News

Here you will find a selection of news, blogs and features on the work we do.

We are a unique NHS mental health trust, internationally-renowned for our specialist clinicians, who range from psychotherapists and psychologists to psychiatrists and social workers.

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Applications for September 2017 entry closed on Monday 31 July

Applications for our postgraduate-level courses officially closed at the end of July, ahead of our new term starting in September.
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Perinatal Competency Framework update

Earlier this year, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust worked in partnership with Health Education England (HEE) to develop a...
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Fire Safety on the Tavistock and Portman Estate
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Upcoming workshop: responding to traumatic events

Our Tavistock Trauma Service is hosting a workshop aimed at supporting frontline workers involved with the response to traumatic events.
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Speech and Language Therapy paper published in the International Journal of Transgenderism

Matthew Mills, Gillie Stoneham and Ioanna Georgiadou have had their evidence paper published on the International Journal of Transgenderism website.
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‘Humour is very much a social, interpersonal act’

Laverne Antrobus, Child Psychologist, writes today on why kids love anarchic humour.
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Public Governor elections – notice of poll

We are pleased to announce qualifying members in the Camden and Rest of London constituencies will be receiving ballot papers from today to vote...
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Help your kids with growing up released

Robert Winston’s Help your kids with growing up book was launched today (Thursday, July 6).
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The Children's Media Conference 2017

Laverne Antrobus Consultant, Child and Educational Psychologist at the Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust, joins an expert panel discussion:...
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British Medical Journal - Gender dysphoria for non-specialists

Dr. James Barrett, lead clinician in the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic (GIC) has authored a piece in this months British Medical Journal.
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Announcing the Hamish Canham Essay Prize 2017

Current and former students of M7, M9, M16, M33 & M34, and alumni are invited to submit a non-clinical paper or essay for The Hamish Canham...
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Living Well Programme

We are currently reviewing our Living Well Programme that was delivered last year, to improve the physical health and general wellbeing of...
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Who cares for the carers?

It was timely and appropriate to hear from staff involved in the immediate response to last month’s bomb attack in Manchester at the NHS...
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Skills for Care endorse Courses at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Skills for Care, the National Skills Academy for Social Care, have endorsed Tavistock and Portman as a ‘Recognised Provider’ for our social work...
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Refugee Week – The complex mental health needs of refugees

By Dr David Bell In this week when we are all thinking about refugees, this excellent video from Médecins sans Frontières is a very timely reminder...
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The Voice Book for Trans and Non-Binary People launched

The Voice Book for Trans and Non-Binary People was launched at the Tavistock Centre last week.
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Help us shape our future

We have a vacancy for two public governors in Camden, and two public governors in the rest of London, and we are seeking nominations now.
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Issues with our Trust email service

Update: This issue has been remedied as of Wednesday, June 7. We are aware of an issue that has been impacting the Trust email service since 10am...
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Emotionally unstable personality disorder: finding a way forward

Watch a short film explaining this common mental illness – what to expect as you begin to think about treatment and what the future might hold for...
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Louise Emanuel Obituary

Louise Emanuel was a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist of international repute who had a gift for helping damaged children and their...
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A problem-solving booth for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

It’s a beautiful sunny day in Camden Town, and teams from our Patient and Public Involvement department, Camden Council and the social enterprise...
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Are you thriving or surviving? Mental Health Awareness Week 2017

Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem, and Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 focuses on whether we are thriving in...
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Perinatal Competency Framework – update

Thank you to those who completed the Framework online survey and provided feedback. Earlier this year, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation...
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Joining forces; Telomeres, social, psychological and political challenges

By Graham Music, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and author of Nurturing Natures.
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GIDS referrals increase slows in 2016/17

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has seen an increase in the number of young people referred to our Gender Identity Development...
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A warm welcome to the Gender Identity Clinic

From today we will be the interim provider for the Gender Identity Clinic, a service for adults based near the Charing Cross Hospital in...
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Brownie bake-off for World Autism Awareness Week

Here at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust we're taking part in The National Autistic Society’s World Autism Awareness Week 2017,...
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Congratulations to the winners of the Mind Media Awards 2016

We were very proud to have a two part BBC Radio 4 documentary series make the shortlist for the Mind Media Awards 2016, and would like to...
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Special 'Inside Out' screening a success

Our Patient and Public Involvement team would like to thank Digital Cinema Media (DCM) for their recent support of a special screening of Pixar...
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National Freedom to Speak Up Guardian visits Tavistock Centre

National Freedom to Speak Up Guardian Dr Henrietta Hughes visited the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust recently to hear how the Trust is...
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Tavistock and Portman Chair and Chief Executive to deliver keynote address at the 10th Annual 'Psychological Therapies in the NHS' Conference 2017

Jeremy Clarke CBE, Founding Chair of the New Savoy Partnership, announced that the 2017 'Psychological Therapies in the NHS' conference will be...
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Understand and meet the needs of people with medically unexplained symptoms at our conference

This important and timely conference, chaired by our Chief Executive, Paul Jenkins, will support delegates to better understand and meet the needs...
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Gender Identity and private hormone treatments

There was discussion on BBC 5 Live this weekend about private hormone treatment outside the Gender Identity Development Service. Our view on this...
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FDAC features on BBC Woman’s Hour

Sophie Kershaw, co-director of our Family Drug and Alcohol Court service, and Rosie, a graduate of the service, were interviewed on BBC Radio 4...
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Developing a Perinatal Competency Framework - Update

The Framework online survey has been extended until February 7. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with...
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Safer Internet Day 2017 – The Power of Image: Everybody’s famous

Today is Safer Internet Day, and this year the focus is on the power and influence of image on young people’s lives. Dr. Richard Graham, consultant...
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Improving our accommodation – update

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has re-affirmed its commitment to moving to a new site within the borough of Camden.
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Developing a Perinatal Competency Framework - Update

The Framework online survey has been extended until February 7. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with...
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Update: Tavistock and Portman Care Quality Commission rating

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors have updated ratings for the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust following an inspection in...
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Family Drug and Alcohol Court’s National Unit ‘critical’ to the sustainability and expansion of this social innovation

A report evaluating the Family Drug and Alcohol Court National Unit (FDAC NU) today has highlighted the value that the organisation delivers and...
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Tavistock Open Art Exhibition 2017 – call for submissions

The Tavistock and Portman is delighted to announce the first open art exhibition in the Library Gallery Space on Friday 10 March-Wednesday 5 April...
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Supporting Mental Health in Schools

In a speech today at the Charity Commission annual meeting, Prime Minister Theresa May announced trials on strengthening links between schools and...
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Impact of a screen based lifestyle

In a recent letter to the Guardian, Dr. Graham Music and Penelope Leach of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust joined forces with other...
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2016 in review

As 2016 comes to its close, our Chief Executive Paul Jenkins writes to offer our thanks to everyone connected with the Tavistock and Portman, from...
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Healthcare Conferences UK announces 'Dual Diagnosis – implementing the new NICE guidance'

Healthcare Conferences UK has announced a Dual Diagnosis conference for 2017. The conference will cover implementing the new NICE guidance,...
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Tavistock and Portman awarded Charing Cross Adult Gender Clinic contract

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will act as interim providers for the Charing Cross Adult Gender Identity Clinic in 2017/18. This is...
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Tavistock and Portman Chair and Chief Executive to deliver keynote address at the 10th Annual 'Psychological Therapies in the NHS' Conference 2017

Jeremy Clarke CBE, Founding Chair of the New Savoy Partnership, announced that the 2017 'Psychological Therapies in the NHS' conference will be...
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Obesity, unhappiness, and poverty: the urgent need to avoid simplistic solutions

By Graham Music, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and author of Nurturing Natures.An NHS Trust in Yorkshire recently decided to deny...
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Skills for Care endorse Courses at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Skills for Care, the National Skills Academy for Social Care, have endorsed Tavistock and Portman as a ‘Recognised Provider’ for our social work...
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Tonight at 10pm on Channel 4 – watch 'Last Chance School' then join us for a Twitter Q&A

Kids on the Edge is a groundbreaking documentary series produced for Channel 4 by the award-winning Century Films. The second episode airs tonight,...
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Applications for our 2017/18 courses are now open – request your prospectus today

You can now apply for our courses that start in September 2017.
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Tonight at 10pm on Channel 4 – watch 'The Gender Clinic' and join us for a Twitter Q&A after

