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Dear all,

Welcome to our March newsletter. Today is Trans Day of Visibility, #TDOV, so we’ll be sharing some trans-related resources, and at the end of the newsletter you’ll find a couple of events, one for trans people, and one for people who’d like to learn how better to support trans people.
 
Earlier this month we launched the first National Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Health Week, which took place from March 13th to 17th, and there’ll be a round-up of the week in next month’s bulletin.
 
Also this month we invited community leaders and health and social care decision makers to a day of seminars introducing and explaining our full suite of resources. You can find all our publications on our website, here. Most recently we published two documents about LGB&T Priorities, for these two different audiences.
 
Don’t forget, you can always get in touch and let us know your thoughts or tell us about an event, consultation or resource that you think we should include in our newsletter.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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  1. Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View
Today, NHS England published Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View, which sets out the strategic priorities for the NHS to 2020.
 
  1. New CQC equality objectives to target inequality in health and social care
The National LGB&T Partnership have worked with CQC to develop new equality objectives for 2017 - 19. As we know, despite progress on equality, people from some equality groups are still less likely to receive good quality health and social care.
 
The new objectives for the next two years focus on CQC’s regulatory role in improving equality. Through inspections, they will check that providers make person-centred care work for everyone, from all equality groups, including LGBT people, using adult social care or mental health inpatient services.

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  1. Trans People's Sexual Health Survey
This survey will ask you about your sexual health and your experiences of sexual health services as a trans person over the age of 18 living in England. The aim of the survey is to gain greater insight into what good sexual health provision looks like for trans people, which will enable The LGBT Foundation to work with sexual health services and promote good practice in working with trans service users.
 
  1. Volunteers Week
NCVO’s Volunteers Week is 1-7 June. Download your digital resource pack here, it has everything you need to help plan your celebrations, including bunting, the logo and press release templates.
 
  1. Patient and public expert advisers needed for mental health advisory group
NHS England is looking for people with lived experience of a mental health problem, their relatives, carers and members of the public who would like to become expert advisers on its Mental Health Independent Advisory and Oversight group. The group will help NHS England to improve mental health services for people of all ages and in all parts of the country. Other members include representatives from the voluntary sector, NHS trusts, commissioners and professional bodies. Details of how to apply are available on the NHS England website. The closing date for applications is midnight on 27 April 2017.
 
  1. Royal Society for Public Health Health & Wellbeing Awards 2017
The Health and Wellbeing Awards 2017 is now open for entries. The Awards recognise and celebrate a wide range of activities, policies and strategies that empower communities and individuals, improve the population’s health and address the wider social determinants of health. Entering will provide your team and organisation with the chance to gain formal recognition for their contribution to public health. The deadline for applications is Friday 28 April. Request your application pack.

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#TDOV

  1. LGBT Foundation’s Trans Resource Bank
The Resource bank is filled with resources from local, national and global organisations.
 
  1. New report from NAT on Trans people and HIV
NAT’s new report Trans* people and HIV explores the factors known to be associated with increased HIV risk for trans people, including risks associated with gender affirming medical procedures, the impact of transphobia on behaviour and mental health, barriers of access to health care, and the increased likelihood of trans people to engage in sex work.  
 
  1. Increasing understanding of the healthcare challenges faced by trans and non-binary people
NHS England, including commissioners, have been meeting with the Trans and Non-binary Interaction team from All About Trans. The meetings are helping staff understand more about the challenges many trans and non-binary people face when accessing healthcare and how the healthcare system can be improved so it is more inclusive. All About Trans has written a blog about the meeting in London and a blog about the meeting in Leeds, which outline some of the conversations that took place.
 
  1. Gender-sensitive approaches to addressing children and young people’s emotional and mental health and wellbeing
The National Children’s Bureau has published practice examples showing how considerations of gender can inform work to support emotional and mental health and wellbeing. This follows our evidence review exploring how gender relates to children and young people's needs and experiences, and to parental and professional responses. Gendered issues in children's mental health include young male suicide, low self-esteem among girls and mental health inequalities faced by trans young people. In sharing promising examples, NCB aims to help further thinking and practice in this area.
 
  1. Barriers to health faced by transgender and non-binary black and minority ethnic people
Given that trans/NB individuals tend to experience elevated rates of discrimination when attempting to access heath care, and that black and minority ethnic people also experience a high likelihood of discrimination when trying to use health care services, there is a clear need for a focus on the intersection of race/ethnicity and gender identity, exploring how this crossroad of identity impacts the experience of accessing health care of individuals who are trans/NB black and minority ethnic people. This briefing offers four propositions for creating improved overall health for trans/NB black and minority ethnic individuals.
 
  1. 4 new Trans Factsheets
The National LGB&T Partnership has developed four more health factsheets for trans people in 2016/17. 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. 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.
 
