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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
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
What sociological factors can lead people to adopt extremist views or commit terrorist activities? What is the relationship between extremism, religion and depression? In this podcast Professor Jeremy Coid discusses these questions and talks to Raj Persaud about the findings of his study into extremist views among young British men. More...
11/8/2016 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic
In this podcast, Professor Richard Bentall talks to Raj Persaud about the various theories of delusions, focusing on early attachment theories and so-called 'tricky' cases of delusions. More...
12/21/2015 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Clinical
In this second interview with Dr Gwen Adshead, she discusses her recently published paper on the role of mentalisation in the management of violence. More...
3/28/2013 | Download
The ‘National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness’ is an annual inquiry that looks at the circumstances in which people with mental illness commit suicide or homicide, identifying annual trends and using these to make recommendations to the health service. In this podcast, Professor Louis Appleby discusses the findings of the most recent inquiry with Dr Paula Murphy. More...
9/28/2012 | Download
Dr Ylva Ginsberg and colleagues recently conducted a study to test the effectiveness of methylphenidate as a treatment for ADHD in prison inmates. Here, Dr Ginsberg discusses her findings with Dr Ovais Badat, and reviews how the research can influence future treatment in prison populations. More...
3/13/2012 | Download
Minimum recommended time: 30 minutes | Credits: 0.5 | CPD Domains: Academic,Clinical
In this telephone interview, Dr Matthew Nock discusses the clinical assessment of suicide ideation and behaviour, and raises some of the problems faced by clinicians in this challenging field. He discusses in detail the development of a test known as the implicit association test which may be used in the future to help measure suicide risk without the need to rely on a patient’s self report. Talking about the common mistakes made by clinicians during clinical interview he also flags the importance of understanding a patient’s motivation and the need for clinicians to continue to develop predictive skills in assessing what is otherwise considered relatively unpredictable behaviour. More...
1/12/2009 | 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
Professor John Gunn challenges some common notions of the relationship between mental illness and homicide, taking a detailed look at the possible contributing factors towards violent behaviour in people with schizophrenia. Some questions posed are: Who is most at risk of attack? What happens in court? What should consultants consider in the management of patients with schizophrenia who may become violent? More...
1/23/2007 | 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
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