The Narrative Controllers

Science is important to us all. This post is an attempt to explore some of the broad issues that we need to consider to ensure scientific integrity. Science is more … Continue reading The Narrative Controllers

‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

The above is a quote from Roy Porter a historian specialising in the history of medicine. It is an old quote as sadly Roy Porter died at a young age … Continue reading ‘Even in today’s enlightened age . . .’

‘Evidence Based Medicine’ or ‘Industry Biased Medicine’?

In a recent post I outlined [the generally hidden] commercial influences of ‘key opinion leaders’ in British Psychiatry. My research into what is publicly available on competing financial interests in … Continue reading ‘Evidence Based Medicine’ or ‘Industry Biased Medicine’?

“Dominated by people against psychiatric medication”

The Minutes of the Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists provide some insight into high-level decision making on the education of psychiatrists and their approach to prescribing. The … Continue reading “Dominated by people against psychiatric medication”

“He delivered piercing insights”

The Royal College of Psychiatrists describes “7 highlights” from its “sold-out”, and no doubt lucrative, International Congress 2018 which this year was held in Birmingham. The Royal College of Psychiatrists … Continue reading “He delivered piercing insights”

‘An academic experience like no other’

I am receiving several e-mails each week inviting me to the Royal College of Psychiatrists International Congress, 2018. Today I received a personalised invite from College President, Professor Wendy Burn. … Continue reading ‘An academic experience like no other’

The RCPsych International Congress 2017 “performed well”

The Annual Report and Financial Statement of the Royal College of Psychiatrists for 2017 has recently been published. This includes following analysis: Despite being a working NHS psychiatrist  and a … Continue reading The RCPsych International Congress 2017 “performed well”

The President’s Medal Winners

Two months ago I received an e-mail from my College that stated that the President “does not wish to be contacted by you any further”. This request was signed “HR Department”. … Continue reading The President’s Medal Winners

“RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

I have been receiving weekly invites to this International Congress [to my NHS e-mail address]. The latest invitation makes the statement that “it’s all you need!” The previous invitation was titled … Continue reading “RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

Psychiatry without borders

This week the International Congress for the Royal College of Psychiatrists is taking place in Edinburgh. It is titled “Psychiatry without Borders”. Given my concerns about the harms associated with over-medicalisation I … Continue reading Psychiatry without borders

Transparency at the Top

I wrote “Transparency at the Top: British Psychiatry” in April 2015 but did not share it publically as I wanted to give the Royal College of Psychiatrists time to improve … Continue reading Transparency at the Top