As a psychiatrist interested in the science and ethics of my profession I have followed discussions on social media involving some of my colleagues. I am not on Twitter so I can only follow these discussions and not enter them. Dr Mark Bolstridge is a regular contributor. He identifies himself on his Twitter account as a trainee in Forensic Psychiatry.
Dr Bolstridge takes a robust approach to exchanges on social media, such that College Core Values do not always seem to be considered.
I have been wishing to discuss neuroscience and ethics in psychiatry with Dr Bolstridge but have found that he has no working professional e-mail address or other form of direct professional contact. I therefore contacted Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, Head of the Centre for Psychedelic Research, as I had understood that Dr Bolstridge had been a published researcher with this centre. Dr Carhart-Harris kindly replied and forwarded me an e-mail address for Dr Bolstridge, however this address was also non-extant. Professor David Nutt, also of the Centre for Psychedelic Research, later confirmed that Dr Mark Bolstridge “left us several years ago and we have lost contact. So we cant assist you sorry”
I therefore phoned his employers [South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust] and gave my e-mail address – but Dr Bolstridge has not replied. He has since stated [on Twitter] that he only communicates through Twitter.
I will not be joining Twitter. So if anybody has suggestions as to how I can contact Dr Bolstridge I would be most grateful. I understand that his Responsible Officer for GMC Re-validation is Professor Geeta Menon