Why did your NHS Trust reject an LXP funding opportunity?

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:

Dear ….

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.

Yours faithfully,

LXP Revolution

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

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