[from Stratheden Hospital blog]
rhetorical device or figure of speech in which contradictory or opposite
words or concepts are combined for effect eg “cruel kindness” or “to
make haste slowly”
remember back in 2010 meeting with heads of psychological and
occupational therapies at NHS Fife, to discuss the lack of such
therapies when my son was a patient in the Lomond acute ward that
summer. In fact patients were prone to walking up and down the wards,
or even round in circles, for therapeutic exercise. Patio activity
could be picking up the cigarette butts.
meetings seemed to be a waste of time, looking back, as they didn't
bring about any changes in the wards. This was obvious in Feb/Mar 2012
when my son again found himself an inpatient of Lomond then the IPCU.
Read more of this in my blogs written at the time on Mad in America January to September 2012 and later that year in Chrys Muirhead Associates.
The voices of patients,
service users and carers in Fife are not as important as the opinions of
staff working in Stratheden and NHS Fife mental health services. I
call it staff-centred rather than person-centred treatment. Keeping
people in jobs and doing what they like with public monies. I think
they get away with it because the customers are deemed to be mentally ill. Without capacity.
not sure what it will take for managers at Stratheden to make real
changes in psychiatric services so that patients and their carers
receive the benefits. I want to see a choice of therapies on offer in
the wards at Stratheden. Not just drug therapy. For some of us
drugs are not therapeutic, in fact they make us depressed, anxious, lack
confidence and have far less quality of life.
I say to the clinical
managers and their allied health professionals that they should listen
to their customers, the patients, service users and carers. We are the
ones with lived experience, who have survived, come through it, out the
other end. Without us you wouldn't have a job. So give us the respect