NHS staff are reportedly being encouraged to use gender-neutral pronouns so as not to offend trans patients and staff.
Rather than describing people as ‘her’ or ‘she’, staff are instead urged to say ‘they’ – both at home and at work.
To help transgender patients, staff were advised: ‘Don’t assume you know which pronouns and titles people prefer – ask what they prefer’.
The ‘top tips’ also stated: ‘Think about how you call for people in waiting rooms – ensure that you don’t accidentally use old names or titles.’
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A Senior figure at NHS Lothian, who attended one of the training sessions last year, told The Times: ‘They were telling us to actually refer to each other using the term ‘they’.
‘If we started using ‘they’ in our personal lives it would become natural when we go into the workplace to refer to everyone using the ‘they’ pronoun, not ‘he’ or ‘she’.’
STA Manager James Morton told the paper that training was arranged by the health board.
Alison McCallum, director of public health and public policy at NHS Lothian, said the training programmes were about ‘exploring the appropriate terms and definitions relating to transgender and non-binary people, including the use of non-binary pronouns’.