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Dear all,

Welcome to our May newsletter. We are excited this month to launch Out Loud, the result of our work with LGBT communities on their needs in health and social care, and also 4 new trans health factsheets.
 
As well as these new publications, we also have our usual mix of news, resources, opportunities to get involved, jobs, and events. This month these are particularly interesting and varied.
 
There will be lots of new things from the Partnership in the next few months, including guidance for practitioners around young people’s mental health, updates to our companion piece to the Public Health Outcomes Framework, and work around the health of LGB women and other women who have sex with women; make sure to follow us on Twitter, and invite your colleagues to sign up to our newsletter, to keep up to date.

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The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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  1. Dementia Equity and Rights: publication highlights a new approach to care
Dementia Equity and Rights, produced by members of the Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership Programme, highlights the fact that over 1 million people will have dementia by 2025 but the condition is rarely considered in relation to equity and rights.
The publication is unique in its focus on dementia support in the context of the “protected characteristics” defined under the Equality Act 2010.
The report includes several innovative approaches to dementia care and recommendations for commissioners, providers, educators, service users and carers and uses a series of case studies to illustrate the points made.
 
  1. Final report of the VCSE Review launched
In November 2014, the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England initiated a review of the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes. The purpose of the review was to:
 
  • > Describe the role of the VCSE sector in contributing to improving health, well-being and care outcomes
  • > Identify and describe challenges and opportunities to realising the potential of the sector to contribute to these outcomes
  • > Consult on options for policy and practice changes to address challenges and maximise opportunities, then develop final recommendations
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It had two elements:
 
  • > A review of wider funding and partnerships between health and care agencies and the VCSE sector across England which would focus on three areas: defining, achieving, and demonstrating impact; building capacity and staying sustainable; promoting equality and addressing health inequalities
  • > A review of their Voluntary Sector Investment Programme: The Strategic Partnership Programme; The Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund; The Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund
The review was produced in partnership through an advisory group of system partners (Department of Health, NHS England, and Public Health England) and voluntary sector representatives. Following an initial consultation in early 2015, the advisory group published an interim report in March 2015. The findings of this report informed a more comprehensive consultation process which ran from August to November 2015. This report is the result of that engagement process.
 
  1. The Care Quality Commission has published the report of its inspection of the London Gender Identity Clinic
We recently supported the CQC in their call for information about the London Gender Identity Clinic based at Charing Cross hospital in Hammersmith. They asked us to send their thanks to all the groups and individuals who contributed evidence to the inspection team. And hope those who contributed feel the report captures the issues they raised.
 
  1. Nominations for the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards are open
Nominations are now open for the Kate Granger Compassionate Care Awards, which are being led by NHS England for the first time this year. The awards are named after Dr. Kate Granger, who has worked tirelessly to raise awareness around compassion in the NHS through her #hellomynameis social media campaign. The awards will again take centre stage at this year’s Health and Care Innovation Expo. The judges are looking for individuals, teams and organisations who have made a difference and demonstrated outstanding care for their patients. Anyone can nominate, using the online nomination form on the NHS England website. Nominations close on 30 June 2016.
To read more, go to: https://www.england.nhs.uk/expo/2016/05/04/kate-granger-awards-3/

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  1. Finding help for a mental health problem when you’re LGBTQ+
Accessing the right type of support for a mental health problem can be complicated for LGBTQ+ people, whose needs are too often not understood. Mind wants to find out from people who identify as LGBTQ+ what they’ve experienced when trying to access talking therapies – what barriers they’ve faced and the quality of help they received. If you’d like to give your feedback please click this link to complete the survey. The survey will stay open until 12pm on 1 June 2016.
 
  1. UN Periodic review of human rights in the UK
the British Inst of human rights are working to gather as much evidence as possible about the state of human rights in Great Britain to feed into a shadow report made to the UN as part of the review process. Their Human Rights Check UK website has a special page on how organisations can submit evidence to them. There you can find all of the details you need on how to submit evidence (either by the only form, by email or by post) as well as more information and resources on the Universal Periodic Review process. The deadline for submitting evidence is Thursday 30 June 2016.
 
