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Dear all,

Welcome to December’s newsletter, coming to you a little early because of the winter holiday break, which we hope you find relaxing and enjoyable. The newsletter this month is none the less packed with information, resources and opportunities to get involved.
December’s newsletter is overflowing with ways to influence the improvement of the health and social care sector. Many of these surveys and consultations close in early January, however, so make sure to take a look straightaway.
Following on from our first blog last month where we informed you of our recent project collecting the experiences of LGBT women accessing healthcare services, this month you can read about what Partnership member London Friend are doing to give January a Sober Start.
We hope you enjoy the newsletter, and as always, please let us know if you have any comments or anything that you would like us to include next month.

Kind regards,
The National LGB&T Partnership
"Giving a Voice to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People"
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  1. What do LGBT people want from health and social care?
The current project from the National LGB&T Partnership, which aims to investigate and inform policy makers of what LGB&T people want from health and social care services, is well underway and data collection will end on January 8th.
To find out more about the project, and to complete the survey, please visit the dedicated page on our website, here:
  1. More than 400 pharmacists to be recruited to GP surgeries by next year
More than seven million patients will soon have access to expert advice from a clinical pharmacist when they visit their GP, thanks to the expansion of a new scheme to fund, recruit and employ pharmacists in local practices.
NHS England has more than doubled funding from £15m to £31m for its clinical pharmacists in general practice pilot. The successful applications will receive funding covering 698 GP practices and including recruitment of 403 clinical pharmacists. From spring 2016 patients can expect extra help to manage long-term conditions, specific advice for those with multiple medications and better access to clinical advice on treatments.
To read more, go to: 
  1. Knowledge is Power
Gendered Intelligence are pleased to present: Knowledge is Power. The project, also known as KA-POW, is a Big Lottery funded project that aims to improve the lives of young trans people through the recognition that the more young people learn about navigating life as a trans person, the better equipped they are to face challenges and build community.
This project provided a series of opportunities for young transgender people to come together to create and signpost content online.  You can find out more about this exciting new resource here.

  1. Sober Start
London Friend have recently launched their new campaign Sober Start, which encourages LGBT people to go alcohol-free for a month in January and make sustainable longer-term reductions in their alcohol use all year round.
Research indicates that LGBT people drink more, and more often, than the public as a whole. The Sober Start campaign seeks to help people in LGBT communities keep more control over their drinking and make safer choices about their own health. Find out more about the campaign here:

