Parma Violets

If you have read some of my writings, you may have come across me sharing one of my earliest memories: it was from a Silvercross pram that my mum used … Continue reading Parma Violets

“Immoral Police”

Following my post of yesterday in which I shared concerns that have been expressed in relation to professional conduct on social media by some members of the Royal College of … Continue reading “Immoral Police”

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’

The ladder of participation

Yesterday I asked the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: “I was wondering when the planned meeting to consider the shared experience of long term antidepressant prescribing, and the … Continue reading The ladder of participation

“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”

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

Putting caring conversations into practice

Below is my published response to this open question by Dr Derek Summerfield’s: NHS antidepressant prescribing: what do we get for £266m a year? I will not be alone in … Continue reading Putting caring conversations into practice