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The Northern Gender Network is a network of Specialist in the Field of Gender Dysphoria based in the North of England.
When you choose to pay for the time and expertise of a clinician, the outcome might not be what you had anticipated. In choosing to book an appointment with any clinician, you give consent and indicate that you understand that your desired outcome is not guaranteed.

Governance and Supervision Structure

Regular clinical supervision for all clinicians, regardless of qualification and experience

Assessment

All clinicians follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care, Version 7

Recommendations for Surgery

Clinicians usually do their own initial assessment in order to consider possible recommendation for any surgery

Clinical Documents

Following assessment for diagnosis and/or surgery, appropriate clinical reports are produced.

Cross-sex Hormone Therapy

Suitably qualified and experienced clinicians are allowed to assess for and prescribe cross-sex hormone therapy.

Non-binary Identified People

All clinicians are familiar with and welcoming of non-binary people.

The Northern Gender Network

The Northern Gender Network is a network of Specialists in the Field of Gender Dysphoria based in the North of England.

This new initiative, founded by Dr H Eli Joubert, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Gender Specialist, aims to alleviate the distress that people with gender incongruence experience. It is based in the North of England where there are very few private clinicians who are appropriately qualified and experienced.

The professions represented in this network include psychology, psychiatry and endocrinology. All clinicians also work in the NHS at senior levels and most are included in the HM Court and Tribunal Services’ List of Specialists in the Field of Gender Dysphoria. Our clinicians are experienced in this field. You may read about the different clinicians here.

This network allows for cross referral across the North of England to colleagues who are known and trusted to provide high quality, safe clinical care. It also allows for clinical supervision and governance structures. You may read more about that here.

Any service contracted from any of the clinicians within this network, will not give any priority or speed up the process to access NHS care. Although several of the clinicians in the Northern Gender Network also work for the NHS, this private work is entirely separate from their NHS work.

Our Clinicians & Services

Additional Clinicians will be joining this Network throughout 2020.

Dr H Eli Joubert

Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Gender Specialist, based in Leeds & London.

Founding member of the Norther Gender Network. He is based in Leeds and works in both Leeds and London.

When you choose to pay for the time and expertise of a clinician, the outcome might not be what you had anticipated. In choosing to book an appointment with any clinician, you give consent and indicate that you understand that your desired outcome is not guaranteed.

Dr Peter Hammond

Consultant Endocrinologist, based in Leeds & Harrogate.

Dr Hammond qualified from Oxford university in 1987 and trained mostly at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School before becoming a consultant physician specialising in diabetes and endocrinology in Harrogate in 1996.

He has been endocrinology lead for the Leeds Gender Identity Service since 2007 and has considerable experience in balancing hormone treatment so that client’s expectations can be met as effectively and safely as possible. He lectures widely on transgender endocrinology and is a member of the national transgender hormone prescribing group.

When you choose to pay for the time and expertise of a clinician, the outcome might not be what you had anticipated. In choosing to book an appointment with any clinician, you give consent and indicate that you understand that your desired outcome is not guaranteed.

Nazlin Kurji-Smith

Consultant speech and language therapist, based in Newcastle.

Nazlin has been working as specialist with trans and non binary folk since 2012, and offers one to one and group therapy to people seeking to develop their authentic voice that is congruent with their gender identity.

Nazlin is a member of the Health and Care Professional Council (HCPC), the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT), and the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP ).  She is a member of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists  (BAGIS) . Nazlin is one of the founder members of the Trans and Gender Diverse Voice and Communication Clinical Excellence Network and remains on the committee.  
Nazlin also has training in psychotherapeutic approaches to help with the psychological and emotional aspects of voice modification . These include Acceptance and Commitement Therapy (ACT ) , Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. 

Phone: 07792276640
Email: [email protected]

When you choose to pay for the time and expertise of a clinician, the outcome might not be what you had anticipated. In choosing to book an appointment with any clinician, you give consent and indicate that you understand that your desired outcome is not guaranteed.

Dr Charlton

BSc (Hons), DClinPsychol, CPsychol, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, based in Leeds.

Dr Charlton is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Gender Specialist, registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (PYL27033) . She is the Clinical Lead of the NHS Gender Identity Service in Leeds. She has extensive experience working with gender diversity across the lifespan, having worked in the national child & adolescent Gender Identity Development service for  6 years before adult services. 

