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Transgender model of care due ‘within two years’ of clinical lead appointment

By David Lynch - 17th Dec 2023


A new integrated model of care and implementation plan for transgender services will be launched within two years of a new clinical lead being appointed, this newspaper has been told.

A HSE spokesperson told the Medical Independent (MI) it is currently recruiting a clinical lead for transgender services.

“The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and launching an integrated model of care and implementation plan for transgender services within two years of the start date of the clinical lead taking up this role,” said the spokesperson.

The spokesperson added that the model of care will be developed on a population health needs assessment basis.

“This is a systematic method for reviewing the health issues facing a population, leading to agreed priorities, appropriate resource allocation, and active management of the health and care provider landscape that will improve health outcomes and reduce inequalities.”

Meanwhile, in March, Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman told the LGBTI+ national inclusion strategy committee he had contacted the CSO as part of the public consultation process on the next census.

“The Minister requested consideration be given to the inclusion of questions in the census on gender identity, sexual orientation, and variation of sex characteristics.”

A CSO spokesperson told MI that a census advisory group has convened and will make recommendations on the questions to be tested in a census pilot, which will be undertaken in 2024.

“It is expected that consideration will be given to the inclusion of questions on gender identity and sexual orientation. The purpose of the pilot is to test new questions, changes to existing questions, and new field methodology, in a selection of areas across the country. For the first time in 2024 an online response option to the census will be tested,” said the CSO spokesperson.

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