We try our best to see everyone within 7 working days for all specialties. Unless you have private health insurance in which case we would have to get an authorisation from them. Please call us on 0121 439 2160 in order to enquire about availability.
Are you affiliated with the NHS
No, we are a completely independent mental health service. We are not attached to any large corporation either.
How much will it cost?
Psychiatric and Psychological assessment and treatment will be discussed with you on a case by case basis. At The Oaktree Clinic we pride ourselves in offering a tailored experience to help you achieve optimal well-being and as such we do not operate a ‘one size fits all’ package of care.
How long is an assessment?
The length of your assessment will vary depending on the type of assessment conducted. It can vary between 1- 4 hours. Please contact us for more information
What will happen after an assessment?
After the initial assessment, the Consultant Psychiatrist will briefly discuss a care plan. This may involve psychological therapy or medication. If medication is chosen as a means of treatment, they will administer the medication on the day, but you will be required to attend a review appointment once you have finished your prescription. A full report will then be sent out to you and your GP following the assessment.
Can the doctors provide private prescriptions?
Yes, definitely. There maybe an additional charge for this service.
Will I receive a report after and how long will it take?
A report will be provided once the full assessment has been conducted. This report will be sent to you and your GP and can take between 7-14 working days.
Is it possible to keep my psychiatric history confidential and not to write to my GP after the appointment?
It is usually advisable to keep your GP involved in your care however if you request for the clinic letter not to be sent out to any third party then this is possible
What are you able to offer as a team?
We offer assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients suspected to have:
Psychiatric disorders including as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar affective disorder and schizophrenia
Neuropsychiatric and autistic spectrum disorders, ADHD and sleep disorders.
They assess your emotional wellbeing, issues, and psychological trauma and how these may affect your life. They then, in discussion with you decide if you require therapy to resolve these issues and if so the form and length of therapy that would be appropriate.
What do the psychiatrists (doctors) do?
The role of the doctors can be varied but routinely, they assess your mental health related issues, current and past, make a diagnosis if present and develop a treatment plan based on these that could include medical treatment if required, referral for psychological assessment and therapy, sign posting you to the right services if required and provide information regarding your own issues?
What is the difference between a Psychologist and a psychiatrist?
A Psychologist is different from a Psychiatrist and is an expert in human behaviours, thoughts and emotions. They have done bachelors and masters degree in psychology. They provide talking therapies.
Our psychologists can help with a variety of mental health difficulties and emotional problems.
A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor, having completed basic professional degree in medicine just as your GP or surgeon and then specialised in psychiatric medicine. They diagnose, form over all treatment plan, prescribe medication and other forms of physical treatments.
Can the Psychiatrists (doctors) & Psychologists provide medico-legal/ court reports?
Yes, some of our most experienced psychiatrists & psychologists have worked in the medico-legal field, provided reports and worked as expert witness in court for years. It would be best if you could instruct your solicitor to contact the clinic by email: email@example.com to get more information.
If a solicitor/ legal secretary rings then best to refer them to us as answering their queries may be complicated. They could email us on the above email as well.
How long can the treatment of neuropsychiatric disorder last?
It is impossible to define a time scale for the treatments. This would depend on the disorder, whether there are any treatments that are known to be beneficial according to the research evidence. A medical assessment and diagnosis would usually be possible in one or two 1 hour appointments however psychological therapy can require several sessions over months.
I require a report about my mental health issues for (any) purpose of my employment, can this be done by one of the doctors in Oaktree?
We are able to provide occupational health reports for employers and employees. Dr White who leads our Occupational Health Service has more than 30 years of experience in this field.
Eating disorder is characterised by abnormal attitude towards food that causes the sufferer to change their eating habits and behaviours. The people who suffer from eating disorders may be preoccupied with their weight, eating and shape leading to them making choices that are unhealthy.
The commonest eating disorders are anorexia nervosa (food restriction and attaining unhealthy weight), bulimia nervosa (binging and purging food), binge eating and eating disorders not otherwise specified (some but not all features of eating disorders).
What is neuropsychiatry?
As the name suggests, neuropsychiatry is the branch of medicine where the disorder involves psychiatry (mind) as well as neurology (physical brain). It deals with mental disorders which originate from brain dysfunction or brain dysfunction that causes behavioural or psychological issues. For example: ADHD, movement disorders, Non-epileptic fits, chronic fatigue syndrome.
Which disorders would a neuropsychiatrist treat?
There are a wide variety of psychiatric disorders overlapping with neurological disorders that a neuropsychiatrist can diagnose and treat.
