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Archive | January, 2009

Social work as punishment

And you thought the public perception of social work in the UK was poor…

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Karen Reissman settles case

Community Care has written a few pieces over the last few months about Karen Reissman, a Manchester mental health nurse sacked for speaking to the media. Her dismissal provoked a series of strikes. The latest news is that she has abandoned her unfair dismissal case in favour of an out-of-court settlement.

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Is there a link between serotonin and iron?

I won’t pretend I understand much of what this article was going on about – but it did seem to suggest there may be a link between serotonin and iron levels.

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High Court mental health reverse

Shocking story about a man with mental health problems who had his ear bitten off but found the case against his attacker dropped because the prosecutors felt they could not rely on his evidence because of his condition. Thankfully the High Court has reversed the decision and awarded the man compensation.

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New NICE guidelines on personality disorder

Nice has just published guidelines on the treatment of people with borderline or anti-social personality disorder.

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Social workers’ view of Deidre appointment

Unsurprisingly, social workers aren’t exactly dancing with delight at the appointment of the Sun’s agony aunt to the forthcoming social work taskforce. You can read some of their comments on CareSpace.

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Photoshopped celebrities, padded trams and Deidre

Psych Central has picked up some of the latest examples of photoshopped celebs in glossy mags. A most unhealthy practice.

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Mixed sex wards and vitamin D

Hello again – tis a new week and a good one I’ll warrant. Here’s a couple of things I spotted this morning. In The Guardian, novelist Clare Allan points out that the same-sex wards issue is more complex than it sounds when it comes to mental health care. But the fact is that when patients […]

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The reality of some hospital care

There’s a post over on Lake Cocytus detailing the reality of some of the care on offer in actue wards.

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Mariah Carey the social worker: update

After raising the important issue of Mariah Carey playing a social worker in a new film I feel I just have to keep you posted on all the latest developments.

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