Throughout November: your questions answered

Throughout November, the three candidates for the next President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists have been answering questions “important to members, patients and carers”. Tomorrow is the last day … Continue reading Throughout November: your questions answered

Pennine Care Education: “Tips around Twitter”

A senior trainee psychiatrist described one of the talks given on a recent Pennine Care Training and Research day  as “really interesting and informative”. The talk was described as providing … Continue reading Pennine Care Education: “Tips around Twitter”

‘Professional identity of a Psychiatrist’

In a recent ‘Real Psychiatry’ blog post, Dr George Dawson has provided a helpful summary diagram on aspects of the ‘Professional identity of a Psychiatrist’. Dr Dawson explains in his … Continue reading ‘Professional identity of a Psychiatrist’

‘Workforce wellbeing’

Last Friday I learned that the Royal College of Psychiatrists was worried that my ideas were “over-valued”. The same day the College shared its full response to the recent General … Continue reading ‘Workforce wellbeing’

Under-valued ideas

Almost a year ago the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Professor John Crichton, phoned me in connection with a wider debate around the media … Continue reading Under-valued ideas

Time to say goodbye

It was interesting to read this month’s guest blog for the Royal College of Psychiatrists by the Chair of RCPsych Scotland, Professor John Crichton. The College has recently celebrated 25 … Continue reading Time to say goodbye

To the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Friday 15th November 2019. Dear Professor Crichton, Subject: Dr Peter J Gordon, Consultant Psychiatrist for Older Adults (early retirement) As you will be aware I have decided to retire early … Continue reading To the Chair of the Scottish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists

College Core Values: my question to the Presidential candidates

Throughout November, the Royal College of Psychiatrists are offering the “opportunity to quiz the Presidential hopefuls”: Today, the 11th November 2019 I have submitted this question: “If you are elected … Continue reading College Core Values: my question to the Presidential candidates

“toxic masculinity”

In today’s Scotland on Sunday I read Stuart Kelly’s review of a novel called ‘The Topeka School’ by Ben Lerner. The following passages from the review resonated with me.  Long … Continue reading “toxic masculinity”

Time to say goodbye

It was interesting to read this month’s guest blog for the Royal College of Psychiatrists by the Chair of RCPsych Scotland, Professor John Crichton. The College has recently celebrated 25 … Continue reading Time to say goodbye

“Where are the women?”

A previous post on Hole Ousia that briefly considered Psychiatrists on Social Media was recently shared on Twitter in a way that was out of context and this reminded me, … Continue reading “Where are the women?”

Hubris and the medical profession

I regularly read the BMJ Rapid Responses and find them to provide opportunities to learn and often to challenge any existing understandings that I may have established. The following response … Continue reading Hubris and the medical profession