  1. Research on LGBT people and public services
NatCen, is undertaking some research in partnership with Unison on the implications of reductions to public spending on LGBT people and public services. They would like to hear from LGBT people who use or have used any type of public service, and anyone that delivers public services to LGBT people, through short online written submissions and optional telephone interviews. Click here to take part in the survey.
 
  1. The Guardian Public Service Awards 2016
The Guardian Public Service Awards 2016 are open for applications and seek to recognise best practice in public services across the UK. The 10 categories for this year's awards are:

>RecruitmentCare
>Finance
>Sustainability
>Housing
>Digital/technology
>Learning/development
>Health and wellbeing
>Transformation
>Public servant of the year

All organisations delivering public services in the UK can apply, whether they are from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. The closing date for entries is 8 July.

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  1. Out Loud: LGBT Voices in Health and Social Care
The National LGB&T Partnership yesterday published Out Loud: LGBT Voices in Health and Social Care, a narrative account of LGBT needs.
Published in collaboration with National Voices, and developed through working with diverse LGBT communities, the set of narrative statements published in this document explain that lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people want high quality health and social care that takes account of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and describe how might look.
This document is intended to be used both by those who provide services and those who commission services, to support them to work with LGB&T people. The aim is to provide a resource to assist in designing and providing care and support that will be successful in meeting LGB&T people’s needs, and inclusive of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity, focusing outcomes on what matters most to LGB&T people as service users.
 
  1. 4 new Trans Factsheets
The National LGB&T Partnership has developed four more health factsheets for trans people. Building on the success of the 7 trans health factsheets published in 2015, a further set of 4 fact sheets have been developed by the National LGB&T Partnership in collaboration with cliniQ, Mermaids, TransForum Manchester, the Race Equality Foundation and individual expert trans activists. These factsheets focus on healthcare for BAME trans people, hormones, general healthcare for trans people, and providing links to existing information for trans people and those providing their care. While these factsheets are aimed at an audience of trans and non-binary people, they provide information which is useful for all community organisations and health providers who currently, or may in future, work with trans people. Three further factsheets will complete the set later this year.
You can find the factsheets on our website, please feel free to pass on the link to your members and networks.
 
  1. 'A different ending': addressing inequalities in end of life care Involving the public in primary care commissioning
This review of end of life care found that people from certain groups in society sometimes experience poorer quality care because providers do not always understand or fully consider their needs. In light of this, the report argues that some commissioners and providers might not be fulfilling their duties under the Equality Act 2010 as all public bodies have a legal duty to consider the needs of a range of equality groups when carrying out their day-to-day work. The review identified examples of good practice, but found that action is needed to make sure everyone has the same access to high quality, personalised care at the end of their lives, regardless of their diagnosis, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstances.
 
  1. Public health resources and tools for teachers
PHE has put together links and information on some of the resources, tools and guidance available for teachers or professionals working in an education setting on its Public Health Matters Blog.
It includes a range of resources on microbes, physical activity, healthy eating, emotional health and wellbeing, preventing road injury and promoting safer active travel.
 
These resources can be used in training, in the classroom, or for example with youth groups, in working towards improving the health and wellbeing of young people.
 
  1. Safeguarding and confidentiality within youth volunteering:  considerations for health and social care professionals
The Young People's Health Partnership have developed a guidance document on confidentiality and safeguarding within a youth volunteering context. This guidance has been designed to support health and social care professionals wishing to engage young volunteers.
 
As LGBT groups and organisations are often run by a team including a significant proportion of volunteers, it is important to consider issues around youth volunteering. This may be particularly pertinent in LGBT organisations and services, where volunteers may previously have been service users.
 
  1. Practice guidance: supporting young people with HIV testing and prevention
This practice guidance aims to enhance professionals’ confidence at recognising and responding to potential risk of HIV infection for children and young people. The document is particularly intended for practitioners working outside health settings. It covers identification of a child or young person’s need for HIV testing; referral for testing; support throughout the process; support following a positive HIV diagnosis; ongoing management of risk for all young people; and addressing the impact of stigma.
 
