The January 2019 Newsletter from the National LGB&T Partnership
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Dear all,

Thanks for signing up to receive our newsletter, and welcome to all our new subscribers.
As always, below you’ll find - divided into news, get involved, resources, funding and events, loads of ways to improve health and care, particularly for LGBTQ people. This month’s bulletin is a bumper one, covering December and January, we hope you’ll forgive that it’s therefore coming to you a day late.
Please particularly note the calls for participation, and the opportunities to get involved in our work in the ‘News’ section.
Please let us know if you have anything you’d like us to share with our readers, and please pass on this newsletter to colleagues who may be interested, and let them know they can sign up here.

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The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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  1. LBT Women’s Health Week 2019 – 11-15th March
We have begun planning next year’s Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Women’s Health Week.
If you want to help improve health and social care for LGBTQ women, check out our pages on LBT Women's Health Week, and get in touch to be involved next year.
  1. Keep informed with the work of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance (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.
  1. The National LGB&T Partnership welcomes questions on sexual orientation and trans status in 2021 Census
LGBT people will, for the first time, be recognised in the 2021 census. If we're not counted, we don't count, and we're hopeful that the data gathered will help to inform future services for LGBT people.
Our Lead Partner, the LGBT Foundation, published the following statement.
  1. Latest on the NHS Long Term Plan
Last summer the Prime Minister committed to a five-year budget settlement for the NHS and January saw the launch of the Long Term Plan, detailing how and where that money will be spent. 
The Plan focuses on giving everyone the best start in life; helping people live well with long term conditions, such as cancer and dementia; and helping people age well. 
The Plan details how the NHS will support people to take more control over their own health and the care they receive; how the NHS will tackle prevention and health inequalities; how it will continue to back its workforce and encourage and support the very best people to come and work for the NHS; how it can make best use of digital technology and innovation and how all of this will be done whilst getting the best value out of taxpayers’ investment in the NHS.
Our Lead Partner, the LGBT Foundation, published the following statement.
  1. Time to Talk day – February 7th
This year’s Time to Talk Day is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking. Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health. And you don’t have to be an expert to talk. However you do it, make sure you have a conversation about mental health this Time to Talk Day. More information.
  1. Bring Dementia Out
We are proud to be working in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society on their new campaign Bring Dementia Out
Bring Dementia Out aims to ensure that LGBT+ people affected by dementia feel more comfortable to access the help, information and support they need. 
Alzheimer Society’s Innovation team is partnering with LGBT+ people affected by dementia and key organisations to help ‘Bring Dementia Out’. We aim to raise awareness and understanding of the issues that LGBT+ people affected by dementia may face, among LGBT+ communities and all potential sources of support from frontline staff to the broader community. 
Bring Dementia Out is a pilot, currently being tested in two locations throughout January and February, in Brighton and Hove and Greater Manchester, to find out if it can help to improve the lives of LGBT+ people affected by dementia. If successful the project will be rolled out on a national scale.
  1. NHS England to boost social prescribing with ‘army of workers’
This week NHS England has announced plans to recruit an ‘army of workers’ as part of plans to ramp up social prescribing.
One thousand social prescribing ‘link workers’ will be recruited as part of the NHS Long Term Plan. It is hoped that they will handle around 900,000 patient appointments every year, easing pressures on GPs by reducing the number of appointments that are not directly related to medical conditions.
Whilst NHS England’s commitment to social prescribing has been broadly welcomed, many in the VCSE sector have expressed disappointment that services are not being commissioned instead to local voluntary and community organisations, which in many areas are already delivering successful social prescribing schemes.

