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Dear all,

Welcome to our March newsletter. This month, in response to feedback, we have slightly reduced the number of things we’ll be telling you about, but will provide a little more information about how specific resources might be useful.

Today is Trans Day of Visibility, so we've collected together some of the resources produced and published in recent months in a special section.
How will you raise the visibility of trans experiences and issues in your work or community today?
 
First, though, we have some important news about PrEP, which we would encourage you to read and act on.
And make sure to read to the end of the newsletter, as this month there are loads of events listed that are coming up soon.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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NHS U-turn on PrEP

On March 21st the NHS published a press release, ‘Update on commissioning and provision of PrEP for HIV prevention’ which represented a U-turn in their commitment to working towards the provision of PrEP. PrEP is an HIV prevention tool, a course of treatment which has been proven by a number of studies.
To find out more about PrEP, you can read ‘Why is PrEP needed?’, Published by the National Aids Trust (NAT).
NAT have a news article, and a blog on the subject, and provide an opportunity to write to your MP with all the facts here: http://act.lifewithhiv.org.uk/lobby/PrEPMP
Matthew Hodson, Chief Executive of Partnership member GMFA blogs for Gaystarnews here.
The local government Association say, in their press release:
 
"This is a missed opportunity to launch a ground-breaking prevention method that could halt the spread of HIV, potentially save lives, and make a significant breakthrough in reducing the risk of HIV infection.”

One You campaign launched

PHE’s new adult health campaign One You was launched on 7 March. One You has a particular focus on tools, support and encouragement to help people eat well, get more active, drink less and give up smoking. The campaign also includes advice and information on how people can reduce their stress levels and sleep better. All of this information is available on the One You website, where people can also take the How are You? quiz.

New Eatwell guide and 5-a-day logo published

PHE has published a new Eatwell Guide and 5 A Day logo. The Eatwell Guide provides a visual representation of official advice on a healthy, balanced diet. For the first time healthier drink advice is included along with messages to limit fruit juice and smoothies to a combined daily total of 150ml which counts as 1 of the 5 A Day.
 
While some research has shown that people from LGB&T communities are more likely to eat healthily, there is of course wide variation within any community, and the Eatwell guide may be of use to organisations supporting their service users and communities to live healthier lifestyles.

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Let us know about changes to adult social care

In early 2015, The National LGB&T Partnership produced a companion document to the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework.  This companion document aims to assist commissioners to respond to their duty under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 for NHS England and CCGs to reduce health inequalities and promote integration between services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans individuals, who often experience marginalisation in the implementation of ‘universal services’.

The companion document has now been available for a year, and the National LGB&T Partnership would like to support more providers and commissioners to use the document to support implementation of services and wider integration of health and care. The companion document was downloaded 839 times during 2015, and we are interested in knowing how it has been used, so that we can share best practice uses to encourage greater access to the resource.

If you have used the document, please email sian.payne@lgbt.foundation to arrange a telephone interview.  By sharing your experiences, we can let others know the ways in which the can improve access to care for LGB&T people.

Proud 2B Smokefree

‘Proud 2B Smokefree’ is an ongoing project around smoking and vaping which aims to highlight the disproportionate numbers of LGBT people who both smoke, vape or combine the two, and explore how this may link to an increased risk of developing many different types of cancer.
 
Although it is recognised that e-cigarettes may potentially help people to cut down on tobacco smoking, the LGBT Cancer Support Alliance feel that more research is required to strengthen the evidence to support their use as a therapeutic tool for individuals at risk or those already affected by cancer, who wish to stop smoking.
 
If you are an LGBT smoker, please fill out this short 10 minute survey to share your views.

Worked Up? Speak Up – a new campaign from the Care Quality Commission

CQC has launched a campaign to encourage older people and their loved ones to feedback about the quality of health and social care they have received. They’re encouraging older people to feedback on their care, as research has shown that older people are far less likely to complain about services and are less aware of the ways they can share their views. To share your experience with CQC, or for more information, visit www.cqc.org.uk/careforolderpeople.

