Useful Documents

 

  • NHS Gender Identity Clinics: Lothian Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) for people living in NHS Lothian, NHS Borders and NHS Fife areas.  Sandyford Gender Identity Clinic (Glasgow), other clinics – link NGICNS
  • Gender Recognition Certificate: If you are aged 18 or over you can apply when you have 2 years’ evidence of living in your preferred gender. This is the process for getting a new birth certificate and being legally recognised as the gender you identify as.  Currently only ‘male’ and ‘female’ genders are legally recognised.
  • Changing your name: you can start using a new name without needing to officially record this. If you want to change your personal details with organisations, you will usually be asked for a legal document showing your change of name.  The most common ways for trans people legally changing name are by Statutory Declaration or Deed Poll. You can download a Q&A information sheet here.  You can download an alternative format used by some transgender people here.
  • National Insurance and HMRC records: if you change your name and title with HMRC (including your National Insurance record) they automatically categorise transgender people’s records as ‘restricted access’. This is to protect your sensitive information. Some people can find this problematic when claiming benefits, as most Job Centre staff and call centre workers at HMRC are unable to access your information and resolve any issues. You can contact HMRC to ask your file not to be under ‘restricted access’. You can phone 03000 534730, or write to HMRC, Special Section D, Room BP9207, Benton Park View, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE98 1ZZ.
  • Gender Reassignment Protocol for Scotland (2012): This sets out the treatments available on the NHS for people in Scotland.
  • National Gender Identity Clinical Network for Scotland (NGICNS): this National Managed Clinical Network was set up to support the Gender Reassignment Protocol for Scotland. It aims to ensure equitable access to planned gender identity services. They hold occasional events, aimed primarily at people who may want to access treatment via the Gender Reassignment Protocol for Scotland. Send a message via their contact form for further details about future events.

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