Posts Tagged ‘psychiatry’

“After nearly two years as a locum consultant psychiatrist within a community mental health team serving a small town and semi-rural area outside of Glasgow, I enter my final week with much still to do…”


In Portrait of the Psychiatrist as a Young Man, Scottish psychiatrist Allan Beveridge argues for a partial rehabilitation of Laing’s existential approach towards understanding mental illness. Beveridge states that the Laingian approach of “treating the patient as a person rather than a malfunctioning mechanism has new-found appeal”

Last month, the mental health charity, Rethink Mental Illness, published The Abandoned Illness, an 88 page report about schizophrenia and its care in England.

While their report is very readable report and provides a good explanation of psychosis, schizophrenia and the issues involved, among the sympathetic coverage given to the illness, there was also an emphasis on “catastrophic failings” in care and the “scandal” of schizophrenia’s reduced life expectancy, though neither of these quoted descriptions appear in the report itself.

“As it’s nearly a year since I arrived in Glasgow, I thought it timely to write about just what I’ve been doing here.” A summary of my work over 12 months with Homeless and Community Mental Health Services in Glasgow.

An interview with a Ghanaian traditional healer, known as a fetish priest, who runs an informal healing centre for people with mental illness at his remote, rural community near Kintampo in central Ghana.

In May 2010, the Kintampo Project’s inaugural 18 month MAP degree course welcomed its first intake of students. For its first two weeks, I joined a UK-led teaching programme which included clinical psychologist, Dr Tess Maguire, and community psychiatric nurse, Patrice Fugah. The programme included presentations that encouraged student interaction and two memorable field trip to observe the local context in which mental illness is perceived and managed.

My report on my placement in Ghana has just been published on the Royal College of Psychiatrists website and is reproduced here. It’s a shortened, reworded version of the Neate Experience in Ghana blog that I posted in October 2010.