Healthcare

A selection of downloadable pdfs on trans healthcare:

healthcareNHS: A guide to trans service users’ rights

This publication explains your rights as a trans person when you access services in the NHS. It includes relevant law, regulations and good practice guidance relating to your care. It explains funding processes and waiting times, how to appeal against funding decisions and how to make appeals or complaints if you need to. It also suggests ways in which you can have a voice in your healthcare system.

NHS: Trans – A practical guide for the NHS

This guide is designed to equip NHS managers at all levels – as employers and as planners, commissioners and providers of services – to understand the needs of trans people so that they can ensure we care for them equally, alongside everyone else who works for the NHS or has need of our care.

NHS: Transgender experiences – Information and support

This leaflet has been produced to help trans people and their families understand about the experiences of trans people, their rights and their choices. It also helps healthcare staff to understand about their role when caring for trans people.

NHS: Funding processes and waiting times for adult service-users

This publication will help you understand the processes involved in obtaining funding for treatment for gender variant conditions. It answers the questions that service-users typically ask, and it provides guidance on how to navigate this complex system with minimum delay.

NHS: A guide to hormone therapy for trans people

This publication gives trans men (female to male individuals) and trans women (male to female individuals) straightforward information about the benefits of hormone therapy and the risks and side effects.

NHS: A guide to lower surgery for trans women

This publication provides information about the various options for genital surgery for trans women.

NHS: A guide to lower surgery for trans men

This publication provides information about the various options for ‘lower’ surgery (including genital surgery) for trans men.

NHS: Medical care for gender variant children and young people: answering families’ questions

This publication provides answers to the questions typically asked by parents of gender variant children and young people (up to the age
of 17). It helps families to understand about gender variance and gives some suggestions about how to respond.

Charing Cross GIC: Guide for General Practitioners and other healthcare staff

This document was prepared by representatives of Gender Identity Clinics (GICs) across England, at the request of the Department of Health, to provide an outline of necessary gender services. The information in this guide is primarily aimed at General Practitioners (GPs) but will also be of relevance to other healthcare practitioners, NHS England, Clinical Commissioning Group Commissioners and all users of gender services.

NHS: The Tavistock and Portman Information for Parents

This guide explains the services and procedures offered by the Tavistock and Portman clinic to young people struggling with gender dysphoria.

RC Psych UK: Good practice guidelines for the assessment and treatment of adults with gender dysphoria

The provision of care for patients experiencing gender dysphoria is an excellent example of an area where multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary care is not only good practice but ensures that a wide choice of treatment pathways are offered, tailored to the needs of the individual patient. This intercollegiate document provides guidelines which it is hoped will optimise the clinical care pathways for patients who may need to access several medical and allied health professionals.

USA: WPATH – Standards of care for the health of transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming people

One of the main functions of WPATH is to promote the highest standards of health care for individuals through the articulation of Standards of Care (SOC) for the Health of Transsexual, Transgender, and Gender Nonconforming People. The SOC are based on the best available science and expert professional consensus.

Scottish Transgender Alliance: Trans mental health and emotional wellbeing study 2012

This research represents the largest survey of its kind in Europe, providing ground-breaking data on trans people’s mental health needs and experiences, explored in the context of daily life, social/support mechanisms and when accessing healthcare and mental health services.

EU: Transgender Eurostudy – Legal survey and focus on the transgender experience of health care

During July 2007 and December 2007 the researchers undertook a mixed quantitative/qualitative approach to collecting and analysing information on transgender and transsexual people’s experiences of inequality and discrimination in accessing healthcare in Europe. This report is an analysis and summary of the results obtained and it details the barriers that trans people face when accessing healthcare.

USA: Suicide attempts among transgender and gender non-conforming adults

The prevalence of suicide attempts among respondents to the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (NTDS), conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and National Center for Transgender Equality, is 41 percent, which vastly exceeds the 4.6 percent of the overall U.S. population who report a lifetime suicide attempt, and is also higher than the 10-20 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual adults who report ever attempting suicide. This study seeks to increase understanding of suicidal behavior among transgender and gender non-conforming people through an in-depth analysis of NTDS data.

USA: Virginia transgender health initiative study

The Community Health Research Initiative (CHRI) of Virginia Commonwealth University conducted a statewide survey of transgender people living in Virginia as part of the Virginia Transgender Health Initiative Study (THIS). The quantitative component of THIS examines health care access by identifying the gaps in services needed by transgender people, in order to identify possible means to reduce risk behaviors in this population.

Canada: Impacts of strong parental support for trans youth

The aim of this report is to provide preliminary data on the health impacts of parental support for trans (transgender or transsexual) youth aged 16 to 24 in Ontario.