The Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health Network is a team of kind and dedicated people from all different backgrounds who work at the clinic to help and support our patients. The people who work at the clinic are professionals in their specialism from clinical to administration. As well as the names listed below, the network is supported by an equally kind and professional number of individuals that includes our admin and business support team and other clinicians, whose expertise includes nurses from CAMHS and mental health backgrounds to more varied general health and practice settings.
Our team reflects a cross section of society with many people from LGBTQ+, Transgender and Gender Diverse as well as CIS community. Please be respectful when talking or emailing any of our team, as you will not know their background or history and being rude or offensive is not acceptable behaviour from us or our patients, their friends or family. We appreciate that people can be upset or distressed and we are here to help and will do whatever we can, that is within our gift, to help. Sadly, due to patients frustrations with the NHS and the system we are working in, we are seeing an increase in abuse and threatening behaviours to our team. We understand that this may not be meant to the person that is receiving this, however our team are human and doing the best we can in a difficult set of circumstances. Please be kind as everyone’s words can have a wider impact than we imagine.
So now to meet some of our Team:
Amy is an adult nurse at the clinic who joined in August 2021. She completed her nursing degree at the University of Nottingham in 2008. Amy has a background of working in both inpatient and outpatient hospital settings throughout her career. You may see Amy when you attend your first appointment or for review/follow up appointments. Her role involves providing specialist advice and recommendations as well as assessing and supporting patients. In her spare time, Amy enjoys being creative, painting, and drawing.
Professor Arcelus, who has been with the clinic since November 2014, is the co-chair of the Standards of Care version 8 (SOC-8) developed by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). He works closely with trans organisations, including Mermaids, Gender Intelligence and Translearning partnership. He is also an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Transgender Health. Alongside this, Professor Arcelus is an Emeritus Professor in Mental Health and Wellbeing at the University of Nottingham, and enjoys travelling in his spare time. As a patient, you may see him for first or second assessments, or when getting surgery recommendations or hormone advice.
Dr Bouman, who has been with the Centre since 2007, is the past President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) and in charge of translating the WPATH Standards of Care version 8 in 25 languages. He is also the Editor-In-Chief of the International Journal of Transgender Health (IJTH), one of the leading academic journals in trans health. Dr Bouman has published widely in transgender health and is the co-author/co-editor of Gender Dysphoria and Gender Incongruence (with Dr Annelou de Vries and Professor Guy T’Sjoen), The Transgender Handbook – A Guide For Transgender People, their Families and Professionals (with Professor Jon Arcelus), Genderqueer and Non-binary Genders (with Dr Christina Richards and Dr Meg-John Barker), and Non-Binary and Genderqueer Genders (with Professor Joz Motmans and Dr Timo Nieder). As a patient, you may see him for first or second assessments, or when getting surgery recommendations or hormone advice. In his spare time, Dr Bouman enjoys travelling.
Linda is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Non-Medical Prescriber who joined the clinic in March 2022. She qualified as a Mental Health Nurse in 2003, and began her career working in forensic and acute services. After this she worked as a Community Psychiatric Nurse with older people and then as a Non-Medical Prescriber in Memory Assessment Services. During this time, she completed a postgraduate certificate in Compassion Focussed Therapy and her degree in Nursing Studies, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree. She also created a leaflet titled ‘Nutritional Guidance to Promote Memory and Healthy Brain Functioning’.
Linda has been called the ‘mad cat lady’ of her local area due to her love for cats. She also loves Harley-Davidson motorcycles, and is hoping to pass her test in 2023! Her favourite hair colour is flaming pink.
You may see Linda for your first assessment, and then for ongoing reviews if you commence onto a treatment pathway, helping to facilitate the continuity of care.
Angela began working at the clinic as a Transgender Health Clinician and GP in September 2021. She works hard to have a connection with her patients with the hope of managing their problems to the best of her ability. Patients may see Angela for first or second assessments or follow up appointments. She enjoys reading, listening to music, being outside and spending time with her loved ones.
Kelly is a member of the East of England gender service, and has been with the clinic since July 2021. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist who you may see for a first assessment or follow up appointment.
