The Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration will be in attendance to provide an update on the recommendations of the Panel’s final review on the LGB&T Community and Elderly Care which was completed in 2018.
Please note that the update from the service area on the recommendations will be provided prior to or at the meeting.
The Director of Adult Social Care and Health Integration was in attendance to provide an update on the recommendations from a 2019 review on LGBT&Q Community and Elderly Care. The review came about following an observation that there was little conversation in the care homes and LGBT and there was some work completed by the Mayor to identify whether residents felt comfortable identifying themselves as LGBT. The Director did however stress that the actions set out within the recommendations needed to be continued, and to a degree the service has been able to do this.
In terms of the recommendations the progress to date was as follows:
Update – January 2021
That activities which raise awareness
and celebrate LGB&T be undertaken in
care settings to encourage participation in open discussion.
Care homes as
have final control over this
but encouragement has
been provided through the
Care Home Forum. Action
That training and development sessions be undertaken with care providers.
Training should focus upon general
awareness raising of LGB&T matters,
as well as more specific training around
the promotion of engagement and open
discussion between clients and care
Training on equality and
diversity, including LGB&T
issues is now part of the
undertaken by care providers. Action complete.
That work be undertaken by officers in
Commissioning and Procurement to
ensure that contracted providers have
policies in place to support the
anticipated increase of openly LGB&T
residents in the future.
The requirements for care
homes to have equality and
diversity policies in place
that reflect the needs of
LGB&T residents have
been reviewed and are
monitored though the
normal contract monitoring
processes. Action Complete.
That an online LGB&T awareness raising module be introduced and
implemented for all Elected Members
and Council employees, which could
also potentially be part of the induction
process. The Panel would also
encourage staff to undertake additional
offline training, where possible.
Corporate Induction has
been reviewed since the
scrutiny report to include
updated content on equality
and diversity issues,
including LGB&T and an
online equality and diversity
training module has been
created for all staff; this is
accessible to all Elected
Members. Action complete.
That consideration be given to the use
of the LGB&T acronym across the
The Council’s Equality and
Inclusion Working Group gave consideration to the use of LGB&T as an acronym and is content to use this. Action complete.
That engagement work be undertaken
with all communities to raise awareness
and understanding of LGB&T issues,
which would promote community
cohesion and group interaction whilst
challenging negative behaviours. This
would also assist the relatives and
friends of LGB&T individuals who are
receiving care support.
Meeting undertaken, May
19, with Director of Culture,
Communities and Communication and agreement reached that
C,C&C would develop
aimed at addressing community cohesion issues focussed on LGB&T issues.
Action complete, however this will be readdressed.
That an awareness-raising
briefing/training session, or series of
sessions, in collaboration with LGB&T
support organisations, be scheduled for
all Elected Members in respect of the
issues surrounding LGB&T and wider Equality and Diversity areas, and how to
engage with ‘hard to reach’ groups
around LGB&T matters.
Action remains outstanding.
Planning will be undertaken to deliver during Q1 2021.
That the Local Authority works in
partnership with other organisations to
further develop LGB&T support
provision in Middlesbrough; each
service directorate to consider how
support can be provided to the LGB&T
The Local Authority continues to work closely with a range of partner organisations around
LGB&T support. The issued
was briefed through WLMT for consideration by Directorates. Action Complete.
That a wider related project be undertaken by the Health Scrutiny Panel to look at the support being
offered to LGB&T individuals within
health services, particularly in terms of accessing health facilities and the
processing of referrals.
The Health Scrutiny Panel
has agreed for this project
to be added to its 2020/21
work programme. Action in
The Panel welcomed the update on the recommendations, however mindful people are still disadvantaged and discriminated for who they are.
AGREED- That the recommendations be noted.