New learning framework for knowledge, skills and values for working affirmatively with LGBTQ+ people in later life.
This learning framework for working with LGBTQ+ people in later life aims to provide a base for identifying the insights, knowledge, understanding and skills that the social care workforce need to help them work affirmatively, inclusively and effectively with individuals from gender and sexually diverse communities. This project was funded by Skills for Care and was developed by Dr Trish Hafford-Letchfield (University of Strathclyde) in collaboration with the LGBT Foundation.
The framework includes a background on LGBTQ+ issues and awareness; a look at health and wellbeing issues later in life, including research about LGBTQ+ inequalities; information on providing personalised care and support covering topics of intersectionality, supporting people with dementia or HIV, and understanding intimacy and sexuality later in life; and recommendations for leadership, education, and service development to continue to improve care and support in this area.
How it can be used
The framework is intended to be used by social care employers, employees, training providers, regulator, commissioners, policy makers and others to build their own knowledge of LGBTQ+ issues, to support colleagues’ understanding, and to create learning programmes which will allow teams to better support LGBTQ+ people in later life.
The framework will support social care services and organisations to:
- 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 which meets a minimum standard of performance and capability in its assessment and provision of care to LGBTQ+ individuals in later life and their communities
- embed the relevant topics, areas, guidance and learning resources into its recruitment, induction, supervision, appraisal and career progression processes.
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Access the framework
The learning framework and it's supporting documents can be downloaded below. These additional documents should be used to supplement the content found within the framework.
PDF - 30,346 KB
The framework identifies and articulates the key topics that should underpin best practices with LGBTQ+ older people and their carers in social care.
PDF - 511 KB
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans + (LGBT+) Care in Later Life: A short review of the research and evidence to improve inclusive and affirmative practice
PDF - 416 KB
Here you'll find a selection of audio visual pen learning resources, most of which have been co-produced and were made for exchanging knowledge and evidence with the public from research findings.
PDF 309 KB
A list of guides and reports on LGBTQ+ ageing and care which be used to provide more detailed information on the topics in the framework or as supplementary learning materials.
PDF - 155 KB
A list of relevant community based organisations.
PDF - 488 KB
Best practice principles on developing LGBT cultural competence in health and social care education.
PDF - 110 KB
Open resources to support best practices in designing, delivering and evaluating training.
PDF - 1,381 KB
Introductions to the LGBTQ+ community members with transcripts and audio downloads.
Evaluating the framework
As part of our ongoing evaluation, we'll be looking at how the learning framework is being used and any plans for creating additional training programmes or materials based on its content.
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