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Statement on NHSE intention to develop Early Adopter gender identity services

28 July 2022

NHS England have today announced the next steps for improving and expanding services for children and young people experiencing gender incongruence and gender dysphoria. This includes establishing two Early Adopter services which will be led by specialist children’s hospitals. It’s NHS England’s aim that these services will be operational by spring 2023.

One Early Adopter service will be based in London and will be led by a partnership between ourselves and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, with South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust providing specialist mental health support. The other centre will be a partnership between Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

The providers of the Early Adopter Services will be working closely to develop the new services and have issued the following joint statement.

“We look forward to working together with our colleagues at NHS England and with other partners to develop Early Adopter services for children and young people experiencing gender incongruence and gender dysphoria.

“As leading providers of specialist health specialist mental health services for children and young people, we are all committed to developing future services that deliver an holistic approach, ensuring children and young people benefit from the range of specialist care they need and deserve.”

If you have questions about the current or future service, please contact NHS England at england.contactus@nhs.net or 0300 311 22 33.

The full NHSE announcement can be viewed here NHS commissioning » Implementing advice from the Cass Review (england.nhs.uk)