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#TDOV Recent trans resources

  1. Select Committee inquiry into Transgender Equality report
The report on the Women and Equalities Select Committee inquiry into Transgender Equality was published on January 14th. UK Trans Info compiled a sub-site, http://www.transinquiry.co.uk/   to present all information on the inquiry.
 
  1. Government Equalities Office guidance on Recruiting and Retaining Trans Staff
This guidance is designed to provide employers with practical advice, suggestions and ideas on the recruitment and retention of transgender employees and potential employees.
 
  1. Government Equalities Office guidance on Providing Services for Trans People
This guide sets out guidance and good practice examples to help service providers ensure transgender people are welcomed, included and valued as customers, clients, users or members, and to ensure they are treated fairly and appropriately.
 
  1. Local NHS launches country's first online GP Guide for supporting Trans Patients
A new online guide for supporting trans patients in GP surgeries has been launched by NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
 
  1. Knowledge is Power
This project provides a series of opportunities for young transgender people to come together to create and signpost content online.
 
  1. GMC guidance for doctors treating transgender patients
The guidance on this website outlines good medical practice, and is relevant to doctors across the UK whatever their area of practice.
 
  1. Know your rights poster for trans young people
This poster has been designed by young people, for young people and outlines trans people’s rights when visiting their GP.
 
  1. Supporting BAME trans people
A 28-page guide with practical tips, guidance, and resources dedicated to supporting the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) trans population of Britain: ‘Inclusivity – Supporting BAME Trans People.
 
  1. Your Body, Your Health - Health choices made easy for trans men, trans masculine and non-binary people
Written and developed for Men’s Health Forum by trans men, Your Body, Your Health - Health choices made easy for trans men, trans masculine and non-binary people explains the various aspects of transition healthcare in an easy-to-read, non-technical way.
 

Other new resources this month

  1. New NICE guidelines on Community engagement: improving health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities
The new guidelines, which support the NHS, local authorities and other service providers to better engage local communities in decisions that affect their lives, has been informed by PHE’s guide to support local areas to develop community-centred approaches to health and wellbeing.
 
In the past year community-centred approaches have become more embedded in public health services and in health and social care. The new NICE guidelines will help to build on this progress, providing a clear mandate for collaboration with communities to plan, design, develop, deliver and evaluate public health, using the PHE guide as a framework for developing options in practice.
 
Service providers should use these guidelines to inform their work with communities, while LGBT organisations and individuals may wish to refer to the guidelines when seeking to influence the decisions which affect them.
 
  1. Equality Delivery System for the NHS (EDS2): Guide to Engagement with the Local Voluntary Sector
Race Equality Foundation, in partnership with the LGBT Foundation, Disability Rights UK, and Men's Health Forum have launched the Equality Delivery System for the NHS (EDS2): Guide to Engagement with the Local Voluntary Sector, commissioned by NHS England. This guide explores how the local voluntary and community sector can help NHS organisations to engage communities and, by extension, implement EDS2 better.
 
  1. Arts for health and wellbeing
PHE has published Arts for Health and Wellbeing: An evaluation Framework. The arts, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and writing, are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. For arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs. The document sets out a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts.
 
As LGB&T community groups and organisations often develop programmes of work which use the arts as ways for individuals to express themselves and build community and resilience, this framework will be useful in helping groups to report on their work.
 
  1. Listen and learn: How charities use qualitative research
NPC's report says an understanding of good qualitative research is not beyond even the smallest charities, and may help them gauge the views of beneficiaries, staff and other stakeholders.
 
  1. Using electronic health records professionally
This decision tool is aimed at community pharmacists and it aims to provide guidance on accessing a patient's electronic summary care record. It includes a decision making matrix, which covers governance requirements for accessing a patient’s summary care record, plus potential scenarios where there may be a professional clinical need to do so. These scenarios include; supplying medicines in an emergency, finding out about allergies and checking potential medicine interactions with over the counter medicines.
 
LGB&T people, particularly trans people and those living with HIV, may be in more vulnerable positions in relation to the access and sharing of their medical records. Individuals and community groups may wish to familiarise themselves with this kind of tool in order to advocate for appropriate treatment.
 