  1. Implementing comprehensive HIV prevention programs with transgender people
A new UN publication was launched last year to enable governments, public-health officials, programme managers, voluntary and community organisations and health workers to create and improve HIV prevention programmes for transgender people.
The new publication, Implementing comprehensive HIV prevention programmes with transgender people captures issues such as the need to empower communities of transgender people; address the stigma, discrimination and violence that they face; provide comprehensive health-care services that are accessible and acceptable to transgender people; and manage programmes.
Known informally as the TRANSIT (transgender implementation tool), the publication was developed over a period of 18 months with over 90 experts from around the world, including many transgender people who helped draft and revise the publication.
 

Further resources

  1. Foundations for the Future: dementia care for LGBT communities
This is the third report in a series in collaboration between the National LGB&T Partnership, VODG and NCF exploring how care professionals can provide the most appropriate support. The report describes the growing need for appropriate care for LGBT people with dementia along with the learning that can be applied from existing high-quality dementia care for LGBT. It also promotes the next steps towards creating stronger dementia care strategies.
To download a copy of the report, click here.
 
  1. Report on Smoking habits in the LGB&T Community – Proud2Be Smokefree
Wednesday 8th March was ‘No Smoking Day’, and to mark the day the LGBT Cancer Support Alliance launched their new report on smoking habits within the LGBT community. A significant amount of research evidence suggests that members of the LGBT community are likely to experience a range of health inequalities, and a notable contributing factor to this is the higher rates of smoking within the community.
  1. Public health working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector: new opportunities and sustainable change
The case studies in this report show how public health and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector are working together to make a real difference to people's health and wellbeing.
 
  1. Suicide prevention: a guide for local authorities
This guidance outlines the key questions that local authorities should be asking to inform a suicide prevention strategy. Case studies of innovative practice in local areas illustrate the ways that local councils across the country are tackling suicide in partnership with other agencies and organisations.
 
  1. Don’t Miss Out
Mencap has worked with NHS England to create two videos and a set of guides called ‘Don’t Miss Out’ which show the benefits of being on the learning disability register, having an annual health check, and accessing support at the GP.
 
  1. Top tips for choosing a support provider – now available as Easy Read
VODG have published an updated Easy Read edition of the practical resource, Top 10 tips for choosing a support provider. The resource is designed to be used by those looking to secure high-quality social care for themselves or for a relative or friend, helping people consider their options, in an accessible format.
 
Top 10 tips provides a range of information and support for people to make an informed choice about their care, helping people to understand their options and ask the right questions.
 
  1. New leaflets help vulnerable patients to register with a GP
NHS England has co-produced a series of leaflets to help vulnerable patient groups, including asylum seekers and refugees, homeless people and Traveller groups, register with a GP. The leaflets advise patients on how to find a GP practice in their local area and assist in registering with the practice. The leaflets also ask practices to give an explanation when they refuse to register a patient.

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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.
 
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: nationalgbtpartnership@gmail.com

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  1. Digital agency to give away website build grants
Digital agency White Fuse has announced that it is to give away a £5,000 grant each month to help a charity transform its website or get online for the first time. Explaining why they are providing the grants, the agency said on its website: "Having worked with charities since 2008 we know how hard it is for charities to get funding for digital projects.
 
  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.
 
  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. Apply anytime.
 
  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 makes grants to smaller community-led groups that support people at the margins of society. 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. 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. Applications are accepted year round.

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  1. LGBT Women in Sport Conference
15th April, Brighton.
The Federation of Gay Games (FGG) is holding a participation and inclusion conference in April to motivate and encourage LGBT women to get involved in sport. Speakers from the world of sport - amateur and professional - will explore the issues and barriers that discourage LGBT women from participating.
Delegate places are available free of charge to interested women from the LGBT community and their straight allies. To find out more about the conference or to book a place, click here.
 
  1. Meeting the Needs of Trans Communities: A Learning Conference
8th May, Manchester.
This event for those who commission or work in services with trans people will be the launch of LGBT Foundation’s new report Transforming Outcomes.
 
  1. Wellbeing Training for Trans Activists
June 10-19th, Spain
Join TGEU for their first wellbeing training in Lleida, Spain this June. Trans activists will enjoy an immersive learning experience in a remote and wild valley in the Catalan Pyrenees. Leaving refreshed, with a range of methods to help sustain the front-lines of trans social change in Europe. 
The training is co-organised with: 
http://www.ecodharma.com and http://ulexproject.org/.
 Apply until Sunday, 9 April 2017 http://tgeu.org/call-for-participants-wellbeing-training/
 
  1. Developing person-centred cultures to deliver compassionate care
Person-centred cultures should be created across organisations, encompassing staff as well as people accessing services. Multiple organisations have partnered to create a free online course about implementing compassionate care approaches.

 
  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.
 
  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.
 
  1. Stepping Up
NHS Leadership Academy has launched a Stepping Up programme aimed at developing black and minority ethnic (BME) colleagues in bands 5 – 7 who aim to be leaders.  
The fully funded programme will run over five months, for individuals who have an interest in developing their leadership abilities and want to be involved in creating a transformational change in equality and diversity across the healthcare sector. 
Colleagues will benefit from a mix of learning, including face-to-face, self-directed and workplace-based. Applications are now open. For more information or to apply visit the NHS Leadership Academy website.

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