And the Acting General Manager proceeded to be difficult and resisted any attempt to engage meaningfully with me. The barriers were up. There was no level playing field. It's happened on the two occasions I've met with this man before, at an SIHR (Scottish Institute of Human Relations) event in June 2011, then in Playfield Institute, December 2012.
I wonder if the two years on secondment that the Acting General Manager had with Scottish Government's mental health division, prior to this post and after working at Playfield Institute, has caused him to get too big for his boots? Like other civil/uncivil servants I have known.
Maybe he just doesn't like me and that's OK. However I don't appreciate the man speaking as if he is the voice of NHS Fife. If he was a mental patient they would be diagnosing him with delusions of grandeur.
Here are some photos from today:
|prior to going in|
|person-centred care (but not from the Acting General Manager)|
|no MWC staff were on hand|
|new IPCU plans explained to me by helpful architect, estates manager, project manager & builder rep|
|manager who has responsibilities for MH Act training (more human rights focus needed)|
|view from psychology building after coming out|
|relaxing cream tea in Cupar Tearoom after info session|
Finally and fortunately, despite the negative vibes from the Acting General Manager, I enjoyed the two information sessions and networking with a wide range of people, including Dr Reid, Consultant Psychiatrist, Jim Leiper, Estates Director, staff nurses who work at the IPCU and low secure unit, Estates staff, the architect and building project reps, health board members, advocacy workers, patients and others.
I am encouraged to hear that NHS Fife is committed to improving mental health services and to see the quality of the new build IPCU, at a cost of £4.4million from Scottish Government, which has been planned in great detail with a range of resources to provide therapeutic care to patients who require the service.
I am very proud of my son for exposing the "unreasonable treatment" and the use of the locked seclusion room to manage patients in the old IPCU that was declared "unfit for purpose". It has cost us both to speak out about the psychiatric abuse which he was subject to. And it is still costing us. The new IPCU has my son's name on it.