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.

The Assessment Process at Dundee Advanced Interventions Service


What follows is an overview of the usual assessment process when you come to Dundee. We would usually expect patients to be accompanied by friends/ relatives/ partners/ etc. and we will seek your consent to get additional information from them.

Casenote Review

Before you are assessed we will have reviewed all available case notes so that we have as much information as possible on previous treatments. It also helps us to identify areas where there is uncertainty (e.g. diagnosis), and also issues that we should focus on (such as attitudes to treatment).

Psychiatric Review

In the morning, you will meet with one of the psychiatrists (Dr Christmas, Professor Keith Matthews, or Professor Douglas Steele) who will conduct a detailed psychiatric interview, focusing on current symptoms and impact of the illness upon your life. We will also spend time understanding more about you, your family, and your work. We routinely use rating scales in order to rate the severity of your illness.

Psychological Review

In the afternoon, you will meet one of our experienced psychological therapists who will take a slightly different approach to understanding your difficulties. This session focuses on the previous psychological therapies that you have received and looks at your experiences of these. It will also look at how 'psychologically minded' you may be so that we can offer advice on the likelihood that further psychological therapies (e.g. CBT) will be of benefit.

Being 'psychologically minded' refers to your general tendency to think about your emotions, your thoughts, your behaviours, and make connections between them. It also takes into account the extent to which you attribute symptoms to psychological processes ("it's my thoughts") rather than biological processes ("it's in my brain"). Not everyone is psychologically minded and a preference for one style doesn't imply that one style is better than another. Indeed, many people will vary between their approaches to their problems.

Feedback Session

In the afternoon, you will meet with all of the team that you have previously met over the course of the assessment. During this session we will offer feedback on what our views are and what treatment recommendations we are likely to make. This is an opportunity to ask questions and to clarify anything that hasn't been fully clear.

The purpose of this session is to come to a common understanding of your difficulties and to ensure that you go away with a sense of what happens next in terms of treatment options.


We would normally expect to send reports to the referring psychiatrist within 2-3 weeks of assessment. In almost all cases, we will offer you a copy of the report that we send. This will enable you to correct anything that you feel is wrong, understand the information on which we are making our recommendations, and to discuss the treatment plan with your psychiatrist.


How to find us - Location of the Advanced Intervention Service

The Service is based in Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, which lies on the outskirts of Dundee. The location can be seen in the image below. The airport is in the lower right corner, and Ninewells is just above the centre of the image.

Ninewells Overview

The following image is a close-up of the hospital, with the Carseview Centre - where the inpatient psychiatric wards are based - in the lower left quarter of the image.

Ninewells Closeup

Travelling to Dundee by Car

Driving directions to the hospital can be found from Green Flag, the AA, or the RAC. From the outskirts of Dundee the route to the hospital is well signposted.

If you are using GPS/ SatNav, the postcode for Ninewells Hospital (DD1 9SY) does not match its geographical location. Search for 'Ninewells Hospital', 'Ninewells Avenue' or 'Ninewells Drive' instead.

Travelling to Dundee by Train

Dundee has direct services to Newcastle, York and London, and to Carlisle, Preston, Coventry, Birmingham, Oxford, Bristol, Reading, Southampton, Bournemouth and Plymouth. Journeys to other major cities in Scotland (Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Glasgow) take approximately 1 1/4hrs, and the regular service from London King's Cross takes only six hours.

The railway station is a short taxi ride from Ninewells Hospital & Medical School.

Train times can be found from RailTrack (Network Rail), First Scotrail, National Rail Enquiries.

Travelling to Dundee by Air

The airport is only 5 minutes drive from the hospital. Details of flights to and from Dundee can be found at the Dundee Airport Website.


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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