The Tic Disorder Service

Staff in the Tic Disorder Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Hello and a warm welcome from the National Tic Disorder Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Our team is made up of clinicians and researchers and was developed to ensure that the frequently neglected mental health needs of children with complex physical health problems and long-term conditions are detected and treated. We are committed to ensuring best-practice in mental and physical well-being and we won the Child and Adolescent Team of the Year (2018) award at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards.

Some of the most exciting things our team have done over the last year include:

  • A drop in centre for children and families where parents have the opportunity to discuss concerns they may have about their child’s emotional well-being (called the Lucy Project)
  • A multi-centre randomised controlled trial to detect and treat mental health problems in children with epilepsy (Mental Health in Children with Epilepsy - MICE)
  • Collaborating in an online behavioural intervention programme for Tics (ORBIT Trial)

Here is what the judges had to say about our 2018 award:

“Although we had a number of truly excellent submissions this year, the judges were unanimous in their decision regarding this winner."This application was judged to have outstanding contributions in all domains. This is a model team, exceptionally led and productive both clinically and academically. We were impressed by the team’s commitment to providing accessible, effective, evidence-based treatments for improving the mental health of children and young people with physical health problems with a number of innovative projects and research studies."For example, the Lucy Project was set up as a self-referral Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing Drop in Centre at Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, an excellent example of breaking down barriers and increasing access to help for children and families.”

What we offer

A detailed assessment will be carried out to identify any problems. Find out more here.

Meet the team

The people you'll meet at the National Tourette Syndrome Clinic.


We receive internal or external referrals from professionals, where there are concerns about the mental health of a child with physical symptoms.


You or your child may be invited to take part in a research project while under the care of the team.

Contact us

The names and addresses for contacting the department.

Case studies and feedback

Find out what our groups enjoyed and learnt.


Useful information on Tourette syndrome and functional symptoms.