Summary of report contentThe aim of the community-based research project has been to improve access to health, care and wellbeing for local Trans and Non-Binary people and communities. The project focused particularly on the health inequalities, and discrimination, experienced by Trans and Non-Binary people and communities. Between April and December 2017 225 Trans and Non-Binary people from Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon, Wiltshire and other areas in the South West took part in an online survey, interviews and focus groups. Participants were recruited, through a range of methods, including social, community and support groups; online and through social media. The findings highlighted Trans people face a significant amount of hostility in society, and the health care system is a contributing factor. Trans people have very poor mental health compared to the rest of the population. The discrimination Trans people face is a significant contributor. Trans people’s experience, in the health care system, is very mixed. Some health care professionals are excellent in their treatment of Trans and Non-Binary people, others are not as good and some professionals act in a discriminatory way towards Trans and Non-Binary people. Trans people often have to rely on word of mouth to find sympathetic health care professionals. Those Trans people who live in small, isolated and rural communities often have few choices available. The recommendations in this report are linked to training, policy development, specialist support, pronouns and challenging transphobia.
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Trans health care and wellbeing report
Healthwatch North Somerset
Date of publication
Friday, 1 December, 2017
Date evidence capture began
Saturday, 1 April, 2017
Date evidence capture finished
Friday, 1 December, 2017
Type of report
Communication between staff and patients
Quality of regulation
Quality of treatment
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Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
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If this work has been done in partnership, who is the partner?
The Diversity Trust
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If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced?
Primary care services
Secondary care services
Acute services with overnight beds
Acute services without overnight beds / listed acute services with or without overnight beds
Mental health services
Community mental health team (CMHT)
Number of people who shared their views
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Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report?
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