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Gender identity clinic (GIC)



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What we do

The gender identity clinic is the largest and oldest gender clinic in the UK, dating back to 1966. We accept referrals from all over the UK for people with issues related to gender.

We are a multi-disciplinary administrative and clinical team, including psychologists, psychiatrists, endocrinologists and speech and language therapists. We work together in order to provide holistic gender care, focusing on the biological/medical, psychological and social aspects of gender.

What to expect

In order to assess your individual needs and goals, we ask a number of questions about your background, current circumstances and future plans. The purpose of these questions is to help us gain a clear idea of how we can help you.

Based on your individual needs and circumstances your clinician will explore with you what may happen next with your gender care. For example, if you would like to, but have not yet made a social gender role transition, they may explore with you any possible obstacles in your way and help you consider ways to address these.

Additionally, in order to support you through the transition process, clinicians may discuss with you the possibility of referrals to other services within the GIC or local to you (which your GIC clinician can ask your GP to make).

We will keep your GP up-to-date about your progression through the clinic and you will be copied into the reports sent. Your clinician will also be able to offer you information and advice about other forms of support that you may find helpful as you move along your gender care pathway.

How to access this service

Your GP or another health professional can refer you directly to the Gender Identity Clinic.

We also accept self-referrals via your GP.

NHS e-Referral Service

To locate the service on the NHS e-Referral Service, enter the following in the search fields:

  • Priority: Routine
  • Specialty: Mental Health – Adults of all ages
  • Clinic Type: Not Otherwise Specified
  • Organisation or Site Name field: Tavistock and Portman

Waiting times

There is a high demand for appointments, which is common across other gender identity clinics around the UK.

Number of people on our waiting list14,629
Number of referrals received in the month363
Number of first appointments offered in the month61
Total appointments offered in the month1140
We are currently offering first appointments to people referred inNovember 2018
Most recent data from: October 2023