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  1. CQC inspections of London gender identity services
In January 2016, the Care Quality Commission are undertaking two inspections of Gender Identity Services and would welcome feedback from people who are currently using their services or who have used their services in the last year. 
In the week beginning 18th January 2016, CQC will be visiting the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic  run by West London Mental Health NHS Trust to carry out a focussed inspection with a particular emphasis on patient experience and in the week beginning 25th January 2016, they are visiting the Gender Identity Development Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust as a part of their comprehensive inspection and will be collecting feedback between now and for two weeks after the inspection dates. 
If you would like to give feedback or input into these inspections, including arranging to speak with a member of the inspection team or giving feedback in any other way please contact 03000 616161 or email with the following references – for Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic INS1-2206743716 and for Gender Identity Development Service SPL1-2272488966. Information shared as a part of this inspection will be confidential and no names will be used in the report or in feeding information back to the provider services.
  1. CQC inspection of online services
CQC will be holding a meeting with stakeholders to discuss how they continue to inspect healthcare services that are delivered solely or mainly online (for example, via a live video consultation).
Voluntary sector organisations interested in information technology and health may be interested in this meeting. CQC would like to have input from specialist voluntary sector organisations as well as from the providers of services they are also inviting.
The meeting will take place on Tuesday 16 February from 09:00am until 11:00am and will be held in the Care Quality Commission Office at 151 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9SZ.
Please RSVP to Stephanie Lowe via email or by phone on 020 7448 4571, by Tuesday 22 December.
  1. What are LGB women’s experiences of health care?
Has being a lesbian or bisexual woman ever affected the healthcare you've received? The National LGB&T Partnership is working with Public Health England to improve the healthcare provided to lesbian, bisexual and other non-heterosexual women. 
As part of this work, we are collecting patient experiences to be part of the report. You can tell us about positive or negative practice (or even a mix of both) – we’d really like to hear about as many healthcare encounters as possible. If you have an experience to share, please follow this link to complete our short survey. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 of shopping vouchers.
  1. NCB survey on supporting children and young people at risk of acquiring HIV and other STIs/BBVs
Professionals working with children and young people frequently identify and offer support around risks to health and wellbeing, which may include increased risk of acquiring HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood-borne viruses (BBVs).
NCB’s Children and Young People HIV Network is seeking the views of practitioners who do not work in health, or closely with these issues in health, on how they recognise and respond to children and young people’s needs for STI/BBV-related advice, testing and support. Responses will inform practice guidance on supporting children and young people before, during and after testing, and on working with those who receive an HIV diagnosis.
Please complete and/or share NCB’s confidential 10 minute survey by 7 January 2016.
To take part in the survey, go to:
  1. National charities and voluntary organisations survey 2015
You can be part of the biggest annual survey of charities and voluntary organisations. The survey, launched by a coalition of charities, is gathering evidence about the support charities need to influence politicians, key decision makers and funders.
By taking part you will be helping make sure that funders and decision makers know more about your needs. By being the biggest survey of charities and voluntary organisations this survey is a powerful way of getting your voice heard.
The survey can be completed in 15 minutes.
Please also forward this on to anyone else you think may be interested in being part of this year’s biggest charity survey.
  1. Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework
Take part in the revised Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework survey. The survey is for those whose role (or at least part of it) is public health or health and wellbeing.
  1. Independent living and disabled people in early adulthood: focus group recruitment
The Disability Partnership is carrying out research about young disabled people’s experiences of living independently. To do this, they are organising focus groups of young disabled people in which they will discuss their experiences of social care services. They are recruiting a group of between 16 and 20 people who are:
- aged 17 to 19 or 24 to 26 years old
- currently using publicly-funded social care
- living in and around London and available on 14-15 January
- have experiences with social care they are happy to talk about.
If you know anyone who would be interested in taking part or want more information, please contact Scope’s Research team: Andy McKeown on 0207 619 7245 or at
  1. Patient and Public Participation Oversight Group
NHS England is recruiting patient and public voice members for their Patient and Public Participation Oversight Group and for the Programme Board of the 7-Day GP Access Programme Board. There are more details on how to apply on their website:
  1. Help NHS Choices develop a new healthcare comparison website
NHS Choices is conducting research to support the development of a beta site My NHS aimed at making healthcare data more accessible and easy to understand for a range of people in the UK. This is part of a wider objective for improving transparency across the health and care sector.
Volunteers are being sought to get involved and contribute opinions by joining the research panel. Panel members will be sent a link via email to an optional 10-20 minute survey approximately once every two weeks.  The surveys will focus on gathering views on site content and information as opposed to behaviour of the new website. Starting in November 2015, the programme will initially run until April 2016. To express an interest please contact


  1. NICE: Increasing the uptake of HIV testing among people at higher risk of exposure – Call for evidence
NICE have put out a call for evidence to inform the above guidance which is currently in development and due to be published in December 2016. Click the links below to see the key areas it is keen to collect evidence on and to access further information of the process to date, including the final scope for the guidance.  Responses need to be with NICE by 11 January 2016.
NICE - GID-PHG91 - Call for evidence - 9 Dec 2015
Further information on process to date
Final scope
  1. Consultation on the draft obesity: clinical assessment and management quality standard
The draft obesity: clinical assessment and management quality standard is now available on the NICE website for consultation. The consultation period finishes at 5pm on Thursday 14th January 2016.
The draft obesity: clinical assessment and management quality standard, along with the instructions and documents required to submit your comments, can be accessed by following this link:
  1. Influence the Code of Practice on Confidential Personal Information
The CQC is seeking views on the way it accesses, handles, shares and uses confidential personal information.
The use of personal information is an important part of the CQC’s work. People need to feel safe when telling them about their care and they must have assurance that the information will be handled safely and appropriately at all times.
The code has implications for people who use services, their families and carers, as well as providers of care and staff who work for CQC. Click here to find out more about the consultation.

