An event that brings together health care professionals, patients and young people to both ask and answer questions on gender identity is taking place in Glasgow today.
The event will officially launch the brand new National Gender Identity Clinical Network which over the next few years will work to create a greater understanding of gender identity issues in Scotland.
The network will work with representatives from the four Gender Identity Clinics (GIC) across Scotland, and engage with patients, parents, carers, children, young people, health care professionals, gender identity service providers, service users and voluntary sector groups with an aim to improve the current service across Scotland.
Catriona Renfrew, Director of Planning, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Chair of the Network said: “I am really pleased to be launching the National Gender Identity Clinical Network .
“The Network brings together patients, clinicians, planners and managers to ensure there is a stronger focus on the needs of transgender people and that we are able to hear and respond to concerns about NHS services."
Dr David Gerber, Lead Clinician for the Network, added: “Clinicians from across Scotland are optimistic that treatment will improve for transgender people as a result of the Network.
“We have already seen positive changes for service users since the introduction of Scotland’s Gender Reassignment Protocol and the Network should cement and enhance these.
“The Network has successfully enabled strong collaborative working across professional and service user groups and we have no doubt this will be extremely beneficial to all involved in this field.”
The event today includes patient speakers who will speak of their experiences as gender patients in Scotland and patient focus group formats which will provide an opportunity for patients to discuss particular gender subject matters.
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