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Gender Identity Healthcare Credentials (GIH)

The Gender Identity Healthcare programme suite offers the first qualification of its type in the UK and worldwide. It has been developed by the RCP and the University of London is the awarding body.

The programme has been created to support the development of gender identity health services provided by the NHS having been commissioned by NHS England. It is an interprofessional programme, focused on the next generation of clinical leaders and meeting the needs of the increasing number of healthcare professionals providing gender identity healthcare. The programme has been designed for clinicians working in adult services.

The programmes provide a flexible structure. A blended learning and assessment approach has been used to offer different types of learning opportunities, such as practice-based approaches and assessment alongside knowledge acquisition, critical thinking and reflection.

The programmes:

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Gender Identity Healthcare Practice (appealing to healthcare practitioners aiming to deliver healthcare for trans and gender-diverse people).
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Gender Identity Healthcare Practice (aimed towards healthcare practitioners seeking to provide evidence of competence in the assessment, diagnosis and management of gender identity-related healthcare issues with an oversight of the programme of care).
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Theoretical Foundations for Gender Identity Healthcare (focused on healthcare practitioners not currently working in approved gender healthcare services who wish to gain an oversight of the healthcare for trans and gender-diverse people).

Who should apply?

All applicants to these programmes must be statutorily regulated healthcare professionals, registered and in good standing with their professional body.

Applicants must have evidence of an undergraduate degree or acceptable equivalent.

Participants registering on the PGCert or PGDip in Gender Identity Healthcare Practice must also be working in, or be able to complete their practical assignments in, an approved clinical setting in the UK and must be registered healthcare professionals of good standing and working independently.

If you are unsure what is meant by this statement see the Skills for Health website for more guidance as to levels, generally this will be above grade 6 or contact the Royal College of Physicians.

Entry to the practicum modules requires the applicant to be employed at an approved NHS gender identity clinic for adults (UK). A list of approved centres can be found here:

The employment must be within the time period the practicum models are to be completed.

If you work for a UK NHS or HSC body, the organisation you work for will receive indemnity through a clinical negligence scheme as detailed below:

If you are enrolled on a practicum placement module and are not employed by a UK NHS gender identity clinic for adults then you need to arrange personal indemnity insurance which covers the term of the practicum. Evidence of this needs to be presented during the application process.

For the September 2020 intake, overseas students are eligible to study towards the PG Certificate in Theoretical Foundations in Gender Identity Healthcare or individual online modules. Overseas students are not eligible to enrol on the practicum modules. This is under continuous review and we expect to be able to offer this option in future enrolment periods.

U.K. applicants must be registered with one of the following approved U.K. statutory bodies as follows:

  • General Medical Council (GMC).
  • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
  • Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Overseas applicants’ registration and standing will be considered on an individual basis.


The costs for students are as follows:
Payment can be made by either the whole fee:
  • PGDip Gender Identity Healthcare Practice £5660
  • PGCert Gender Identity Healthcare Practice £3600
  • PGCert Theoretical Foundations for Gender Identity Healthcare £4115
Or by Module:
  • Module fee, per module, excluding Practicums* £1030
  • Module resit fee, per module, excluding Practicums £515
  • Practicum 1 £515
  • Practicum 2 £1030
Individual Modules taken on a stand-alone basis (excluding the Practicums)
  • Individual module fee (taken on a stand-alone basis) £1030
  • Individual module resit fee (taken on a stand-alone basis) £515

How to apply

Please email postgraduate@rcplondon.ac.uk to register your interest, applications are open from 19 April 2021, with the closing date scheduled for 16 August 2021.

If you wish to apply please follow this link.