Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

020 7435 7111 The Tavistock Centre, 120 Belsize Lane , London, NW3 5BA

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  • Public Governor elections – notice of poll
  • Life changing early support available for more young families
  • Children and families come together for an afternoon of art, fun and games
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The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health trust based in Camden, London, offering high quality mental health care and training.

It provides multi-disciplinary services for adults, adolescents and children and their families: these services cover a spectrum of psychoanalytic, psychotherapeutic and systemic approaches.

Departments and services

We are 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 familiesyoung people and adults.

With over 600 staff across a number of sites, 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.

Latest news

Public Governor elections – notice of poll

We are pleased to announce qualifying members in the Camden and Rest of London constituencies have received ballot papers to vote for our new public governors.  

Download the Notice of Poll for full details.

We opened nominations for our public governor vacancies earlier in June [now closed], inviting interested members to apply.  

Our Council of Governors cover a wide range of activity, often tailored to their particular skills and interests. For example, we have governor representation on our public and patient involvement committee – often governors who are the parents of our patients are interested in this committee where they can share their views and their children’s views about our services.

Last updated on 21 July 2017.

Life changing early support available for more young families

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More vulnerable families will be offered one to one support from dedicated family nurses, as the Government’s goal of expanding to 16,000 places on the Family Nurse Partnership is reached.

This expertly delivered, evidence-based preventive service has been shown to transform lives and offer a better alternative to expensive late intervention. In 2013, the Government committed to increase the number of Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) places available in England at any one time from 11,000 to at least 16,000 by March 2015. With 135 local authorities across England now delivering the service, many of the most vulnerable young people will benefit, helping to break the cycle of deprivation for them and their babies.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, Dan Poulter said: “This is a great achievement and will ensure more young, vulnerable mothers get vital one-to-one support from highly-trained family nurses.

“This government's commitment to the Family Nurse Partnership will help children and their families to get the best start in life.”

FNP has been operating for eight years in England and is, in many areas, now well embedded in services for children, families and young people. The service is an integral part of many local authorities’ early help offer and forms an important part of wider preventive public health services for young families, working closely alongside health visiting, social care and other children’s services.

FNP National Unit Director, Ailsa Swarbrick said: “From Brighton to Cumbria, Liverpool to Great Yarmouth, FNP is giving young parents a chance to transform their own life chances and those of their babies so they can thrive and flourish. Family nurses offer the unique combination of a warm and trusting relationship between the nurse and young parent, coupled with a carefully designed programme, which enables real learning and creates positive behaviour change. They work alongside young mothers and fathers to harness the powerful intrinsic motivation within us to protect our young, thus breaking the cycle of disadvantage.”

The double generation outcomes are clear. Family nurses recognise that young parents are the experts in their own lives, while respectfully exploring alternatives to beliefs, life style choices, and behaviours with them so that they are in a strong position to make informed decisions about what’s best for themselves and their babies.

Every FNP team across England has played its part in getting the programme to this point, both as part of the pioneering first wave that began its journey back in 2007 when the programme was first brought to England, and the fresh new family nurses who have just joined FNP. Their energy, enthusiasm, tenacity, and the passion with which they believe in the young mums and dads they support are fundamental to the programme.

The FNP National Unit is housed within the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust as part of a consortium, supported by the Impetus Trust and Social Research Unit at Dartington (SRU).


Last updated on 30 May 2019.

Children and families come together for an afternoon of art, fun and games

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Children from our Gloucester House Day Unit/school helped put on an entertaining and activity filled event for their parents, carers, siblings and other local school children yesterday afternoon.

The fun-filled party featured a range of arts and crafts activities, with children participating in colouring-in an arts shed, having their face-painted and taking part in a Minecraft lucky-dip competition.

The party also included a ‘pop-up cake stall’, with plenty of treats baked by the Gloucester House pupils available for attendees to eat.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a success.

If you would like to find out more information about our Gloucester House visit their website.



Last updated on 30 May 2019.

New innovative partnership brings tailored mental health service to Camden

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From July, GPs in Camden will have practice-based mental health professionals to help patients with complex mental health problems. The new contract was awarded to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, in partnership with Mind in Camden. The two organisations offer an integrated partnership with distinct roles. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust will provide evidence-based psychological assessments and interventions, as well as support and advice to GPs and other professionals. Mind in Camden will offer ‘social prescribing’, with link workers supporting patients to access a wealth of voluntary sector services across the borough.

