Medical Director of Transforming Minds Solutions, previously visiting Professor in Neuromodulation at the University of Northampton, Director for The Centre for Neuromodulation, Consultant Psychiatrist; Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. [email protected]
Alex is the Medical Director and clinical lead for Transforming Minds Solutions. Alex has published widely in the international literature on rTMS and has provided expertise to the Royal College of psychiatrists and the General Medical Council on rTMS. He continues to provide new research into providing new treatment methods for depression.
Alex was the Medical Director for an NHS mental health trust from 2003 until his retirement from the NHS in 2020. As an executive member of the Board he helped the Trust achieve a rating of outstanding overall by the CQC in 2018 and rerated outstanding 2019 and 2020. The trust was awarded trust of the year in 2018 by HSJ.
Alex has 30 years’ experience as a general adult consultant psychiatrist. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a Fellow of the College of Psychiatry of South Africa. He was a visiting Professor in Neuromodulation at the University of Northampton.
These treatments are primarily used in the treatment of depression and other mental health disorders. The Northampton Centre was the first in the NHS to provide clinical rTMS to NHS patients and opened in 2015. It is the only NHS Trust providing all these treatment modalities in a single clinical area.
Alex has co-authored a paper on rTMS published in the November 2016 BJPsych Advances. He lectures both nationally and internationally on rTMS at the Royal College of Psychiatry International Meeting and at the Royal College of Psychiatry ECT training days. He has also written chapters on TMS for the Fourth Edition of the Royal College of Psychiatrists ECT and related treatments Handbook 2019.
Professor O’Neill-Kerr was the Principle Investigator for a National Institute for Health Research grant, a £2 million multicenter trial of rTMS versus neuronavigated Theta Burst evaluation which commenced recruiting in 2019.
Alex was the Clinical Lead for the Northamptonshire Centre for Neuromodulation based in Northampton at Berrywood Hospital. The Centre provided:
ECT and nurse administered ECT
repetitive Transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)
Theta burst stimulation (TBS)
Quantitative EEG mapping
Vagus nerve stimulation
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
Richard is our leading practitioner, his background has been in the hospitality industry but after a breakdown in 2015 decided to retrain and give back to mental health services. Having a clear understanding of depression and anxiety Richards compassion and empathy is of the highest standard required to be in this role.
He is studying with the Institute of Counsellors, to give him a more holistic approach to treating patients alongside TMS, and when asked why he does what he does, his reply is simply “TO MAKE PEOPLE BETTER” TMS changed his life and gave him back the confidence to retrain and pursue a career in Mental Health.
He trained and worked with Smart TMS and has worked nationwide in improving peoples Mental Health.
Richard works closely with the Professor to ensure that Transforming Mind Solutions is always at the cutting edge of treatment Protocols and research projects.
Richard believes that TMS changed his life and loves having the opportunity to change everyone who suffers with Mental Health.
Kate completed a BSc (Hons) in Human Bioscience and TMS was included in her projects. Having suffered from depression and anxiety herself, she found relief and remission in the form of TMS. The opportunity to be able to help others the way she has been helped was too enticing. Kate is passionate about mental health and seeing the way the Covid pandemic has affected so many people, specifically carers, as amongst her many roles in life she is a carer for one of her children, seeing the impact on carers' mental health was a driving force for this so she set about training to deliver TMS herself.
Having a lifetime of experience in dealing with a wide variety of people and personalities, Kate brings an empathic and informed approach to TMS.
In her spare time, Kate likes to garden, listen to an eclectic mix of music, and spend time walking and playing with her beloved dogs.
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