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LGBT HIP Reports

Here you can read the reports from LGBT HIPs consultation work:

Spring 2017- LGBTQ Healthy Eating and Active Living

We found that a third of LGBTQ people experience barriers to physical activity that relate to their LGBTQ identities. These barriers appear to influence a lower rate of physical activity in Brighton & Hove for LGBTQ people, and trans/non-binary/genderqueer people in particular. Increased LGBTQ awareness, activities and facilities would challenge many of these barriers. About a quarter of survey participants experience food poverty and meal reductions and will struggle to afford healthier options and basic living costs.  Healthy options at more affordable prices would help many people, as would increased knowledge of how to prepare healthier foods.

LGBTQ Healthy Eating and Active Living


Winter 2016- LGBTQ Experiences of NHS Complaints and Feedback

LGBT HIP conducted an online survey and one-to-one interviews with LGBTQ people in Brighton and Hove on the opinions and experiences of providing feedback, raising concerns and making complaints about NHS services in Brighton and Hove. We found that there is confusion around the different ways that people can feed back to the NHS and there was a lack of confidence that the process would provide a satisfactory resolution.

LGBTQ Experiences of NHS Complaints and Feedback


Autumn 2016- LGBTQ Kitemark Consultation

LGBT HIP conducted a consultation with LGBTQ communities in Brighton and Hove about the development of an LGBT Kitemark Scheme. The consultation is part of a wider project in partnership with the Trans Alliance and aims to develop a city-wide quality assurance kitemark scheme to improve access to, and confidence in statutory and private sector services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Brighton and Hove.

LGBTQ Kitemark Scheme


Summer 2016- LGBTQ Communities and the Wellbeing Service

LGBT HIP conducted a consultation into how LGBTQ people and LGBTQ community groups experience the Wellbeing Service. We found that community-based wellbeing services are important to people accessing services. We also found that LGBTQ people would like to be able to tell if services are LGBTQ-competent before they access the service.

LGBTQ People & The Wellbeing Service


Spring 2016 – LGBTQ Smoking and Lung Cancer Consultation

LGBT HIP conducted a survey and focus group to explore issues around smoking and lung cancer awareness in the LGBTQ community. Many participants felt that LGBTQ people may face additional social pressures which can increase rates of smoking in the community and make it harder for LGBTQ people to quit. Support from friends and the wider community was seen as a key factor in supporting LGBTQ people to give up smoking and our recommendations include the provision of greater community-based and peer support services.

   LGBTQ Smoking and Lung Cancer   

Winter 2015 – Trans* People’s Experiences of Hospital Care

LGBT HIP conducted a survey into trans people’s experiences of hospital care. The report identified a number of key areas in which trans people faced significant challenges where accessing care. Notably, many respondents told us that when they had recently accessed hospital care, they had not been asked for their preferred name or pronoun. This is particularly important in the context of other findings – that many trans patients had been misgendered, and that many trans patients were concerned about experiencing a lack of understanding from hospital staff.

Right Here have also conducted a similar consultation into young trans men’s experiences of hospital care, and we’ve worked with them to produce a set of joint recommendations for the local NHS to improve trans patients’ experiences. The full report below includes these joint recommendations.

   Trans* People’s Experiences of Hospital Care   

Summer 2015 – Trans* Drug and Alcohol Support Survey

An LGBT HIP Volunteer recently undertook a survey, in partnership with Pavilions, to assess Trans people’s views on and experiences of Drug and Alcohol services in the city. The report scopes some important issues to be considered in the development of future Drug and Alcohol services for Trans people.

   Trans* Drug and Alcohol Support Survey   

Summer 2015 – “LGBT People’s views on Changes to Primary Care”

In Summer 2015 we conducted a survey into LGBTQ people’s views on changes to Primary Care. The NHS is looking at changing the way people access healthcare, and the way healthcare services work together, and it’s important that LGBTQ people’s needs are taken into consideration when those changes are taking place.

Much recent research (including our own) has shown that LGBTQ people often face considerable barriers in accessing healthcare due to a lack of LGBTQ awareness, a lack of suitable service as well as prejudice and discrimination.

The responses to our consultation reaffirmed the impact these factors have on LGBTQ people’s access to healthcare, with key findings including:

• A continued demand for LGBTQ specific services.
• Many LGBTQ people’s relationship with specific GPs and core practitioners is very important, even fundamental to their health and wellbeing.
• A lack of confidence in voluntary workers in regards to levels of competence and standards of LGBTQ awareness.

