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Below you will find news and updates, a number of ways to engage with the health and social care sector, share your views and find out more, funding and recruitment opportunities, and a range of resources and events.
 
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News

  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.
One of the main ways that organisations and groups can get involved is to shift the focus of their usual activity to LBT women for the week or month – If you would like to discuss how you could do this, please also drop us a line.
  1. Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into Health and social care and LGBT communities
The committee have been taking oral evidence, including on July 3rd from our Stakeholder Engagement Manager Harri Weeks alongside Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health, Birmingham City Council, and Dr Michael Brady, alongside colleagues from NHSE and PHE. On 17th July, Matt Hancock gave evidence. You can read more about The Partnership’s appearance in Pink News, here, and you can read the write-ups of the sessions and watch the evidence sessions here. The Committee are currently preparing their report.
  1. GP Patient Survey 2019 results published & investigation of LGB patient data
The results of Europe’s largest survey of patients have been published and show that more than eight out of ten people still have a good experience of their GP practice and more than nine in ten have confidence and trust in the practice staff. The results also highlight where improvements could be made, for example, people contacting practices by telephone and making appointments.
 
The Office of the National LGBT Health Adviser, Dr Brady, will shortly be presenting a Learning from Experience slide pack exploring sexual orientation and patient experience. This slide pack draws together information from across a range of national surveys which include the GP Patient Survey, Inpatient Survey, and Community Mental Health Survey.
 
They are hosting a webinar on these findings on Thursday 15 August at 11am. Please email england.feedback-data@nhs.net for joining details.
  1. 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards – funding and free training for health charities
The GSK IMPACT Awards provide core funding, training and national recognition for charities doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000. To be eligible organisations must be at least three years old, a registered charity, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £80,000 and £2.5 million.
Winning organisations will have a film made, receive support with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. They will also be offered free training and development valued at a further £9,500.
To apply go to: www.kingsfund.org.uk/gskimpactawards  Closing date for applications: 23 September 2019
  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: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/application/crg-stakeholder-reg-april-2019/.
  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. Thank you to all the LGBT+ sector leaders who were able to join us to meet Dr Brady and hear about his priorities and work plan in June. We are currently discussing with him what targeted meetings it would be useful to run in coming months, and have already set up a meeting of individuals and organisations working to address LGBTQ+ people’s experiences of cancer and cancer care.

Each month Dr Brady and his Office will share some highlights of what they have been working on in this newsletter:

  1. On 29th June Michael spoke at the inaugural Pride in Medicine event at the Royal Society of Medicine, discussing key LGBT health inequalities and his priorities as National Advisor. See social media coverage from the day.
  2. On 5th July Michael spoke at the Opening Doors London and Terrence Higgins Trust half-day conference on LGBT+ People’s Health in Later Life, joining practitioners who support LGBT+ over-50s and other leaders in the fields of health and social care to discuss findings from the latest research into health inequalities of older LGBT+ people.
  3. Dr Brady’s team have been meeting with programme leads at NHS England to establish links and ensure LGBT health inequalities are embedded in work around the NHS Long Term Plan. The team has also met with colleagues from the Royal College of Physicians, the BMA and GMC, as well as other professional bodies. They have continued to be engaged in the development of e-learning modules with the RCGP, commissioned by GEO, around a range of LGBT health issues.
  4. NHS England met with the Terrence Higgins Trust, NAT and PrEPster in July and made an announcement re: access to PrEP: https://twitter.com/NHSEngland/status/1147170453586247680

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Surveys

  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: Sexual Health Week – focus on 'relationships, sex & disability'
After the closure of FPA, Brook have taken on running Sexual Health Week (16-22 September).
In order to better understand the current climate and challenges for professionals delivering relationships and sex education to young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), they have created this anonymous survey.
  1. Survey: Tower Hamlets experiences of healthcare within the LGBT community
This survey is part of Partnership member ELOP’s research into experiences of healthcare within the LGBT community, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Healthwatch. The survey is aimed at members of the LGBT community in the area. Healthcare refers to a number of services, including those aimed at physical, mental and/or sexual health. Your responses will be used to formulate solutions to improve these services so that they can successfully meet the needs of the LGBT community.
 

Engagement events

  1. Register to attend: Share your views on access to general practice services
NHS England is reviewing access to general practice services with the aim of improving patient access during normal practice opening times as well as over evenings and weekends. The aim of the review is to reduce variation in access and improve patient experience. As part of this, the review will also be considering how other services impact on access to general practice, for example digital services and NHS111.
Patients and members of the public are invited to attend an event on Tuesday 20 August (10.00am – 4.00pm) at the Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel, 12 Upper Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1H 0HX to provide their feedback. NSHE would like to gather feedback on your collective experiences of access to help them consider and shape recommendations on how they can develop services that better meet your needs, make best use of available resources as well as addressing inequalities in access.
In addition, the event will provide an opportunity to find out more about new local primary care networks. These are groups of general practices working together with other local services which have been established to provide more coordinated care to their communities. You can find out more on the NHS England website at www.england.nhs.uk/pcn
Please email england.accessreview@nhs.net to register your interest to attend.
  1. Digital-first primary care: Policy consultation on patient registration, funding and contracting rules
NHS England launched a digital-first policy consultation on 27 June which proposes changes to patient registration, contracting and funding rules to help facilitate delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.
The consultation document is technical and focussed on specific proposals in relation to patient registration, funding and contracting rules. The consultation closes on Friday 23 August 2019. You can respond using NHS England’s online Citizen Space survey: https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/digital-first-primary-care-policy
NHSE are holding a webinar for people to hear more about the proposals at 12th August 4pm – 5pm. You can register for this webinar here. They are also holding a workshop in central London which will go into more detail on the consultation, on 14th August 2019 11am – 1pm. Spaces for this event are limited, but you can register for this event here. Reasonable travel expenses will be paid.
For further information, please contact: england.digitalfirstconsultation@nhs.net
 

