TCF has been able to fund a number of developments outside the scope of the NHS over the years.
These have included innovative clinical services, the financial support of ethnic minority and other disadvantaged applicants for training, the establishment of the first British academic chair in Child Psychotherapy, and the expansion of advanced training for Mental Health Nurses which had historically been a neglected professional group.
The strategy of the Foundation was to support developments which might reasonably be expected to attract core NHS or other statutory funding once their value could be demonstrated. This aim proved broadly successful.
- The Monroe Young Family Service, originally established on the basis of a gift from Gloria Steinem arising from her book about Marilyn Monroe, grew into a highly-regarded specialist assessment service for severely troubled families with young children whose future placement had to be planned – could they safely stay with their parents, or was substitute family care needed? What kind of treatment and support would enable the family to stay together?
- The nursing discipline within the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has grown enormously from its initial base of one staff member, and is now fully integrated into clinical teams in all directorates while continuing to provide courses and conferences to mental health nurses from many other settings.
- The proportion of students from ethnic minority backgrounds has substantially increased and issues of equality and diversity are now firmly embedded in the Trust’s structures.
- The child psychotherapy professorship established with charitable money for 5 years jointly with one of our university partners has sadly not been able to continue because reductions in NHS central funding made impossible the planned transition from charitable to statutory funding. However, the 5 year period did enable the research potential of child psychotherapy practice to be demonstrated in important small-scale projects which laid the basis for child psychotherapy involvement in a nationally funded RCT for the first time, and for many individual clinical research projects.