  1. Practical Guide to Healthy Caring
NHS England, with Carers UK, Carers Trust, Age UK, Public Health England and carers networks, has produced a Practical Guide to Healthy Caring. This is a companion guide to the Healthy Ageing Guide and provides information and advice to older carers about staying healthy whilst caring.
 
LGBT people are at particular risk of lacking support in older age. It is important for those acting as carers for partners and loved ones to stay healthy while providing this support.
 
  1. HIV Stigma Survey results for trans people
The People Living with HIV Stigma Survey aimed to provide an evidence base of the HIV-related  stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV in the UK. Building on the experience of the 2009 People living with HIV Stigma Index, the 2015 survey was a collaborative, cross sector, community-led initiative that captured participants’ feelings and  experiences with partners, family and friends, at work, in faith and in healthcare settings  related to their HIV within the previous 12 months.
This report provides an initial understanding of the lived experiences of HIV-positive trans people in the UK today.

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NICE Committee developing Guidelines on Dementia care
NICE’s Internal Clinical Guidelines Team has been commissioned to undertake a full update of the Dementia guideline. A guideline committee has already been recruited comprising representation from health and social care practitioners with an interest in dementia including representation from people living with dementia and their carers.
NICE are now looking to additionally recruit a range of social care practitioners to a subgroup of the guideline committee. They are looking to recruit up to 6 members although this number is indicative as people may fulfil more than one category. NICE aim to encourage a range of applications to enable the subgroup to reflect experience and expertise in the following areas:

>Social care providers
>Social care staff
>Local authority staff/managers who are involved in care planning and commissioning social care and support for people living with dementia.
>Social care practitioners who work in a national body with an interest in dementia care
>Representation from the Care Quality Commission

For full information and details on how to apply, please click here. The closing date for applications is 17.00 on 06 June 2016.
 
 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.
 
Paid roles
The LGBT Consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector
While a few paid roles are currently being advertised, all have deadlines very soon. See below:
 

  1. IAPT Programme Counsellor - LGBT Foundation, Manchester (closes May 30th)
  2. Young People’s Advocacy Worker - Allsorts Youth Project, Brighton (closes May 31st)
  3. Mental Health Advocacy Worker - Mind Out, Brighton (closes May 31st)
  4. Director of Services - Albert Kennedy Trust, Manchester (closes June 7th)
  5. Policy & Training Co-ordinator, Drug and Alcohol - LGBT Foundation, Manchester (closes June 22nd)
 
NHS new work areas roles
In the next months NHS England will be strengthening their ability to give people more control over their health and care. This is through two new ‘support offers’ to the system. 
 
  • Supported self-management programme – this will create the right conditions for a sustainable health and care system; one that builds on people's strengths and understands their ambitions. 
  • New care models, empowering patients and communities workstream – this is designed to enable the new care model vanguards to implement key person and community centred approaches.  This will also drive wider system and workforce change.
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  • In both of these areas they are advertising new posts over the next few weeks. Some of these (working with the vanguard programme) are already live and the self care roles will follow shortly.  If you want to be part of the most exciting developments in health and care for many years please visit NHS jobs. Anu Singh, Director of Patient & Public Voice and Insight has written a blog which sets out more detail.
 
Voluntary roles
There are currently a significant number of voluntary opportunities also outlined on the LGBT Consortium page dedicated to jobs in the sector
 
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email: nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com
 

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  1. PHE HIV Innovation fund
PHE’s HIV Innovation Fund is now open to entries for 2016/17. PHE are looking for projects that could help prevent HIV across England.
PHE is encouraging voluntary organisations to apply for national funding to support innovative HIV projects across England.
Proposals are particularly welcomed that tackle:

>diagnosis for both HIV and other sexually transmitted infections
>stigma associated with HIV
>other risky behaviours that can increase risk of contracting HIV such as drug and alcohol misuse
>the integration of HIV prevention into wider sexual and reproductive health
 
The application phase for the new National HIV prevention innovation fund opened on Tuesday 10 May, running until Wednesday 15 June 2016.
Applications are encouraged from voluntary sector organisations, supported by their local authority, for projects that target groups at high risk.
 
