Based on the research conducted by the Awards and Research Team, the rTMS Centre in Sheffield was awarded the title, ‘Most Innovative Depression Therapy Clinic 2018 on SME News Yorkshire & the Humber Enterprise Awards 2018, for their provision of depression therapy which is not reliant on pharmaceuticals.
Despite being in use since 1985 and approved by major medical associations, rTMS remains a lesser known treatment for those suffering from depression. However, by introducing this form of treatment via its private clinic in the Yorkshire & the Humber region of Northern England, Mr Nima Amiri (Practice Manager) and Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Salim Matta, are introducing another depression support mechanism to a region with the need of more services in this field.
A private clinic, relatively new to the region, The rTMS Centre in Sheffield, has already made contributions to the fight against depression. With all the testimonials found being positive in nature. The clinic is a professional, yet relaxing and hospitable environment with the treatment itself reported as being a tranquil experience with positive results for its patients.
Given the fact that in some parts of the wider region, wait times between referrals and treatments can last up to 167 days (as reported in Carl Baker’s, ‘Mental health statistics for England: prevalence services and funding’ report to the House of Commons Library), and that the Mental Health Foundation reported in 2016 that the Yorkshire & the Humber region, at best, had ‘some extremely basic level of provision’ for pre/postnatal mental health services. Considering how 68% of women and 57% of men, with mental health problems, are parents (as reported in 2016 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists) anxiety and depression are among the three most common mental health problems experienced during pregnancy (according to a report published in 2015) and that postnatal depression has been linked to emotional and behavioural problems in children of affected mothers, it is evident that a practice providing services such as those offered by rTMS Clinic, is exactly what Sheffield and the wider region needs.