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Birmingham LGBT is proud to be part of The National LGB&T Partnership.
The Partnership was established in early 2010, in order reduce health inequalities and challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within public services. As of April 2016, the Partnership combines the expertise of twelve key LGB&T organisations across England. 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 Voluntary and Community sector organisations as part of The Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme.
The Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme brings the power of the voluntary sector together with the health system, to improve services and promote well-being for all.
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.
The Partnership has identified five key objectives within health and social care:
1. 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, advice and collaboration.
2. 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”.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
The National LGBT partnership can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org, and can be found on Facebook (www.facebook.com/NationalLGBTPartnership) and Twitter @LGBTPartnership the Stakeholder Engagement Manager can be contacted on email@example.com