‘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

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

My work diaries

I only have a phone for work and it is not “Smart”. I have therefore always relied – in my time as a doctor – on old-fashioned diaries! The above … Continue reading My work diaries

Leaving the profession

St John’s Hospital Livingston. NHS West Lothian EH54 6PP Friday 25th October 2019 To the President and Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: Professor Wendy Burn and Dr … Continue reading Leaving the profession

‘At least 500 million years of nervous system evolution’

The British Journal of Psychiatry has a series called “100 words”. The above was a submission by Professor Philip J. Cowen published in 2013: 500 million years reduced to 100 … Continue reading ‘At least 500 million years of nervous system evolution’

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

This perspective was published in the BMJ in 2004. It was written by: The authors began: The authors concluded: 15 years on and both these academics remain firmly at the … Continue reading Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

Compelling Evidence

The Expert told Parliament that there is “compelling evidence” for long-term treatment with antidepressants. This the Expert said is “maintenance treatment”.[1] The Expert told Parliament: “Depression is under-treated across the … Continue reading Compelling Evidence

Putting caring conversations into practice

Below is my published response to this open question by Dr Derek Summerfield’s: NHS antidepressant prescribing: what do we get for £266m a year? I will not be alone in … Continue reading Putting caring conversations into practice

Words and numbers should be used with equal care

I have submitted the following to the BMJ in response to this research news: Large meta-analysis ends doubts about efficacy of antidepressants Not uncommonly, as part of the scientific community, … Continue reading Words and numbers should be used with equal care