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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.

Update on the Judicial Review, Tuesday 1 December 2020

The Trust is disappointed by today’s judgment and we understand that the outcome is likely to cause anxiety for patients and their families. Our first duty is to our patients, particularly those currently receiving hormone blocking treatment and we are working with our partners, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, to provide support for patients concerned about the impact on their care.

The Trust is seeking permission to appeal the judgment, and in the meantime, confirms its ongoing support for the review commissioned by NHS England being led by Dr Hilary Cass.

We will update our statement once we know the outcome of today’s further court proceedings.

3.30pm update:

The Court has ruled that there will be a stay on implementation of its judgment until the later of 22 December or the determination of any appeal. This will give us a chance to work through the specific implications of the judgment for different patient groups with our partners, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust. We will not be making new referrals to endocrinology until we have more clarity.


If you are a young person or family and have questions about what this might mean for you, please head to our page with answers to commons questions.

COVID-19 update: How we are working and how to contact us

We know that this is a really challenging and difficult time for young people attending GIDS or on the waiting list, as well as for your families. Although we have had to change the way we deliver our service, we are still working and will do our very best to support you and respond to any worries you may have.

On this page you will find information about how we are working, and how to contact us. Please do continue as usual to contact your local services (i.e. GP and A&E) if you have any urgent concerns as they will be best placed to support you.

For existing service users and first appointments

At the moment we are offering appointments remotely (by video-link or telephone) as well as in person, including first appointments. This is to provide the best access we can for those under GIDS. Many appointments will be by video-link. Appointments by video-link will take the same format as usual appointments. The GIDS team will be in touch before any appointment. They will give information on how to access the video-link, or if the appointment is on site explain the COVID-19 precautions in place to keep you as safe as possible.

At the moment if you would like to contact us about your care please use email – this will be the quickest way that we can get back to you. Please send us an email to gids@Tavi-Port.nhs.uk with your name, date of birth, phone number and email address someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please see below for some ideas and links to on-line resources that you may find helpful.

Short guide on what to expect at a face-to-face appointment

We have created a short guide on what to expect when you visit one of our sites for a face-to-face appointment.

Read the guide online.

Download the guide as a PDF.

For young people on the waiting list, or for general enquiries

At the moment if you would like to contact us please use email – this will be the quickest way that we can get back to you. Please send us an email to gids@tavi-port.nhs.uk with your name, phone number, email address and GP details and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

For young people attending the endocrine clinics

Message from the London and Leeds endocrinology teams about appointments

Both UCLH (University College London Hospitals) and the LGI (Leeds General Infirmary) have been working hard at the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis and so appointments during this period were cancelled. However, they are pleased to confirm that face to face appointments are beginning to resume with appropriate COVID-19 precautions in place.

If you are waiting for a first appointment and have concerns or worries, please contact your GIDS Tavistock clinician via the GIDS enquiries email, gids@Tavi-Port.nhs.uk and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

UCLH endocrinology:

For any young person already attending the endocrinology clinic - if you have any worries or concerns about your treatment please email the UCLH team on uclh.adolescentgidservice@nhs.net.

LGI endocrinology:

For any young person already attending the endocrinology clinic – if you have any worries or concerns about your treatment please call the LGI team on 01133 922 375.​

Creative ways to stay busy in the home: some ideas for parents

  • Try and have some structure in the day, with time to talk to friends, take some exercise as well as keep up with homework.

  • Think of something new and different that could be done each day e.g. tidying rooms, helping with any chores, garden work or DIY, starting any creative projects together, researching new topics on the internet, arts and crafts, board games, cooking. If children or young people are off from school they are likely to be given home packs so parents might help children and young people to structure their time around this.

  • Regular meal times and bedtime routines might be even more important in times of uncertainty than they are normally.

Useful places for mental health support for parents and young people

https://www.kooth.com

https://www.samaritans.org

https://youngminds.org.uk

https://www.childline.org.uk

GIDS update – judicial review to proceed

A judge has this week decided that the proposed judicial review of the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) approach may proceed to a hearing. We welcome the opportunity this provides to talk about the service and to stand up for our dedicated staff who put the best interests of the young people and families at the heart of their practice.

GIDS provides a thoughtful and measured service for children, young people and their families who come to us in considerable distress. Our clinicians have no preconceptions about outcomes for the young people who are referred to our service, all of whom are provided with psycho-social support throughout their time with us. While physical intervention is only accessed by a minority of our patients, it is important that this option remains available and is informed by the latest evidence.

It is very clear from our first-hand experience of working with these young people and their families that, for some, doing nothing is not a neutral act. We also believe in the rights of young people, with support from their families and clinicians, to make informed decisions about their care, in the way they would do in any other aspect of their health.

We welcome the opportunity to make the case for the quality of care the service provides in a thorough and nuanced way. Our work in GIDS is provided in accordance with best practice and relevant national and international specifications and guidelines.

We are disturbed by the level of misinformation in relation to the support provided to these young people. The often-toxic debate around the topic has caused considerable distress to patients and families. We hope the hearing will serve to set the record straight and put centre-stage the voice and interests of young people living with gender dysphoria.

We recognise that supporting young people who experience distress around their gender identity is an area of clinical practice that warrants regular review by relevant experts. As such, we welcome the scheduled review by NHS England of their specification, to which we work, and the opportunity to think with others about how to continually improve on the care we provide. It is vital that any interventions we offer are based on the latest evidence and sanctioned at the highest levels by those most knowledgeable, both experts in their clinical and medical specialities and experts by experience.

We have been very touched by, and would like to thank, the patients and families who have contacted us to offer support for the work that we do.