The blog that caused the most fury on social media: why did NHS Trusts not apply for a funding opportunity in 2020 to employ a Lived Experience professional working at a Band 7 grade, when most Trusts use the excuse of not having funds to employ an LXP beyond a Band 3 or 4 level?
Our Freedom of Information Request revealed that 31 out of 55 of the NHS Trusts in England did not apply for the funding. All of the remaining Trusts who did were successful. This has left us with the question: Why didn’t the others?
This takes us to Freedom of Information Request Stage 2: Contact the NHS Trusts and ask them.
That is a lot of NHS Trusts and a lot of FOI requests. But at LXP Revolution, we know that we LXPs are worth it. Knowledge is Power. Research is an activism tool that can change harmful and discriminatory systems. We have seen this with the very recent #StopSIM campaign, as well as the adage ’if you’re not counted you don’t count’ – used to promote the monitoring of the LGBTQ population, and NHSE’s recent WRES (Workforce Racial Equality Standard) and equivalent WDES (Workforce Disability Equality Standard).
So, here is the FOI that will be winging its way to an NHS Trust near you:
In December 2020 the Adult Mental Health Team at NHSE offered Mental Health Trusts the chance to apply for funding for a Band 7 KUF Lived Experience Professional (LXP) role. They have let us know via a FOI request that your trust did not take up the opportunity to apply for this funding.
People who work in LXP roles face a high level of discrimination and blocks to their careers. Most NHS Trusts do not have posts beyond Peer Support roles (Bands 2-5).
Please provide answers to the following questions:
*Reasons why this funding was not applied for
*Was the decision subject to an Equality Impact Assessment?
*Has your Trust made plans to reapply for the funding, which will be offered again this autumn/winter?
*Do you currently employ LXPs in Band 7 roles?
*If you do not employ LXPs in Band 7 roles since declining the opportunity to apply for funding, please explain why your Trust does does not do so and what steps you are taking to change this situation.
This will be sent to:
BIRMINGHAM AND SOLIHULL MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Trust
BLACK COUNTRY HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
BRADFORD DISTRICT CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
CHESHIRE AND WIRRAL PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
CORNWALL PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
CUMBRIA, NORTHUMBERLAND, TYNE AND WEAR NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
DERBYSHIRE HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
DEVON PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST
GLOUCESTERSHIRE HEALTH AND CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
GREATER MANCHESTER MENTAL HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
HEREFORDSHIRE AND WORCESTERSHIRE HEALTH AND CARE NHS TRUST
HUMBER TEACHING NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
LANCASHIRE & SOUTH CUMBRIA NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
LEICESTERSHIRE PARTNERSHIP NHS TRUST
LIVEWELL SOUTHWEST CIC
NORTH EAST LONDON FOUNDATION TRUST
NORTH STAFFORDSHIRE COMBINED HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST
OXFORD HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
OXLEAS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
PENNINE CARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
ROTHERHAM DONCASTER AND SOUTH HUMBER NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
SOLENT NHS TRUST
SOMERSET NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
SOUTH LONDON AND MAUDSLEY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
SOUTH WEST LONDON AND ST GEORGE’S MENTAL HEALTH NHS TRUST
SOUTH WEST YORKSHIRE PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
SOUTHERN HEALTH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
SUSSEX PARTNERSHIP NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
TEES, ESK AND WEAR VALLEYS NHS FOUNDATION TRUST