The London-based Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) is inviting GPs, nurses and healthcare professionals to a free Gender Identity Information Session. The GIC is the largest and oldest gender clinic in the UK, dating back to 1966. It accepts referrals from all over the UK for adults (from the age of 17 years 9 months) with issues relating to gender. In the 50 years since UK NHS gender services began, it’s estimated that more than 130, 000 people have changed social gender role.
At the session you will hear information on gender services, prescribing, as well as helpful advice about how best to look after this growing population of patients. There will be an opportunity to have your questions answered, and to share your concerns, ideas and experiences.
What you’ll take away
- How to refer patients with gender dysphoria directly to a multidisciplinary gender identity clinic.
- An understanding that people in a new gender role usually need a lifelong prescription of maintenance hormone therapy and the implications for you.
- That a patient’s prior change of gender role is rarely clinically relevant and does not need to be mentioned unless it is.
- The need to consider birth gender when offering routine screening for cervical and breast cancer and aortic aneurysm.
- Clarity around how a patient with a new role would like to be addressed and how to amend records accordingly to avoid subsequent upset.
Speakers on the night include:
Dr James Barrett, consultant psychiatrist and lead clinician at the Gender Identity Clinic. He is also an honorary clinical senior lecturer at the Imperial College of Science and Medicine. He is the Editor and main psychiatric author of the standard United Kingdom textbook in this area and is also the elected President of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists.
Dr Leighton Seal is consultant endocrinologist at the Gender Identity Clinic at Charing Cross Hospital London where he is responsible for the diagnosis of endocrine disorders of these patients and supervision of the cross gender hormone replacement of both pre-operative and post-operative patients.