The total available fund for 2016 to 2017 is up to £600,000. Those interested in the fund are asked to register at hiv.prevention@phe.gov.uk.
  1. Power to Change
On 26 April Power to Change began accepting applications for a £10 million Community Business Fund. Through the fund they will award grants between £50,000- £300,000 to community businesses in England. There will be two further funding rounds in July and October.
  1. Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund
The Youth Fund supports organisations whose main purpose is about helping vulnerable young people (aged 14-25). The Fund will provide core funding to organisations within the youth sector and outside.  There is no deadline to apply.
 
  1. Transform Foundation Website grant programme
This programme can cover the upfront costs of a new charity-specific website including strategy, design, development and training. The Website Grant is aimed at small to medium-sized charities and other not for profit organisations with a social mission. The grant is most suitable for non-profits with an income between £500,000 and £20 million. Applications can currently be made on a rolling basis. The Foundation will be rolling out other grant programmes later in the year, which they are currently in the process of designing.
 
  1. Joseph Rowntree Power and Accountability Fund
Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust opened their Power and Accountability programme to allow people to create a world in which power is more equally shared and institutions are accountable to wider society. They focus grants in three areas: strengthening corporate accountability, strengthening democratic accountability, encouraging responsible media. To apply, charitable organisations should produce a narrative proposal of no more than four sides of A4, outlining what they want to do (what & how, why, who and the impact). The average grant size is £50,000 but actual grants can range between £500 - £100,000+. Larger national charities with substantial reserves and statutory bodies aren’t eligible to apply.
 
  1. Barchester Healthcare Foundation
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to small local groups / charities to improve the quality of life for older people as well as adults with a physical or mental disability, where health and/or social care needs cannot be met by the statutory public sector or by the individual. This year their focus is about connecting or re-connecting people with others in their local community. Applications that combat loneliness and enable people to be active and engaged will receive their highest priority in 2016.  Apply any time.
 
  1. Skipton Grassroots Giving Fund
Skipton Building Society is offering grants of £500 through the Grassroots Giving scheme to develop local grassroots groups from across the UK. The Fund aims to help community organisations and groups who only have access to limited funding from elsewhere, so registered charities cannot apply. The funding can be used for a variety of things, but explicitly can’t be used for rent, travel programmes, animal welfare, running costs, or direct costs of fundraising events. Previous grant winners have included sports clubs, libraries, music groups and community radio stations. Applications should be submitted via the website before the deadline on Friday 29th July.
 
  1. Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation
Grants are available for registered charities who need assistance towards a capital project eg new build, refurbishment, equipment or transport. http://www.bernardsunley.org/
 
  1. The Tudor Trust
The Tudor Trust have updated their guidelines for funding applications. Generally, the Trust makes grants to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society through addressing marginalisation, displaying positive organisational characteristics, and that which make a difference. They are particularly interested in encouraging inclusion, integration and independence and support work that develops social connections and relationships. Grants are commonly used for core funding (salaries, running costs and overheads), but can also be used for project costs, capital grants and funding to strengthen an organisation. The Trust has no deadlines and first stage applications can be made at any time.
 
  1. People’s Health Trust
Local organisations working to make their communities even better places to live can apply for funding through the Active Communities fund, run by People’s Health Trust. Community groups and other non-profits with an income of less than £350,000 a year can seek investment between £5,000 - £50,000 for up to two years. They’re particularly interested in funding genuinely small and local projects run by local people, or by communities of interest; examples of projects previously funded include women’s volunteering group run by and for Bengali women, and computer skills support group run by and for older people. The fund is currently open in a few places across the country, so check their website for when grants in your area are available.
 
  1. The ACT Foundation
The ACT Foundation provides grants to charities, in the UK, with the aim of enhancing the quality of life for people in need, specifically the mentally and physically disabled and older people. ACT gives large and small donations to charities depending on the project and available funds. Their current focus is on transformational change and larger grants (in excess of £100K) will be the exception. Applications are accepted year round.