   LGBT People’s Views on changes to Primary Care   

June 2015 – “LGBT & Friends Event for LGBT people with Learning Disabilities”

LGBT HIP has continued to liaise with Brighton & Hove SpeakOut, an organisation for people with Learning Disabilities in Brighton & Hove, and held an event for LGBT people with Learning Disabilities on Thursday 18th June 2015 to find out more about people’s experiences and to raise awareness of LGBT services in the city.

   LGBT & Friends Event for LGBT People   

Spring 2015 – “LGBT People’s views on NHS Health Checks”

In Spring 2015 we conducted a survey into LGBTQ people’s views on NHS Health Checks and had loads of great responses. Amongst other things, we found that it’s important to address LGBTQ people in the wider community, but that there’s work to be nhs health checkdone on developing health professionals’ LGBTQ awareness and understanding.

Thanks to everyone who took part! Your responses helped us to put together a picture of how the NHS can engage and include the LGBTQ community in NHS health checks in Brighton & Hove. We’ve put all of that information into a report which we’ve fed back to the local NHS CCG which you can find below.

   LGBT People’s Views on NHS Health Checks   

February 2015 – “Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health”

LGBT Health and Inclusion Project recently surveyed 152 lesbian, bisexual and queer women in Brighton & Hove about health needs and experiences. The study looks at physical health, mental health, sexual health, use of substances and cancer screening.

LBQ health

65% of women said that they were ‘out’ about their sexual orientation to their GP. This is higher than the national findings from Stonewall (2007) which found that half of lesbians were not out to their GP. However, bisexual respondents were more than twice as likely than the overall sample respondents to say that they were not out.

Another key finding highlighted in the research was around LBQ women’s relationships with food. Only 7% of respondents indicated that they are not worried about what they eat. Thirty-four per cent of respondents indicated that they worry about what they eat whilst the majority of respondents reported a more problematic relationship with food ranging from obsessive thoughts about food to identifying as having an eating disorder.

   Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Women’s Health   

December 2014 – “LGBT identity and Learning Disabilities Round Table Report”

In December 2014 LGBT HIP held a Round-table event looking into LGBT identity and Learning Disabilities, inviting LGBT people with Learning Disabilities and workers from the LGBT sector and Learning Disabilities sector to explore challenges faced by LGBT people with LD and for workers supporting them.

learning disabilities focus group

   LGBT identity and Learning Disabilities   

   LGBT identity and Learning Disabilities – Easy Read   

Autumn 2014 – “LGBT People’s views on Patient Record Sharing”

medical record sharingIn Autumn 2014, LGBT HIP conducted a survey into patient record sharing, to ensure that LGBT voices would be heard by the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group, regarding the changes being made to ways in which patient data is stored and shared between health professionals.

   LGBT People’s Views on Patient Record Sharing   

June 2014 – “Better Care LGBT Focus Groups”

In June 2014 LGBT HIP convened two focus groups for local LGBT people in order to explore the views and perceptions of LGBT people about the Better Care: integrated care plan – an integration of health and council services in the city including care in the community.

   Better Care LGBT Focus Groups   

May 2014 – “Consultation on LGBT BME People’s Forum – Meeting Note”

LGBT HIP conducted a two-hour meeting to explore the set up of a forum for LGBT people from Black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds. Some useful feedback and intelligence was gathered; the key finding was that there was support for the development of a forum but this needed to be ‘owned’ and driven by LGBT BME people with support for sustainability.

   LGBT BME People’s Forum Meeting   

April 2014 – “Five Ways to Wellbeing LGBT People’s Focus Groups”

LGBT HIP was asked by Brighton and Hove NHS Clinical Commissioning Group to consult with LGBT people about the development of a mental health wellbeing strategy for the city. We conducted two focus groups with local LGBT people. Participants reviewed concepts of mental health wellbeing and the need for the underlying approach informing the strategy – the ‘five ways to wellbeing‘ – to be adapted to recognise the impact of inequality and exclusion on the wellbeing of LGBT people.

   LGBT HIP Wellbeing Report   

March 2014 – “Consultation with LGBT Disabled People in Brighton and Hove”

LGBT HIP worked in partnership with The Fed Centre for Independent Living to convene consultation meetings with local LGBT disabled people. The meetings explored the experiences of participants and identified reports of discrimination and exclusion within the local LGBT ‘scene’ and in ‘mainstream’ society. There was support for the development of an LGBT disabled people’s group in the city but this needed to be developed as a sustainable resource requiring community development. Interim recommendations are made about supporting the initiative while discussions continue about ways to take the initiative forward.

