Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS)


Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS)

The Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) is for children and young people, and their families, who experience difficulties in the development of their gender identity. It's a national specialised service, based in London and Leeds, and is the only one of its kind in Great Britain.

Advice for young people

Advice for parents/carers

GIDS London

General practitioners and other non-CAMHS/paediatric referrers:

Please download and complete both the referral form and the risk assessment form and send these directly to the referral management service via

If you send your referral straight to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, this will be returned back to you, for you to send to

Gender Reassignment Surgery

The EBICS Policy states that:

This procedure is not routinely funded by NCL CCGs. For this treatment to be considered, patients must be on a recognised programme of care and the NCL CCG should check the specialised commissioning arrangements in their area.

Note: Patients should be referred to a recognised NHS programme of care for management of these cases. Treatment is covered by specialised commissioning arrangements. Any treatments not covered by specialised commissioning arrangements are to be considered under the relevant section of the aesthetic surgery guidelines, e.g. breast augmentation and hair removal.


An adult gender identify clinic is run from Lief House, 3 Sumpter Close, Finchley Road, London, NW3 5HR. They can be reached on 020 8938 7590. 

In January 2022 the service was offering first appointments to people who were referred in December 2017. More information about waiting times can be found below where you can also find advice on alternatives, such as peer support, during a waiting period.

For more information, including allocated funding for gender identity services, please visit the NHS England website below.

See below for NHS Choices information on gender identity clinics.


See below for GMC guidance.

Eligibility criteria


  • aged under 18


  • those with sexual orientation distress where there is no evidence of concerns around gender identity development

How to refer

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email


Include both referral form and the risk assessment form.



Include information about gender identity development.

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Review date: Tuesday, 23 May 2023