The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) & Smart TMS

rTMS is approved as a safe and effective treatment for depression by NICE.

In December 2015, The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) issued guidance on rTMS treatment to the NHS in the UK.

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NICE Guidance

According to their recommendations, repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation treatment for depression shows “no major safety concerns”. The evidence for how effective the treatment is is also described as “adequate, but variable”. This supports the data we at Smart TMS have put together. For instance, around 75% of our patients see significant improvements in their symptoms. However, this does result in 25% not responding to the first treatment programme offered. This improvement is in line with, or better than, the efficacy of antidepressants.

NICE state:

“During the consent process, clinicians should, in particular, inform patients about the other treatment options available, and make sure that patients understand the possibility the procedure may not give them benefit.”

The Smart TMS team of clinicians conduct a consultation with each patient before any treatment is prescribed. This covers medical history, including any treatments tried previously and the individual outcomes. Our team are either psychiatrists and psychologists and are happy to liaise with your current care team to make sure you have the best combination of treatment possible.

rTMS for other mental health conditions

As a result of evidence, we treat various other mental health conditions, including:

  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • DPD
  • Insomnia
  • Addictions to: cocaine, alcohol, smoking and more.

Contact Us

If you would like further information on the effectiveness of TMS treatment or to learn more about the treatment programmes we offer, please contact the team.

Tel: 0345 222 5678


Tel: (01) 254 2514