Department of Health Literature Project

GIRES has prepared several publications for the Department of Health which can be found below.

Guidance for GPs, other clinicians and health professionals on the care of gender variant people (PDF, 324KB)

Gender variant (trans or transgender) people are relatively rarely seen in GP surgeries. Many GPs say that they lack the knowledge to treat those experiencing gender variant conditions and, consequently, they are not confident to do so.

The first part of this publication provides an overview of care for trans people that is particularly applicable to GPs. Hormone therapy is central to transgender primary care, and issues such as assessment and diagnosis are also relevant to general practice.

A guide to hormone therapy for trans people (PDF, 188KB)

This publication available in booklet form has been produced by a team that includes doctors and trans people to help you understand and answer some of your questions about hormone treatment for trans people.

This publication gives trans men (female to male individuals) and trans women (male to female individuals) straightforwar d information about the benefits of hormone therapy and the risks and side effects. Every individual is differ ent, and guidance about hormone therapy
should always be used flexibly in response to individual needs.

Medical care for gender variant children and young people: answering families’ questions (PDF, 410KB)

This publication provides answers to the questions typically asked by parents of gender variant childr en 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.

Parents, as well as other family members, are often deeply concerned if their childrens behaviour is more like that of children of the opposite gender, or they show signs that they are not comfortable
with their physical sex appearance.

Other Useful Department of Health Documents

Trans: A practical guide for the NHS (PDF, 2.7MB)

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.

Bereavement: A guide for Transsexual, Transgender people and their loved ones (PDF, 582KB)

This booklet has been produced to assist bereaved trans people or friends, or the family of a trans person who has died. It will also inform professionals such as coroners, pathologists, mortuary staff and undertakers to understand the particular needs of trans people in the circumstances of death.

There have been recent legal changes regarding gender recognition for legal purposes as well as obligations to protect the privacy of trans people. These impact on the obtaining and security of details of trans people in the circumstances where either they have died, or when dealing with the death of a family member.