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  1. Help the GLA to develop a mental health roadmap for London
Friday 3rd June, 2016, London.
The London Health Board have asked the McPin Foundation to arrange a workshop, bringing together Londoners who have experience of mental health difficulties to discuss their priorities for improving the mental health of London.
The GLA are particularly keen for London’s LGBTI communities to have the opportunity to input into the development of this mental health roadmap for London, shaping a collaborative, and LGBT inclusive, vision for mental health in the capital.
Reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed and a £20 voucher paid.
 
  1. Child Sexual Exploitation: Train the Trainer
Wednesday, 15th June, 2016, London.
The Child Sexual Exploitation: Train the Trainer course will begin by teaching delegates about managing a CSE training session and group dynamics.
The day then moves on to take delegates through a pre-prepared CSE training package that they will go on to deliver. The day includes guidance from experienced specialist CSE trainers to help you to manage different learners and to respond to common issues when delivering CSE training.
Additionally, this course will give delegates the opportunity to design their own exercise and receive feedback on their presentation style in a micro-teach session on CSE.
 
  1. Working with Gender Dysphoric Children, Adolescents and their Parents
Friday, 17th June 2016, London.
This day will help participants develop a greater understanding of how to work with gender dysphoric individuals, including children, adolescents and families where a parent has transitioned.  It will provide a framework of how to work with other agencies including education and child and adolescent mental health services and will help participants understand the developmental trajectories and   associated difficulties that can be present in young people with gender dysphoria.
For more details on this event and to book your place, please click here.
 
  1. TGEU 3rd Legal Practitioners’ Seminar - Call for Participants 
8th-9th September, 2016, Athens.
Applications to be made by Monday 20th June, 2016.
TGEU are pleased to invite applications from lawyers wishing to attend its third legal practitioners’ seminar.
Practitioners from across Europe will come together to share their experience of litigating cases before national and international courts, identify and analyse existing gaps in the legal protection of trans people and discuss how these gaps can be closed through strategic litigation. The seminar will also provide an opportunity to share information regarding relevant legal and non-legal developments in the area of trans rights. This year’s seminar will focus on the treatment of and claims brought on behalf of trans asylum-seekers, in addition to other relevant issues that will be determined based on the interest and need of applicants.
Places at the seminar are limited and potential participants are asked to complete an online application form setting out their experience and motivation for attending.
TGEU will cover accommodation and travelling costs associated with attending the seminar. Information regarding the venue and program will be provided at a later date. Successful applicants will be asked to arrange their travel to Athens so that they arrive on 7 September and depart not earlier than 9 September 3:30 pm.
Please direct any questions towards Richard (richard@tgeu.org).
 
  1. Centre for voluntary sector leadership at the OU
Open University Business School are launching a new centre which aims to provide voluntary sector organisations with access to free leadership development modules and research-led insight.
 
Two new courses relating to the voluntary sector will be available through OpenLearn this year as free online badged open courses (BOCs). These free courses are aimed at learners working (or aspiring to work) as paid members of staff or as volunteers in voluntary or community organisations:
 
Introducing the Voluntary Sector covers the context and features of voluntary and community organisations including: the structure and history of the UK voluntary sector; values and beliefs; funding issues; understanding stakeholders; power and empowerment; the role of volunteering.
 
Working in the Voluntary Sector focuses on the practicalities of working or volunteering in voluntary and community organisations including: working with volunteers; marketing and communication; budgets; fundraising; taking part in meetings; working in teams and partnerships; building resilience. (This course will be available online over the summer)
 
Each free course is eight weeks long and involves three hours per week of study.
 
  1. NCVO courses on impact and outcome
Various dates, mostly London.
NCVO offers comprehensive training and consultancy services for all types of organisations. NCVO also offers a number of annual conferences to bring together the sector together around key topics. An area of significant focus in the voluntary and community sector right now is how to identify and evidence impact. NCV oh run a number of courses on this, and other subjects. Find out more about their courses here.

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