“Good debate is respectful and constructive”

In December of 2018 The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society came together to confirm a common set of ideals and principles. These were published in the … Continue reading “Good debate is respectful and constructive”

‘live in fragments no longer’

This is a passage from ‘A room with a view’ by E M Forster. It returned my thoughts to an approach to life taken by my profession, psychiatry. My thoughts … Continue reading ‘live in fragments no longer’

I mistook myself for a scientific label

Perhaps it was just me, but I somehow mistook myself for a scientific label! [I wrote this poem many years ago but it still seems relevant]

Beethoven’s fifth symphony

This is a passage from Howards End and the Schlegel sisters are discussing Beethoven’s fifth symphony: It occurs to me that we are today doing the very same with emotion. … Continue reading Beethoven’s fifth symphony

Labelled

There appears to be a new diagnostic category being used by some senior members of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. I am referring here to the frequent use of the … Continue reading Labelled

Pattern language: the professionals

The Realistic Medicine conference held at Dunblane on the 9th October 2018 was entitled: Unfortunately I was unable to be at this conference. One of my concerns relates to the … Continue reading Pattern language: the professionals

Frailty – nothing about us without us

In September 2016, Professor Martin Vernon, National Clinical Director for Older People and Integrated Care at NHS England stated why diagnosing frailty is important: In the same month Professor David Oliver … Continue reading Frailty – nothing about us without us