The National LGB&T Partnership was established in early 2010, in order reduce health inequalities and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public services. As of January 2017, the Partnership combines the expertise of ten key LGB&T organisations across England, and works closely with many more. To read more about the partners, click here.
The partners have a long history of service delivery, working with LGBT people both locally and nationally. Services include 1-2-1 counselling, befriending, peer-support groups, helplines, community leader programmes, testing, advocacy, youth-work, HIV, housing support, drug and alcohol interventions, and much more. This enables the Partnership to act as a catalyst and connector, putting LGBT people and their issues firmly on the agenda of a wide range of decision makers.
Further organisations (both LGBT and non-LGBT) are invited to contribute to seminars and project work, based upon their particular skills and expertise.
The Partnership is a Sector Strategic Partner of the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England, collaborating with a wide range of organisations as part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance. It has experience of successfully influencing policy, practice and actions of Government, statutory bodies, and others. You can sign up to the HWA newsletter by clicking here and follow the work of the HWA on twitter using the hashtag #HWAlliance.
The National LGB&T Partnership has established a close working relationship with the National LGBT Health Adviser, Dr Michael Brady. We meet with Dr Brady and his team regularly and frequently and act as a conduit for the relationship between Dr Brady’s Office (and by extension NHSE) and the LGBT+ VCSE Sector. We organise and arrange engagement events of various formats and sizes between the sector and Dr Brady’s Office, and work closely with him and his colleagues to inform, support and provide direction for his workplan.
Prior to Dr Brady coming in to post we gathered a group of LGBT+ organisations and developed a list of our priorities. This can be found here.
The Partnership has identified five key objectives within health and social care:
- Act as a catalyst and connector
We’ll put LGB&T people firmly on the agenda of decision-makers; increasing visibility through attending meetings, responding to consultations, advising and collaboration.
- Drive forward Sexual Orientation Monitoring and Trans Status Monitoring.
We’ll support the implementation of monitoring, which is vital in understanding LGB&T people’s needs, especially when often: “If you aren’t counted, you don’t count”.
- Reduce health inequalities
We’ll challenge the impact of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, and work to help reduce significant health and social care inequalities faced by LGB&T people.
- Improve access to health and social care services
We’ll highlight the many barriers (both perceived and actual), which limit LGB&T people accessing the support they need; identifying solutions and best practice.
- Ensure LGBT people’s voices are heard
We’ll seek out and use the real voices and lived experiences of LGB&T people within our communities, to inform people in positions of power and influence.
In 2016, the Partnership commissioned a strategic review, undertaking consultation with both external and internal stakeholders. A summary report on the review can be found here.