Gender Identity Clinic

The service is based at the Porterbrook Clinic, Michael Carlisle Centre but is registered with the Care Quality Commission at Trust Headquarters, Fulwood House. The Porterbrook Clinic is one of the largest NHS clinics for the treatment of patients with psychosexual problems. The clinic works in partnership with the Department of Urology at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

The service is for people with concerns about their gender identity. We offer assessment, advice or help with gender transition.

The service eligibility and selection criteria is available here: Gender Identity Service.

Operating hours

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

How is the service accessed?

Referrals are accepted from any commissioned NHS healthcare professional or provider.  We will routinely liaise with the registered GP concerning the ongoing needs of service users.

As of 07 April 2017, the current longest wait for people still on the list from receipt of referral to assessment is 69 weeks. The average waiting time currently is 67 weeks if you are able to accept the first appointment offered by the service.

Please note that there are ongoing changes to the service following increased investment via NHS England to help the service meet increasing demand. We are hopeful that the wait that you experience for the service will be significantly less than that given above. The clinic is still in the process of recruiting new staff so it will take a while for these changes to come into effect.

Attendance

If you cancel two consecutive appointments, or a number of intermittent appointments, or fail to attend an appointment, we will not offer any further appointments.  This is in order to address our long waiting times and time wasted by unfilled appointments, which could be offered to other patients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here to read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Information for GPs

To enable us to accept the referral we require a minimum of referral information in writing.

  • Past/present mental health issues and any risk assessment;
  • Past/present physical health issues;
  • Current medications;
  • Recent baseline bloods to include the below and results to be forwarded to us via fax on 0114 2718693:
  • Full blood count, urea and electrolytes, liver function tests, fasting blood glucose, lipid profile, serum free T4, TSH, testosterone, oestradiol and prolactin (M-F);
  • Full blood count, urea and electrolytes, liver function tests, fasting blood glucose, lipid profile, serum free T4, TSH, prolactin, serum estradoil and testosterone (F-M).

The NHS England circular on primary care responsibilities in relation to the prescribing and monitoring of hormone therapy for patients undergoing or having undergone Gender Dysphoria treatments is available here.

The guidelines below constitute a collaborative care protocol for patients undergoing gender transition.  These guidelines have been developed following release of a national (UK) standards of care document by a interdisciplinary committee (RCPsychCR181).  These guidelines ensure good care between the tertiary care service for gender dysphoria and patients in primary care.

Trans women collaborative care protocol

Trans men collaborative care protocol

Helpful guidance on working with trans people

This guide is designed to give you a basic understanding of trans people and their needs, as well as tips on how you can best support them in your role and in the workplace. It will also point you to sources of further reading and information.

Download the guide here.

NHS England Consultation

NHS England has just launched a 12-week consultation on gender identity services for adults. The consultation is open until 30 September 2017. More information and an online survey to express your views can be found at:

https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/survey/gender-identity-services-for-adults/

Contact details

Gender Identity Service, Porterbrook Clinic, Michael Carlisle Centre, 75 Osborne Road, Sheffield, S11 9BF

Tel: (0114) 2716671

Fax: (0114) 2718693

Email the service

Business and Performance Manager: Katie Roe