Where a member of staff is transitioning, it is important to consider the needs of the individual alongside the requirements of the employing department or college. The University does not attempt to prescribe the amount of additional leave that may be appropriate in each case; departments have discretion to authorise additional paid or unpaid leave according to individual circumstances. It is expected that individuals may take a mixture of annual leave, sickness leave (for any medical procedures) and additional paid or unpaid leave. It is not possible to predict in advance how much leave may be needed for medical procedures and recovery.
Most people have to travel for specialist medical care and oversight at a gender identity clinic, necessitating a longer period away from the office.
People may have other appointments relating to transition, such as laser hair removal or sessions with a speech therapist.
Intersex people can face medical issues that sometimes affect their working life. Some have experienced involuntary medical treatment during childhood which may leave a legacy of poor mental health. Some people require frequent hormone replacement and many have impaired fertility. Some may choose to have surgery. It is very important that personal privacy is respected, and that confidential medical information is not shared.