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Let's talk Shigella

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Shigella is a bacterial infection that is caused by the bacteria found in poo. It can be very easily spread as all it takes if for a tiny amount of the bacteria to get into your mouth.

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Community Leaders

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We're currently recruiting, training and empowering a group of volunteers to ensure that the health and care needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people are recognised through facilitating interaction between seldom heard LGB voices and NHS organisations.

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Tying the knot this year? Why it's important to make a will

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Why it's important to make a will if you’re getting Married, you’re in a Civil Partnership & even more so if you’re living together.

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The Village gets two life saving defibrillator machines!

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As a result of lots of feedback from The LGF’s Village Angels and their partnership work with the North West Ambulance Service, we have managed to secure two AED (Automated External Defibrillator) machines for The Village.

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LGB&T health award win for The LGF’s Chief Executive

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The Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists (GLADD) is honouring Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF), with the David Harvey Award for improving the health and lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGB&T) patients and staff.

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Coping with the death of a partner by Ian Dyer

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We spoke to Ian Dyer, who sadly lost his long-term civil partner Alan just before Christmas.

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Independent economic cases for investment

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These reports provide a summary of the findings from cost benefit analysis (CBA) undertaken on the Befriending Service run by Greater Manchester’s Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF).

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LGB&T patient insight surveys and focus groups

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The Lesbian & Gay Foundation and TransForum conducted research into lesbian gay, bisexual and Trans* patients’ experiences of their GP in order to build a picture of this patient group’s experiences of accessing primary care through their GP.

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Executive Summary

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The Executive Summary for BHP.

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Best Practice Case Studies

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Clinical rationale for Sexual Orientation Monitoring

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Service provision rationale for Sexual Orientation Monitoring

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Conducting a GP / health service experience survey

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Patient experiences as a component of datasets are essential and not just based on health. They can play a significant role is securing grants, equalities funding and develop further, more targeted consultations.

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Sexual Orientation Monitoring

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The collection of demographic information in health settings is crucial to identifying patients at risk of particular conditions and to identify various prevalence rates.

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Developing an economic case: why data collection and quality of records is important

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Evaluation should be built into programmes from the outset and not tacked on at the end and staff should welcome the chance to challenge and change their views on what the agency delivers and why.

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Pride in Practice – quality improvement standards for GP practices

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Pride in Practice is a quality assurance service for GP practices that strengthens and develops practice staff’s relationships with their lesbian, gay and bisexual patients within a local community.

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Using your evidence to influence commissioners

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A key feature of building an evidence case is making sure there is a consistent approach that stands up to scrutiny.

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The benefits of a clinical rationale

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As part of the dataset and full evidence case being compiled for LGB people and patients it was agreed that a clinical rationale to support the need for a more targeted focus on this group was essential and would support the evidence and detailed research already collected by the LGF, thereby improving outcomes and the patient’s experience of healthcare.

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Building health partnerships - with voluntary and community sector partners and commissioners

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The BHP programme took a facilitative approach, working with a cross-sector group.

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National and local policy & strategy - getting results

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When developing a case for health awareness and support leading to potential investment for a particular group it is essential to know what policy and strategy (locally and nationally) is relevant and can be levered in to get results.

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How to use this guide

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Each section has been written to be ‘stand - alone’ and therefore the content can be dipped into as relevant and in bite-size chunks.

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Learning from the programme - a best practice guide

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Here we provide an online "toolkit", how The LGF was used as a case study and the methodologies, concepts and results we found.

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80% of British people would love to attend a same-sex wedding

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Around 80% of people in Britain would happily accept an invitation to a same-sex wedding, new research suggests.

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Equal Marriage: Just call it Marriage!

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With the historic passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in England and Wales last year, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (The LGF) are excited to celebrate the first weddings which will be taking place from Saturday 29th March.

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Young hearts run free: Cory & Leigh’s story

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Johnny Blackburn speaks to Cory and Leigh. They are like any other young gay couple - they are madly in love and have promising futures ahead of them. 

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A Tale of Two Sharons: Love comes to those who wait

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Sharon and Sharon have been together for two years and are set to get married on 14th June this year. Their story resembles a film plot - with two characters that are so close to meeting but are frustratingly kept apart until the end - when fate magically brings them together. 

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“The LGF saved my life” – Martin’s Story

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A poster advertising The LGF's Helpline saved the life of a man who needed support after coming out and being rejected by his family and his Jewish community.

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outnorthwest issue 121

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Welcome to issue 121 of outnorthwest - our last ever issue.

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outnorthwest bows out after 14 years

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This week sees the publication of Issue 121 of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation’s community magazine outnorthwest. Sadly, this will be the final issue. 

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Transgender Memorial Restored

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The Transgender memorial in Sackville Gardens is restored and the area is safely lit up now, after being vandalised just days after it was unveiled.

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