Learning to deliver LGBT+ aged care: exploring and documenting best practices in professional and vocational education through the World Café method

Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Alfonso Pezzella, Sandra Connell, Mojca Urek, Anže Jurček, Agnes Higgins, Brian Keogh, Nina Van der Vaart, Irma Rabelink, George Robotham, Elisa Bus, Charlotte Buitenkamp , Sarah Lewis-Brooke

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Substantial evidence on the adverse impact of ageing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) populations through the lack of inclusive care services has highlighted the need for education and training of the health and social care workforce to enhance their skills, knowledge and capabilities in this area. We describe a cross-national collaboration across four European Union countries called BEING ME. This collaboration examined the current pedagogic environment within professional, vocational and community-based education to identify what is most valuable for addressing these needs. The World Café method enabled a process of structured learning and knowledge exchange between stakeholders resulting in: (a) identification of best practices in pedagogies, (b) generation of tailored co-produced educational resources, and (c) recommendations on how to improve the knowledge and capabilities of future care professionals in the area of LGBT+ affirmative practices. Combined with themes from the post-Café evaluation, our findings suggest that underpinning professional and vocational education with a person-in-environment perspective facilitates going some way to acknowledging the historical context of older LGBT+ people's lives. Addressing the unique needs of sub-populations within LGBT+ communities and setting these in the context of holistic and person-centred care may better enable the meeting of their unique diverse needs for ageing. Recommendations are made for learning and teaching strategies to support improved LGBT+ aged care.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages22
JournalAgeing and Society
Early online date13 Apr 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Apr 2021


  • LGBT+
  • ageing
  • education
  • social care
  • best practices

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