Gender re-assignment process
It is important that practices are aware of the steps that need to be taken when a patient changes gender. Following the process will ensure continued patient care and ensure there isn’t an impact on your practice payments.
Please note: Patients may request to change gender on their patient record at any time and do not need to have undergone any form of gender reassignment treatment in order to do so.
When a patient changes gender, they are given a new NHS number and must be registered as a new patient at your practice. All previous medical information relating to the patient needs to be transferred into a newly created medical record. When the patient informs the practice that they wish to change gender, the practice must inform the patient that this will involve a new NHS number being issued for the them, which is not reversible. To revert back to their original gender, they would receive a third NHS number. The practice should confirm this has been discussed with the patient when notifying PCSE.
The process is as follows:
- GP practice notifies PCSE that a patient wishes to change gender via the enquiries form. The practice should include the patient’s name and NHS number in the notification to PCSE, plus confirmation that they have discussed with the patient that this will involve the creation of a new NHS number
- PCSE sends the GP practice a deduction notification for the patient and emails the main contact we hold for the practice (if available) the new details for the patient
- GP practice accepts the deduction and registers the patient using the new details provided by PCSE. Important: Do not update the patient’s original record with their new NHS number. If this happens they will not be registered and will miss out on continuity of care
- PCSE sends a new patient medical record envelope with the patient’s updated details to the GP practice
- GP practice creates new patient record using new details, and transfers all previous medical information from the original medical record. Any information relating to the patient’s previous identity should not be included in the new record.
- If the gender is being re-assigned from male to female, the screening team will contact the practice for no cervix confirmation
- If the gender is being re-assigned from female to male, screening will become the responsibility of the practice.
It is important that practices complete the new registration for the patient within five working days to ensure no interruption to patient care.
Please note: When registering new patients please do not use Select ‘I’ (Indeterminate) as the sex category. Please only select either ‘M’ for Male or ‘F’ for Female. This ensures that the appropriate screening invitations go correctly to individuals.
Download our guide for GP Practices for further information on dealing with medical records for adopted patients.