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  1. The Spending Review: What does it mean for health and social care
This joint briefing from the Health Foundation, The King's Fund and the Nuffield Trust provides an independent assessment of where the Spending Review leaves the NHS and social care.
  1. Making the difference: diversity and inclusion in the NHS
This new publication summarises the findings of a report The King's Fund produced for NHS England on diversity and inclusion in the NHS.
  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. The 68 page full colour A5 booklet was written by Lee Gale and Dr Lewis Turner with cartoons by Jason Barker and main photography by Fox Fisher, and can be found here.
  1. New TUC guidance on well-being at work
With health and work being closely linked, the TUC has published guidance on well-being at work. The new TUC guidance - Work and well-being - sets out the importance of healthy workplaces and provides advice on how to handle specific issues such as smoking, obesity and stress.
  1. Patient Activation as a Measure for Person-centred Care
Empowering patients to manage and shape their own health care is crucial to creating a more person-centred, personalised NHS. A select group of CCGs and the UK Renal Registry are using a questionnaire (called the 'Patient Activation Measure'), previously developed and tested in the US, to assess the knowledge skills and confidence people have in managing their own health and health care.
The early findings from a qualitative evaluation of the measure by the University of Leicester, co-funded by NHS England and the Health Foundation, provide unique insight into how this tool can be implemented in the NHS.
To read more, go to:
  1. Do clinicians support people in taking an active role in their care?
Clinicians have a key role to play in supporting people to self-manage their conditions, and in helping to build their confidence and skills – also known as ‘patient activation’. NHS England conducted a survey of over 1750 clinicians to understand their support for patient activation, exploring their attitudes, beliefs, self-reported behaviours and practices which provides insight into their perceived barriers and support needs.
The findings of this survey are now available: ‘How much do clinicians support patient activation?’ These findings will help NHSE to address the issues and barriers identified by clinicians to support them to work in a person-centred way.
To read more, go to:
  1. The role of allied health professionals in public health: examples of interventions delivered by allied health professionals that improve the public's health
PHE commissioned a team of academics led by Sheffield Hallam University to undertake an initial review to identify examples where there is good evidence of impact on public health by allied health professionals (AHPs) and therefore an opportunity to broaden practice; and to identify areas which require more focus to demonstrate impact by AHPs on public health.
  1. Joining up public services around local, citizen needs
This short paper reviews the existing literature on joining up public services. It identifies five perennial barriers that repeatedly get in the way and ten insights on how to overcome these, drawing on several case studies of successful examples. The paper ends by highlighting some of the thorny issues that remain to be tackled on how to practically take this agenda forward and embed new, collaborative models of working on a wide scale.
  1. Healthwatch England: co-creating the future of primary care
This report outlines the findings from two deliberative events with a cross-section of the public which aimed to investigate what patients want from primary care in the future. The discussions found that patients wanted a more joined-up approach to care; that they were in favour of greater self-referral; and that technology had the power to increase efficiency within primary care.
  1. Engaging the public in difficult decisions about health service change
The need for transformational change in the NHS is frequently discussed. So too is the need to involve the public in difficult decisions about that change. However, advice on how to successfully engage a range of public stakeholders has often been less forthcoming. This paper from NHS Clinical Commissioners is an attempt to redress that. 

  1. Beyond the Usual Suspects: Towards Inclusive User Involvement
This report from Shaping Our Lives explores why some groups tend to face significant barriers to being involved in opportunities to influence, and how they may be fully and equally included in the future.
  1. Conversations, communication and co-design: engaging local people in information sharing to support health and social care integration
This report compares the approach from Leeds, North West London, Southend and Warrington with regards to engaging local people in information sharing to support health and social care integration. It considers how local people become engaged, how were partners and local people involved in the design of communications, how to raise awareness and manage expectations and also conclusions and recommendations for the future.
  1. 4Pi National Involvement Standards
The 4Pi framework has been developed by mental health service users and carers. However the framework has universal relevance: it is simply a means to enable services, organisations and individuals to think about how to make involvement work well.
  1. NHS Patient and Public Participation Policy and Statement of Arrangements
NHS England has strengthened its commitment to patient and public participation with the publication of a new Patient and Public Participation Policy and Statement of Arrangements.  The policy sets out its ambition to ensure that people are at the heart of everything NHS England does and to make participation part of ‘business as usual.’  The arrangements show how NHS England meet their legal duty to involve the public in commissioning.
Both documents were developed together with NHS England staff, patient and public representatives and other key partners. Over the next year NHS England will review how well the policy and arrangements are working in practice and will gather feedback on people’s experiences of participation in its work.  Comments and suggestions can be submitted through the NHS England website.
To read more, go to:
  1. Health promotion for sexual and reproductive health and HIV: strategic action plan, 2016 to 2019’
This strategic action plan sets out PHE’s approach to improving the public’s sexual and reproductive health and reversing the HIV epidemic. It identifies the key areas for PHE action, and describes how PHE can work with partners at a national and regional level to improve health and reduce inequalities.

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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.

Join the NIHR Public Health Research Programme Advisory Board
The NIHR are seeking experienced senior public health decision makers to help identify and commission new research.
The PHR Programme funds research to evaluate any non-NHS intervention with the potential to improve the health of the public and reduce inequalities in health, including interventions in education, the built environment, transport and social care.
The role of the PAB is to provide high-level strategic advice on what research is needed and to help identify the questions that matter most to public, community and voluntary services. Membership of the board offers the opportunity to contribute to and influence the direction of public health research. Applications must be received by 1 February 2016.
For details on how to apply please go to:

Patient and Public Voice Representatives sought for NHS England Independent Investigations Governance Committee
NHS England is seeking four Patient and Public Voice representatives, including a co-chair, for the Independent Investigations Governance Committee (IIGC).
The Committee has been established to provide national governance and accountability for independent investigations commissioned across NHS England to ensure national recommendations are followed up. It provides oversight of the processes followed to commission and manage independent investigations, as outlined within the NHS England Serious Incident Management Framework, to ensure investigations are carried out for the purposes of learning, to prevent recurrence and promote improvements. The committee meets four times a year in London. 
This is an opportunity to represent the patients and the public as part of the governance required for NHS England to help ensure lessons are learnt from independent investigations and reoccurrences of serious incidents prevented.
For further information about the post please contact For an application pack please contact
Closing date is Monday 11 January. Interviews will take place on February 2.

Paid roles

The LGBT consortium website has a page dedicated to jobs in the sector
The following paid roles are currently being advertised:

  1. Director of Resources, METRO, London
  2. Funding Officer, Hertfordshire LGBT*Q Wellbeing project, home-based
  3. Sexual Health Outreach Workers (sessional), METRO, London

Volunteering opportunities

There are also many voluntary opportunities currently available:

  1. London Friend - volunteers including counsellors, fundraisers, publicity
  2. Albany Trust - Board of Trustees, including those with experience of counselling and psychotherapy
  3. London LGBT+ Switchboard helpline
  4. ELOP - group facilitators
  5. Broken Rainbow - online chat volunteers (home-based)
  6. Intercom Trust
  7. LGBT Foundation
If you would like to advertise a vacancy relevant to LGBT Health and Care in our newsletter please email:

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  1. Big Assist
BIG Assist has just announced they have some additional budget for vouchers. They will conduct a further 15 diagnostics and priority will be given to:
  • Equalities infrastructure
  • Infrastructure organisations wanting support with developing partnerships, collaboration or mergers
  • Infrastructure organisations who have not previously been awarded a voucher
Please note, all vouchers will be issued with a 4 month expiration date and vouchers are valued up to £15,000.
Deadline for applications is Friday 8 January. More information is available on their website -
  1. Impact Readiness Fund
This fund offers grants and support to social ventures to understand and improve their social impact and demonstrate improvements to investors and commissioners. Grants between £25,000 and £100,000 will be available to help ventures build infrastructure and skills required to manage their performance, increase their social impact, and attract social investment / win contracts. Deadline is Friday 8 January.

  1. Call for tenders for HIV Prevention in Most At-risk Populations and National Programme for Sexual Health and Reproductive Health Information.
The tendering process for both contracts will close on 12 January.
The tender for the HIV Prevention in Most at risk populations is available at National HIV Prevention Programme for Most At-Risk Populations (MARPs) and will deliver, on behalf of PHE, a range of information and other resources, including develop and system leadership, social marketing, amplification of local HIV prevention activity and monitoring and evaluation of the programme.
The tender for the Sexual Health and Reproductive Health Information programme is available at National Health Promotion Programme for Sexual Health and Reproductive Health Information and will deliver a national health promotion information programme for sexual health and reproductive health. The provider will be required to maintain and develop existing resources whilst exploring the scope for new developments including develop and maintain quality of resources, system leadership, amplify local activity, and monitoring and evaluation.
  1. BBC Children in Need's Main Grants programme
The BBC Children in Need's Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years. The fund projects that make differences in children's lives and help prevent or overcome the effects of the disadvantages they face. Deadline is 13 January.
  1. Fully funded PhD opportunity: Social Determinants of LGBT Mental Health: Assessing the Influences of Community, Social, and Political Context
The research student will join the University of Southampton's Population, Health and Wellbeing (PHEW) research group. More information can be found here.
  1. Weekly webinars: live application support
The BIG Lottery Fund holds weekly webinars hosted by their funding officers who provide tips on applying for funding, including how to evidence the need for a project and how to demonstrate outcomes. They also provide tips on how best to present the work of a project and examples of successful projects. At the end of the session there is an opportunity to ask any questions.
  1. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Bursary Scheme
With support from the Education and Training Foundation the TSNLA is operating a CPD bursary scheme to enable staff in the third sector to access appropriate CPD opportunities. If you or your staff need to go on a course but don't have the funds to pay for it then this scheme is for you (up to £350 per individual is 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. GEO Engagement events
LGBT Consortium is working with the Government Equalities Office to run a series of events and roundtables to better understand key LGBT issues and upskill the sector in working with Government. These events are being held around the country between October and March. For more information go to:
  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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