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I resigned from NHS Forth Valley  6 years ago. This was a most difficult decision for me to take. I had worked as a Consultant in older adults in Clackmannanshire … Continue reading messages

Peter’s Lost Marbles

This film, made in 2011, which voiced my disquiet about the enthusiasm for the early diagnosis of dementia, generated such a defensive response that I felt I had to remove … Continue reading Peter’s Lost Marbles

Protected: “Their own idea of what is professional behaviour is clearly wrong”

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Protected: NHS Scotland: the vital importance of listening to staff concerns

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Celebrating 25 years

The current edition of INSIGHT, the magazine of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, celebrates 25 years since the College opened its doors in Scotland. This anniversary spans the same period … Continue reading Celebrating 25 years

National Suicide Prevention Strategy

Last month I wrote to the Lead for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England. The current lead, Professor Louis Appleby, has a prominent social media presence and naturally many … Continue reading National Suicide Prevention Strategy

From the individual to the Institution

This is a film that considers morality and seeks to include the landscapes of all. The interviewee at the end of this film, talking about morality of public duty, is … Continue reading From the individual to the Institution

Protected: Royal College of Psychiatrists: “Necessary redactions have been made”

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The ladder of participation

Yesterday I asked the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: “I was wondering when the planned meeting to consider the shared experience of long term antidepressant prescribing, and the … Continue reading The ladder of participation

Culture of openness and transparency

On the 4th April 2018 the Herald revealed that NHS Tayside had “transferred millions of pounds” from a charity fund to “prop up its ailing finances”. On the 24th May … Continue reading Culture of openness and transparency

Healthcare Improvement Scotland was “not aware”

Organisational Duty of Candour was enacted , after full approval by the Scottish Parliament, on the 1st April 2018. On the 18th April 2018, Healthcare Improvement Scotland stated: “We fully … Continue reading Healthcare Improvement Scotland was “not aware”

‘to occasionally let out a burst of calculated candour’

In “Corridors of Power” C.P. Snow reveals how effective it is for civil servants to: Since the 1st of April 2018, Organisational Duty of Candour has become a statutory requirement for … Continue reading ‘to occasionally let out a burst of calculated candour’