Course Profile

Course Profile: Supporting Gay & Lesbian Older People (1 Day)
This course aims to support practitioners to work in positive and affirming ways with Gay and Lesbian older service users.  In doing so, it aims to explore issues of homophobia and heterosexism on personal, interpersonal, institutional and cultural levels; how these issues impact on practice and how they can be challenged. Participants will be encouraged to critically explore their own attitudes to Gay and Lesbian people and to homophobia and heterosexism.  Participants will also be able to explore practical steps that can be taken in meeting specific needs of this service user group. The course is informed by the Equality Act (2010), ‘LGBT Patients-Next of Kin’ RCN, ‘Working for LGBT Equality’ HM Gov. (2010), ‘Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual-Planning for later life’ (AGE UK).
This course supports the Social Care Commitment and is set in the context of The Care Act 2014 (promoting health and wellbeing).
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  Core 6.2
Care Certificate: 4, 5, 6.4, 7, 10.1
The course is designed for front line Health & Support workers in all settings; working with Older People.
The course will help organisations to meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • Definitions and challenging the myths
  • A brief account of Gay and Lesbian history in the UK including the development of the law-from criminalisation to more recent legislation incl. The Equality Act
  • Different life experiences of Gay and Lesbian people
  • How for some, life experience may have negatively impacted
  • The importance of not making assumptions
  •             -people are individuals and have individual histories
                -how to avoid stereotyping
                -being Person Centred
  • The various forms of homophobia and heterosexism
  • The need to examine our own ‘attitude’ and ‘belief system’
  • How negative attitudes might manifest when supporting older people- overt and covert behaviours
  • How to develop an empathic, respectful and valuing professional ‘attitude’
  • Good practice references
  • How risks may be exacerbated by homophobia and heterosexism
  • Areas that need to be considered when supporting older Gay and Lesbian people
  • Challenging discrimination in the workplace
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Large Group Work, Practical sessions, Handouts, Chalk & Talk, Small Group Work, Practice studies