70,000 followers

On the 29th April 2019, André Tomlin, a Founder and Board Member of Minervation Ltd,  shared on social media: “I started the Mental Elf 8 years ago. Today we ticked … Continue reading 70,000 followers

The Narrative Controllers

Science is important to us all. This post is an attempt to explore some of the broad issues that we need to consider to ensure scientific integrity. Science is more … Continue reading The Narrative Controllers

Little more than a day away . . .

Little more than a day away from this Royal College of Psychiatrists CPD approved event, these are the “declarations”:   The above screenshot was taken on the 14th November 2018 … Continue reading Little more than a day away . . .

“This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

This event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine will take place at 1 Wimpole Street, London on the 29th January 2019. It has been approved for 6 CPD points. … Continue reading “This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

‘Priorities for the President’

It is most welcome to find that the current President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Wendy Burn, has embraced social media. This being one of a number of meaningful … Continue reading ‘Priorities for the President’

‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

Alongside my NHS Lothian colleagues in psychiatry I have received an invitation to the Realistic Medicine Conference for 2018. It is entitled “Valuing People”. I have repeatedly made clear my … Continue reading ‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology

On Monday, 23rd July 2018, the Presidency of the British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) was handed over to Professor Allan Young. Professor Allan Young was the Chair of the Royal College … Continue reading President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology

The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education

On a regular basis, as an NHS doctor, “journals” such as this find there way into my mailing. This happens without my say. I have not found a way to … Continue reading The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education

Scottish Philosophy and Psychiatry Interest Group

Last week I attended the Scottish Philosophy and Psychiatry Interest Group in Stirling. The speakers were all excellent and I would like to share some of the learning and discussions. … Continue reading Scottish Philosophy and Psychiatry Interest Group

NHS Scotland Event 2018

Last week I attended the NHS Scotland Event 2018. It was held in Glasgow at the Scottish Event Campus. I do not attend corporate “educational” events such as this, however … Continue reading NHS Scotland Event 2018

Transparency at the Top

I wrote “Transparency at the Top: British Psychiatry” in April 2015 but did not share it publically as I wanted to give the Royal College of Psychiatrists time to improve … Continue reading Transparency at the Top

“The Law of the Few”

Malcolm Gladwell in his book ‘The Tipping Point’ describes what he terms “The Law of the Few”: namely that the influence of a few people can result in change in … Continue reading “The Law of the Few”