‘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 Royal Colleges and Sunshine Legislation

[No response received by the end of 2018] [Despite repeated polite reminders there has been no response from the General Medical Council by the end of 2018] “The Royal College … Continue reading The Royal Colleges and Sunshine Legislation

‘The power of language use in psychiatry’

All material used in this pictogram comes from published sources in the public domain: The power of language: Use in psychiatry; Rif S. El-Mallakh, and Sabine Doenninghaus; Published online: 02 … Continue reading ‘The power of language use in psychiatry’

Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

The annual Royal College of Psychiatrists Awards are to “mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry.” Last week Professor Andrea Cipriani won the Academic Researcher of the Year award at … Continue reading Award culture and ‘realistic psychiatry’

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

‘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”

‘What steps can be taken to ensure that patient voices are listened to and heard’

On the 21st August 2018 the Scottish Parliament published this report on petition PE1517 Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices. This statement was made by the authors (page 35) I share this … Continue reading ‘What steps can be taken to ensure that patient voices are listened to and heard’

The “Defeat Depression Campaign”

I was started on an SSRI antidepressant in the period not long after the “Defeat Depression Campaign,” in my case for “Social Anxiety Disorder”. My generation of psychiatrists were “educated” to … Continue reading The “Defeat Depression Campaign”

Professor Guy Goodwin

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 Guy Goodwin’s declaration of competing … Continue reading Professor Guy Goodwin

The President of my College

I was recently asked by a friend what I made of some of the responses by the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists on the potential for antidepressants to … Continue reading The President of my College

President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology

On Monday, 23rd July 2018, the Presidency of the British Association for Psychopharmacology (BAP) was handed over to Professor Allan Young. Professor Allan Young was the Chair of the Royal College … Continue reading President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology

The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education

On a regular basis, as an NHS doctor, “journals” such as this find there way into my mailing. This happens without my say. I have not found a way to … Continue reading The Royal Society of Medicine and sponsored medical education