Focussing on women’s healthcare needs

The National LGB&T Partnership is working with Public Health England (PHE) to improve the healthcare provided to lesbian, bisexual and other non-heterosexual women.

Beyond Babies and Breast Cancer, an exploration of lesbian and bisexual women’s healthcare needs, found that:

  • Lesbian and bisexual women are more likely to report negative experiences of healthcare than either gay and bisexual men or heterosexual women.
  • Large scale studies have also found that both lesbian and bisexual women are more likely than heterosexual women to report ill health or long-standing health conditions.

But what is being done in the provision of services to address this inequality?

PHE is undertaking a review of the academic research into the healthcare of this community. To complement this, the Partnership is producing a document which highlights best practice and makes recommendations to healthcare providers like doctors, nurses and reception staff about how to provide appropriate and welcoming services.

We are collecting patient experiences to be part of the report. We’re asking all lesbian, bisexual and other non-heterosexual women to tell us about positive or negative practice (or even a mix of both) that they’ve experienced when accessing healthcare services.

We’d really like to hear about as many healthcare encounters as possible, so if you have an experience to share, please follow this link to complete our short survey and please share the link with people in your network. Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 of shopping vouchers.

We’ll also be running some focus groups in London, Manchester and Birmingham throughout December to explore these issues further. All participants will receive £15 shopping vouchers as a thank you for taking part, so please do register to join if you are interested, and of course please share this information with friends too.

Birmingham Tues 1st Dec 6pm contact for details

 London Mon 7th Dec at 7pm Register here

Manchester Thurs 10th December at 6.30pm Register here


New Resources Published

Over the last couple of months The National LGB&T Partnership has published three new sets of resources. As well as supporting our strategic aim to encourage and assist with the development of LGB&T competency in health and social care settings through providing guidance to local authorities, directors of public health and adult social care, service providers and commissioners, these resources also provide support to both LGB&T community groups and organisations, and to LGB&T individuals.

The new resources cover three distinct areas: smoking cessation, alcohol use, and mental health; please click on the links below to access the resources. We would also be grateful if you would complete a short feedback questionnaire, linked on each resource page, after reading the resources.

Smoking Cessation Resources

Alcohol IBA LGB&T Briefing

LGB&T Mental Health Resources


These new resources join our suite of resources available here, including LGB&T companions to the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework and Public Health Outcomes Framework, and health fact sheets for trans people.

To sign up to our monthly newsletter and be the first to hear about future publications and events, as well as receive information to support your own work on reducing the health inequalities of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities and to challenging homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public health services, please enter your details here.

Review of the experience of people who have been through a mental health crisis

Care Quality Commission logoCQC regularly inspects all registered health and social care services in England, and we produce a report on each service that we visit.  We also do special reviews looking at different aspects of care that are important to people and where care and support may be the responsibility of a number of separate services.  We produce a national report on what we find from these thematic reviews.  Right now, we are looking at the experiences of people who have been through a mental health crisis.

Update – January 2015 areas >>>

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Has religion affected your experience at work, in daily life or as a business?

EHRC logoSince 2010, the Equality Act has legally protected certain characteristics from discrimination, including sexual orientation, gender identity and religion or belief. But how does this work in practice? Has your own or somebody else’s religion or belief proved a barrier to you as an LGB&T person at work, or when using everyday services? Have you experienced the positive effects of being LGB&T and having a religion or belief, or received positive treatment from a religion or belief based organisation? Share your views and contribute to the debate!

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has today launched a major call for evidence from individuals and organisations about how their religion or belief, or that of other people, may have affected their experiences in the workplace and in using the services and facilities they need in everyday life.

You can give your feedback at

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Introducing our new look monthly email newsletter

our new look email newsletterAfter really helpful feedback from a number of our members, we have redesigned our monthly communication to make the information more accessible and bite-sized, moving away from the previous document download format.

You’ll find helpful navigation on the left-hand side of the email newsletter which will allow you to jump to any particular section:

+ Partnership News
+ News from our strategic partners
+ Health news
+ Equalities news
+ Consultations
+ Community Resources
+ Opportunities and Events

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My LGB&T Health events – 8th February

My LGB&T Health
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The National LGB&T Partnership invites you to join the discussion on what is important to you in LGB&T health!

