Our work with SAYiT and Transactive revealed important actions that services in Sheffield have to take in order to improve the experiences of trans and non-binary people in our city. This doesn't just mean the Gender Identity Clinic, but all settings where trans people receive care - their GP, hospital, social worker, mental health professional and more.
We've now received responses from all of those we sent recommendations to:
- Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
- Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust
- Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group
- NHS England
- South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Integrated Care System
We were particularly pleased that our report was considered by NHS England's Gender Identity Programme Board, which includes professionals and those with lived experience. We hope that their support of our recommendations will enable further implementation of these locally.
It is clear that there is still a long way to go. Services need to do more to recognise that the way trans people experience all health and social care settings, not just those related to their gender identity, can have long-lasting impact.