Dr Charlton can offer specialist gender assessment and recommendations for older adolescents (16 and 17 year olds) and adult clients (18 years +). Urgent appointments can sometimes be available. Assessment services include:

  • Specialist gender assessment – adults
  • Specialist gender assessment – older adolescents
  • Extended assessment – complex cases
  • Referral for endocrinology
  • Medical opinion for surgery

Dr Charlton offers therapeutic support to gender diverse and transgender people from a non-judgemental and compassionate stance. She is trained and accredited to provide a range of therapies, and can support transgender people and their families at any stage of their journey. Therapeutic approaches include:

  • CBT and third wave approaches such as ACT/CFT.
  • EMDR
  • Systemic approaches

Services also include specialist consultation, supervision and teaching for organisations.

Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Please note that responses may not be immediate.

When you choose to pay for the time and expertise of a clinician, the outcome might not be what you had anticipated. In choosing to book an appointment with any clinician, you give consent and indicate that you understand that your desired outcome is not guaranteed.

Dr Martha Harrison

BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, Clinical Psychologist based in South Yorkshire.

Martha is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (PYL039050). She has worked in NHS Gender services for both adults and young people and families. She now has her own private practice where she has supported many gender questioning and gender diverse people therapeutically.

Martha’s interest in gender related matters grew from a fascination around the development of Self; how identity forms over time in the context of the environment and experiences. She is also interested in the mind-body connection and has taken part in post-qualification training around both these areas.

She takes a holistic approach to gender, considering this as one aspect of a whole person. In her private practice, Martha utilizes a range of therapies, placing much importance on a person-centred and individual approach. She has supported gender questioning and gender diverse people at different stages of their journey, offering a space to explore the Self with curiosity and work towards any goals.

Martha can provide therapeutic support via video conferencing technology, for people over 18. She does not provide specialist gender assessments or referrals for medical pathways.

When you choose to pay for the time and expertise of a clinician, the outcome might not be what you had anticipated. In choosing to book an appointment with any clinician, you give consent and indicate that you understand that your desired outcome is not guaranteed.

Dr Victoria Millson-Brown

Consultant Endocrinologist

I am a substantive NHS consultant at Harrogate District Hospital and the endocrinology lead for the Leeds Regional Gender Identity Service. I am also a member of BAGIS.

I graduated from Newcastle Medical School, after completing a diploma in Human Sciences at Durham University. Prior to training as a doctor, I spent ten years in the pharmaceutical industry.

I have over a decade of NHS experience as a general physician and a further 5 years in higher specialty training to qualify as a Consultant Endocrinologist.

My interest in gender medicine began early on in my registrar career. I am passionate about giving excellent patient care, blending expectations with safe medical practices.

As a Consultant Endocrinologist, I am keen to develop junior medical staff in the field of gender medicine.

Please contact my practice manager Jason Batchelor via email at [email protected] if you would like to arrange an appointment.

When you choose to pay for the time and expertise of a clinician, the outcome might not be what you had anticipated. In choosing to book an appointment with any clinician, you give consent and indicate that you understand that your desired outcome is not guaranteed.

Dr Luke Squires

BSc (Hons), MRes, PhD, DClinPsy, Clinical Psychologist based in Liverpool

I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (PYL040623). I am a member of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists (BAGIS). I have worked in NHS adult gender services since 2020 and am currently working as a specialist clinical psychologist at CMAGIC.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am passionate about improving mental health in this area. I support gender diverse people and those questioning their gender identity across different stages in their life. I take a person-centred approach to therapy drawing on my clinical training in CBT, CFT, CAT, and EMDR. My passion is also evident by my continued involvement in gender research (e.g. ‘gender euphoria’, exploring the distress associated with waiting times). I also supervise and teach future psychologists on gender-affirming practice.

I can provide specialist gender assessments for adults. I do not currently provide therapeutic support for this service.

Sophie Moreland

BSc (Hons) Assistant Psychologist

Sophie is an aspiring clinical psychologist working alongside Dr Joubert and Dr Charlton in their private practices helping them to conduct assessments and write clinical reports. She also works as a practitioner in a secure children’s home.

