Psychiatry Careers in Scotland

On the 14th June 2019 the Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (who is also Chair of the Scottish Division) was involved in a #choosepsychiatry campaign called “Psychiatry … Continue reading Psychiatry Careers in Scotland

Putting patients first: that is all I have tried to do

In today’s Herald the following news article by Helen McArdle features along with her analysis below. A PSYCHIATRIST said he was “gaslighted” by his own professional body after openly criticising … Continue reading Putting patients first: that is all I have tried to do

“It’s an outrage!”

It is now more than 3 years since I heard the above presentation at this Continuing Medical Education (CME) event: Dr Christmas considered the over- and under- prescribing of antidepressants … Continue reading “It’s an outrage!”

“Discontinuation Syndrome”

Yesterday an Editorial by the Sunday Times Health Editor was headlined “Patients’ charity Pain UK took cash from Big Pharma”. It was based on an investigation into what have been … Continue reading “Discontinuation Syndrome”

Two years ago

Two years ago, almost to the day, I attended a Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People at the Scottish Parliament. I found it a difficult meeting for … Continue reading Two years ago

EXIT music

This photograph is of a corridor that led out to a courtyard in the old hospital that I trained in. That hospital was Royal Cornhill in Aberdeen. I used to … Continue reading EXIT music

‘The rules of science’

How many of us, like Dr Jauhar, are today guided by “the rules of science”? This short film is based on an edit of this interview and debate, aired on ‘All … Continue reading ‘The rules of science’

Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

The annual Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards are to “mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry.” Last week Professor Andrea Cipriani won the Academic Researcher of the Year award at … Continue reading Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

“Chemical Imbalance”

When I was started on an SSRI antidepressant in 1998 for anxiety I was told by my doctor that this would correct a “chemical imbalance” in my brain.  As a … Continue reading “Chemical Imbalance”

“Tired”

The Scottish Parliament returned from summer recess this week and the First Minister outlined her Programme for Government during a speech to the Scottish Parliament. The first Minister offered “a … Continue reading “Tired”

‘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”

‘What steps can be taken to ensure that patient voices are listened to and heard’

On the 21st August 2018 the Scottish Parliament published this report on petition PE1517 Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices. This statement was made by the authors (page 35) I share this … Continue reading ‘What steps can be taken to ensure that patient voices are listened to and heard’