Monthly Archives: November 2009

A plea for patient-centredness

I was recently engaged in a study to assess the information and service needs of people with serious mental health problems, when a young woman told me: “When I am ill, I want to be sure that I receive the … Continue reading

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Making research count

Until 2006, on leaving post British ambassadors had absolute freedom to write whatever they wished in their final telegram home – the grandly entitled ‘valedictory despatch’. The despatch could contain anything the diplomats wished: about the post they were leaving, … Continue reading

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Care of Custody?

Recently I attended one of our regional workshops which was looking at the Primary and Community Services Review. Whilst there I was introduced, or more accurately, re-introduced, to the concept of “custodial care” in order to describe Society’s use of … Continue reading

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What do Ken Clarke, Tony Blair and Deng Xiaoping have in common?

We are at an interesting stage. We have a great health service in Wales and it is highly prized by those who use it, work in it and lead it. We have a new structure which, most people agree, removes … Continue reading

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