TMS treatment on the NHS
As Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation is still relatively new to the UK (it was approved by NICE – or the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence in 2015), the NHS don’t offer it as standard. As awareness of TMS increases, the amount of local NHS Trusts recognising it as a safe and effective treatment has increased. These Trusts have strict criteria you have to meet before receiving treatment free of charge – this usually includes the patient living within the catchment area for the Trust.
At Smart TMS, we are believers that TMS is the best depression treatment most people have never heard of. It’s for this reason that we like to help patients wherever possible to receive the treatment that could improve their quality of life.
Although we can’t apply for you, we can provide you with the paperwork and guide you through the process of applying for funding from your local CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group). Your GP/psychiatrist will need to be the one to make the application, but our patient advisors can also speak to them about how repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can reduce depression and anxiety.
At this time, we haven’t seen a patient receive funding for treatment for any condition other than depression and anxiety. This isn’t to say, however, that this won’t change in the future.