“When good intentions meet vested interests”

This is an important essay. It was written in 2013 by Dr Iona Heath. In her essay, Dr Heath offers considerations on George Orwell’s ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four” in relation to current … Continue reading “When good intentions meet vested interests”

It is dark in the woodland

I have been in contact with a number of leading organisations in healthcare and healthcare education. The Mental Elf (Minervation Ltd) describes itself as providing “evidence-based mental health research” that … Continue reading It is dark in the woodland

The Psychopharmacology Committee

Professor David Baldwin took chairmanship of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychopharmacology Committee when Professor Allan Young had completed his tenure as chair. Based on available evidence, and this is … Continue reading The Psychopharmacology Committee

The caption is wrong

This is not an attack upon science. It is no more than a film that seeks the wonderful libraries that may be found at the end of corridors. How truthfully … Continue reading The caption is wrong

‘How to lose your fear of Data’

Through work, this invitation recently came my way: As part of this Health & Social Care Digital Leaders Summit the expert panels and workshops will demonstrate “how to lose your … Continue reading ‘How to lose your fear of Data’

NHS Targets: learning from experience

The following Report was published in November 2017: The Foreword began [highlights are mine]: The Report author Sir Harry Burns states: “experience with existing targets and indicators has been positive in … Continue reading NHS Targets: learning from experience

“Bipolarisation”

This is a BMJ response written by me on the 8th June 2011. Four years on and I remain just as concerned about the over-medicalisation of “mood disorders”.  None of my words take away … Continue reading “Bipolarisation”

Scotland’s approach to Dementia Diagnosis

On the 30th October I received this most helpful reply from Alex Neil, MSP, Cabinet Minister for Health and Wellbeing for the Scottish Government. The full letter is as follows … Continue reading Scotland’s approach to Dementia Diagnosis

One and the same

In this short film I will explain to you why I have come to understand that case-finding and screening are actually one and the same. All around us national clinical … Continue reading One and the same

The forgetfulness of others

“To grow old, as Simone de Beauvoir said “is to define oneself” and being defined is privative as well as positive” I have always been interested in the history of … Continue reading The forgetfulness of others

PART II: Dementia: who is in the “driving seat”?

INTRODUCTION: In Part II of my review of dementia I am going to offer my personal “journey” through policy developments in the UK over the year past. To help you … Continue reading PART II: Dementia: who is in the “driving seat”?

Reply from Scottish Government

Geoff Huggins, Head of Mental Health at The Scottish Government, Directorate for Health and Social Care Integration Mental Health and Protection of Rights Division T: 0131-244 3749 geoff.huggins@scotland.gsi.gov.uk 26 September … Continue reading Reply from Scottish Government