  1. A long and winding road: improving communication with patients in the NHS
This report warns that poor communication in the NHS has a profound impact on patient care, staff burnout and public funds. It argues that inadequacies in communication are damaging medical care and wasting much-needed NHS resources and estimates that the total cost, in England alone, is likely to be in excess of £1 billion a year. It says that better communication between healthcare professionals and patients can save costs, improve health outcomes and enhance the quality of experience of patients and the professionals who support them.
 
LGB&T people are known to avoid or delay accessing healthcare due to prior negative treatment, either their own or others’. Effective communication can go a long way to improve the experience of all patients.
 
  1. Health at home for older people
Public Health England (PHE) and the Housing Learning & Improvement Network (Housing LIN) have published two new guides which offer free resources aimed at the housing sector and improving end of life care. They contribute to the ambitions set out in the national housing and health memorandum of understanding and particularly explore the potential for joint working between local housing, care and support organisations and public health teams.
 
Being supported to stay in one’s own home is important for all people, but for LGB&T people there is a widespread concern that going into care will mean going back into the closet.
 
  1. New training to support mental health professionals to tackle stigma and discrimination in mental health services
Insight from research, focus groups and individual interviews demonstrated that a high number of people using mental health services felt they experienced stigma and discrimination. This helped Time To Change to work with mental health professionals and service users to identify examples of good practice as well as the barriers which can sometimes stand in the way of positive interactions. The resulting training pack focuses on the positive changes which can improve both team culture and working practices.
 
This training package may be of particular use to LGBT organisations providing mental health services.

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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
The following paid roles are currently being advertised:
 

  1. CEO of The Brighton and Hove LGBT Switchboard, Brighton
  2. IT Intern, Stonewall, London
  3. Administrative Officer, Birmingham LGBT, Birmingham
 
 
Voluntary roles
There are also very many voluntary opportunities currently available. These are 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: lgbtpartnership@gmail.com

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  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. Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust
The Austin and Hope Pilkinton Trust is inviting applications on the theme of Children and Youth. Grants of between £1,000 and £3,000 are available to UK registered charities for projects taking place within the UK. Priority will be given to projects focussing on homelessness, domestic abuse, prisoners/offenders, training and education, counselling and support, and activities for those with limited access or opportunities. The next deadline for applications is 1 June. 
 
  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. Free Open University Course
A new short online course Introducing the Voluntary Sector has been produced by the Open University and can be undertaken at no charge via OpenLearn
 
  1. Pride in Sport Challenge Day
Saturday 9th April 2016, Birmingham.
FREE annual competitive sports skills event for individuals or teams of four. Come along and try a range of activities provided by local LGBT and inclusive clubs and organisations. This year’s programme includes football, hockey, badminton, rugby, swimming, water polo, rowing, running, dance and table tennis.
For more details on this and to book your place, please click here.
 
  1. Equality for LGBT disabled people - Out for Change
Wednesday 13th April 2016, London.
This event will provide an opportunity to discuss the key issues that affect LGBT disabled people. Interest to attend is welcomed from everyone, but particularly from all members of the LGBT disabled community, including people with physical and sensory impairments, people with learning difficulties, people with long-term health conditions and people with mental health difficulties.
For more details on this and to book your place, please click here.
 
  1. 3rd National Trans Health Matters Conference
Tuesday 26th April 2016, London.
A one-day conference for Trans people, clinicians, and sexual health practitioners addressing key issues in sexual health and HIV.
For more details on this and to book your place, please click here.
 
  1. Queer Futures Expertise Exchange Conference
Friday 6th May 2016, Lancaster.
At this conference, researchers will be presenting findings from the research studywhich has investigated LGBTQ youth self-harm, suicide and help-seeking for the past two years. We will then ask those attending the conference to discuss these findings with us to develop policy, practice and research recommendations which aim to reduce LGBTQ youth suicide and self-harm. These recommendations will inform the Queer Futures report to the Department of Health.
For more details on this and to book your place, please click here.
 
  1. Responding to FGM: training for professionals and frontline staff
Thursday 26th May 2016, London.
FORWARD is organising a one day accredited training course to increase knowledge, awareness and understanding for professionals on the practise of FGM.
For more details on this and to book your place, please click here.
 
  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. 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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