Chris is a Speech and Language therapist within the gender clinic, who has worked in the service since January 2020. He previously worked for 7 years supporting children and young people’s communication needs specialising in voice and stammering, and now works to help patients explore gender affirmation through their voice. In his down time, you will find him glued to his games console.
Laura is a Senior Clinical Nurse Specialist and Non-Medical Prescriber at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health and has a special interest in sexual health and working with neurodivergent people. Laura has a masters degree in public health and a postgraduate qualification in Gender Identity Healthcare Practice, and she has an interest in both clinical and research work in the area of transgender health. She has worked at The Nottingham Centre Transgender Health Network since 2017 and has previously worked in Sexual Health & HIV, Homelessness and Harm Reduction nursing. She is a founding member of the National Nurses in Gender Network and has a passion for developing the nursing role in transgender healthcare. You may see Laura for a range of appointments, including first or second assessments, follow ups, and when discussing your surgical options.
Dr Derek Glidden is an experienced Transgender Healthcare Consultant (Psychiatrist) based in the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health Network (NCTHnet). NCTHnet includes Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health, the East of England Gender Service, the link Clinic activity with the Indigo Gender Service and the developing CYP gender services. He was appointed as Clinical Lead for NCTHnet in 2020 and later as Clinical Director for Transgender Health in 2021. He provides assessment and treatment for gender affirming medical interventions and gender affirming surgeries. In addition to his work in Transgender Healthcare, he is a specialist in Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and neurodiversity. He has a particular clinical and academic interest in the co-occurrence of ASC and neurodiversity in those seeking transgender healthcare. He has published on this topic and presented both nationally and internationally.
He is currently the NHS England Gender Dysphoria National Speciality Advisor alongside his other leadership roles.
He was a member of the NHS England Gender Dysphoria Clinical Reference Group. He has been an advocate for clinical education in transgender health, leading education at the NCTHnet and was Module Co-Lead and was responsible for development and delivery of the Royal College of Physicians Gender Identity Health Practice course.
Dr Glidden is passionate about transgender healthcare service development and innovation to improve quality and timely access for patients to excellent transgender healthcare across the country. He works collaboratively with other Transgender Health Services and actively encourages transgender health professionals to develop their skills and potential for the benefit of patients.
He is generally recognisable by his waistcoats and when he is out of his office he enjoys cooking and going for slow walks with his basset hound Henry.
Ioanna is a Transgender Health Clinician and Specialist Speech and Language Therapist who has been with the clinic since May 2016. Ioanna studied in the US and the UK, and she holds a Bachelors degree in Music Therapy (US), a Masters in Speech Pathology (US) and a PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders (UK).
She has specialised in trans voice and communication, and she is active in research in the field. She is a member of the European Professional Association of Transgender Health (EPATH) scientific committee. In her free time, Ioanna loves to cook Cypriot/Greek food daily!
As a patient, you may see Ioanna when wanting help exploring your voice and communication options. She also offers singing group sessions at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health; this is a unique service to trans and gender diverse people wishing to explore their singing voice.
Kamilla is a GP in the East of England gender service who has been with the clinic since December 2021. Kamilla got her MD (Doctorate of Medicine) at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. She has won awards for her work, including the RCGP Inspire Award 2019, and the Frontline Hero Pink News Award 2020. Kamilla’s role includes 2nd assessments, surgical recommendations and hormone treatment. Kamilla also has another impressive skill – she can do a continuous 100 basic squats!
Deborah is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and Non-Medical prescriber who joined the team in October 2017. She has an MSc in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy. She has a particular interest in fertility and gender inclusive perinatal care, and she is also a member of the Nurses in Gender Network and the Non-Medical Prescriber’s forum. As a patient, you may see Deborah for a number of appointments, including first, second, and follow up assessments. She enjoys cooking and foraging for ingredients, as well as spending time with her dog.
Dr Nisal achieved his primary and post graduate medical qualification in India (MBBS, MD) before moving to the UK for further training in Endocrinology. He trained in East Midlands and was appointed as a locum consultant Endocrinologist in University Hospitals of Leicester before joining the Nottingham University hospitals as a substantive consultant in Endocrinology in 2014. Apart from transgender endocrinology, his other clinical interests include management of adrenal disorders and management of diabetes and endocrinology conditions in pregnancy. He has presented several papers in national and international conferences.
