I was appointed to the role of Consultant Psychiatrist in Gender Dysphoria in June 2010. I am also the clinical lead for the team. Prior to this I had worked in the service since 2006, initially as a higher trainee and then as a locum consultant.
I moved to the North East in 2006, in order to commence higher training in Old Age Psychiatry. When I arrived in Sunderland, the Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service had just been established and I developed a special interest in and a passion for the field, alongside my training in Old Age Psychiatry. On gaining my CCT I worked in both Old Age Psychiatry and Gender Dysphoria, maintain two half time posts for 4 years. Ultimately, however, I decided to focus on Gender Dysphoria.
Although I work part-time, my greater focus on Gender Dysphoria has allowed me to further participate in national quality improvement strategies, as part of my work on the Clinical Reference Group and the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists.