rTMS: Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment

Treatment for Depression

Treatment of depression with rTMS was approved by NICE in 2015. 

Regional trials of rTMS for severe depression have been very successful, showing a 70% success rate.

TMS treatment for depression is not provided on the NHS as it is not funded by any clinical commissioning groups (CCGs).  However a very small number of trusts are performing TMS in order to develop a service and/or to generate revenue from private patients.   The vast majority of trusts do not have the necessary equipment nor expertise to offer the service and most of them have no plans to start TMS provision for depression.

NHS Trusts Offering rTMS

The following trusts are working to develop Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy and are treating a few patients with severe depression who live in the local catchment area.

Northamptonshire

  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) is the most established provider of rTMS in the UK
  • Smart are TMS working with NHFT for provision of Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for depression for both NHS and private patients in London and Northamptonshire

Camden & Islington Trust, London

  • Camden and Islington trust is first London based NHS provider of TMS Therapy
  • The service was announced in July 2016

Access to TMS treatment on the NHS treatment is restricted and subject to referral, qualifying criteria and waiting lists.

Future NHS Expansion of rTMS for Depression

Smart TMS is working in partnership with Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to increase the provision of rTMS for depression nationally.

Clinics are planned for:

  • Birmingham – opening September 2017
  • Manchester
  • Scotland

In the first instance these clinics will offer treatment for private patients.  As and when funding can be provided by CCGs, then these clinics will offer TMS to NHS patients.

This information is correct at March 2017

rTMS at The Smart Clinics in London

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy treatment is available for private patients at Smart TMS, based at The Smart Clinics, Brompton Cross, London.

To discuss this further, please contact us.