What We’re Working On

Below you will find information about projects that The National LGB&T Partnership is engaged in with its partners during 2016-17. We welcome any feedback or suggestions via our contact page.

LGB&T Priorities

The National LGB&T Partnership is developing two resources to support LGB&T voluntary and community organisations in engaging with local health and wellbeing commissioners and policy officers through the lens of 6 broad LGB&T priorities. The main resource will focus on outlining the priority areas, with evidence to support their implementation from a commissioning perspective. The accompanying document will give helpful insights into the health and wellbeing sector so LGB&T organisations can engage and promote their services in a better way.

NHS Workforce LGBT Project

The National LGB&T Partnership is working with NHS Employers and NHS England to implement a series of actions promoting LGBT equality within the NHS workforce. This follows the publication of Stonewall’s Unhealthy Attitudes report in 2015 based on the experiences of staff working in health and social care.

Sexual Orientation Monitoring Information Standard

We’re working with NHS England to make sure that healthcare services collect information on patient sexual orientation and use this to improve services. We’re creating an information standard for sexual orientation monitoring. Information standards are used across the health and social care system to help collect and process information. This standard will enable health and social care organisations to monitor sexual orientation in a way that is consistent with all other parts of the healthcare system. Sexual orientation will be monitored as part of equalities monitoring, alongside other characteristics like age and gender. For more information on sexual orientation monitoring, please visit www.lgbt.foundation/monitoring-standard.

Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Project

Lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women (LBWSW) have too often been an invisible group within health care. Their needs can be doubly hidden, both within the topic of women’s health, which often focuses on reproductive health, and in the health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT) community in general.

This year we published our report, Best practice in providing healthcare to lesbian, bisexual and other women who have sex with women, which aims to highlight women’s experiences of both good and poor practice in healthcare provision, and make recommendations for both practice and strategy in order to improve women’s health overall. Following on from this report, we’re holding the first National Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Health Week – visit our page for more information and to see how you can get involved.

Vanguards

The National LGB&T Partnership is exploring how to increase an LGB&T voice within the Vanguard New Care Models sites across England. We are doing this through increased knowledge for LGB&T organisations around Sustainability and Transformation Plans, working with the LGBT Cancer Support Alliance to influence data monitoring within the National Cancer Vanguard and linking local LGB&T organisations with Vanguards sites in their locality where linking to the voluntary sector has been identified in their plans.

LGBT People with Dementia

The National LGB&T Partnership will be producing a summary document with National Care Forum which reviews the previous documents we have produced with them in the last 2 years about LGB&T people with dementia. The National LGB&T Partnership have also helped the Alzheimer’s Society to develop their new resources about the issue.

Housing and Homelessness

Following a seminar which considered health, housing and homelessness from an LGB&T perspective in November, the National LGB&T Partnership, National Housing Federation and other Strategic Partners will be producing a resource that considers the issue from the perspective of a range of groups who share protected characteristics.

 NHS Outcomes Framework

Following the successful LGB&T Companion resources for the Public Health and Adult Social Care Outcome Frameworks, the National LGB&T Partnership will be producing a similar companion for the NHS Outcomes Framework.

To learn more about what we did last year (2015-16) click here.