Public Training Courses 2020
Opening Doors London delivers affordable training for the health and social care sector.
ODL training provides staff, managers and volunteers with the knowledge and skills to enable LGBT+ people over 50 to live happy, healthy and independent lives that are free from loneliness, isolation, prejudice and discrimination.
Our public training courses are based on the latest policy, research and legislation, helping your team to stay abreast of current equality issues, meet best practice and improve the quality of care and support to your older LGBT+ clients and service users.
A special, free event timed to coincide with LGBT History Month and celebrate 50 years since the founding of the Gay Liberation Front in Britain.
Led by older LGBT+ facilitators, this fun, interactive training workshop will enable participants to get the latest research into LGBT+ demographics, lifestyle and relationships, appreciate the shocking history of exclusion that has shaped many older LGBT+ people’s lives and learn practical ways to engage with older LGBT+ people’s needs more effectively.
Click here to register for "Our History is Your History"
Older trans people, whatever their sexual orientation, face particular difficulties as they age and therefore have specific and varied needs. Delivered by older LGBT+ trainers and facilitators from Opening Doors London, this half-day workshop celebrates the lives of older trans people and explores the health and social care challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities as they approach older age.
Click here to register for Trans awareness training for health and social care professionals.
The older generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans clients who grew up in a hostile climate of prejudice and discrimination are more likely to be estranged from family and lacking in the social support and connections to help them navigate their world. Yet many still have difficulty self-identifying to social workers and other social care professionals because of a lack of confidence in service providers as a result of bad experiences in the past.
Enquiring into older people’s sexual orientation and gender-identity requires well-chosen questions and a sensitive communication to gain the answers that will be most useful for client assessment. This very practical course led by LGBT+ social workers demonstrates how to establish and build rapport with older LGBT+ people, using clear questions and an empathic technique best suited to collect honest and informative replies.
Click here to register for Social work interviews with older LGBT+ people.
Although health and social care services have a duty to treat people fairly and the Royal College of Nursing promotes equality of opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, research shows that many nurses still lack confidence when engaging with LGBT+ people in their care and have not received sufficient training in the needs of this marginalised and potentially vulnerable population.
All health and social care organisations have a responsibility under the Public Sector Equality Duty to eliminate discrimination towards and advance equality for LGBT+ people. But what does this mean in practice? This half-day course led by LGBT+ nurses increases understanding of the additional health and social care needs of older LGBT+ people and equips staff with the additional knowledge, skills and confidence to better meet the needs of LGBT+ patients in their care.
Click here to register for Nursing older LGBT+ patients.
Many older LGBT+ people have difficulties finding health and social care support in care homes or supported housing where they feel fully included, and as a result may choose to keep their sexual orientation or gender identity secret. This half-day course clarifies law, policy, staff recruitment, training and quality management issues relevant to care homes and supported housing.
Click here to register for Managing the are of older LGBT+ people.
It is easy to assume, with the recent changes in legislation, that LGBT+ people no longer experience discrimination, disrespect and prejudice. But many older LGBT+ are fearful of leaving their homes due to personal experience of bullying, harassment and physical assault. This course clarifies hate crime law and how to report concerns effectively, and promotes best practice in safeguarding older LGBT+ people.
Click here to register for Safeguarding older LGBT+ people.
Many staff feel that as long as they are treating people equally, understanding the lives of older LGBT+ people has little relevance to the quality of care provided. But research demonstrates that the difference in the lives of this marginalised and previously criminalised group of older people has significant effects on their mental health, safety and security, which those in caring roles need to be alert to if they are to comply with the 2014 Care Act and the increasingly specific requirements of new Care Quality Commission assessments. This half-day course ensures that both care home and domiciliary care staff are abreast of the current issues, meeting their legal requirements and confident providing personalised care and support to older LGBT+ people.
Click here to register for Skills in LGBT+ awareness.
The 2014 Care Act requires health and social care professionals to address the health and care support of older LGBT+ people by tailoring services to their individual needs. But many frontline staff say they lack the knowledge, skills and experience to do this effectively. This half-day course, led by older LGBT+ health and social care professionals, explores relevant practice issues and helps staff implement inclusive care and support plans.
Click here to register for Personalising care for older LGBT+ clients.
At present, our healthcare infrastructure is ill-equipped to handle the unique treatment and care needs of HIV+ older LGBT+ people. The long-term effects of antiretroviral use are still being discovered and have been associated with a number of comorbidities. Homophobia – especially from the older generation – still presents challenges for those in need of services and health care, and can significantly affect mental health and treatment adherence. Many older LGBT+ people are also estranged from their families and lacking support have a greater dependency on health and social care professionals, yet research has shown that health and care professionals themselves admit to lacking confidence when supporting older LGBT+ people living with HIV.
This half-day training, taking place soon after World Aids Day 2020, explains what we know about the lives of HIV+ older LGBT+ people, and equips health and social care staff with the knowledge, skills and confidence to improve health outcomes for HIV+ elderly persons by engaging with their lived experience and identifying some practical steps to improving their access to treatment and support.
Click here to register for Supporting older LGBT+ people with HIV.
For more information on any of the above courses, or to speak with the training team about providing a course for staff at your own organisation venue, please email: [email protected]
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