(LGBTQ+) Care in Later Life : A Learning Framework for Knowledge, Skills and Values for Working Affirmatively with LGBTQ+ People in Later Life

Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Roberts, Lawrence (2023) (LGBTQ+) Care in Later Life : A Learning Framework for Knowledge, Skills and Values for Working Affirmatively with LGBTQ+ People in Later Life. Skills for Care, Leeds.

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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. Content -- 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.