We are inviting GPs, nurses and healthcare professionals to their first free Gender Identity Information Session in 2018.

To be held Thursday 15 February at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust in Swiss Cottage, the Gender Identity Clinic’s team of experts will deliver a high calibre evening of learning for GPs, nurses and healthcare professionals working at all levels.

This event offers you the chance to hear about the latest updates in gender-related healthcare, and to find out more about prescribing guidelines, so that you may build on your knowledge base. It is also an opportunity to meet gender specialists with decades of experience working across primary and acute care, as well as to network with peers and colleagues.

The Gender Identity Clinic 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, to be seen on or after their 18th birthday) with issues relating to gender. In the 50 years since UK NHS services started, it’s estimated more than 130, 000 people have changed social gender role.

Dr. James Barrett, consultant psychiatrist and lead clinician of the GIC said:

“GPs are often the first port of call for people who are gender questioning or living with gender dysphoria. That being said, would GPs know what options are available, what to do or what to say to a patient that came to them with questions around their gender?

“We appreciate that GPs are asked to do more with less every year, and our information session is intended to equip GPs with a thorough overview of treating transgender patients, including information about prescribing, medical interventions as well as helpful advice on how best to look after this growing population of patients.”

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.

Booking for this free event is now open. Head over to Eventbrite to secure your place at this essential information session.

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.