Staff at the Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service

Amy Anderson

Call me: Amy
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Job: Team Manager
Professional background: I am a qualified Mental Health Nurse, I did my training at the University of the West of England in Bristol before returning home to Newcastle to practice as a mental health nurse. I have worked with young people in a forensic setting, on a male adult inpatient ward and in the community supporting people in mental health crisis. I have also worked into GP surgeries as a mental health specialist practitioner.

I really enjoy… baking, cooking, spending time with friends and family, particularly going on camping trips and long walks with our cockapoo dog.

Dr Ruth Bevan

Call me: Ruth
Pronouns: She,  her, hers
Job: Consultant in Gender Dysphoria (Medical Doctor)
Professional background: I trained as a doctor in the North East and specialised in learning disability psychiatry and autism. I have also worked as a psychiatrist for children and young people. I am committed to supporting the rights and advocacy of all people, especially those with a learning disability and autism. I enjoy teaching and training and also work as college tutor for trainee doctors in learning disability psychiatry.

I really enjoy… Spending time with my family and friends, baking and walking my dog. Favourite author: Sebastian Faulks. Favourite band: The Smiths. Favourite film: Toy Story 3 (obvs!).

Ady Davis

Call me: Ady
Pronouns: He, him, his
Job: Psychosexual Therapist
Professional Background: I have enjoyed working in a range of settings in my time, from the voluntary and community sector, to local authority and the NHS. I have worked with people from the trans community since 1994, initially in the voluntary and community sector, and have also worked within the LGB community, with young people who are sexually exploited, adults in the sex industry, people with HIV and people who have experienced abuse. I pride myself on being someone who takes people for who they are, rather than pre-judging what they will be like because they are from a certain group of people, or certain background, for example.

I really enjoy… the people that I meet through this service. Every day is different and each new person brings their own wealth of experiences and knowledge. I find it a privilege to work in the Gender service. Outside of work there is not enough time to do the things that I enjoy but I try my hardest to fit it all in!

Dr Helen Greener

Call me: Helen
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Job: Consultant in Gender Dysphoria (Medical Doctor)
Professional background: I moved to the North East to undertake higher training in Old Age Psychiatry in 2006, after working in Glasgow and the Midlands. I was lucky enough to encounter the then new service for gender dysphoria, which was based in Sunderland at the time. I discovered a passion for working with trans people and was appointed to the clinical lead consultant role in 2010. A few years later I resigned from my post in older people’s services, to focus on gender services. It is a pleasure to work in a team of compassionate, dedicated people. I also enjoy working across barriers, bringing diverse people together, to improve services for trans people.

I really enjoy… Cooking, reading, walking, travel and gin tasting. Favourite author: Margaret Atwood Favourite band: Fleetwood Mac Favourite film: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 

Nazlin Kurji-Smith

Call me: Naz
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Job: Speech and Language Therapist
Professional background: Before I joined the team at the NRGDS I worked in acute adult care and with a clinical voice caseload. I enjoy teaching and training and I am a clinical educator for speech and language therapy students.

I really enjoy… learning new skills both inside and outside work. I also enjoy reading, walking, good food and good company.

Dr Anna Laws

Call me: Anna
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Job: Clinical Psychologist
Professional background: Before I joined the team at the NRGDS I worked in an adolescent forensic service, adult psychotherapy and a psychology team for people with personality disorders and complex trauma. I also trained as a psychosexual therapist.

I really enjoy… opportunities to meet with the wider trans and non-binary community. I’m passionate about teaching and training to improve healthcare for our clients. In my free time I enjoy being creative in lots of different ways, drinking bad wine and watching bad tv.

Dr Nicola Mitcheson

Call me: Nicola
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Job: Consultant in Gender Dysphoria (Medical Doctor)
Professional background: Prior to coming to NRGDS I worked as a forensic psychiatrist for many years in various settings, including prisons, inpatient, and community. Much of this involved working with people to help them improve their mental health and regain or develop new skills.

I really enjoy… working in NRGDS which gives me the chance to meet people who all have different experiences and perspectives, and from whom I am constantly learning. I am passionate about promoting better health and wellbeing and providing the best individualised care possible. I feel fortunate to work with colleagues who are similarly very passionate about their work. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being outdoors and gardening, especially growing things to eat.

Dr Michael Shaw

Call me: Mike
Pronouns: He, him, his
Job: Consultant in Gender Dysphoria (Medical Doctor)
Professional background: I trained as a doctor in Yorkshire and then undertook specialist training in Psychiatry in Merseyside before moving to Northumberland in 2000. Before joining the team at NRGDS I worked with young adults experiencing a first episode of severe mental illness, helping them recover and achieve their full potential. I am committed to social justice and equality. I aim to express these values in my own practice and by influencing health services and health policy. I am active within the British Medical Association, the doctors’ Trade Union.

I really enjoy… Being outside walking, cycling or gardening. Viewing and creating art, particularly painting. Favourite author: Iain M Banks. Favourite band: Led Zeppelin. Favourite film: The Blues Brothers.

Mary Soulsby

Call me: Mary
Pronouns: She, her, hers
Job: Specialist Nurse (RNMH)
Professional background: Before I joined the team at the NRGDS I worked in an adolescent forensic inpatient service and then as part of an Adult Community Mental Health Team. I have completed further training to allow me to deliver advice to GP’s with regards to hormone therapy.

I really enjoy… working with our client group and believe that I am an effective advocate for all trans and non-binary people in the wider community. I’m passionate improving healthcare for our clients. In my free time I enjoy watching movies and TV shows. I also like to attend music events especially Rock music.

Deborah Quinn 

Call me: Deborah
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Job: Specialist Nurse
Professional background:

I began my nursing career in 2007 when I qualified as a Learning Disabilities nurse at Northumbria University.  Before joining NRGDS I worked as a learning disabilities nurse in an adult inpatient service before joining an adolescent forensic service for five years.  I then worked within a community setting with children and young people for six years.  I will always strive to provide the best individualised care I can for every person that I work with.  I value my role as a nurse and the opportunity to be able to work with a diverse range of people.

I really enjoy… spending time with my family, my friends and my dog (a scruffy little Jack Russel cross).  I also enjoy going to Indie gigs and binging on Netflix box sets.  Favourite band: The Charlatans.  Favourite Film Labyrinth.  Favourite actor Bette Davis.

Dr Ewa Wisniewska Young

Call me: Ewa
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers
Job: Consultant in Gender dysphoria
Professional background: I graduated as a doctor in 2000 and completed my postgraduate psychiatry training in the North East. I initially worked in Newcastle Crises Team and later in Rehabilitation Team. I enjoy being a member of the Gender Dysphoria Team and find my current job rewarding. I am also a trained assessor for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. I am committed to providing high quality care.

I really enjoy… good holidays and exercise, the latter being a relatively new experience for me.