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

“If an ad is wrong . . .”

I have come across this full page reminder from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) a number of times in recent Sunday newspapers. As an NHS doctor who has worked as … Continue reading “If an ad is wrong . . .”

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

twenty-five years

I shared my decision to take early retirement with the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Yesterday, I received a one-line reply “I am sorry to hear this but … Continue reading twenty-five years

“What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?”

The above editorial “What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?” features in the current edition of World Psychiatry and has generated considerable discussion on social media. Ten months ago this “News” … Continue reading “What is treatment resistance in Psychiatry?”

Ketamine: “lost in translation?”

Last month I shared a BMJ Editorial on Ketamine by Dr Sameer Jauhar and Dr Paul Morrison. Since then there have been a number of published BMJ responses and replies. … Continue reading Ketamine: “lost in translation?”

“His thoughtfulness and modesty”

Recently Professor Rob Howard, Old Age Psychiatrist, University College London, having read a “Real Psychiatry” blog post written by George Dawson MD said: “I have learned a lot from Georges’s … Continue reading “His thoughtfulness and modesty”

Presidential candidates: The Royal College of Psychiatrists

On the 4th October 2019 I e-mailed the three candidates for the Presidency of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and asked: Do you support Sunshine Legislation for the UK? So … Continue reading Presidential candidates: The Royal College of Psychiatrists

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

“We should cautiously welcome this new therapeutic option”

There has long been awareness of the effects of Ketamine use among those who have taken it unprescribed. Given the lack of long term data on this specific “new therapeutic … Continue reading “We should cautiously welcome this new therapeutic option”

Akathisia and suicide

Two weeks ago I sent the following letter to the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and England’s National Lead for Suicide Prevention. I have had no acknowledgment of … Continue reading Akathisia and suicide