The Dundee Advanced Interventions Service is a specialist service providing: intensive treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); specialist assessment and treatment for depression and OCD; and neurosurgical treatment for mental disorder.
We are a National Specialist Service, which means that we are one of over 80 national services in Scotland, receiving funding directly from the National Services Division (NSD) of NHS Scotland. Referral, assessment, and treatment are cost-free to NHS Boards in Scotland.
We have considerable experience in the fields of neuromodulation, and expert-led psychopharmacology, along with being the only multi-disciplinary neurosurgical service in the UK for psychiatric disorders.
We offer specialist treatment for OCD and depression. We also provide expert diagnostic assessments for related conditions, and can offer advice on treatment. Select an option to read more...
We offer a range of interventions for OCD, including:
We have longstanding expertise in assessing and treating mood disorders, including depression. We can provide:
We are able to assess complex and treatment-refractory bipolar disorder(s) and offer advice on treatment.
For individuals with chronic and treatment-refractory bipolar depression, we can provide guidance on the suitability of neurosurgical treatments.
Whilst NHS services continue to be affected by COVID-19, most services are slowly finding the 'new normal'. Whilst we will often offer to provide assessment remotely in most instances, we are happy to see people face-to-face if there are good reasons to, or that is their preference. In some cases, we might use a hybrid approach.
Our intensive treatment programmes have largely returned to pre-pandemic approaches, and we will discuss the best way of delivering treatment with each person. We can treat people in hospital, at home, or as an outpatient. Usually, in combinations. We are still providing some treatment remotely going forward.
We continue to receive referrals as usual. If you have any questions about a possible referral, or would like to discuss something, please get in touch.
We have adopted a 'digital by default' approach which means we will still aim to assess the majority of people via videoconference (Zoom, Skype, etc.). This means that people can be assessed in the comfort of their own homes and they do not have to travel. We are confident that this allows a comprehensive review of the patient's condition so that treatment recommendations can be made.
Where people are unable to be assessed remotely, they have a strong preference for being seen face-to-face, or if it makes sense to complete assessments face-to-face, we will arrange this. We will still be following all relevant COVID-19 restrictions and all staff in the department have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
Over the last year we have continued to provide online intensive treatment to those individuals where this approach may be helpful. We are also providing treatment in inpatient settings, homes, and as outpatients. The type of treatment we offer is agreed on a case-by-case basis.
People can travel to London for surgery. We are in close contact with neurosurgical colleagues in London who perform the surgery so that we can make sure that arrangements suit each person, whilst keeping risks as low as possible.
We are now able to arrange neuropsychological assessment, MRI scanning, and review in Dundee but we will discuss this with the individual because some people might prefer not to travel.
Please browse our resources for information on how to treat OCD and depression. We also publish our annual reports covering activity and outcomes.
If you would like further information on referral, or are a clinician who wishes to make a referral, please click on the button to view our referral FAQ.
We try to provide updated information on treatment, and comment on issues that relate to OCD and depression.
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