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  1. VCSE Consultation Survey on Health & Work
The UKHF in partnership with the Race Equality Foundation, National LGB&T Partnership and the Mental Health Consortium is conducting a scoping and consensus building exercise to:
  • Recognise what Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) health focused organisations are already doing as employers to support disabled employees and employees with long-term conditions to stay in work; 
  • Recognise what VCSE health focused organisations are already doing as advocates to support disabled people and people with long-term conditions to stay in work; 
  • Highlight the key points which health focused organisations are in agreement on in relation to health and work for disabled people and those with long-term conditions; 
  • And identify principles for continued action. 
This project is being developed through a consultative process with project partners, expert advisers, HWA members, and the wider VCSE sector.
We are conducting a short survey of VCSE health focused organisations: The survey will be open until 15 February 2019 and should take you no more than 10 minutes to complete.
  1. The mental health of men and boys
On November 16, the UK Parliament Women and Equalities Committee launched a new inquiry into the mental health of men and boys.
The Committee is inviting written submissions to the inquiry by Monday 18 March 2019.
We are supporting Men’s Health Forum in their response, which they want to ensure reflects the experience and thinking of as many men and practitioners who support men and boys as possible.
If you have points you'd like Men’s Health Forum to make or support, please send an email to or fill out their survey.
  1. Engagement Fellowships
Engagement Fellowships develop emerging leaders from a range of backgrounds so they can engage the public with health research.
The fellowships are open to a wide range of people, including (but not limited to):community leaders or social entrepreneurs; academics exploring health and wellbeing (for example, biomedical or social scientists and medical historians); leaders in third sector organisations (for example, charities and other non-profit organisations); professionals working in the arts and creative industries; clinicians or healthcare professionals. You should be based in the UK or the Republic of Ireland. Level of funding: Salary and research expenses covered. Application deadline: 7 February 2019, 17:00 GMT
For more details please see:
  1. Survey on loneliness and social isolation
FaithAction is currently running a survey to find out what faith-based organisations are doing to tackle loneliness and social isolation. From parent and toddler clubs to shared meals to befriending schemes and drop-ins, they know that there are things going on all over the place, and want to highlight how much is happening and the difference it is making. At a later stage, they are going to try to find out whether local health and care services are aware of what faith organisations are offering locally and whether there are links with social prescribing schemes and so on. But for now they just want people to tell them what's out there. Please complete and/or share the survey at this link:

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  1. The VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool
Have you tried the tool yet?
We have worked with colleagues across the Health & Wellbeing Alliance to launch the VCSE Inclusion Health Audit Tool. This online tool will help your organisation to audit its engagement with Inclusion Health groups. These are the groups identified as experiencing the worst health inequalities in the UK.
The tool consists of five sections and takes around 15 minutes to complete. Once you have completed the audit tool, you will be provided with a unique and tailored guide which will help your organisation to embed action on tackling health inequalities into its everyday activities. Access the Tool here.
  1. Ending variation in end of life care for minority groups
In response to a 2016 Quality Care Commission report, the Tackling Inequalities in End of Life Care for Minority Groups Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise project group (which included The National LGB&T Partnership) has published a practical report which tells the story of work in progress to improve personalised end of life care for Gypsies and Travellers, LGBT people and people experiencing homelessness.
Drawing upon real life case studies of emerging practice, this resource, Care committed to me, shows how the Government’s commitment to end variation in end of life care can be made more achievable for people in these three population groups.
You can listen to a webinar recorded by members of the project team here.
  1. The Women’s Mental Health Taskforce report
The Women’s Mental Health Taskforce was formed in response to a rise in mental ill health among women, and was supported by The National LGB&T Partnership.
The taskforce’s final report sets out how women’s experience of mental ill health can differ to men’s.
The report urges commissioners and providers across the health and care system to take note of the report’s findings and to embed these in their work.
  1. How did the NHS consider and address equality duties in developing the long term plan?
The NHS has published a Equality and Health Inequalities Impact Assessment (EHIA) which explains how NHS England has considered and addressed these ‘equality duties’ in developing the NHS Long Term Plan. This EHIA has assisted, and will assist, decision-makers to make informed decisions about the NHS Long Term Plan and these legal obligations. You can view the EHIA here.
  1. Progress towards ending the HIV epidemic in the United Kingdom: 2018 report
This report published shows that the UK is one of the first countries to meet the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets, highlighting that prevention efforts are working in the UK. New estimates revealed that in 2017, 92 per cent of people living with HIV in the UK have been diagnosed, 98 per cent of those diagnosed were on treatment, and 97 per cent of those on treatment were virally suppressed.
  1. Children's mental health briefing
This briefing finds that child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) are improving in most areas in the country. Yet, with the exception of eating disorder services, the provision of services in the youth justice system and in perinatal mental health care, the rate of progress is slow. A vast gap remains between what is provided and what children need. As a result, the current rate of progress is still not good enough for the majority of children who require help but are not receiving it.
You may also be interested in our Review of Young LGBT People’s Mental Health
  1. Mental health services for children and young people
This report finds that in 2017-18 only three in ten children and young people with a mental health condition received NHS-funded treatment, and many more faced unacceptably long waits for treatment. It concludes that the government has no comprehensive, long-term plan for how it will fulfil its commitment to implement Future in Mind, which sets out a cross-sector vision for how to support children's and young people’s mental health.
  1. A place to grow: Exploring the future health of young people in five sites across the UK
A place to grow is the second report in the Health Foundation’s Young People’s Future Health Inquiry and is the result of engagement with over 600 young people aged 16–24 years from five distinct areas across the UK. The report highlights how optimistic, energetic and committed young people are — but how their health and wellbeing is already being eroded by day-to-day pressures.
  1. Homeless and Inclusion Health Service Standards for Commissioners and Service Providers
The Homeless and Inclusion Health Service Standards for Commissioners and Service Providers are produced by The Faculty for Homeless and Inclusion Health as a framework for the commissioning and provision of health services for excluded people.
They draw upon the latest evidence of best practice and provide quality assurance for supporting vulnerable and excluded patients with multiple and complex needs, commonly referred to as inclusion health patients.
  1. New research on young people's mental health
Youth Access have published research into the demographic profile of clients accessing VCSE counselling services for young people and young adults and an evaluation of outcomes. The research shows that young people perceive these services as being highly accessible and that they appear to be able to reach marginalised groups who may not be accessing other services.
Addaction have published a survey they carried out with over 8,000 young people on their perceptions of wellbeing and self harm among 13 to 17 years olds.
They have also released a short film ( and blog ( to give some context to the survey.
  1. Equality and Health NHS RightCare Packs
These packs aim to support health and care systems design and deliver services that work to reduce health inequalities in access to services and health outcomes for their diverse local populations.
The information contained in each pack is specific to each local health system and should be used to support local discussions and inform a more in-depth analysis.
  1. Health matters: reducing health inequalities in mental illness
This guidance brings together data and evidence of what works in removing health inequalities experienced by people living with mental illness. It focuses on some of the actions that local areas can take to reduce these health inequalities, so that people with mental illness can achieve the same health outcomes and life expectancy as the rest of the population.
  1. Loneliness - research and evidence guidance published
New publications from the Office for National Statistics are available, which form an important contribution to our collective efforts to reduce loneliness.
Last January, the Prime Minister announced that government would establish indicators of loneliness across all ages and work to build the evidence base on loneliness. To deliver this, the government committed to a standard way of measuring loneliness in its first loneliness strategy for England, A connected society: a strategy for tackling loneliness. The ONS has published two documents detailing its recommendations and the rationale behind these.
An overview of the loneliness measurement landscape explains how it arrived at its recommended package, drawing on expert advice from a Technical Advisory Group. It has separately published comprehensive guidance on how to measure loneliness in surveys. The guidance also sets out the first tranche of government surveys that will be adopting the measure.
In practice, this package means that for the first time, loneliness can be measured at a local level, helping those who commission and provide services to measure the impact of their work and make the case for investing in loneliness prevention to help people improve their quality of life. The ONS is also working with the What Works Centre for Wellbeing to produce tailored advice for charities and service providers.
Responding to an identified gap, the ONS, in partnership with the Children’s Society, has also published research that explores how children and young people experience loneliness.
  1. Health matters: reducing health inequalities in mental illness
This guidance brings together data and evidence of what works in removing health inequalities experienced by people living with mental illness. It focuses on some of the actions that local areas can take to reduce these health inequalities, so that people with mental illness can achieve the same health outcomes and life expectancy as the rest of the population.
  1. Modernising the Mental Health Act – final report from the independent review
This independent review of the Mental Health Act 1983 sets out recommendations for government on how the Act and associated practice should be reformed.
  1. NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard: 2018 data analysis report for NHS trusts
This report aims to enable organisations to compare their performance with others in their region and those providing similar services, with the aim of encouraging improvement by learning and sharing good practice. It also aspires to provide colleagues, organisations and the public with a national picture of the Workforce Race Equality Standard and developments in race equality in the workforce.
  1. Universal Personalised Care: Implementing the Comprehensive Model
Personalised Care will benefit up to 2.5 million people by 2024, giving them the same choice and control over their mental and physical health that they have come to expect in every other aspect of their life. This document confirms how NHSE will do this by 2023/24. It is the action plan for the rolling out personalised care across England.

