Statement on media coverage on new children and young people’s gender service

14 Apr 2023, 10 a.m.

A story running in the media today looks at the new children and young people’s gender service that is currently in development. GOSH has been asked to work with other healthcare providers to provide this new service. The need is pressing as there is a very large waiting list of children and young people who need care.

In response to the story, we have issued the following statement:

A spokesperson for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children said:

“The new children’s and young people’s gender service is vital to addressing the large and rising waiting list of young people needing care. Following the publication of the interim Cass Review we have been asked by NHSE to develop a new national multi-professional training and education programme for staff working within the new, national, service.

“This is a highly complex task. We want to recruit a wide-range of people to the roles of education leads, to collectively develop the materials in line with the Cass Review recommendations. While we appreciate they may hold differing views, there will be strong governance processes in place to ensure the curriculum aligns with both the Cass Review, the interim service specification and all available evidence.

“The governance process includes an Education & Training Programme Oversight Group, to ensure the materials are of the highest standards and sign off the curriculum, which Dr Cass and international experts have been invited to be part of.

“Ultimately, our aim is to develop a robust training and education programme that is underpinned by the latest evidence that can enable clinicians and support staff to deliver the very best care for the children and young people who urgently need this new service.”

For further information please contact the press office.