This project is funded by a 2-year programme grant from Dunhill Medical Trust to December 2017. Sponsored by Swansea University, the project is based at the Centre for Innovative Ageing in the College of Human and Health Sciences.
Very little is known about trans people’s health and social care needs in later life. This mixed-methods research project will seek to address this gap by investigating the current provision of health and social care services to older trans people in Wales. The research will include the professional perspectives and experiences of health and social care professionals to develop good practice guidelines for improving services. This encompasses health and social care teams that deliver services to older adults in Wales including: GP clinics, mental health teams, disability teams, adult community and social care teams, and nursing and residential care staff.
Findings from the research will provide new evidence to raise awareness about gender identity and ageing for health and social care professionals across Wales. In accordance with the priorities of the Welsh Strategy for Older People (Welsh Government, 2013) the findings will help ensure that older trans* adults ‘do not experience multiple discrimination’ (p. 9) by identifying barriers, assumptions and actions in health and social care services which reinforce transphobic attitudes and service environments, and prevent older trans* people from receiving equal, dignified and person-centred care.
The aims of the research are:
The project will use three research methods:
We will use the findings to develop web-based materials for professionals to inform them about how they can provide better, more inclusive care. There will be a final conference for service providers and trans community members in 2017 to share the findings and outcomes of the project.
The project is proudly delivered in collaboration with Unique Transgender Network and the Older LGBT Network for Wales, Age Cymru. The research will be guided by a critical reference group of which half the group will be trans community members.
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