Backwards and forwards learning

Backwards and forwards learning contributes to who I am. Neither the microscope nor the telescope quite help me in the focus with which I wish to see. Backwards and forwards learning contributes … Continue reading Backwards and forwards learning

Medical Guidelines and lived experience

Many like me will welcome the news that NICE has amended its guidelines on depression. The hope must be that there will be better understanding and support for those, like … Continue reading Medical Guidelines and lived experience

lived experience

In yesterday’s Herald I came across this offer “compromising nothing more than a derelict farm and outbuildings”: As you can see it comes with full planning consent for demolition to … Continue reading lived experience

‘The Mind Gap’

The following Letter by Marion Brown, Psychotherapist and mediator, was published online by the British Journal Of General Practice, 11 March 2019. I asked Marion Brown if I could share … Continue reading ‘The Mind Gap’

A visit to a Tranquilliser Project

The President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 27th February 2019: “Really interesting  visit to Bristol and District Tranquilliser Project. Heard from people with lived experience of withdrawing from tranquillisers. … Continue reading A visit to a Tranquilliser Project

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

Psychopharmacology Committee: Royal College of Psychiatrists

This is the current membership of the Psychopharmacology Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. It has eleven members and is chaired by Professor Allan Young. I had expected that … Continue reading Psychopharmacology Committee: Royal College of Psychiatrists

“Freedom to speak up” and a “Stronger voice”

Last week Sir Robert Francis, QC, published his review Freedom to Speak Up. I was interested in this review given my recent experiences. In putting patients first I have always supported … Continue reading “Freedom to speak up” and a “Stronger voice”

PART II: Dementia: who is in the “driving seat”?

INTRODUCTION: In Part II of my review of dementia I am going to offer my personal “journey” through policy developments in the UK over the year past. To help you … Continue reading PART II: Dementia: who is in the “driving seat”?