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Below you will find a large number of ways to engage with the health and social care sector, share your views and find out more, new funding and recruitment opportunities, and a range of resources and events. LBT Women’s Health Week is rapidly approaching, read more about the week below.
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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.
For information on how to support the week, please watch our webinar/download our slides.
  1. LGBT e-learning suite for GPs
The Royal College of GPs, in partnership with the Government Equalities Office (GEO) has launched a suite of e-learning resources to support GPs and other healthcare professionals to deliver the best possible care for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT) patients. There are six new online modules. See the RCGP’s Press Release here.
  1. Queer Women Are More Unhealthy Than Straight Women. This Is Why
In preparation for LBT Women’s Health Week, Harri Weeks spoke to Vice about why LGBTQ+ women face such significant health inequalities.
We have also contributed to articles on LGBTQ+ women and the menopause (November) and sharing the findings from research conducted by LGBT Foundation into women’s sexual health and wellbeing (December) in DIVA magazine. It is usually possible to read electronic copies of DIVA via your local public library.
  1. Why do transgender people struggle to get cervical screening?
During Cervical Cancer Prevention week, Harri Weeks spoke to Patient about why trans, non-binary and intersex people find it harder to access cervical screening.
  1. Update on gender identity development service for children and young people
The National LGB&T Partnership are pleased to see this announcement on forthcoming work by NHS England & Improvement and NICE colleagues to update (in line with standard updating timelines) and bring further clarity to the support & treatment of trans and questioning children & young people.
  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. During December and January we have worked closely to develop activities and events for LBT Women’s Health Week and co-ran a meeting of individuals and organisations working to address LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of cancer and cancer care. This meeting was an excellent opportunity to bring together people working in the area from across the sector, and a number of actions have been identified and are being undertaken. 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 and bringing together a selection of LGBT+ organisations to further feed into this work in December. 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. TRANSforming Futures
Together with other trans equality organisations and projects, Stonewall are working on a ground-breaking five-year project, which they hope will create lasting change for trans communities by improving access to healthcare and criminal justice services.
First, they want to hear from trans communities, to make sure the work truly meets the needs of the whole community. They’re holding 10 consultation events over January and February 2020, and inviting people to share their experiences in a survey. If you have questions, they’ve developed some FAQs, and if there’s anything else you’d like to know about the project you can email our partnership’s secretariat on
  1. Suicide prevention: call for examples of good practice
As part of the LGA/ADPH suicide prevention sector led improvement programme, LGA are looking for local examples of good practise and excellence in suicide prevention work. If you are working on, or aware of, examples you would like to share and would be beneficial for other councils work, please email Highlighting these examples of good practice may take the form of being featured in an upcoming case study or taking part in workshop sessions at our upcoming masterclass on 12 March 2020. We look forward to hearing submissions and ideas.
It is our Understanding that no case studies or examples of LGBT+ specific work have yet been shared.
  1. BMA MEDFASH prize for improving quality of HIV and/or sexual healthcare
The BMA MEDFASH prize is open to any health or social care professional or organisation actively involved in the delivery of HIV or sexual health care in the UK. This year two prizes of £500 each will be awarded; one to an individual and the other to an organisation that has improved the quality of HIV and/or sexual healthcare in the UK.The 2020 application window for the MEDFASH prize is now open and will close on 6 March 2020.
  1. Primary Care Networks - VCSE involvement survey
NAVCA are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to gauge the involvement of our members and the wider Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
NAVCA established a membership working group that met in December and based on the feedback from that session have created a questionnaire designed to capture a wide range of the benefits and challenges of engaging with PCNs. You can access it by clicking HERE
The deadline for responses is 5pm on Wednesday 5 February 2020. It will only take 5 to 10 minutes of your time to complete and responses will form part of a report to be produced in March 2020.

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  1. HIV in the UK: towards zero HIV transmissions by 2030, 2019 report
This month PHE published the 2019 annual report on HIV in the UK, which is based on data to the end of December 2018. The report shows that after a peak of new HIV diagnoses in 2014, a rapid decline has been observed from 6,278 new diagnoses to 4,453 in 2018. The drop in HIV transmission has been especially large – 71% – among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men from an estimated 2,800 transmissions in 2012 to 800 in 2018.  Whilst the report acknowledges the real progress has been made, it also highlights the significant challenges that remain to achieve the goal of zero transmissions by 2030.
  1. PREP For Women: Zine
In 2019 Black Fly and Prepster collaborated to create Swallow It Whole...a zine on PrEP for and by women of colour. The aim was to create a black women-centred zine, which integrates pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) messages with our existing sexual health concerns and “represents us in our own image”. Lots of women don’t know about PrEP, & have lots of different sexual health-related concerns which they need opportunities to talk about collectively.
  1. Mental and physical health: practical ways to improve care
Over the last 12 months the Q Lab has been working in partnership with Mind on improving care for people living with both mental and physical health problems. They have been exploring this in-depth by focusing on the experiences of people living with mental health problems and persistent back and neck pain and have published two new outputs from this work together:
A practical guide to support health care professionals improve services, for and with, people living with both mental and physical health problems.
A set of service principles that can be used to inform decisions about improving, designing or commissioning services across mental health and persistent back and neck pain.  
  1. How do you measure social impact?
This new short video from Good Finance provides some straightforward steps to help you identify your charity’s social impact, as well as identifying what social investors will want to see to demonstrate that you are using their money to deliver impact.
The video also shows a simple framework for you to measure your social impact, something that is useful for social investors, and your organisation too, keeping you focused on your mission.

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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. 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.

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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* LGBT+ Futures Programme: Intersections Fund
Consortium are very excited to announce a new small grants funding opportunity opening on Monday 3rd February. Thanks to the generosity of an individual Donor, they will be distributing a total pot of £20,000 in grants.
Applications will be open to LGBT+ non-profit groups, organisations and projects that support and improve the lives of LGBT+ people of faith, LGBT+ people of colour and LGBT+ women, in recognition of the underrepresentation and higher levels of marginalisation and discrimination faced by these members of our communities.
  1. *NEW* 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.
  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. 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. 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. 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. Dementia, care & Nursing Home Expo
March 17th & 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 Bright Dementia Out team. Book here.
  1. Designing a City for All Londoners
March 2nd, London
Designing a City for All Londoners will explore the Mayor's Good Growth by Design programme and reflect on the findings of key research inquiries across the programme. And, introduce the latest policy development as part of the London Plan.
The event will bring together local authorities, built environment experts, the planning sector and a public and civil society audience to showcase and recognise the role of design in improving development and delivering quality of life in a growing city.
  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 5 February at The Health Foundation, London. 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:

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