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Brighton & Hove outlines LGBTQ+ compliance plans in care home commissioning

Plans to improve LGBTQ+ inclusive care in Brighton and Hove care homes are under discussion by the council.

A range of new requirements are being drafted for council-commissioned residential care homes in the city, including a requirement of care providers to sign up to the Skills for care LGBTQ+ Learning Framework to ensure care all care homes are an inclusive space.

The initiative aims to achieve the following:

  • include LGBTQ+ issues in the education and training of the workforce
  • include LGBTQ+ issues in the everyday care and support of people in later life
  • guide the aims and focus of LGBTQ+ education and training based on evidence
  • conduct a training needs analysis and design training to support best practice in the care of LGBTQ+ individuals in later life and their communities
  • embed LGBTQ+ best practice into recruitment, induction, supervision, appraisal, and career progression processes.

Councillors will discuss new measures  the Adult Social Care and Health Sub-committee meeting on 17 January.
Discussion will be informed by the CIRCLE project, which supports residential care providers (for older people, 50+) to be more inclusive for LGBTQ+ residents. 

John Hammond, Brighton & Hove LGBTQ+ Switchboard, added: “Equity and inclusion for LGBTQ+ people doesn’t come at the expense of other minority communities so lots of the learning is translatable into improving standards of care for all.”

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