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Co-chair role on global healthcare guide

Professor Jon Arcelus, Professor of Mental Health and Transgender Health, based at the Institute of Mental Health and the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health has been appointed as co-chair of a global guide for the healthcare of transgender people.

He will be developing the Standards of Care eighth edition for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). These guidelines promote the highest standards of healthcare for transgender people around the world and are based on the best available science and expert professional agreement.

The Standards of Care for transgender people are developed every five to eight years. The guidelines cover aspects of primary care, gynaecologic and urologic care, reproductive options, voice and communication therapy, mental health services (such as assessment, counselling and psychotherapy), and hormonal and surgical treatments.

The other co-chair has been announced by the WPATH board as Dr Asa Radix of New York University.

Professor Arcelus said: “I am honoured to have been elected as a co-chair of the Standards of Care. This is the first time that a non-American has been elected as co-chair and I hope that I can help to develop guidance for health services to continue to ensure transgender people are not pathologised and have a fair access to services based on the best available evidence.”