Kailyards

My Gordon family came from remote and lost parts of Aberdeenshire. For some reason I keep returning to the now ruinous homesteads of my forebears where only wild kailyards continue … Continue reading Kailyards

‘Researching, practising, and debating mental health care’

I welcome this comment by Sarb Bajwa, Niall Boyce and Wendy Burn published recently in the the Lancet Psychiatry. This is a matter that I raised with the Royal College … Continue reading ‘Researching, practising, and debating mental health care’

I struggle to measure

Subjectivity – that which makes us human – should not simply roll over to data, that in its collection has losses: experience “translated” to words, and then words “translated” to … Continue reading I struggle to measure

‘Priorities for the President’

It is most welcome to find that the current President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Wendy Burn, has embraced social media. This being one of a number of meaningful … Continue reading ‘Priorities for the President’

What story might you create: Skeldon House Lodge

I have always been drawn to gates and openings. I am sure that I am not alone in feeling the thrill of the landscape’s invite: the approach, the anticipation of … Continue reading What story might you create: Skeldon House Lodge

“Pill Shaming”

I have worked as an NHS psychiatrist for quarter of a century and when I prescribe medications I try to do so as carefully and appropriately as I can. In … Continue reading “Pill Shaming”

Special partnerships

A friend of mine recently told me that the road signs used throughout Great Britain were devised by a partnership between Richard Kinneir and Margaret Calvert. Their system has become a … Continue reading Special partnerships

Craddock and Mynor-Wallis’s assault on thinking

I have followed this debate (fierce argument) with interest. It has taken place in the British Journal of Psychiatry. It turned my thoughts back to Professor Craddock’s, July 2008, “Wake-up … Continue reading Craddock and Mynor-Wallis’s assault on thinking