FAQs About Gender Identity Clinics
FAQs about Gender Identity Clinics (GICs)
Which GIC has the shortest waiting time?
UK Trans Info publishes data on the waiting lists and patient populations of the seven NHS England GICs every three months. The reports are available via their website.
Can people choose which GIC they go to?
If they live in England, they can choose to be referred to any of the seven NHS England GICs, regardless of where they live - they do not have to be referred to the one that is closest geographically. The seven clinics are West London Mental Health NHS Trust Gender Identity Clinic, Sheffield Sexual and Relationship, Sexual Medicine and Transgender Services, Leeds Gender Identity Clinic, Northumberland Gender Dysphoria Service,Northampton Gender Clinic, Nottingham Gender Clinic and The Laurels Gender Identity and Sexual Medicine Service.
If they live in Wales, they can only be referred to West London Mental Health NHS Trust Gender Identity Clinic. Those who live in Scotland or Northern Ireland will be referred to a Scottish or Northern Irish clinic respectively.
There is a specific service for those who are under 18. All trans people seeking referral to a GIC who are who are under 18 must be referred to The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust Service for Children and Young People with Gender Identity Issues.
Do people get assistance with getting to and from the clinics?
Yes, those who receive benefits or are on low incomes can apply for travel bursaries to enable them to travel to and from their clinic appointments. Each clinic has their own travel reimbursement claim form that can be obtained via the clinic, usually online.
Do GICs offer counselling?
Some do, but GICs are primarily there to diagnose, prescribe hormones and refer people for surgeries. Trans people who want counselling to support them in figuring out their gender identity, considering whether transition may be right for them, and exploring treatment options may be better off accessing a local LGBT counselling service or a local mainstream counselling service rather than waiting ro receive counselling through a GIC.