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Explaining levels of wellbeing in BME populations in England (July 2014) - report

Self-reported wellbeing, i.e., feeling good and functioning well, varies between different ethnic groups in the UK. Even controlling for the social and economic factors known to influence wellbeing, there appears to be a residual, non-random difference – with people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities reporting lower levels of wellbeing than their White counterparts. This report describes the findings of a review conducted to investigate the issue of ethnic disparities in wellbeing and possible drivers for this.

NEED - the National Equality Evidence Database

This website is designed to assist anyone working in the public, private or third sectors to carry out research on protected groups so as to produce effective evidence based strategies, policies, plans or activities; find qualitative or quantitative research to assess the potential impacts of changes; and
share best practice widely to avoid 'reinventing the wheel'.

How to use the NHS - films for newly arrived migrants

A series of short films on how to use the NHS aimed at newly arrived migrants has been produced by the Black Health Agency. The films are available in English, Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi/Dari, French, Kurdish, Mandarin, Polish, Somali, Sylheti and Urdu. Click here to select a film in your chosen language (opens in a new window).

Dementia information for LGB&T people and their friends, partners and families
Leaflet containing practical advice and details of support organisations for LGB&T people facing dementia and thier friends, partners and families.

Gay in Britain
This report from Stonewall provides some highlights based on the outcomes of poor experiences from the LGBT community when accessing health care.

Top Tips for Working with Trans People (2013)
This guide is designed to give you a basic understanding of trans people and their needs, as well as tips on how you can best support them in your role and in the workplace. It will also point you to sources of further reading and information.

Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Women in the North West: A Multi-Method Study of Cervical Screening Attitudes, Experiences and Uptake (2011)
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme is committed to reducing health inequalities for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) women within cervical screening programmes and funded this project and research study in response to changes in NHS guidance regarding cervical screening in 2009. This demonstration project, delivered by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) in partnership with the University of Salford, builds on the findings of a comprehensive systematic review (Fish 2009), which exposed the gaps in the current evidence base regarding cervical screening uptake and accessibility for LGB women, and evaluates methods to increase awareness and enhance participation in cervical screening programmes.

Guidance on wearing face veils in the workplace (October 2013)
There has been growing discussion on wearing the burqa and niqab by Muslim women. NHS organisations have a duty to determine appropriate dress for staff, depending on their role and the tasks they perform. A summary of the latest guidance, from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) including examples of current NHS trusts policies and practices are available on NHS Employers equality and diversity pages

Healthcare Commissioning – Race Equality
This paper draws on findings from the Evidence and Ethnicity in Commissioning (EEiC) project, together with practice experience and other research, to highlight obstacles and opportunities for healthcare commissioning to enhance access, experiences and outcomes for minority ethnic people. The aim of the paper is to describe typical elements of commissioning work and to point out a range of actions that clinical commissioners, commissioning managers and other stakeholders can and should take to improve healthcare commissioning for multi-ethnic populations.

The uncomfortable reality of prostate cancer in black African-Caribbean men (February 2013)
There is an uncomfortable reality in prostate cancer - black African-Caribbean men are 30 per cent more likely to die from prostate cancer than white men. Black men have a three-fold greater risk of prostate cancer than white men and are more likely to encounter prostate cancer at a younger age.

The report highlights some of the barriers to treatment, with first generation black men less likely to proactively ask healthcare professional questions about their condition or treatment, and with myths and misinformation in the black community also potentially inhibiting understanding of cancer.

Women on Boards – Davis Report (February 2011)
Corporate boards perform better when they include the best people who come from a range of perspectives and backgrounds.  The boardroom is where strategic decisions are made, governance applied and risk overseen. It is therefore imperative that boards are made up of competent high calibre individuals who together offer a mix of skills, experiences and backgrounds. This report presents practical recommendations to address the imbalance of poor representation of women on Boards.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Public Health Outcomes Framework Companion Document
The Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) published by Public Health England is based on national data collected through NHS monitoring and national surveys. Because sexual orientation and gender identity are not routinely monitored, the PHOF does not contain data related to LGB&T communities and so their health needs are not recognised in the document.

