Gender Variance – For GPs

The Gender Variance e-learning course, developed and funded by the Gender Identity Research and Education Society (GIRES), is available to use on the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) website.

This resource is designed to help GPs respond to the needs of adults and young people experiencing gender dysphoria. The numbers of trans people presenting for medical help are rising rapidly with waiting lists for access to specialist providers growing longer. The mental health of those unable to access treatment is likely to deteriorate gravely. GPs have a crucial role in providing appropriate medical care, leading to very positive outcomes.

The course will also enable all trans people, including those who are non-binary or non-gender, to engage positively with their GPs when seeking medical help.

GIRES is immensely grateful to the RCGP and the many individual contributors to this project.

The link below should take you to the summary page of the course. If you are not already registered with the eLearning Platform, you should select ‘Start Gender Variance’, which will route you through to the login page. You will then be able to register for free.

After registration, you will be able to access the e-learning resource at any time by entering your email address and the password you have selected in the boxes on the left of the login page.

The resource can be accessed here:

http://elearning.rcgp.org.uk/gendervariance

Introduction by Dr John Dean

Dr John Dean is the lead clinician of Exeter Gender Identity Clinic and the Chair of the Clinical Reference Group.

I have been the lead clinician of The Laurels Gender Identity Clinic at Exeter for 15 years, but prior to that I was an inner city GP for 12 years. Having worked in that capacity, I am conscious of the increasing burden that is imposed on primary care providers. Taking time out to learn about unfamiliar medical topics is an added burden. However, I do recommend that you take time to look at these elearning modules on the care of trans and other gender non-conforming adolescents and adults.

This resource is designed to help GPs respond to the needs of adults and young people experiencing gender dysphoria. The numbers of trans people presenting for medical help are rising rapidly, accordingly the waiting lists for access to specialist providers grows longer. The mental health of those unable to access treatment is likely to deteriorate; self-medication with products bought via the Internet is common. The risk from self-harm and suicide in people unable to access treatments may be twenty times greater than in the general population. With your help, these patients can access appropriate support to relieve their gender dysphoria. Outcomes of treatment in this field have a very high success rate.

Dr Dean is the author of the Prescribing Guideline – Pharmacological Treatment of Gender Dysphoria, which was approved by the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee of the Devon Partnership NHS Trust in June 2015.

Document: Pharmacological Treatment of Gender Dysphoria (PDF, 420KB)