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Topics related to gender identity - and issues that are relevant to many trans people's lives - have thankfully been receiving greater attention in the UK in recent years. This includes increasing interest in our service and what we do.

We welcome media enquiries about our work. Please contact our Trust’s dedicated press office who will be happy to help.

Watch 'Kids on the Edge', a documentary series on Channel 4 starting this Wednesday

Kids on the Edge is a groundbreaking documentary series produced for Channel 4 by the award-winning Century Films. It explores the treatment of complex issues in the nation’s children and young people through exclusive access to three different areas of our work.

Episode one – the Gender Clinic

Wednesday 16 November, Channel 4, 10pm

The Tavistock’s Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is the only NHS-funded service working on gender issues in young people in the UK.

The first film explores the difficult decisions faced by children when they feel like they’ve been born into the wrong gender, or don’t fit into the neat definitions dictated by society. While gender dysphoria is not a mental illness, it presents a whole manner of related developmental and identity issues.

For most living like this can be unbearable. It can lead to distress, suicidal desires, and frightened and desperate parents. And there are no easy solutions – potentially life-changing decisions about transitioning into your chosen gender at a young age, and the medical interventions that follow, are very complicated.

The clinic has seen a 100% increase in referrals in the last year. Directed by the BAFTA-winning Peter Beard (My Son the Jihadi) this episode will follow the daily lives of two transgender children, their families and their treatment by GIDS staff. 

Read more about Kids on the Edge

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. 

It was the first in a series of family days around the country, with similar events taking place in Exeter and London in August. 

133 guests including young people, their siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members joined us at The Studio venue, which overlooks the River Aire and has great views of the city. But we weren’t just there for the panoramic views. The staff from our Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) Leeds base, plus some extra helping hands from our London team, organised an afternoon of talks and activity groups for all the family.

Read more on the Tavistock and Portman website

 

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 week NHS standard maximum wait time, despite a year on year 50% increase in referrals. However last year we had an unpredictable and unprecedented 100% increase in referrals and from September 2015 our wait times for first appointments began to increase. Currently wait times are around 36 weeks; we are working closely with NHS England to reduce these waiting times.

To this end NHS England has increased funding for the service and we have been busy employing new staff. We have recruited 22 new members of staff across London and Leeds, in addition to a further 12 recently appointed. We will also be increasing our administrative capacity to manage the increase in referrals.

Read more on the Tavistock and Portman website