“A wrong un’ when you see it”

The January 2019 edition of the British Journal of Psychiatry has, as its theme: Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders. In the Journal a “consensus definition” of “treatment resistance” was provided by a … Continue reading “A wrong un’ when you see it”

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

“This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

This event hosted by the Royal Society of Medicine will take place at 1 Wimpole Street, London on the 29th January 2019. It has been approved for 6 CPD points. … Continue reading “This unique event will bring together world leaders in research on depression”

‘appointed member’

Professor Oliver Howes is an appointed member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Psychopharmacology Committee. Professor Howes is one of those involved in providing Continuing Medical Education (CME) at this … Continue reading ‘appointed member’

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

‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

Alongside my NHS Lothian colleagues in psychiatry I have received an invitation to the Realistic Medicine Conference for 2018. It is entitled “Valuing People”. I have repeatedly made clear my … Continue reading ‘Realistic Medicine: Valuing People”

Professor Stephen Lawrie

This is my latest post as part of a series reporting the available information on competing financial interests in ‘key opinion leaders’ in British psychiatry. Professor Stephen Lawrie’s “Disclosure UK” … Continue reading Professor Stephen Lawrie

Professor David M. Taylor

This is my latest post as part of a series reporting the available information on competing financial interests in ‘key opinion leaders’ in British psychiatry. Prof David Taylor’s declaration, Science … Continue reading Professor David M. Taylor

Data Privacy For Healthcare Professionals (provided by SUNOVION)

In my previous post I outlined the material sent to me as an NHS doctor by the pharmaceutical company SUNOVION. This material was to market a new product. I was … Continue reading Data Privacy For Healthcare Professionals (provided by SUNOVION)

H.O.P.E.

In offering this ‘No Holds Barred’ perspective in the BMJ, Dr Margaret McCartney concludes: “Doctors should seek independent education. In fact, we should all do so – including MPs, guideline committees, … Continue reading H.O.P.E.

‘Not all in the Mind’

On the 23rd July 2018, Professor David Nutt gave a free public lecture entitled “Not all in the mind – the contribution of brain science to modern psychiatry.” I was not … Continue reading ‘Not all in the Mind’

Presidential handover

On Monday 24th July 2018 the Presidency of the British Association for Psychopharmacology was handed over to Professor Allan Young: Professor Allan Young was formerly Chair of the Royal College … Continue reading Presidential handover