As part of a mental health review undertaken by Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in 2013, GPs and service users requested more support at primary care level for these patients.

The Team Around the Practice, or TAP, will offer a range of tailored interventions to support a busy primary care workforce. Appointments with specialist mental health professionals will be available for GP patients, who will also be supported to access other local services across the borough. GPs and practice staff will have access to a range of training that will enable them to better manage care and intervention for patients with mental health problems.

The Camden service will innovate further by creating the partnership between Mind and the NHS. This partnership has the potential to improve outcomes for patients further and will deliver patient centered, integrated care.

The service addresses the challenges of providing care for individuals with medically unexplained symptoms, personality disorders and/or chronic mental health problems. People who access this service will often have two or more conditions and many also have poor physical health. These patients often fall between the gaps in service provision. They typically respond better to treatment provided closer to home, such as in GP surgeries.

Dr Julian Stern, Consultant Psychiatrist in Psychotherapy and implementation lead for the service, from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust said:

“The service model is popular with patients and GPs alike. We have won national awards for a similar service in City & Hackney. We have already started meeting with Camden GPs to talk about our plans and find out what they most want in this new, GP based service.” 

Dr Jonathan Levy, Camden GP and Clinical Lead at Camden CCG said:

“Camden has a rich tapestry of services for patients with mental health needs and we are looking forward to this being further developed by Tavistock and Portman, to enable GPs to better support patients in primary care.

“By building capacity in primary care, people with mental illness in Camden will have access to support to help them move into recovery sooner, or prevent their illness from escalating.”

Tom Costley, Operational Director from Mind in Camden said:

 “We are looking forward to working alongside the Tavistock to offer a new range of options for people who may have previously struggled to get the support they need. This will include opening up Camden to people who may find it hard to access the wide range of excellent community services available.”

The new service is already being mobilised and will be ready to accept referrals from GPs shortly after its “go-live” date in July 2015.


Last updated on 30 May 2019.

Workforce stress and the supportive organisation framework launched

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A framework for improvement through reflection, curiosity and change.

A new framework aimed at helping health and social care employers improve the mental wellbeing of their employees has been launched by Health Education England (HEE).

The Workforce Stress and the Supportive Organisation – A framework for improvement through reflection, curiosity and change encourages organisations to take a step back and to take time to really think about what is going on inside their organisation and how this impacts on staff psychological wellbeing before jumping to action. It challenges them to give greater consideration to the impact workforce stress has on staff and look at the role they can play in providing better support to staff who may need It.

HEE commissioned our National Workforce Skills Development Unit (NWSDU) to develop this resource to get employers to rethink how they deal with workforce stress.

The framework gives further weight to the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission and its recommendations that employers need to take steps to support staff.

Ian J Tegerdine, Associate Director at the National Workforce Skills Development Unit, said: “We are excited to have been commissioned by HEE to contribute to the thinking on making the NHS the best place to work and on the challenges of staff absence and retention.

“We believe that shifting the focus away from individual resilience and encouraging more thought about system and organisational support is key to making positive change. We look forward to sharing our framework for improvement through reflection, curiosity and change at this conference.”

Head to the HEE website to access the digital PDF of the framework.

Head to the HEE website to access the printer-friendly PDF of the framework.


Last updated on 29 May 2019.

What is the 10 year plan for psychoanalytic therapies in the NHS?

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On the evening of 8 May, with others, our CEO Paul Jenkins addressed the Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and guests. The topic we were seeking to address was important and timely. It is also one of great significance to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, as the largest provider of psychodynamic interventions and training in the UK.

There seems to be a sad irony that, at a time when mental health more widely is in the ascendancy, we should be having a debate about a threat to an important part of the armoury of what to offer patients experiencing more complex and challenging needs.

Why might that be? I hope as someone who has led the Tavistock and Portman for 5 years, but who has also campaigned more widely on mental health issues, I might offer some helpful reflections.

Read more on our website.

Last updated on 29 May 2019.

Latest reviews of this organisation


I would not recommend anyone taking a course at the Tavistock. Having marginally failed two essays neither course tutor nor course lead r...

22 April 2018

Received intensive psychotherapy

I have been attending the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation since 2015 for intensive psychotherapy within the Adolescent area. The rec...

22 September 2017

more committed to their style of therapy than to helping me

I didn't feel my therapist listened or tried to understand me. Instead, superficial psychodynamic interpretations were shoehorned into m...

6 June 2017

Last updated on 30 May 2019.

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