Trans Ageing and Care (TrAC): Dignified and inclusive health and social care for older trans* people in Wales

  • Willis, Paul B (Principal Investigator)
  • Raithby, Michele (Co-Investigator)
  • Dobbs, Chris (Co-Investigator)

Project Details


This mixed-methods project is dedicated to improving health and social care services for trans individuals 50+ years of age. The project also aims to learn more about the wellbeing, needs and interests of trans and gender diverse adults in later life. 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 including GP clinics, mental health teams, disability teams, adult community and social care teams, and nursing and residential care staff. An innovative aspect of the project is the recruitment and training of peer interviewers from the trans community in Wales who will co-facilitate life-history interviews with older trans participants and workshops with professionals.

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. Web-based materials and digital stories will be developed from the research findings to educate professionals on how they can provide more inclusive, trans-positive care to older adults.

For more information please visit the project website:
Effective start/end date1/03/1631/12/18

Structured keywords

  • SPS Centre for Research in Health and Social Care


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