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.

However, TMS treatment is on the NHS is extremely limited at this point in time and the majority of trusts do not have the necessary equipment nor expertise to offer the service.

NHS Trusts Offering rTMS

The following trusts are offering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapy for patients with severe depression.


  • 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
  • Manchester
  • Scotland

These clinics will treat NHS patients where funding can be provided by CCGs.

They will also offer treatment for private patients.

This information is correct at 22nd 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.