However, there is a substantial body of evidence demonstrating that LGB&T people experience significant health inequalities, which impact both on their health outcomes and their experiences of the healthcare system.
The LGB&T PHOF Companion Document click here has been developed by a group of volunteer experts from across the LGB&T community working with the Department of Health, to increase understanding of LGB&T health and make sure that the public health system tackles inequality related to sexual orientation and gender identity and promotes equality for everybody.

Royal National Institute for Blind People – Top Tips
RNIB (Royal National Institute for Blind People) has recently produced some top tips for health professionals on how to make services and environments more accessible to people with sight loss.  These concise guides are full of nuggets of useful information, gathered by talking to lots of people who are blind or partially sighted and come highly recommended.  Simple steps that can make all the difference. Download the leaflets here.

Accommodating Breastfeeding in the Workplace
The Government asked Acas to use its expertise in employment relations to develop this short guide to help employers and employees better manage requests to breastfeed in the workplace. In most instances, these requests will be for facilities to express and store milk and time away from work to do so. The guidance sets out what employers are required to do by law and also gives good practice around managing a workplace issue that can support an employee moving back into work after her maternity leave.

Women’s voices on health: Addressing barriers to accessing primary care
Public health in the UK is affected by health inequalities, in which social factors such as disability, ethnicity and economic circumstances play an important part. Women are more likely to experience long-term disability and depression, and earn almost 20% less on average than men, as well often bearing a heavier burden of unpaid caring responsibilities. Women also run a higher risk of abuse and violence in the home, which can all have consequences in terms of health behaviour and outcomes. Women who are part of groups that experience particularly poor health outcomes (such as LGBT women, refugees and asylum seekers, BME women, women living with HIV and women with learning disabilities) may face multiple barriers to health.

During 2013, Maternity Action and its partners in the Women’s Health and Equality Consortium examined these issues in detail in the report Women’s Voices on Health – Addressing barriers to accessing primary care, published in May 2014. Click here for a summary of the key findings from the report.

Mental Health Services for black and ethnic minority communities
The Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health has published Guidance for Commissioners of Mental Health Services for people from black and minority ethnic communities. This guide describes what ‘good’ mental health services for people from Black and Minority Ethnic communities look like. This guide focuses on services for working age adults. However, it could also be interpreted for commissioning specialist mental health services, such as CAMHS, secure psychiatric care, and services for older adults.

National Cancer Intelligence Network - Cancer and equality groups: key metrics 2014 report
This follow up report [June 2014] brings together updated cancer information and intelligence, and highlights where differences by equality groups exist so that we can work to reduce inequalities. It also shows what improved data quality will allow us to do in the future to improve our understanding further.

Sexual health of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men
Public Health England has published Promoting the health and wellbeing of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men summary document. It sets out Public Health England’s initial findings on the health and wellbeing of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, and commits Public Health England to a range of actions. To guide this work to date, Public Health England has held two listening events for stakeholders and has established an advisory working group, made up of subject matter experts and academics. Public Health England will extend this work further in a strategic framework, to be published later this year.
Additional link: Public Health England press release

Commissioning home care for older people
The Social Care Institute for Excellence has published SCIE guide 54: Commissioning home care for older people. This guide captures the latest research findings on this important and emerging area of social care. It also provides some practice examples of good work in this area. The guide is aimed at health and social care commissioners of home care services for older people with complex needs. Providers of these care services may also find it useful.
Additional link: Social Care Institute for Excellence press release

Learning disability services
The Care Quality Commission and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation have jointly published 3 Lives: What have we learned, what we need to do report.  It highlights the stories of how three young people with learning disabilities and their families were let down by the learning disability services that should have been caring for them. The report concludes that the quality of provision of care for people with learning disabilities and their families is too variable across England. Services should be community based and person centred, close to family and local contacts, and families should not be excluded from decisions about care. The report outlines actions that Care Quality Commission and others have committed to take in order help people in the same situation. Progress against these actions will be reviewed in the autumn.