Kids on the Edge is a groundbreaking documentary series produced for Channel 4 by the award-winning Century Films. The first episode airs tonight,...
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Congratulations to the winners of the Mind Media Awards 2016

We were very proud to have a two part BBC Radio 4 documentary series make the shortlist for the Mind Media Awards 2016, and would like to...
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Visit the new website for our Gender Identity Development Service

Our Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) today launches a new website. It features a host of resources for young people, their families,...
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Re-imagining Children’s Services

We find ourselves in times when the available resource is dramatically reduced along with the size of the state, nationally and locally. An...
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Book launch: 'Who cares – thriving in and beyond care'

The decision to take children from their biological families into ‘substitute’ care is difficult and complicated. Once the decision has been made,...
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Phone lines and computer system currently severely disrupted at PCPCS due to fire

The City and Hackney Primary Care Psychotherapy Consultation Service (PCPCS), including the Tavistock Care Planning Service, are experiencing...
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Antony Gormley and why human beings make art

On November 10 at the Tavistock Centre, sculptor Antony Gormley will join filmmaker Hugh Brody for a screening of ‘Inside Australia’, and a...
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You can’t hurry love – is five a good number for the Forward View?

The current financial challenges we face increase the urgency to get on with the task of health care advancement but cannot fundamentally shorten...
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Tavistock and Portman trainee and consultant win BMA book prize

Dilys Daws and Alexandra Rementeria from the Tavistock and Portman have been awarded the 2016 First Prize in Popular Medicine from the British...
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Management of mental health problems within the criminal justice system

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence published draft guidance today (Friday, October 7) which seeks to improve the assessment,...
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See the highlights from our Family Drug and Alcohol Court research launch

New research has found that mothers reunited with their children after care proceedings in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) are more likely...
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Family Drug and Alcohol Court’s ‘humane’ approach keeps more families together

New research has found that mothers reunited with their children after care proceedings in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) are more likely...
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Mending Young Minds makes awards shortlist

The two part BBC Radio 4 documentary series 'Mending Young Minds' has made the shortlist for the Mind Media Awards 2016.
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Changing minds, changing lives

Join us from 4:30pm to 7:30pm on Wednesday 5 October at this year’s Annual General Meeting to hear what it’s really like working on the frontline...
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Improving our accommodation

As we look to the future, we want to make sure we can continue to provide high quality, accessible services in an environment that suits the work...
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Necessary but not sufficient: the role of regulation in health care quality

Paul Jenkins, our chief executive, blogs about his recent experience of CQC inspections from both sides.
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Expert group to help parents manage children’s digital worlds

Dr Richard Graham blogs about the Digital Parenting Expert Group set up by Children’s Commissioner Anne Longfield.
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QAA highlight Trust’s good practice in education

In a report published today, The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) found that we meet all of the criteria set out in its Quality...
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Gender Identity Development Service hosts family day in Leeds

We welcomed families from across the north of England to our fourth annual Family Day in Leeds on 27 July 2016.
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Meeting demand for our Gender Identity Development Service

Since the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) was nationally designated in 2009 we have consistently seen referrals within the agreed 18...
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Trust launches new website

The Trust's new website is now live with improved functionality and accessibility.
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Young people need specialist services

The tragic story of Edward Mallen's suicide has caught the attention of the press today and I was asked to share my thoughts on BBC Radio 4’s Today...
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Tavistock and Portman gets ‘Good’ rating from CQC

Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors have rated Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust as Good, following an inspection in January 2016.
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A time to talk about love and healing

We all feel we know about couple relationships, don’t we? It’s an ordinary human need to feel loved and loveable. So why is it that we have such...
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What does a doubling in referrals to our Gender Identity Development Service mean about how society’s view of gender is shifting?

Nationally, globally even, we’re seeing a real shift in how we talk about gender. We seem to be moving to a less binary world. We have to take note...
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Psychotherapy on the frontline

Tim Kent, Consultant Psychotherapist and Social worker, discusses the Tavistock and Portman’s approach to contemporary mental health services...
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Young people in crisis

Antonia Carding, Team Manager of Camden’s Adolescent Intensive Support Service (CAISS), discusses how a new service in Camden is supporting...
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First Step in helping children in care

The Education Select Committee’s report about Mental health and wellbeing of looked after children highlights some alarming issues about the state...



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