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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.
They are currently recruiting specifically for people for the looked-after children and young people guideline update committee and the Babies, children and young people's experience of healthcare Guideline Committee.
More details can be found on the NICE website.
Patient and Public Voice Partners needed for Quality of Life after cancer treatment project
NHS England is seeking to recruit Patient and Public Voice (PPV) Partners to join the Steering Group for the Quality of Life after cancer treatment project. The group has been established to support NHS England to deliver a pilot project.
For more information:
To request an application pack, please contact
Paid roles
The LGBT Consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector
Voluntary roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the LGBT Consortium page dedicated to jobs in the sector
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email:

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  1. *NEW* Mayor Of London’s Citizen-Led Engagement Programme
The Mayor’s Community Engagement team launched the Citizen-Led Engagement Programme in 2017/18 to begin to address inequalities. The programme commissioned six community-based projects and delivered a tailored learning programme.
The Mayor is committed to making the capital a city for all Londoners, where every community can thrive. He is committed to making London fairer and more inclusive, and to encouraging active citizenship.
This will only be possible in collaboration with London’s communities. We know there are some communities in London that have not historically engaged with City Hall and this has led to a gap in the GLA’s insight and relationships with these communities.
More information can be found here.
  1. VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund
The fund is part of the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Programme and each round focuses on a specific theme. This round will provide grants of up to £510,000 over three years, to organisations to expand and evaluate current projects improving the mental health of children and young people, particularly supporting those going through life changing events. All grants are subject to yearly business planning processes.
The Fund is inviting applications from VCSE organisations until 12noon on Friday 15 February. Further information can be found here.
  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. Mental Health and Prevention
4th February, Liverpool & 28th February, London
With the support of Public Health England and the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, Association of Mental Health Providers will be hosting an engagement event with workshops on Mental Health and Prevention. The event seeks to engage with key stakeholders including VCSE providers, Commissioners, Local Public Health Teams, Elected Local Authority Mental Health Champions, and will have presentations from Public Health England on the Prevention Concordat for Better Mental Health, Centre for Mental Health on Suicide Prevention, and two examples of VCSE engagement at the local level looking at prevention planning and health equalities/ inequalities. The presentations will be followed by workshop sessions to discuss the voluntary sector’s role in mental health prevention to reduce health inequalities, considering barriers and disadvantages faced by protected communities.
Register for Liverpool here.
Register for London here.
  1. Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) Manchester Symposium: Living Beyond Cancer
5th February, Manchester
More people are living beyond Cancer. This symposium will look at and address some of the challenges arising from the successful treatment of Cancer that have an impact on the quality of life of patients.
The day will be beneficial to all multidisciplinary professionals involved in Cancer care such as Oncologists, Cardiologists, Reproductive Gynaecologists, specialist nurses and medical specialists with an interest in bone disease.
Book here.
  1. Bring Dementia Out Events
12th February, Brighton & 14th February, Manchester
While everyone’s experience of dementia is unique, there can be many additional challenges that are specific to a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. We want to Bring Dementia Out, and raise awareness and provide support for LGBT+ people affected by dementia in Brighton and Hove, and Greater Manchester.
Want to help Bring Dementia Out? Find out more by coming along to events on the 12th and 14th  February and hear about why this is important and what you can do to help! You can book onto the Brighton event here. Book on to the Manchester event by emailing
  1. Outcome’s, Islington Mind LGBTQ+ service, LGBTQ+ History Month Celebration
26th February, London
This will be a great opportunity for everyone to visit the service, offered every Tuesday to our LGBTQ+ community. Guests will be offered tasters from our activities and therapies (such as Creative Writing, art workshops and film reviewing club, as well as ear acupuncture and head massage).
You will also have an opportunity to meet some of their partners such as Clash - sexual health promotion. Book by emailing

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