Be Kind, Be Patient

Mental Health Cop

You may have seen that internet meme bouncing around on social media, above? This post is essentially about how this advice may be more important than other things we spend much longer talking and worrying about. I’ve been caused over the years to read a lot of books that have been pushed in my direction, in lieu of any proper training on what I do – professionals wanting me to know more about the ‘medical model’ and ‘psychological approaches’, even sociology and philosophy. I also catch snippets of CPD designed for AMHPs and mental health nurses, when I’ve been waiting to give presentations to them, or when I’ve been hanging around afterwards. In the course of doing my job, I’ve received hundreds if not thousands of emails and social media contacts over the years from patients, their families or carers about police training on mental health related matters.

“The police…

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Reflections on starting with the EMPOWER App


Jayne here, one of the peer workers on the EMPOWER study. I have lived experience of psychosis and I am delighted to be working in this role. I am very much looking forward to meeting participants in the study and sharing experiences of using the App. I started using the App just over a month ago and I thought I’d write this blog sharing how I’ve found it.

Installing EMPOWER

screen shotTo get started, I met with a member of the EMPOWER team who installed the App on my phone. During installation, I was invited to choose three statements to include in the App relating to my ‘early warning signs’. At first, I thought about choosing statements that would indicate I was experiencing psychosis, for example ‘sudden and dramatic weight loss,’ ‘very paranoid’. However, I realised that, it would be more helpful to choose statements that if I rated them more…

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Onwards and upwards!?

face the music

So I’ve finally passed MSc music therapy – after a couple of years study, and a couple of years planning before that. It’s been a lot of work, it’s changed my way of thinking (and making music), and it’s developed me personally too…

The qualification is just the start of the next part of this journey, setting off into the world and working with people for real – helping people through music – what brought me to music therapy in the first place.

So it’s time to face the music – the name I’ll use for musical endeavours going forward – drawn from a community music group a couple of years ago where f.a.c.e. stood for “fun all-age community ensemble” – and it also brings a catchy tune to mind 😉

face the music

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I have a question about Duty of Candour

Hole Ousia

This post considers the question that  Maree Todd, MSP, asked at this Parliamentary committee.

As an NHS employee of 25 years I will close this post with a similar question.

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The role of prescribed persons from omphalos

Shona Robison Paul Gray NHS Scotland (6)Shona Robison Paul Gray NHS Scotland (7)Shona Robison Paul Gray NHS Scotland (8)My question:
Is there any reason why Scottish Government officials (elected or otherwise, allied or otherwise) should not be included in Duty of Candour legislation?

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Mesh implants and “fully informed consent”

Hole Ousia

Since my last post on PE1571, Polypropylene Mesh Medical Devices, there has been further consideration of this petition, with evidence given by Dr Wael Agur and the petitioners Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy:

What follows are some of my reflections on the parliamentary committee session of the 28th September 2017:

Before the committee began I suggested to interested colleagues:

“The petition on Mesh implants will start taking further evidence today. This could potentially be a watershed moment for the Scottish Government’s Department of Health?”

Dr Agur was extremely good in giving evidence. He came across to me as open, genuine, careful, scientific and reflective. Dr Agur disabuses the stereotypical notion that surgeons struggle to combine pragmatism with philosophy.

Dr Agur was entirely open about his declarations. Here he is an exemplar.

However I retain the concern that manufacturers may have had a greater share in “shared decision making” on Mesh surgery than we…

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