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It is essential that the rights of patients detained under the Mental Health Act continue to be met during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, during this period of social distancing the processes surrounding Mental Health Tribunals have had to be adjusted in order to keep all parties safe. In this podcast, Chief Medical Member Dr Joan Rutherford outlines the emergency measures that have been put in place, and provides guidance on how clinicians can continue to treat detained patients fairly and respectfully during this time. More...
5/15/2020 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical,Professional
Psychiatrists are used to dealing with ethical issues in daily practice, but COVID-19 has pushed many into unfamiliar territory and challenged us with new ethical dilemmas. In this podcast, Dr Steve Pearce and Dr Jacinta Tan talk to CPD Online Trainee Editor Dr Jennifer Powell about ethical considerations arising from COVID-19, including equity of access to services, personal and collective needs around prevention and treatment, potential changes to the Mental Health Act, risks and benefits of remote working and where to find support when confronted with COVID-19-related ethical dilemmas. More...
5/5/2020 | Download
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 states that specified authorities, including healthcare bodies, must ‘have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.’ In this podcast Dr Jonathan Hurlow identifies how psychiatrists and other mental health professionals can carry out this duty, and how they can work within the Government’s wider framework in cases where potential risks are identified. More...
12/10/2019 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Professional
Dr David Sellu was a surgeon with a distinguished record extending over 40 years, but in 2010 a patient died under his care in a private hospital, resulting in Dr Sellu's GMC suspension, criminal prosecution and prison sentence. The conviction was later appealed and shown to be an unfair trial with tinges of racism, but the damage had already been done. In this podcast, Dr David Sellu talks openly and frankly to Dr Raj Persaud about his ordeal, and about his fight to create a fairer, more accountable medical justice system. More...
10/2/2019 | Download
Under National Socialism prior to and during World War 2, more than 200,000 patients with mental illness or learning disability were killed, often by their own doctors. Could similar atrocities ever happen again, and what lessons can be learned from this dark period in history? Raj Persaud talks to the former President of the German Society of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Professor Frank Schneider, prior to his panel discussion on this topic at the RCPsych International Congress 2016. More...
6/30/2016 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
Is it ever appropriate for therapists to talk about themselves with clients? Could it even be beneficial? Therapist self-disclosure is a topic infrequently discussed and researched, but one study showed that over 90% of therapists do self-disclose to some extent. In this podcast, Raj Persaud talks to clinical psychologist Anna Ruddle about the potential advantages of therapist self-disclosure. More...
11/5/2015 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical
Involuntary hospital admissions in psychiatric practice bring up many ethical dilemmas. Any process that restricts the autonomy of a person needs to be carefully thought about. Involving the people and getting their perception of the entire proceeding is a step in the right direction. Professor Stefan Priebe and his team have conducted the largest prospective study to date to find out how patients view involuntary hospital admission. Here, Dr Saliha Nazir talks to Professor Priebe about the study design, the findings and the outcomes from this study. More...
8/3/2010 | Download
In this telephone interview, Dr Stephen Elsom talks from Australia on the topical issue of seclusion as an intervention for containing uncontrolled, disturbed behaviour of psychiatric patients. He discusses the research evidence regarding the use of seclusion and current thinking surrounding this practice. He also talks about methods that can be helpful to reduce the rate of seclusion used as an intervention. More...
1/8/2008 | Download
Dr Gerard Leavey explores some of the myths and truths surrounding the relationship between psychiatry and the clergy, looking at ways in which they can work together more effectively. More...
12/17/2007 | Download
Dr Frank Holloway discusses his new book 'Enabling Recovery: The Principles and Practice of Rehabilitation Psychiatry', which focuses on the patient-centred approach and emphasises the importance of incorporating the medical model of psychiatry with a more socio-psychological model. More...
7/25/2007 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 45 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical,Professional
Professor Graham Thornicroft discusses the issue of stigma, looking at the current research and asking what can be done at local and national levels as well as by psychiatrists themselves to combat the stigmatisation of people with mental illness. More...
7/5/2007 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 45 minutes | Credits: 0.75 | CPD Domains: Clinical,Professional
Vanessa Pinfold discusses the importance of sharing service user information with carers, giving pointers on how to do this without breaking patient confidentiality. She emphasises the importance of professional judgement in decisions over what information to share or withhold and suggests strategies for improving current practices. More...
2/26/2007 | Download
Dr Mike Doyle discusses the main approaches to assessing risk for violence and critiques how clinicians communicate risk judgements. More...
12/22/2006 | Download
In this podcast, we have combined two recordings: the second recording follows on immediately from the first. More...
11/20/2006 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 45 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
In this podcast we have combined two recordings: the second recording follows on immediately from the first. More...
11/22/2006 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 60 minutes | Credits: 1 | CPD Domains: Clinical
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