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Leeds Gender Identity Service

Leeds Gender Identity service offers assessment and support to people with gender dysphoria who wish to explore the possibility of transition into their true gender role. The service provides assessment stages which allow the team to consider the diagnosis of gender dysphoria and a further diagnosis of Transsexualism. The team use a holistic assessment tool which includes looking at mental, social and physical health. Once the assessment stages have been completed including the conformation of a diagnosis, and the service user is ready to move forward with treatment, the care pathway can then be considered. The care pathway includes a prescribing clinic that can initiate hormone treatment, Voice workshops and can refer appropriate clients for 2nd opinions and core gender reassignment surgery.

For more information regarding the assessment stages and the care pathway options please click here.

The service accepts referrals from across the North of England. We have commissioning agreements in place with NHS England who enable the team to provide a service to those individuals living within this area who wish to access assessment and possible treatment.

Our team consists of:

  • 7 clinical nurse specialists who see clients through the assessment process and act in the role as lead professional to those clients moving into the care pathway.
  • A doctor with special interest in endocrinology. The doctor is responsible for the running of the prescribing clinic. She sees clients referred for hormone treatment initially for assessment and if all is well will initiate hormone treatment, the service request that blood tests are completed by the individuals GP practice to ensure safe prescribing can occur. Once an individuals hormone levels are stable the client will be transferred to their GP for continued hormone prescription.
  • A pharmacist who has a dual role within the service. She works alongside the prescribing clinic providing support when needed and seeing clients on a 1:1 basis for counselling in relation to hormone treatment. The pharmacist also has a none medical prescribing role, seeing clients in the prescribing clinic for the initiation of hormone treatment. It would be expected that the individual’s GP would take over this role once hormone levels are stable.
  • A voice group facilitator who provides eight group sessions for trans women to help support individuals using their voice in a way which will provide clients with confidence while living in their chosen gender role. A Transman workshop is also provided twice a year.


Referrals

The team request a positive referral from the clients GP, this shows the GP is in support of their client accessing specialist service intervention and shows commitment to shared care arrangements for hormone treatment.


Contact us

Leeds Gender Identity Service welcome any comments or feedback which service users wish to share with the team. Individuals can do this using the web form below, electronically through email, in writing or through the patient experience questionnaires given to service users following each appointment. The service will look at all feedback provided and respond to the comments / feedback given. Please note that we are unable to respond to correspondence via the web form. If you would like a response then please contact us using the email or postal address below and we will respond by letter within 14 days.

Please see the service contact details below:

Leeds Gender Identity Service
Management Suite
1st floor Newsam Centre
Seacroft Hospital
York Road, LS14 6WB

Office Tel: 0113 8556346 Email: shirleyfleming@nhs.net

Frequently Asked Questions

Leeds Gender Identity Service is well established, around 20 years old and has evolved over the years.  It is a dynamic process. Please click here to read some frequently asked questions and our answers. We've also assembled a list of useful contacts that we hope you'll find helpful and informative.

Voice Coaching

Currently the service offers two 8-week courses per year for transwomen, and day-long workshops for transmen.  Maggi Stratford is the voice teacher for transwomen & transmen at the Leeds Gender Identity Service. In this document she explains the benefits of voice coaching and what's on offer.

Service user Experience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuP2i8CIVK4

Commonly used medications

  • Anti-androgens. To reduce the Male biological sex characteristics this can be used to block the effects or reduce the levels of the biological sex hormone. Leuprorelin is usually used for this.
  • Oestrogens are female hormones. They will cause the body to develop female characteristics; however they will not cause the reversal of all masculine features.
  • Androgens will create characteristics of the opposite gender. They are male hormones and will cause the body to develop male characteristics; however they will not cause the reversal of all feminine features.


At Leeds Gender Identity Service we provide regular Hormone talks for those people who are currently attending the service. If you wish to partake in this group please click here for further details. Service users should be aware that this group is provided to give information regarding hormones and will not automatically ensure that you will receive hormone treatment. Service user’s who wish to pursue hormone treatment must speak with their Lead professional regarding the referral process, criteria and timescales for this treatment.

Newsletter

You can download the Gender Identity newsletter by clicking on the links below...

Students

At the Leeds Gender Identity Service we do have students and health care professionals who attend to gain experience and knowledge about the service.

Unfortunately we are limited as to how many health care professionals can access the service due to capacity and time available.

We already have an established relationship with the West and North Yorkshire universities which include Leeds University, Leeds Metropolitan University and York St John's University. We have allocated placements each year for occupational therapy students, nursing students and medical students.

If you are part of a health care professional body and would like the opportunity to spend a day with the service we would ask that your course tutor or professional manager write to our service outlining the reasons for you visit and the benefits you will gain. In addition we would require your contact details so that we can respond to you in due course. Please note we will try to accommodate day visits where appropriate however this may not always be possible.