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Divisional Director - Gender Services

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Gender Services
Personal Salary
22.5 per week
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The Tavistock Centre
£100,000 per annum, inclusive, pro rata
02/06/2019 23:59


The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust with a focus on training and education alongside a full range of mental health services and psychological therapies for children and their families, young people and adults.

We are committed to improving mental health and emotional wellbeing, believing that high quality mental health services should be available for all who need them. We bring a distinctive contribution based on the importance we attach to social experience at all stages of people’s lives, and our focus on psychological and developmental approaches to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of mental ill health

We contribute to the pool of ideas through our own research and development, but are also committed to bringing together the best ideas of the time, old and new, from inside and out, together with the most gifted and able professionals in our fields of endeavour. We aim to share our ideas and practice through as many routes as possible.

As a Trust we aim constantly to be evolving in nature and form in relation to the environment in which we work, to ensure that our contribution remains relevant.


In April 2019, the Trust’s Board of Directors made a decision to reconfigure the senior leadership of our organisation and create a chief clinical operations officer to oversee all of our service user facing services. To support the new role, three new divisional director positions have been created.

This divisional director position will oversee the Trust’s gender services.

The gender services consist of two service lines, our children’s Gender Identity Development Unit (GIDS) and our Adult Gender Identity Clinic (GIC).

GIDS is a national service, and the GIC is the largest of seven national clinics. Between GIDS and GIC the patient population is close to 10,000 patients, making the Tavistock and Portman NHS FT likely to be the largest provider of Gender Services in the world.


  • GIDS is a service that has been run from the Trust for almost thirty years, and has grown very rapidly in the last five years. Our services are delivered from the Tavistock Centre and a number of satellite sites across England. The service provides assessment and treatment for children and young people with symptoms of Gender Dysphoria according to NHS England specifications. The service has faced considerable scrutiny and is working in a highly contested area, as well as having long waiting lists, making the work environment challenging. However, the service exec have worked hard to provide a thoughtful and psychologically informed working environment and earned the trust and respect of a wide range of stakeholders.


  • The Trust took over running the Charing Cross GIC two years ago, so it is relatively new to the Trust, but has been in existence for over 50 years. The service provides assessment and treatment for Gender Dysphoria in adults, according to NHS England specifications. The team provides core assessment of dysphoria as well as psychological treatment, Speech and Language Therapy and access to physical interventions as appropriate. The service also has a long waiting list and operates under considerable scrutiny. Like GIDS, the exec work hard to ensure the best possible working environment and service for patients.


Both services are actively involved in a range of large scale research projects and service innovations.

As the successful candidate, you will provide strategic leadership and direction for the division, ensuring that this supports the fulfilment of the Trust’s objectives, quality and patient safety requirements. In doing this, you will also be a mandatory attendee of the Trust’s Board of Directors.

You will have either a strong clinical leadership background or have significant senior operational leadership experience. With this you will need to be able build credibility quickly, organised and utmost focused on ensuring the delivery of high-quality and safe care.


If all of this sounds exciting and having read the job description you feel you have the skills to lead our clinical services then we look forward to receiving your application.

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Sally Hodges

Chief Clinical Operations Officer