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Twitter – Figures reveal the NHS is
spending only 10% of budget on mental health care. Described as
Making sense of
By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD
Is your organisation forward-looking?
Probably. Learning the lessons of the past? Almost certainly. While
simultaneously being firmly rooted in the here-and-now? I expect
so. Or perhaps it is a listening organisation with a clear vision?
Let me guess…
Any mental health clinician working for a
large organisation is probably all too familiar with such
exhortations from senior management to embrace the blindingly
obvious. But, as experienced clinicians, I suspect we remain,
essentially, baffled. New formulations arrive weekly, are often
true merely by definition, and can be contradictory (see above).
Strategies are often endorsed on the basis of an appeal to
authority rather than evidence of efficacy; were we to prescribe a
therapy on the same basis that we are expected to embrace the
latest management philosophy, we would quite rightly be struck off.
Even in mental health, where woolliness and fluidity are our meat
and drink, management announcements can often seem little more than
up-beat mood music.
Of course, this doesn’t mean there is no value
in an organisational, management view of things. Perhaps, compared
to medicine, as a scientific field of discovery management is
young, still exploring its basic paradigms and just starting to
gather its evidence for where approaches work, and where they
don’t. If we are to engage in productive dialogue with our
management colleagues, the more we understand about the
philosophies that underpin their thinking, and what evidence there
is in support of them, the better.
I am pleased to announce the first of our
modules in this area:
An introduction to leadership and management for psychiatrists.
We have worked with the author to ensure it meets the same high
standards as all our modules, presenting not just current ideas,
but where these have come from, their strengths and their
weaknesses. We hope this will improve communication and
understanding in the workplace.
An introduction to leadership and management for
Learn how to think about leadership and management as they apply
to psychiatry. Increase your understanding of yourself and your
managerial colleagues with a view to facilitating communication. Dr
Michael Hobkirk presents the key theories and models alongside a
critical commentary informed by evidence and personal
Professor Adam Zeman, Professor of Cognitive
and Behavioural Neurology at the University of Exeter Medical
School, explains to Dr Raj Persaud how to conduct a neurological
examination - an investigation often approached with trepidation by
Professor Adam Zeman discusses the cognitive
assessment with Dr Persaud.
and the recession
Dr Aaron Reeves discusses his co-authored
paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry which estimates
that the Great Recession is associated with at least 10,000
additional economic suicides between 2008 and 2010.
Professor Anthony David discusses the paper he
co-wrote on a brain imaging investigation of conversion disorder or
Transferring care between age-specific
Managing the adverse effects of clozapine
Social media and mental health
View the most popular modules and podcasts over the past
Advances in Psychiatric
Highlights of the
in mental health services: literature
workers are an important resource for the multidisciplinary mental
health team, offering experiential knowledge and the ability to
engage patients in their treatment through shared lived experience.
Gillard & Holley report the evidence for the benefits of peer
worker roles at an individual level and modest evidence of impact
on service use and costs.
therapy at 30
Cognitive analytic therapy (CAT) is a brief, user-friendly
relational therapy suitable for the wide range of psychological
problems seen in public mental health settings and increasingly
applied to team contexts/systems. It is included in UK treatment
guidelines for personality disorder. Ryle et al describe the
development and unique features of CAT, analysing the evidence base
and identifying potential directions for the model.
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