent online survey of British teenagers that asked them questions relating to this year's theme, body image. In light of its findings, the Mental Health Foundation is calling for immediate action to be taken to help safeguard young people across social media and as they grow up.
  1. Taking the p***
This report explores the dire state of the UK’s public conveniences, the impact this has on health and wellbeing, and public perceptions of what should be done. It highlights how the effect of poor public toilet provision falls disproportionately on people with ill health or disability, the elderly, women, outdoor workers and the homeless. It argues that the failure to provide adequate public toilets directly hampers some of the UK’s wider public health efforts, such as curbing obesity, and keeping our increasingly elderly population physically active and socially engaged with the community.

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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 in their Maternity Transformation Programme’s workstream oversight groups, and a new Neonatal Implementation Board. For further information visit their Involvement Hub.
Paid roles
The LGBT Consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector
Birmingham LGBT are recruiting for 4 new roles: Counsellor, Trans Wellbeing Support Worker, Strategic Development Officer and Volunteer & Peer Mentoring Co-ordinator. For more information, go to their website: here.
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. *NEW* 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.
  1. Enterprise Development Fund
Access – the foundation for social investment – has recently launched its Enterprise Development Programme, a five-year programme which will provide a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England. The programme is designed to help VCSE organisations to make a transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones.
  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.

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  1. Event for young BAME LGBTQ+ people in London
July 5th, London
As part of his annual Pride in London celebrations the Mayor is holding an event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, and to celebrate Stonewall UK’s 30th anniversary. The theme for the event is recognising the value of intersectional LGBT+ identities. This event will focus on the experience of younger LGBT+ Londoners aged 16-30 – particularly those from BAME backgrounds. We are aware that sometimes younger voices are not heard, so this Pride event has been created for them. They will have the opportunity to interact with Munroe Bergdorf and other LGBT+ influencers, and to participate in group discussions with young BAME LGBT+ Londoners. Contact to arrange attendance.
  1. Discussion: How does Dementia affect the trans/TNBI+ community?
July 9th, Brighton
Rainbow Cafe presents: How does Dementia affect the trans/TNBI+ community? A discussion. Switchboard's Rainbow Cafe ( the Clare Project ( are creating a space together to discuss how Dementia affects the trans/TNBI+ community.
There will be a screening of a couple of short films, an informal discussion around the issues raised and then Q&A with Penny Dodds from Dementia UK, and other guests tbc. More info here.
  1. Enabling Social Action Programme Workshop: “Show me the money: challenges of resourcing social action”
July 15th, Bristol
This event focuses upon the resource challenges facing Local Authorities and VCSEs in supporting social action. It looks at ways in which different locations have sought to develop new frameworks to overcome some of these challenges, the potential benefits that this can create and the challenges that accompany new approaches. In the current climate of having to ‘do more with less’, the session will look at what innovative tools are being developed to make limited resources stretch further and what are the implications for supporting social action in local communities.
More info and sign up here.
  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. Transforming Healthcare Together: Support for health, care and VCSE leaders to build relationships that transform our healthcare system
A menu of support to inspire and equip health, care and voluntary sector leaders to work in partnership at ICS/STP level to support joint action that improves local health and care priorities.
Further info, including events and workshops, is available here:
  1. Sign up for City Hall's next Data Surgery
July 24th, London
Get expert advice from a team of volunteer statisticians, data scientists and researchers. These data experts will be available for a "data surgery" to help you get the most out of your data. If you work for a charity, social enterprise or NGO and have a project idea that involves data analysis, or you just want to better understand what you can do with the data you hold, come and pick their brains.
You'll work with the data volunteer in a 2 hour 1-2-1 session, to learn some practical skills and/or get feedback on your approach to data. Sign up here by 12 July!
  1. Free bite-sized e-learning sessions for all health and care professionals
Public Health England has launched new free bite-sized e-learning sessions, developed in partnership with Health Education England, to improve the knowledge, confidence and skills of all health and care professionals in preventing illness, protecting health and promoting wellbeing.
The sessions cover some of the biggest issues in public health and they contain signposting to trusted sources of helpful evidence, guidance and support to help professionals embed prevention in their everyday practice.
  1. Civic Futures now open for applications
Civic Futures is looking for 25 of London’s most dynamic community leaders to join us for the first cohort of a collective leadership programme starting in September 2019. If you’re working on grassroots-led change in London, or know someone who is, we want to hear from you!
Nominations will close on 2 July 2019, and applications by 12 noon on 10 July 2019.
Intended to support the urgent work of community leaders all over London, Civic Futures starts by asking how we best bring together some of the amazing people active across London to learn from and support each other in building a better future? Civic Futures is a new project run by Koreo, Dark Matter Labs and The Young Foundation, in partnership with the Greater London Authority (GLA).
  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. Supporting mental wellbeing – FREE resources
The Virtual College has developed a number of free online resources designed to help develop and support strong mental wellbeing. Please share with colleagues and the charities and community groups you work with. You can view the free resources here.
  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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