Dr Nisal is married with two children. He enjoys outdoor walks and over the last five year period has built a community of walkers. He has led many these new walkers on hiking trips including walking up the Ben Nevis and Snowdon mountains. His other hobby is listening to Indian classical music and he likes to play an Indian percussion instrument called a Tabla.
Tina joined the team in February 2020 as the Service Manager. She has previously worked for the NHS for over 10 years commissioning transgender and other specialised services and worked closely with the clinic during this time.
Sally has worked in Transgender Healthcare for 16 years with the last 12 years being at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health.
She works as a lead clinician at Nottingham. Her work involves assessing people for treatments, hormones and surgery, and psychotherapy. Sally has presented nationally and internationally on transgender health and sexuality and is a chapter member of WPATH Standards of Care version 8, and a council member of BAGIS.
My job role is Transgender Health Practitioner (Nurse) and patients would see me for a first assessment.
I’m not sure if it really counts as a fun fact but I love to dance – the cheesier the music the better!
Poppy-Jo is a Clinical Nurse Specialist with a special interest in endocrinology who has been with the clinic since 2017. She is a registered adult nurse who, as a patient, you may see for assessments or follow ups, or more likely in nurse-led endocrinology appointments. Poppy-Jo is also a sports enthusiast; she enjoys watching and participating in sports.
Laura is a Clinical Nurse Specialist who has been with the clinic since July 2021. She completed a Masters degree in Nursing Science with the dissertation ‘What do student nurses understand about transgender healthcare?’. In 2022 she obtained her Non-Medical prescribing qualification. As a patient you may see Laura for first assessments or follow up appointments. Her favourite biscuit is a bourbon biscuit.
Nat joined the clinic as the Education, Evaluation and Research Associate in November 2021 after completing their PhD. They are responsible for all things academic and research related, and are a research and education specialist. First of all, they teach all of the clinic’s training courses and speak at conferences. They are also responsible for evaluating aspects of the service to ensure they are beneficial to service users, and they do research into various aspects of trans lives, trans people and gender affirming medical treatments. Nat is also an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Nottingham Trent University They are the current webmaster, meaning they are responsible for the creation of the clinic’s webpage.
Nat’s office in the clinic is pirate themed – ‘not a cartoon children’s type pirate, but a dusty campus and old wooden treasure chest type pirate theme’.
As a patient, you might see Nat if they are running a focus group or if you volunteer for a research project, or if they are just wandering through the waiting room – that is, when they aren’t in their pirate themed office!
Meghan has worked in Transgender health for over 10 years and has worked at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health (NCTHnet) since 2020. She holds a dual role within the service and provides both diagnostic assessments for individuals seeking gender affirming medical interventions and extended diagnostic assessments. She also provides psychological assessment and intervention for individuals needing support for mental health difficulties relating to gender. She gravitates towards evidence based therapeutic interventions and is qualified in CBT, narrative, and CFT therapy. She supports and line manages the psychology and therapy service. She also provides teaching to DClin Psy courses and trainee placements. Meghan represents the clinic at local and national gender groups, and has also published and presented at conferences at a national and international level. In her spare time, Meghan very much believes the more miles she suns equals the more cake she can eat, and she is also often telling people in the clinic Canadian facts as she is originally from Canada!
Richard is a Specialist Clinical Psychologist who joined the clinic in September 2022. He is trained in a number of psychological models including Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT), and he uses a combination of the therapeutic approaches that best fit the needs of each person. He has been working with LGBTQ+ people for 15+ years in mental health and education settings, and has experience working with young people, adults, and older people across a range of services. Richard enjoys walking, the gym, R&B and soul music, and sitcoms from the 80s and 90s. As a patient, you may see Richard for second assessments, extended assessments, or for psychological therapy.
Graham has been a consultant in General Adult Psychiatry for 15 years and joined NCTH in May 2022. He has considerable experience in a broad range of clinical practice along with leadership, teaching and training expertise. You may see Graham for a second assessment or an ongoing follow up, or when you are being prescribed hormones. He supports patients who experience both gender incongruence and difficulties with their mental health. He also has an untrainable rescue dog!