The Tavistock welcomes independent review of the care of gender diverse young people

22 September 2020

The care of gender diverse children and young people is a complex and highly specialised field. As referrals have risen, the service has struggled to meet demand and young people are being let down while they wait for our care. We support a wide ranging review of the care made available to them and the process of referring to our specialist service.

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The Tavistock and Portman is proud of the work of GIDS and the care it provides working to the national specification set by NHS England. We welcome our upcoming CQC inspection and the review of clinical practice led by Dr Cass and the RCPCH as an opportunity to demonstrate the quality of our care and our commitment to improvement.

Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust said “We look forward to the opportunities to demonstrate the quality of the care we deliver, the thoughtfulness of our clinicians, and their resilience in this difficult field of work. We welcome the wider review of pathways and hope it will lead to better and quicker access to support for the young people who need help.”

Read the announcement of the review on the NHS England website.

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Gender identity development service (GIDS)

For children and young people, and their families, who experience difficulties in the development of their gender identity.