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Training and knowledge in transgender issues being left to chance

Just 13% of nurses feel prepared to meet the needs of their transgender patients, according to a survey by the RCN
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Just 13% of nurses feel prepared to meet the needs of their transgender patients, according to a survey by the RCN.

The UK-wide research involving more than 1,200 nursing staff found this could be due to lack of training, despite over three quarters encountering transgender patients in their work, and 56% caring for them directly.

Nearly four out of five nurses reported having no training at all in this area, and only 1% said they covered the subject during pre-registration training.

Referrals to gender identity clinics have risen significantly over the last decade, and the RCN is calling on the government to ensure the care of transgender patients is introduced at all levels of nursing and across healthcare education.

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