AAC Scheme to Fast Track Promising Treatments

Dr Leigh Neal has welcomed the Department of Health & Social Care’s announcement that the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC) is to be improved to help fast track promising medical treatments and services through the development and regulatory processes.

The AAC was set up by the government in 2018 with the aim of speeding up the time it takes for new diagnostic tools, medicines and treatments to reach the patients. The organisation has selected and supported the used of ‘rapid uptake products’ in the NHS.

Dr. Leigh Neal, Psychiatrist and Medical Director of Smart TMS, welcomed the news, saying:

“The NHS is one of our longest standing institutions and it is fantastic to see that they are investing time and money into new technological advancements.

“We are keen to build relations with the NHS to allow TMS to be available to the wider population.”

He added an observation that this could be an enormous benefit to those suffering and as a consequence, to the economy:

“As mental illnesses cost the UK economy £94 billion annually and with a fifth of adults having shown symptoms of depression, new innovative treatments for mental conditions could not only benefit those personally suffering, but also the wider economy as a whole.”

Read more at https://www.openaccessgovernment.org/accelerated-access-collaborative/64334/

Dr Leigh Neal

Dr Leigh NealDr Leigh Neal is Co-Founder and Medical Director of  Smart TMS.

He has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 1994 and is highly experienced in the treatment of mental health conditions including chronic depressionaddiction and PTSD.

He is an expert in neuromodulation and a member of the International Neuromodulation Society.

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