‘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

A response from the Royal College of Psychiatrists is required:

Last Sunday, 27 October 2019, an investigation by Helen McArdle  featured in the Herald on Sunday. The following letter has been published in this Sunday’s Herald. Given the seriousness of … Continue reading A response from the Royal College of Psychiatrists is required:

Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

Every October, as one of the promised actions of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy a report is published by ISD Scotland on the prescribing of ‘Medicines used in the mental … Continue reading Thoughts of a senior Scottish Psychiatrist

“Mental health drug epidemic for children in Scotland”

The following is a full transcript of an investigation by Helen McArdle that featured in the Herald on Sunday 27 October 2019. It is my view as a Scottish dad, … Continue reading “Mental health drug epidemic for children in Scotland”

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

“Strong argument”

The Medical Model in Mental Health: An Explanation and Evaluation has recently been published by Oxford University Press. In the weeks leading up to publication the author stated “it is … Continue reading “Strong argument”

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

‘The mesh of relationships between doctors and industry’

The above film follows from the recent publication of this review: An Investigative Review into the process of establishing, managing and supporting Independent Reviews in Scotland The BMJ have covered … Continue reading ‘The mesh of relationships between doctors and industry’

‘We must take a closer look at antidepressants’

On Sunday 14th October 2018 the Herald carried as its main story “Antidepressants: new drug withdrawal crisis for thousands of Scots”. I was one of those who shared some of … Continue reading ‘We must take a closer look at antidepressants’

A prescribed medication: my experience

Today, the Sunday Herald carried this front-page headline: I was part of this Herald report. I ask you to forgive me for using a swear word. Please do not say … Continue reading A prescribed medication: my experience

Delve into brilliant minds

My NHS e-mail regularly receives invites to the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress. It is a congress that I have never attended as I remain concerned that we still … Continue reading Delve into brilliant minds