This list is not exhaustive: Epilepsy with non-epileptic attack disorder, Pre and post-ictal psychosis, Sleep disorders, Developmental disorders, adult ADHD, Movement disorders, Huntington’s disease, Acquired brain injury with behavioural problems, Neurodegenerative disorders such as Dementia.
What happens in the first Psychology/ Therapy session?
During your initial psychology/therapy session, you will have the opportunity to highlight your worries, symptoms and ways in which you would like help.
The psychologist will assess your emotional wellbeing, issues, and past psychological trauma and how these may affect your life.
They then, in discussion with you decide if you require therapy to resolve these issues. If so, they will devise a bespoke treatment plan for you which will be discussed at the end of the session. Further sessions will address the issues that have been presented.
What Psychological therapies do you offer?
Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT)
Inter Personal Therapy
EMDR to treat psychological trauma
Compassion Focused therapy
What kind of therapy would I need?
That would depend on your individual needs.
Our Psychologist would first arrange to meet with you to discuss your difficulties and advise you as to the most appropriate and effective treatment. This decision would draw together your expert knowledge of yourself and your needs, together with our expert knowledge of psychological treatments and practice.
Together we will form a treatment plan and take it from there. For example, the evidence states that for difficulties such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, a Cognitive Behavioural approach to treatment has shown to be highly effective in reducing symptoms. However, difficulties related to psychological trauma in the past have been shown to respond well to EMDR treatment.
All available and appropriate treatment approaches will be discussed with you in detail at assessment.
Yes, however if the children have to be left outside the consulting room then they would have to be supervised by an accompanying adult.
Do you work on weekends and evenings?
Yes, we try to be as flexible as possible with appointment times. We work from 9am to 5.30pm on Tuesday and Thursday, 9am to 8 pm on Monday and Wednesday and 9am to 4pm on Saturday. We are closed on Sundays.
Is there car parking space available?
Our own parking spaces are limited and for staff only. However, there is free one hour street parking available on Frederick Road from 9am to 6pm and the street parking is free after 6 pm and weekends.
Where is the clinic?
We are in a central location in Birmingham; about 4 minutes walk from the Five Ways Station and 5 minutes from the Five ways junction/ Broad Street in Edgbaston, South Birmingham. Our address is:
52 Frederick Road,
You can find us by searching The Oaktree Clinic Birmingham on Google maps.
Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) is an effective, drug-free, non-invasive treatment for depression which uses magnetic stimulation areas of the brain that regulate mood.
Is TMS treatment for depression any good compared to antidepressants medication?
At Oaktree we have seen 90% of our patients getting relief from their depression and anxiety which is higher than any other clinic. Antidepressants response rate is only 45- 55% in contrast depending on the research study. Call us on 0121 3140330 to request for the results of our results audit.
What happens during a TMS treatment?
Patients relax in the therapy chair and a ‘paddle’ is placed over the area of their brain which is to be treated. It will rest lightly on their scalp throughout treatment.
The patient will feel a tapping sensation on their head as the magnetic pulses are delivered. It is pain-free and our patients are free to talk, listen to music or just sit back and relax as the treatment is delivered over 30 minutes. Afterwards, they are free to go about their normal day, including driving or resuming work.
How much does rTMS cost?
Each session cost starts from £200, you will usually require 20-25 sessions.
Is TMS covered under health insurance?
Coverage for the treatment often depends on a person’s individual health needs and policy. We are able to offer an initial assessment and help you build a case for it with your insurance company if we feel TMS would be beneficial. The following Health Insurance Companies have agreed to fund TMS at Oaktree: BUPA, BUPA international, Aviva, Exeter, Healix.
Are there any side effects?
At Oaktree Clinic we have not encountered any side effects in any of our patients.
Although pain-free, some people find the ‘tapping’ sensation or noise of the magnetic pulses near their head uncomfortable .
In research elsewhere, some have reported a light-headed feeling, a mild localised headache, a tingling in the face, jaw or scalp and temporary hearing problems from the noise of the machine. Extremely rarely a very small risk of seizures has been reported but never encountered in clinical practice in Europe.
Why hasn’t my GP heard of TMS?
TMS was accredited by NICE, National Treatment Guidelines and also by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
It is still a relatively new treatment, although research into TMS has been ongoing since the 1980s.
Awareness of TMS is growing but there is still a lack of knowledge amongst some GPs about this pioneering new treatment so please feel free to share the recommendations by NICE with your practitioner. We would welcome the chance to talk to any GP or referrer who would like to learn more about TMS to open the opportunity for treatment to more patients.