I am a registered general nurse with experience in acute medicine, ITU, general practice and trans healthcare. I trained at St George’s Hospital in London and qualified in 1994. I am also the proud parent of a trans son, who came out in 2017 at the age of 17. It has been a privilege to be part of his journey and see him thrive with his transition. In my family life I also have a lot of knowledge and experience of autism and associated conditions.
I have always been passionate about addressing injustice and inequality, and did not hesitate to offer my nursing skills to the trans community when the opportunity arose. Sally and I first crossed paths as parents of trans children, and went on to work together in trans healthcare. We decided to branch out with our own service as we recognise the need for more personalised and supportive care.
I am a Registered Adult Nurse and Registered Children’s Nurse with 25 years experience in healthcare. A large part of my NHS career was spent as a specialist paediatric pain nurse at a large teaching hospital. I have also had NHS experience in adult and paediatric hospital and community settings. I am fully committed to upholding the reputation of the nursing profession and take my responsibilities seriously.
Since 2017 following the transition of my daughter (a male at birth) I have devoted my energy to transgender healthcare. As an independent nurse advisor I worked with a leading private gender service and had the privilege of meeting over 400 gender non conforming adults and children. By listening to patient stories, reading research and current best practise guidance and under the supervision of a very experienced trans advocate, I have been able to gain an enormous amount of knowledge about the developing specialism of transgender and non binary healthcare and the medical transition pathway.
I recognise that there are inequalities and frustrations within the current NHS gender identity clinics and improvements are desperately required. Whilst continuing to lobby government for improvements, Claire and I felt we could offer a safe alternative and/or supplement for families and individuals seeking help for gender dysphoria.