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

Trainees’ Workshop

As part of the 2019 Summer Meeting the British Association for Psychopharmacology has organised a ‘Trainees’ Workshop’ chaired by Professor Jeremy Hall and with the following five speakers: I have … Continue reading Trainees’ Workshop

“It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

In a recent perspective published in the Psychiatric Times, Ronald Pies, MD, said Ronald Pies, MD, Editor-in-Chief Emeriti for the Psychiatric Times, continued: This perspective is developed under the following … Continue reading “It is time to drive the stake into its misbegotten heart”

“Real Psychiatry”

Dr George Dawson, MD, writes as a ‘Real Psychiatrist’. Dr Samei Huda, a UK psychiatrist has shown unflinching transatlantic support for Dr Dawson’s “Real Psychiatry”. I have been a psychiatrist … Continue reading “Real Psychiatry”

The Narrative Controllers

Science is important to us all. This post is an attempt to explore some of the broad issues that we need to consider to ensure scientific integrity. Science is more … Continue reading The Narrative Controllers

Paid opinion leaders and GSK

The quote above is from Corridors of power, Chapter 5, by C P. Snow: The following U-turn by GSK was reported in the BMJ: This led the BMJ Editor in Chief … Continue reading Paid opinion leaders and GSK

Crappy Branded Stuff

It has been many years now since ABPI introduced a new Code that put an end to the ‘gifting’ of relatively low value merchandise to healthcare professionals from industry representatives. … Continue reading Crappy Branded Stuff

“RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

I have been receiving weekly invites to this International Congress [to my NHS e-mail address]. The latest invitation makes the statement that “it’s all you need!” The previous invitation was titled … Continue reading “RCPsych Congress . . . it’s all you need!”

“The Law of the Few”

Malcolm Gladwell in his book ‘The Tipping Point’ describes what he terms “The Law of the Few”: namely that the influence of a few people can result in change in … Continue reading “The Law of the Few”

Continuing Medical “Education”

To be revalidated by the General Medical Council all UK doctors have to evidence participation in Continuing Medical Education (CME). This is based upon an accredited system of Continuing Professional … Continue reading Continuing Medical “Education”

May it be granted the older you are

On the 26th of April 2016 I attended the Cross Party Group on Mental Health and Older People, Age and Ageing, held at the Scottish Parliament. The following is an  … Continue reading May it be granted the older you are

“A robust learning environment for healthcare professionals”

I have recently posted on the promotion of Lurasidone (Latuda) in the UK. This has raised concerns for me about transparency of conflicts of interest for some of the key … Continue reading “A robust learning environment for healthcare professionals”