We are holding three events on Saturday 8th February in Birmingham, Manchester and London.  You will be able to hear about changes and developments related to health that affect you, and LGB&T communities. Continue reading “My LGB&T Health events – 8th February”

Equalities Work Update: Letter of support to Directors of Public Health

The LGB&T Public Health Outcomes Framework Companion Document
The LGB&T Public Health Outcomes Framework Companion Document

The LGB&T Public Health Outcome Framework Companion Document has had a letter of support written to accompany it and the National LGB&T partnership will be encouraging Directors of Public Health to engage with it and this letter can be downloaded by clicking here.

Please join us to encourage your local Public Health Director to take on board the messages.  The document can be found at  Also, please let us know if you have passed on this letter and link to anyone by emailing us NationalLGB&

Paul Martin from the National LGB&T Partnership, along with Jabeer Butt from the Race & Equality Foundation, have been appointed as voluntary sector representatives on the NHS Equality & Diversity Council.

RECRUITING NOW: Patient and Public Voice representatives for members of National Patient Safety Committees

Closing date for this opportunity: 2nd December 2013

The Patient Safety team in NHS England are currently recruiting a number of Patient and Public Voice (PPV) representatives to sit on six Patient Safety Expert Groups and on the national Patient Safety Steering Group.

Jump to application form / documentation downloads

The application form and information pack for the Expert Groups and for the Steering Group are attached above. The closing date to apply for either/or both the Steering Group and the Expert Groups is the 2nd December 2013. Interviews for the national Patient Safety Steering group only will be held on the 9th January 2014.

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Free regional training on measuring and evaluating social impact

Commissioning for Equality: Measuring and evaluating social impact




Funded by DH, organised by FaithAction and NCB and designed by NPC, this one-day training event addresses the measurement and evaluation of social impact, focusing on children’s health.

Delegates will learn: The definition of social impact; How to measure and collect data; How it benefits your work and the difference it will make; Practical measurement tools.

This event is for small voluntary sector organisations dealing with health and care issues for families, children and local communities, and any voluntary sector organisation interested in learning how to collect and manage data and measure their social impact.

Implications of austerity on LGBT people in public services

Closing date for this opportunity: 30th September 2013

What is the research about?

The implications of austerity (cuts in public and voluntary sector funding and budgets) may be far reaching but little information is available, beyond anecdotal evidence. UNISON has commissioned this study to find out more about how the austerity measures of recent years have affected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Key aims of the study are to:

  • Explore the way cuts to public and community services may be affecting LGBT people from the perspective of LGBT service users and people providing services to LGBT people
  • Gather suggestions of ways UNISON and its members can respond to cuts in public and voluntary sector funding and budgets

Who can take part?

  • Any LGBT person who has accessed publicly funded services in the last two years
  • Anyone who has provided publicly funded services to LGBT people in the last two years; either specific services targeted at LGBT people or mainstream services accessed by LGBT people

If you are unsure if you are eligible to take part, please contact a member of the research team who will be happy to help you.

Who is funding the research?

The research is being funded by UNISON, one of Britain largest trade unions with members in the public, community and private sectors.  UNISON has asked NatCen Social Research to conduct the study on their behalf.

Who are NatCen Social Research?

NatCen Social Research is an independent and not-for-profit social research organisation. NatCen designs and carries out high quality research studies in the fields of social and public policy. Learn more about us at

What is involved in taking part?

There are three ways that you can take part in the study:

  1. Make a short written submission via a secure website in response to a five questions. Submissions can be made at any time up until midday on 30th September 2013. This will involve preparing short written answers to five questions that may take up to 30 minutes.
  2. Take part in a 30-40 minute telephone interview.
    We would arrange a time and date that is most convenient for you.
  3. Make both a written submission and take part in a telephone interview.

Do I have to take part?

Taking part is voluntary.  It is entirely up to you if you want to take part in the research and you can change your mind at any point.

You do not have to give answers to all the questions on the online written submission website or in the telephone interview and you can choose to stop at any time.

Who will know what I say?

We will write a report based on what people have said. The names of the people who have taken part will not be in the report and it will not be possible for you to be identified.

If you choose to participate in a telephone interview, we will ask to audio record the discussion so that we have an accurate record of what you say. This recording will be stored securely at NatCen’s offices and only the research team will be able to listen to it.

Why take part?

This is your opportunity to have a say. Your views will be important in indentifying whether austerity has implications for LGBT people and will help to informUNISON’s campaigns, recruitment and other work in this area.

How do I take part?

Follow this link or scan the QR code to find more information about the study.  You will be able to make a written submission and/ or provide your contact details if you would like to take part in an interview.