   LGBT Disabled People’s Meetings Report   

March 2014 – “LGBT Carer’s Consultation in Brighton and Hove”

LGBT HIP worked in partnership with the Carer’s Centre to convene a consultation meeting with local LGBT carers. The main conclusion was that many of the difficulties and issues that participants faced were held in common with other carers. However, there was an additional concern that when accessing support, advice or services, this should be LGBT aware and able to respond to the concerns that carers (and their partners where relevant) had as LGBT people. Recommendations address the need for continued outreach to LGBT carers to inform them about the support and resources available.

   LGBT Carer’s Report   

December 2013 – “Development Needs of the Local LGBT Third Sector”

LGBT HIP carried out two separate consultation events on the Transforming Local Infrastructure Project and Brighton and Hove City Council’s development of a new policy on support for the community and voluntary sector in the city. This report combines findings from both exercises to make a series of recommendations regarding the needs of the LGBT community and voluntary sector for community development, infrastructure support and community consultation and engagement.

   LGBT Third Sector Report   

December 2013 – “Participation, Visibility & Inclusion: The Involvement of LGBT Community & Voluntary Groups in Brighton and Hove LGBT Pride 2013”

LGBT HIP hosted a two-hour consultation meeting for local LGBT and HIV community and voluntary groups about their participation in Brighton and Hove LGBT Pride 2013. Twenty-three individuals representing 15 local organisations took part. The report identifies a number of reported successes as well as areas for development and makes a series of recommendations.

   Pride 2013 Report   

September 2013 – “Online Survey on NHS Urgent Care Services”

LGBT HIP carried out a survey of local LGBT people on their awareness and use of NHS urgent care services. 94 people took part. The survey showed that awareness of the full range of urgent care services was variable and that while there were positive accounts and support for NHS staff working in circumstances perceived to be difficult, there was also room for improvement, particularly in the area in respectful care. The need for LGBT awareness training for staff emerged as a key recommendation.

   Urgent Care Report  

August 2013 – “Online Survey of Suicidal Distress”

LGBT HIP carried out an online survey of the perceptions and experiences of local LGBT people concerning the issue of suicidal distress. 205 people responded. The findings report upon respondent’s experiences of suicidal distress, perceptions of the priority of the issue, barriers to tackling the problem and proposed solutions. A series of recommendations are offered, chiefly the need for a local LGBT suicide prevention strategy.

   LGBT Suicidal Distress Report   

March 2013 – “LGBT Older People’s Roundtable Report”

LGBT HIP carried out a consultation with local stakeholders about the need to set up a group or forum for older LGBT people in the city. The overwhelming response was that a group was needed and that this should be set up and ‘owned’ by the local LGBT community. Recommendations are offered for taking the initiative forward.

   LGBT Older People’s Roundtable Report   

July 2012 – “Sexual Health Resources for Local Bisexual People”

LGBT HIP carried out consultation with bisexual people at the 2011 BiCon (national conference for bisexual people) on the sexual health information resources available. The exercise indicated that participants wanted information that was accessible and relevant to them as bisexual people as a ‘one-stop-shop’ resource. Recommendations are offered for the NHS for the development of local materials.

   Bisexual Sexual Health Resources   

June 2012 – “Clued Up!”

LGBT  HIP worked with the Claude Nicol Clinic and a local cancer prevention health adviser to develop an intervention called Clued Up. This aimed to enable trans people to learn more about the primary sexual health clinic in Brighton and Hove and to feel more confident about using sexual health services independently in future. It also provided an opportunity for the clinic to consult with trans people about ways to make clinic services more accessible. This report describes the intervention and the work to evaluate its impact.

   Clued Up Report   

February 2012 – “Neighbourhood Councils” and “Equality and Inclusion Policy” Consultations.

LGBT HIP was commissioned by Brighton and Hove City Council to carry out two consultations on proposals to set up Neighbourhood Councils and on its Equality and Inclusion Policy. There was a great response from local LGBT people who participated in two discussion sessions. In addition, the LGBT HIP Consortium took part in two round-table sessions. These reports discuss the consultation and the conclusions generated, making a series of recommendations for the Council.

   BHCC Equality & Inclusion Briefing Paper   

   BHCC Neighbourhood Councils Briefing Paper