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About the Advanced Interventions Service

The Dundee Advanced Interventions Service is a specialist service providing assessment and treatment for severe and chronic treatment-refractory depression (TRD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

We are a National Specialist Service, which means that we are one of over 70 national services in Scotland, receiving funding directly from the National Services Division (NSD) of NHS Scotland. Referrals (and some treatments, such as neurosurgery or intensive exposure and response prevention) are cost-free to NHS Boards in Scotland. This works because monies for specialist services are 'top sliced' from money given to NHS Boards by the Scottish Executive.

We are 'hosted' by NHS Tayside and whilst most of the staff are employed by NHS Tayside, many of the staff hold honorary contracts (or indeed, full contracts) with the University of Dundee.


 

How to Refer to the Service

NHS organisations in Scotland who wish to make a referral can do so without having to apply for separate funding. NHS Trusts in England and Wales are required to obtain funding before patients can be seen.

Please see the table below to determine whether funding is required:

Patient from:

Assessment

NMD

VNS

Intensive ERP

Scotland

Funding not needed

Funding not needed

Funding required

Funding not needed

England / Wales / NI / Eire

Funding required

Funding required

Funding required

Funding required

Patients from Scotland can be assessed without additional funding. If they proceed to neurosurgery, this can be provided within the Service Level Agreement (SLA). If Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) is requested and is clinically-appropriate, additional funding will be required even for Scottish patients as VNS is no longer funded as part of our SLA.


 

Intensive Treatment Programmes for OCD

From 1 April 2013, we are pleased to be able to offer intensive treatment programmes for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) as part of our SLA. This means that Scottish patients will be able to receive specialist treatment in Scotland for the first time. Assessment and treatment (which may involve inpatient admission) is free to Scottish NHS Boards.

You can now download our Operational Framework here.

Please note that patients need to be referred by secondary care mental health teams, and to have a care plan in place with local services.

How to get in touch with the service

Our mailing address is:

Advanced Interventions Service
Area 7, Level 6
South Block
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
Dundee
DD1 9SY

Our main telephone number is:

+44 (0)1382 496233

Our fax number is:

+44 (0)1382 633865

We have a number of email addresses which will ensure that your query reaches the best person:

 

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This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Clinicians wishing information about the referral process. You might find the information you need on the referrals page. Note that we do not accept referrals via email, and patient-identifiable information should not be sent.

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National Services Scotland

Advanced Interventions Service
Area 7, Level 6
South Block
Ninewells Hospital and Medical School
Dundee, DD1 9SY. UK.
Tel: +44 (0)1382 496233

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