In collaboration with ROAM and the Lothian GBMSM Sexual Health and HIV Group, we are bringing together a panel of gay, bisexual, and all men who have sex with men (GBMSM) to help us develop and improve our services across Edinburgh and the Lothians.
The Lothian GBMSM (Gay, Bisexual, and all Men who have Sex with Men) Sexual Health and HIV Group brings together NHS (including ROAM, Chalmers, Public Health) and third sector partners (including SX, LGBT Health and Wellbeing and Waverley Care) working towards the Scottish Government SHBBV Framework outcomes to improve the health, and reduce inequalities for GBMSM through targeted annual objectives.
The GBMSM Sexual Health and HIV Group works hard to ensure that people’s voices are heard throughout our programmes of activity. We engage with the communities we work with to ensure the services we provide are exactly what people want and need.
To ensure that these objectives and the work of the group are appropriate and relevant for ALL GBMSM in Edinburgh and the Lothians, the Group aims to develop and support a GBMSM Advisory Panel (the Panel).
ROAM is a community-based, outreach sexual health service working across Lothian with gay and bisexual men, and all men who have sex with men (GBMSM). ROAM is part of the Chalmers sexual health service provided by NHS Lothian.
They are a free and confidential sexual health testing service that aim to provide a supportive service that is welcoming, free from judgement and discrimination, offering various sexual health testing options including face to face appointments, outreach sessions, home sampling kits, PrEP assessments, vaccinations, 1:1 support and advice.
They work closely with GBMSM in the community through our outreach work at cruising sites, gay saunas and online.
Together, the panel will:
We are recruiting up to 8-10 gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men to serve on our Panel.
Panellists will play a crucial role in shaping the work the GBMSM Sexual Health and HIV Group undertakes. We want to attract individuals with diverse skills and experiences, both personal and professional, to support that aim.
Previous experience of participation or interest in the health and wellbeing of the community is not essential.
The main criteria for panellists are:
We believe lived experience is invaluable and we are looking for panellists who can share perspectives or insights from the wider community. We are particularly keen to promote diversity among panellists to include the voices of people from the communities that we work with. This could include:
Across all categories, we are looking for proactive individuals who share our values and believe passionately in supporting GBMSM to overcome inequalities to improve their health and wellbeing. If that sounds like you then we would love to hear from you.
This is a voluntary, unpaid position but reasonable expenses are covered.
As this is a new initiative, both structure and priorities for the Panel will be shaped by its members following the initial meeting, supported by ROAM and SX Scotland staff.
However, we expect panellists to attend a minimum of four meetings per year, as well as contributing to other bits of work as and when the need for the Panel’s involvement arises. This may include involvement in sub-groups, which will vary depending on specific skills and interests of elected panellists.
Meetings will initially be held remotely however in future, as COVID restrictions ease, meetings are likely to include a mix of virtual and face-to-face settings.
In addition to meetings, the Panel will be responsible for feeding back to the GBMSM Sexual Health and HIV Group on their work and involvement. This may involve meeting attendance or alternative feedback methods to communicate the work of the panel.
To help ensure that the Panel can play an effective role in supporting our work, we want to promote diversity among appointed members, as we believe that people from all backgrounds can bring valuable skills and experiences.
Below, we have set out some examples of the types of characteristics that we are looking for in our panellists. However, this should not be viewed as a checklist.
Whether you have one, some, or all of the characteristics listed, the most important factor is passion for helping to empower GBMSM to live healthy and satisfying lives. If that sounds like you, then we would love to hear from you.
Skills and Knowledge
Qualifications and Experience
Values and Behaviours
For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Christopher Ward (SX Manager) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or Troy Baines (ROAM Sexual Health Nurse Practitioner) by emailing email@example.com. Alternatively, you (or someone on your behalf) can call the ROAM office on 0131 536 1773 to discuss other options if email is not suitable.
To apply to join our GBMSM Panel, please send a CV/Resume and covering letter, stating why you are interested to firstname.lastname@example.org. Recruitment for the panel is ongoing.
If successful, you will be invited to meet members of staff to tell us more about their interest in the Panel.
We welcome all applicants and will aim to provide opportunities for everyone to apply in a way that meets the needs of the applicant. Please do not hesitate to contact us by your preferred method.