A warm welcome to the Gender Identity Clinic
3 April 2017
From today we will be the interim provider for the Gender Identity Clinic, a service for adults based near the Charing Cross Hospital in Hammersmith. Existing Gender Identity Clinic patients will continue to receive their care uninterrupted, with the same staff, in the same location. It remains separate from our child and adolescent Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS), which is based at the Tavistock Centre and our Leeds base.
The Gender Identity Clinic is the largest and oldest gender clinic in the UK, dating back to 1966. It accepts referrals from all over the UK for for adults (from the age of 17 years 9 months) with issues related to gender. It is a multi-disciplinary administrative and clinical team, including psychologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists and speech and language therapists. The team works together in order to provide holistic gender care, focusing on the biological/medical, psychological and social aspects of gender.
As demonstrated by the Channel 4 documentary series Kids on the Edge, our work on gender identity shows how we apply our unique approach as a thought leader in mental health and identity issues to address a rising need for a holistic and considered approach.
Paul Jenkins, our Chief Executive, said: ‘We are delighted to be providing this service in 2017/18 and we wish all of our new staff a very warm welcome. We look forward to working with the Gender Identity Clinic team to provide the best possible outcomes for service users, and we welcome their contributions to our work as thought leaders in mental wellbeing and identity.’
The adult service has launched a new website with information for service users and patients, along with referral information for medical professionals. You can visit the new site at https://gic.nhs.uk
For children and young people, and their families, who experience difficulties in the development of their gender identity.