Marion Janner provides a patient’s view of life in a mental hospital and how listening to what patients want is bringing unexpected benefits for both service users and staff.
Back in the day Superman used to have an alter-ego and sometime antagonist called Bizarro. Bizarro lived on a world that was basically a weird mirror image of the DC Comics universe. (Yes, yes, I’m comic book guy off the Simpsons. But not as tubby.)
Forensic nursing is one of the most demanding and misunderstood areas of care in the NHS. Nursing manager Theo Bello gives an inside view about the challenge of working with mentally ill offenders and public fear about their release back into society.
Personality disorders remain one of the most controversial and misunderstood areas of mental health. Ask the average person what they associate with personality disorders and you get a blank stare or description of a human chameleon capable of changing from normality to social menace in the blink of an eye.
It’s hard to describe just how thrilling the apparently mundane event of receiving a pair of crutches was for me. I’d equate it with passing my A levels, receiving my degree, landing my first job on a national newspaper.
The fiscal “pain” that will result from an ageing population is a “good thing” because it will help put pressure on politicians to reform public services? This makes Reform sound like a bunch of sadomasochists.
You know it’s time to step back for a minute or two when you’re getting taught common sense by a three-year-old.
Prophet in own land. Vindication too late. That was the gist of my column for The Independent on Sunday yesterday, in which I celebrated the irrefutable demonstration that competition in schools provision raises standards not just in academies but in neighbouring schools. (On which I commented here last week.)
If I had had space, I would [...]
A historical jewel in Paul Corrigan’s consistently excellent Health Matters blog earlier this week. He points out that when the first NHS leaflet (pdf, right and below) was delivered to every house in July 1948, it enshrined the principle of patient choice from the start:
When you turned over the first page, the very first thing [...]
Earlier this week David Cameron gave a speech on the Government’s NHS reforms.
It’s always interesting with such a speech (which is long on rhetoric and short on facts) to at least investigate the facts that are there.
And one fact stood out. In a section on why the NHS needs to be reformed Mr Cameron referred [...]
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