Strapline: letter about DCP-S Review: Redressing the Balance
"Dear SimonI happened to come upon your tweet about the DCP-S Review, retweeted by someone I follow, and so I took a look. Saw your comment "what am I actually stepping into?". It caught my interest and so I took a closer look ...
"reading through the piece by Ruth Stocks. Much talk of tactics and agendas, better marketing. My opinion? Huh."
"just noticed that "one of the carers' groups" was opposed to CPs taking on statutory roles. Well done Carers! I agree."
"there is no way I would recommend CPs having more power in Scottish MH Law. Very scary thought. Young pretenders."
"not sure who Ruth Stocks is. Never heard of her. She didn't join my campaign against psychiatric abuse."
"just googled up Ruth Stocks, says Consultant Forensic Clinical Psychologist. Mention of "Violence Risk Assessment". Huh."
"there are pages and pages about CP statutory roles. CPs assessing capacity. Now that is very scary. Man the lifeboats."
"written by Alison Clark CP
"still more and more pages about why CPs should this that and the other. Self absorbed tosh."
"Finally something worth reading at page 34 ... the voice of an expert. By experience. And another one. If only these voices had filled the pages rather than the others"
"this is what you have been stepping into Simon. I have stopped resisting! (cartoon attached)"
I'm an unwaged carer, an unpaid mental health writer, activist and human rights campaigner. Since February 2012 I have been singlehandedly fighting a case of human rights abuse perpetrated against my son in the IPCU of Stratheden Hospital, Fife, (locked seclusion room, no toilet or water to drink, for hours on end, unobserved) and had my complaint against NHS Fife upheld by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman in September 2014. After 30 months of raising complaints and campaigning. During that time I tried to get meaningfully involved in the DClinPsy courses at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities, sometimes travelling for 7hrs from my home in NE Fife, to do so. Eventually I gave up trying earlier this year. It was tokenistic and meaningless. I say this as a reflective practitioner, and professionally qualified community education worker and FE lecturer in care subjects.
blog post 29 August 2015: holding the coats