The CQC found more than 4,600 young people on the waiting list for treatment at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust.
An NHS mental health trust which provides treatment to transgender children has been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), after inspectors found vulnerable young people “were waiting too long for treatment”.
Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the UK’s only gender identity development service (GIDS) for children, was told by the health regulator it needed to significantly improve its services and waiting times, after it found more than 4,600 young people on the waiting list – with some waiting more than two years for their first appointment.
In response to the CQC report, the trust apologised to patients for the long waiting times and announced that it is bringing in experts from outside the service to help with improvements.
It comes after the trust paused new referrals for hormone treatment following a landmark High Court ruling in December over the use of puberty blockers.
The commission said it carried out the inspections in October at the GIDS clinics at the Tavistock Centre in London and in Leeds following concerns by healthcare professionals and the Children’s Commissioner for England over “clinical practice, safeguarding procedures and assessments of capacity to consent to treatment”.