We are building a coalition of clinicians to campaign for clearer dialogue, better data collection, rigorous science and improved treatment options for gender dysphoria.
- Clinicians have a duty to be transparent and honest about what we know and don’t know and take seriously any concerns raised about the risks of doing harm.
- We believe the sexed categories of male and female encompass all expressions of gender, personality types and behaviours.
- People who are distressed or questioning their gender should get proper support and treatment.
- Clinicians should be able to consider a variety of appropriate therapeutic options.
- The practice of prescribing hormone blockers and cross-sex hormones for gender dysphoria should be scientifically scrutinised, as there is currently no robust evidence that they improve long-term outcomes and increasing concern around harms.
- People with gender dysphoria and co-occurring mental health conditions require compassionate, person-centred care. The fragmentation of clinical responsibilities between gender and psychiatric specialists, as well as over-stretched mental health services, mean they may not be getting adequate holistic support.
- A young person’s understanding of their own identity is an evolving process related to growth and experience. We advocate keeping future options for maturing individuals and caution in using medical pathways that may impair sexual function and fertility.
- Healthcare organisations require evidence-based policies with clear definitions of biological sex, gender, gender identity and gender dysphoria.
- We call for unbiased information about the more complex psychological understanding of gender identity development and support available to patients in distress.
Some of our members include:
Dr David Bell B SC, MB, MRCP, FRCPsych
Retired Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Richard Byng, MB BCh, MPH, MRCGP, PhD
General Practitioner and Professor in Primary Care Research
Dr Katie Clyde MBChB, MRCPsych, DGM
Dr Lenny Cornwall MD, FRCPsych
Dr Sara Dahlen MBBS, MSc, DPMSA
Dr Angela Dixon MBBS, DRCOG, DPD
General Practitioner, Scotland
Dr Lucy Griffin MBBS, MRCPsych, BSc, PGCME
Consultant Psychiatrist – Adult Mental Health
Dr Az Hakeem MBBS, MSc, FRCPsych
Honorary Clinical Associate Professor
Medical Forensic Psychotherapist & Group Analyst
Pat Harvey AFBPsS
Consultant Clinical Psychologist (retired)
Dr Louise Irvine MBChB, DRCOG, MSc
Dr Tessa Katz BSc, MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG
Dr Julie Maxwell MBBCh, MRCPCH
Associate Specialist Community Paediatrician
Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Dr Madeleine Ní Dhálaigh MB BCh BAO MICGP DCH DOWH
General Practitioner, Ireland
Stella O’Malley BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy, MA
Psychotherapist, PhD candidate
Professor David Pilgrim PhD
Chartered Clinical Psychologist.