Patients and bloggers often complain about their GPs’ lack of understanding of mental health, so I was interested to come across an article recently that suggests some ways in which the work of GPs (primary care) could be better aligned with mental health care.
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Posted in For patients, Review, UK, tagged case study, CCGs, clinical commissioning groups, counseling, counselling, diagnosis, evidence, family, GPs, IAPT, mental health, mental illness, NHS, NICE, primary care, psychotherapy, recovery, secondary care, therapy, training on December 16, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Arriving late at night, exhausted after a long journey, you find your hotel room smells of vomit and is crawling with cockroaches. In the morning you check out early and complain, but the concierge only shrugs and gives you a customer satisfaction questionnaire. Ticking boxes to questions like, “Was your room number easy to read?” and “Did the bath have a plughole?” you realize you have been forced to give the hotel a 95% satisfaction rating, squeezing your complaints on to the one line allowed for “Other remarks” at the bottom.
Posted in For patients, UK, Review, depression, tagged mental illness, mental health, CBT, counselling, therapy, psychotherapy, feelings, counseling, emotion, recovery, NHS, Research, diagnosis on April 28, 2011 | 1 Comment »
I noticed today that Depression Awareness Week is coming, according the website of the charity Depression Alliance. This year it’s going to be the week of 11th-18th April — oh — well, I suppose I’m in no position to complain that they don’t update their website very often.
Like many sources of information and self-help about mental illness, Depression Alliance have a fuzzy definition of what mental illness is, and that’s much more serious.
Posted in CBT, For patients, Research, Review, UK, tagged CBT, counseling, counselling, diagnosis, distress, evidence, mental health, mental illness, NHS, psychiatry, psychotherapy, Research, science, therapy on April 21, 2011 | Leave a Comment »
A Harvard professor of psychiatry and the law has published a pocket guide to help clinicians working in mental health avoid some common pitfalls.
It is possible to look at the guide from a patient’s point of view, and to deduce some warning signs of when therapy is going wrong.
The Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, wrote to all the NHS Trusts yesterday to explain more about how the NHS in England will be changing over the next three years. His letter includes a timetable for the changes.
These changes are focussed on improving outcomes, on improving the quality of NHS care — care which currently results in a accelerating avalanche of complaints from patients and from the relatives of deceased ex-patients.
Last week the UK government published its mental health strategy for England. It contains some good news for patients, and some not so good news. It has its critics and its supporters. Whatever your view of it, if your are involved in mental health in the UK its three simple principles are going to be important to you in the coming years.