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

“Could sell fridges to the Eskimos”

In July 2009, Professor Henry Nasrallah, was invited to give a paid talk to psychiatrists and psychiatrists-in-training for NHS Forth Valley. Professor Nasrallah was flown over from the USA to … Continue reading “Could sell fridges to the Eskimos”

Credibility

This was the advice given to ‘Mrs Hawkins’ in ‘A Far Cry From Kensington’. It was also the advice I was given by a senior parliamentarian when I began actively … Continue reading Credibility

“Trickles down from the upper echelons”

I read this letter by Dr William Durward, a retired NHS Scotland Consultant with interest. It was published in the Herald, 7 November 2018, and was written in response to … Continue reading “Trickles down from the upper echelons”

‘Rethinking rebranding’

After reading the Editorial “Shrink rethink: rebranding psychiatry” published in the British Journal of Psychiatry I expressed my concerns with this proposal: “My view is that is wrong for psychiatry, which seeks … Continue reading ‘Rethinking rebranding’

The Governance of the NHS in Scotland

This report was published yesterday. I commend the Health and Sport Committee for such a comprehensive review and in what follows I will link my writings to some of the … Continue reading The Governance of the NHS in Scotland

‘Keith did not go quietly’

Keith Connors died on the 5th July 2017. Shortly before his death he helped write this obituary: Shortly before his death, I communicated with Leon Eisenberg and had this kind … Continue reading ‘Keith did not go quietly’

The habits of an improver

I have recently read this most interesting “thought paper” entitled “The habits of an improver” which was published by the Health Foundation in October 2015. Several months before this was … Continue reading The habits of an improver

‘Have you ever noticed that certain days are injury days?’

I was filming in our garden today as the sky was beautiful, the spring bulbs colourful, and the green as fresh as can be. By chance, an NHS Forth Valley … Continue reading ‘Have you ever noticed that certain days are injury days?’

Courage to care

         

A letter that the Scottish Parliament felt unable to publish

With careful thought, and backed with full supporting evidence,  I sent the following letter of the 2nd February 2016 to support my petition for a Sunshine Act for Scotland. The Senior Clerk … Continue reading A letter that the Scottish Parliament felt unable to publish

NHS Forth Valley – unable to offer reassurance

There were a number of reasons why I left NHS Forth Valley. One of those reasons was a concern that patients, often elderly, were being harmed through the misdiagnosis of … Continue reading NHS Forth Valley – unable to offer reassurance