Referrals to Gender Identity services in the UK are increasing. In the case of young people who are seeking the support of the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), this rise is exponential. Approximately two thirds of these young people are assigned female at birth, a switch from the higher proportion historically being assigned male at birth. While for the most part this is likely to reflect increasing ease of access to information and representation, what is guaranteed is that more GPs will have patients seeking support of various kinds.
Indeed, for most, their GP will be the first port of call for medical intervention, and for those who embark on cross-sex hormone therapy, gender-affirming treatment will be for the most part life-long.
An important first step is to ensure that GPs have a good understanding of terminology, of trans identities and language, are able to converse comfortably, ask when not sure, and be well versed in the legal protections offered to people considering, undergoing, or having completed gender reassignment.
‘Transitioning’ can be social, hormonal, surgical, or any combination. The main purpose is to achieve a better alignment of an individual’s gender identity (an internal sense of self) with the physical body and/or social gender role. Undertaking this process has been shown to improve psychological functioning.1
To get the module underway, start with the pre-test Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ).
You will then work through some individual case studies to cement your learning before re-sitting the MCQ.