National Gender Identity Healthcare Reference Group


The National Gender Identity Healthcare Reference was established to progress improvement in the provision of gender identity healthcare and to oversee the implementation of the commitments set out within the NHS Gender Identity Services Strategic Action Framework.

The reference group membership includes people with lived and living experience of using NHS gender identity services, clinicians, academics and representatives from NHS health boards as well as LGBTI support organisations. 

Membership will be reviewed on establishment of the group and after one year. 

The group is expected to run from March 2022 and will not continue beyond the end of 2024. 


Membership at individual meetings may vary, subject to attendee’s availability/attendance of a deputy in their place.

  • Professor Nicola Steedman, (Co-chair), Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government
  • Dr Ewan Bell, (Co-chair), Associate Medical Director, NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • Dr Richard Anderson, Deputy Director Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh
  • Adam Black, Nurse Consultant/ Clinical Nurse Manager Sexual & Reproductive Health, Chalmers Gender Identity Clinic, NHS Lothian
  • Colin Briggs, Director of Strategic Planning, NHS Lothian
  • Dr Paul Connelly, Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes & Endocrinology, University of Glasgow
  • Neil Ferguson, Director, West of Scotland Regional Planning
  • Dr Fiona Gibson, Specialty Doctor Gender and Sexual Health Services, NHS Highland
  • Jane Harris, Head of Programme, Postgraduate and Post-registration Education and Continuing Professional Development, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Kathryn Kinnear, Service Manager, Elmwood Gender Identity Clinic, NHS Grampian
  • Dr Anna Lamont, Medical Director, National Procurement Commissioning and Facilities, NHS National Services Scotland
  • Kimberley MacInnes, Service Manager, Raigmore Gender Identity Clinic, NHS Highland
  • Rhoda Macleod, Head of Sexual Health, Prison and Police services, Sandyford Gender Identity Clinic, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Dr Louise Melvin, Interim Clinical Lead, Sandyford Gender Identity Clinic NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Dr Christine Mimnagh, CMAGIC Clinical Lead, Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • David Parker, Senior Educator, NHS Education for Scotland
  • Dr Ruth Pearce, Lecturer, University of Glasgow
  • Dr Fiona Wardell, Standards and Indicators Team Lead, Healthcare Improvement Scotland,
  • Mairi Watson, Public Health Scotland
  • Dr Michelle Watts, Senior Medical Advisor, Scottish Government
  • Dr Sarah Weldon, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Sandyford Identity Clinic, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • Lived Experience Coordinator
  • Representative, * LGBT Health and Wellbeing
  • Representative, * LGBT Youth Scotland
  • Representative, Scottish Trans Alliance
  • Representative, TransparentSees

* Rotational membership

Secretariat is provided by Gender Identity and Healthcare Access Team.


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