Since completing her degree in Psychology, Sophie has worked with children and adults in a variety of settings including mental health services both in the community and in inpatient facilities as well as schools and residential care homes.

Sophie is enjoying being part of the norther gender network and being able to assist in providing support to gender diverse and transgender people.

Kie Cronesberry (He/They)

BSc (Hons), MSc. Assistant Psychologist

Kie is an aspiring clinical psychologist supporting the team in the writing of clinical reports. They also work in the NHS as an Assistant Psychologist for a regional gender dysphoria service.

Since completing their degree in Psychology, and a Masters’ in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Kie has worked with young people and adults in a variety of settings including inpatient mental health, a regional NHS gender dysphoria service, the education sector, and the charitable third sector supporting gender and sexual diverse young people.

Kie also has keen research interests in sexual identities, gender dysphoria, and the intersection of gender and sexuality on mental health and neurodiversity.

Neurodiversity Assessment

Research has indicated that;

“… there is (a) a positive relationship between ASD traits and GD/GI feelings among people from the general population, (b) an increased prevalence of GD/GI in the autistic population, and (c) an increased prevalence of ASD diagnoses and ASD traits in the GD/GI population.” *

Dr Joubert has established a specialist online assessment service for adults who suspect they might be on the Autism Disorder spectrum.

* Kallitsounaki, A., Williams, D.M. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Gender Dysphoria/Incongruence. A systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis. J Autism Dev Disord 53, 3103–3117 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05517-y

Governance and Supervision Structure

Regular clinical supervision for all clinicians, regardless of qualification and experience, is considered good practice within all medical and associated professions.

To this end, The Northern Gender Network holds a joint supervision and Clinical Governance meeting once every three months. In this manner, we can ensure that all clinicians remain up to date with current research, CPD and professional development.

This opportunity further provides our network of clinicians to share complex cases and jointly decide on future management through peer supervision. In this manner we ensure safe practice for our clients. Should any clinician require more urgent supervision, cases may be discussed more informally with colleagues from this network.

Please see the Network Charter for more information about how the Network operates

Assessment

All clinicians follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s Standards of Care, Version 7 as well as NHS England’s Interim Gender Dysphoria Protocol and Service Guideline 2013/14.

According to these guidelines, all service users are required to have diagnoses confirmed by two practitioners before any treatment may commence. The second assessment is usually done by the clinician who also initiate cross-sex hormone therapy. Assessment can usually be completed within one session but, more complex cases may require additional sessions.

Recommendations for Surgery

Clinicians would usually do their own initial assessment in order to consider possible recommendation for any surgery. It is advisable to seek a medical opinion from one of the clinicians who completed the initial assessments.

Clinicians strictly follow the WPATH and NHS England guidelines regarding readiness for surgery. Please see such guidelines and/or discuss with your clinician.

Clinical Documents

Following assessment for diagnosis and/or surgery, appropriate clinical reports are produced. Copies of these are made available to all service users as part of the assessment process. Typically, copies are also sent to GPs for their records. These documents could be used to confirm diagnosis, as part of disclosing a wish to transition at the service users place of work, to change legal documents such as driver’s licenses, bank accounts and others. In order to change a person’s name and gender in their passport, a special letter is required. Most clinicians are able to produce such letters following assessment.

Please also see the Norther Gender Network Charter for more information

Cross-sex Hormone Therapy

At the moment, only suitably qualified and experienced clinicians are allowed to assess for and prescribe cross-sex hormone therapy. These are usually medical doctors but may also include non-medical prescribers, such as nurses. You would typically need to have a diagnosis confirmed before hormone therapy could be considered.

Psychologist do not prescribe any medication but may do so in the future. Typically, psychologists would provide diagnostic assessments as well as clinical opinions for surgery. Guidelines require at least one assessor should be a mental health practitioner and, as such, most prescribing clinicians would require as an assessment prior to commencing a person on cross-sex hormone therapy.

Non-binary Identified People

All clinicians are familiar with and welcoming of non-binary people. There is no requirement that people should follow a binary process of transitioning. However, the assessment process might be somewhat more extensive, and clinicians may ask for a second opinion from a colleague. This is to ensure the best and safest clinical care for all service users.