College Core Values: my question to the Presidential candidates

Throughout November, the Royal College of Psychiatrists are offering the “opportunity to quiz the Presidential hopefuls”: Today, the 11th November 2019 I have submitted this question: “If you are elected … Continue reading College Core Values: my question to the Presidential candidates

‘I lost a decade of my life to prescription drugs’

In this article, published in the Telegraph Magazine, Miranda Levy, shares her experience of prescription drugs. Have you had similar experience? If you have, did you find both understanding and … Continue reading ‘I lost a decade of my life to prescription drugs’

“What we like to call the Oscars of psychiatry”

In opening yesterday’s award ceremony for the #RCPsychAwards  the President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists described the celebration as like “the Oscars of Psychiatry”. I can only speak personally … Continue reading “What we like to call the Oscars of psychiatry”

My question to the Presidential hopefuls

Throughout November, the Royal College of Psychiatrists are offering the “opportunity to quiz the Presidential hopefuls”: Today, the 8th November 2019 I have submitted my question: “If you are elected … Continue reading My question to the Presidential hopefuls

the stand-alone brain

The following quote from page 92 of ‘Aping Mankind’ by Raymond Tallis was about ‘stand-alone brain’ research. I was reminded of this in coming across a recent “Brain Camp” where … Continue reading the stand-alone brain

“Wake-up call for British Psychiatry”

This “Special Article” was published in the British Journal of Psychiatry in July 2008. No other article in the history of the journal has had more responses. A few years … Continue reading “Wake-up call for British Psychiatry”

Time to say goodbye

It was interesting to read this month’s guest blog for the Royal College of Psychiatrists by the Chair of RCPsych Scotland, Professor John Crichton. The College has recently celebrated 25 … Continue reading Time to say goodbye

“Where are the women?”

A previous post on Hole Ousia that briefly considered Psychiatrists on Social Media was recently shared on Twitter in a way that was out of context and this reminded me, … Continue reading “Where are the women?”

“If an ad is wrong . . .”

I have come across this full page reminder from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) a number of times in recent Sunday newspapers. As an NHS doctor who has worked as … Continue reading “If an ad is wrong . . .”

Hubris and the medical profession

I regularly read the BMJ Rapid Responses and find them to provide opportunities to learn and often to challenge any existing understandings that I may have established. The following response … Continue reading Hubris and the medical profession

My work diaries

I only have a phone for work and it is not “Smart”. I have therefore always relied – in my time as a doctor – on old-fashioned diaries! The above … Continue reading My work diaries

Leaving the profession

St John’s Hospital Livingston. NHS West Lothian EH54 6PP Friday 25th October 2019 To the President and Vice President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists: Professor Wendy Burn and Dr … Continue reading Leaving the profession