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National Adviser (LGBT Health)

NHS AfC: Band 9

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National Advisor
NHS AfC: Band 9
Fixed term or secondment until March 2020
Part Time 22.5 hours per week
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Leeds or London
Leeds or London
£84,507 - £102,506 per annum pro-rata
03/02/2019 23:59

NHS England leads the NHS in England, setting the priorities and direction of the NHS and informing the national debate to improve health and care. We strongly believe in health and high quality care for all, now and for future generations and want everyone to have greater control of their health and wellbeing, and to be supported to live longer, healthier lives by high quality health and care services that are compassionate, inclusive and constantly-improving.

NHS England shares out more than £100 billion in funds and holds organisations to account for their spending. Our work involves the commissioning of health care services in England, and we support local health services that are led by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). We have devised and are delivering a strategic vision for the NHS, along with our partners in health, called the Five Year Forward View.

If the advertised role is based in London on an Agenda for Change Pay Band, it will attract a High Cost Area supplement. This supplement is not applicable to Executive or Senior Manager or Medical Leader positions. For positions offered on a part time basis, salary and any allowances will be adjusted pro rata.

We will not accept applications for this position by CV or via recruitment agencies.

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In July 2017, the Government launched a national survey of LGBT people. The survey received more than 108,000 responses, making it the largest national survey of its kind anywhere in the world. This response was unprecedented.

In the survey Government asked questions about people’s access to physical, mental and sexual health services, and gender identity services. People were also asked whether they had disclosed their sexual orientation or gender identity to healthcare staff, and how they felt this affected their care. While many respondents to the survey said they had a positive experience accessing healthcare, it also found that a large numbers of respondents had difficulty accessing healthcare services and especially gender identity clinics. It also showed many respondents had experienced inappropriate questioning and curiosity from healthcare staff, and that some respondents felt their specific needs were ignored or not taken into account when accessing healthcare.

Government is committed to taking bold action on the results of the survey and in response, published the ‘LGBT Action Plan’ setting out how Government will advance the rights of LGBT people both at home and abroad, and improve the way that public services work for them.

One of the health commitments was to create a new National Adviser post, to lead improvements to LGBT healthcare.

National Adviser: LGBT Health

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced professional to impact the lives of LGBT patients and service users across health and social care. 

The National Adviser is a new senior role within NHS England, whose focus will be on reducing the heath inequalities that LGBT people face, and advise on ways to improve the care LGBT people receive when accessing the NHS and public health services. The post holder will work across the NHS to ensure that the needs of LGBT people are considered throughout the health system.

The National Adviser will work to improve healthcare professionals’ awareness of LGBT issues so they can provide better patient care. The post holder will work with relevant statutory organisations and professional associations to embed LGBT issues into physical and mental health services on a part time basis. National Adviser will work to ensure healthcare professionals understand the benefits of asking patients about their sexual orientation and gender identity.

The role will work collaboratively with clinical and VCS partners, engage and contribute to leadership on equality across England, in order to affect positive change for LGBT people health and social care services

The post holder will work as member of the Director for Experience, Participation and Equalities team at NHS England. 

The role is funded by the Government Equalities Office (GEO). The role will have reporting links shared with GEO and DHSC. As such there will be joint objective setting and support between the organisations.

The post holder will be supported by a small team and is expected to lead and manage them.

As the post is nationwide, the successful post holder can work from home. However, frequent visits to London will be expected. 

Fixed term contract: until March 2020 (possibility of extension)

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kevin Mantle

020 7340 7915