Consultations

  1. Consultation: Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s
The DHSC, together with the Cabinet Office, has published this Green Paper setting out proposals to tackle the causes of preventable ill health in England. It signals a new approach to public health that involves a personalised prevention model. It will mean the government, both local and national, working with the NHS to put prevention at the centre of decision-making. These proposals are open for consultation. The closing date for responses is 14 October 2019.
  1. Consultation - How Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) engages with patients and the public
The Agency want to adopt a more systematic approach to listening to and involving patients – ensuring that the patient voice is heard when safety issues, concerning medicines or medical devices, are identified and in the licensing of new medicines. They also plan to do more to communicate about who they are and the results of their work. Read more here.
  1. Consultation: Consultation on the future of civil partnership conversion rights
The government is committed to changing the law by 31 December 2019 to allow opposite-sex couples to form civil partnerships. This next steps policy paper outlines the government’s plans for extending eligibility and the range of rights and entitlements that should be made available to opposite-sex civil partners.
The government are also seeking your views on the future of conversion rights. At present, same-sex couples can convert their civil partnership to a marriage, enabling them to transition to a form of relationship that was not previously available to them. They are seeking views on whether opposite-sex married couples should similarly have an opportunity to convert their relationships to a civil partnership. The consultation also asks whether all conversion rights should then be brought to an end.

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  1. Reaching LGBT+ Young People who live in rural settings
A priority area that emerged from the 2019 I.U.K.I LGBT+ Youth Workers’ Conference concerned the strategies, techniques and activities that could be used to help reach LGBT+ young people who live in rural settings, and better enable them to access LGBT+ youth services and support. The following ideas offer some ways forward in addressing this, many of which come from collaborative discussions at the I.U.K.I LGBT+ Youth Workers’ Network meetings.
  1. Supporting the health system to reduce inequalities in screening: PHE Screening inequalities strategy
The PHE Screening inequalities strategy is aimed at supporting local screening services, commissioners and others involved in the provision of screening to address inequalities.
  1. Driving forward health equity – the role of accountability, policy coherence, social participation and empowerment
This summary paper concludes that progress on health equity has been slower than had been hoped when the association between individual determinants and health inequities was first established. The four key drivers of health equity are defined here as: accountability, policy coherence, social participation and, underlying them, empowerment.
  1. Arm in arm: The relationships between statutory and voluntary sector mental health organisations
Commissioned by Health and Welling Alliance Partners the Association of Mental Health Providers, the Centre for Mental Health report Arm in arm, warns that voluntary and community organisations face numerous financial barriers including reductions in local government funding, short-term and ‘more for less’ contracts, unpredictable and delayed decision-making, and the unintended consequences of national policies. Smaller organisations are particularly at risk following the introduction of Integrated Care Systems, limiting their ability to compete for funding on much larger geographical footprints than before.
  1. The Nightingale: Time to get serious about addressing the social, behavioural and environmental influences on health
In this paper NESTA proposes a new centre of innovation and research excellence that would draw together expertise from across public health and behavioural and social sciences, in order to improve the social, behavioural and environmental determinants of health.
  1. Carers UK's new State of Caring Report
New research released this month by Health and Wellbeing Alliance partners Carers UK, the leading membership charity for people caring unpaid for family and friends, shows unpaid carers are “bankrupting their future to pay for the present”.
As well as providing significant levels of care themselves, more than two thirds (68%) of carers are also using their own income or savings to cover the cost of care, equipment or products for the person they care for. As a result many are struggling financially and unable to save for their own retirement. A survey of over 7,500 people currently caring unpaid for family or friends, the majority of whom provide well over 50 hours of care every week, reveals the huge personal and financial cost of caring for a loved one, with two in five carers (39%) saying they are struggling to make ends meet.

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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
 
Voluntary roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the LGBT Consortium page dedicated to jobs in the sector

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: https://www.rcplondon.ac.uk/education-practice/volunteering/joining-rcps-patient-and-carer-network  
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.
 
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. *NEW* Community grants scheme, to showcase patient and public involvement in the voluntary sector, now open
NHS England's and NHS Improvement's Celebrating Involvement in Healthcare Community Grants Scheme is now open. 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. Information about eligibility and how to apply is available here. The deadline for applications is midnight on 23 September 2019.
  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: www.ageing-better.org.uk/age-friendly-and-inclusive-volunteering-fund
  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. 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: https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/primary-care-networks/events-and-webinars/
  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: https://www.ivar.org.uk/transforming-together/
  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. The big population health conversation, Wednesday 18th September, Online
This free-to-attend virtual conference hosted by The Kings Fund, focuses beyond health and social care to areas where there is untapped potential for local and national action to support healthier lives. It will explore how a wide range of organisations – across local government, the voluntary sector, the private sector and local communities – have it within their power to improve people’s health.
Through a series of three hour-long online events, you will hear how local areas are making positive strides in improving the social determinants of health and wellbeing by joining up health and care, leisure, housing, transport, town planning, employment, welfare and education.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the conversation to find out more about your role in driving forward population health and how to build relationships with other key partners across the system. Register now.
  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. Charity Bank Road to Growth Events, National, September-October 2019.
This September and October, Charity Bank is partnering with NAVCA, NCVO and other sector leaders to deliver a series of regional half day seminars.
Complimentary tickets available for trustees, directors, CEOs and managers of charities, social enterprises and community organisations.
Find out more, see a full list of dates and secure your place: www.charitybank.org/growth
  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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