BEING ME: Project report on best practices in learning and education to support LGBT ageing care and wellbeing

Hafford-Letchfield, Trish ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0105-0678, Pezzella, Alfonso ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2000-5760, O'Connell, Sandra, van der Vaart, Nina, Rabelink, Irma, Bus, Elisa, Higgins, Agnes, Keogh, Brian, Robotham, George, Urek, Mojca and Jurček, Anže (2019) BEING ME: Project report on best practices in learning and education to support LGBT ageing care and wellbeing. Project Report. BEING ME Erasmus Plus, London, Netherlands, Dublin, Lubjiliana.

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Abstract

This report is based on our experiences of using a collaborative approach to identifying best practices for those involved in professional, vocational and community-based education and learning, in order to facilitate improved support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) older people in health and social care. The best practices discussed here on learning and teaching, emerged from cross national collaboration and intercultural dialogue with a variety of stakeholders, including older LGBT people, educators, practitioners and learners using the World Café method. As one of the workstreams within the BEING ME European Project funded by EU Erasmus Plus (https://www.beingme.eu/), we aimed to promote and support the social inclusion of LGBT older people through positive interaction with educational institutions that prepare future professionals to work with older people. The best practices described here include a) identifying pedagogic approaches (the method and practice of teaching) b) generating examples of tailored educational resources c) recommendations on how to improve the knowledge and capabilities of future care professionals in the area of LGBT affirmative practices. Through a process of learning and exchange during two World Cafés, these areas were able to be more clearly articulated and should be read in conjunction with the BEING ME ‘Best Practice principles’ (https://beingme.eu/public/application/downloads/resources/being-me-best-practice-principles-20190212.pdf) which underpin good practice in the area of LGBT ageing care.

Giving specific attention to identify ways of enhancing the skills, knowledge and capabilities of practitioners through education, should place them in a better position to develop a culture of support, openness and respect for LGBT identities which in turn are essential to LGBT older people's inclusiveness in care environments. The Best Practices Report provides the foundation for the development of the BEING ME educators online ‘toolkit’ aimed at both formal and informal learning settings and to a range of disciplines professions and vocations in health and social care.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Mental Health, Social Work and Interprofessional Learning
Item ID: 26518
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Depositing User: Trish Hafford-Letchfield
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2019 07:47
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 20:48
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26518

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