Using your evidence to influence commissioners

A key feature of building an evidence case is making sure there is a consistent approach that stands up to scrutiny. Much of this best practice guide focuses on collecting good quality evidence, and sharing that evidence e.g. via the LGF Evidence exchange.

Making the most of what you've got

Through the BHP process partners made a number of points and recommendations targeted mainly at commissioners, so it is essential to make sure they are made aware of the following points:

  • Factor under-represented groups into workforce planning/capability assessments
  • Focus on patient stories – the journey and what happens as a result
  • Social value and social prescribing approaches need to be integrated into commissioning practice to get value for money
  • GPs often take responsibility for own learning – as their ‘advisers’ we may need to be the experts in our own care (e.g. gender dysphoria pathway and protocol)
  • More opportunities for interaction from people on the health commissioning side engaging the other way – recognising the VCSE’s role as the gatherers of important and relevant information on patient care – that should be shared
  • Spend time building a socio economic case – these can be overwhelming especially with regard to treatments in mental health for example

And finally

Factor in the LGF framework to reduce health inequalities and improve access for LGB&T people - it captures and summarises all the work that has taken place as part of BHP Manchester 2013-4 and is a guide for all cross sector partners to follow when designing health services.

➢  EDUCATE the workforce of all service providers to create and maintain a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people

➢  MONITOR the sexual orientation of your service users, patients and staff as part of your standard demographic dataset, and use the findings to inform future plans and inform services

➢  COMMUNICATE in a non-discriminatory way, without making assumptions about a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity

➢  INCLUDE lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people’s needs within mainstream services, policies, strategies and commissioning plans

➢  TARGET when necessary, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people with specific health information and campaigns

➢  DEVELOP where appropriate, specialist health and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, their partners and their families

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