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Bringing Mencap to a standstill #treatmewell

13 Mar 2018 - 9 Comments

I was in York today for the final pre-inquest review meeting before Danny Tozer’s inquest. Danny was a fit and healthy young man, who liked nature, people and cups of tea. He was just 36 when he died in September 2015. Danny had a severe learning disability, autism and epilepsy. He lived in supported living […]

The crystallisation of insight #JusticeforLB

20 Feb 2018 - 2 Comments

I’m currently sat in a hotel room in Manchester thanks to the generosity of the #JusticeforLB crowdfunders, who smashed our initial target in August, thankfully, given this is the fourth time the tribunal have met to discuss Dr Valerie Murphy’s (un)fitness to practice. For anyone reading this blind Murphy is a psychiatrist specialising in learning disability, […]

Sorry seems to be the hardest word

09 Feb 2018 - 1 Comment

Richard Handley’s inquest concluded yesterday, the coroner found gross failings, missed opportunities and that Richard should not have died. No-one should die of constipation in a civilised society. It’s utterly disgraceful. It makes me so angry and so sad. It’s too early for me to blog about the coroner’s decision or what we might change […]

The life and death of Richard Handley #OpenJustice

06 Feb 2018 - 6 Comments

I’ve spent the last fortnight in Ipswich, live tweeting the inquest of Richard Handley, a young man whose life was cut short in it’s prime, aged just 33. I’ve spent break times with Richard’s family in the court jury room, listening to the telling of tales and the sort of family folklore that we’d all […]

I AM challenging behaviour

06 Nov 2017 - No Comments

Busy week for my ‘I AM Challenging Behaviour’ badge. I’ve worn it at the two day NHSE event #LearningfromDeaths, at the brilliant #JusticeforLB Book Launch (you can buy the book here if you’ve not got it already), and for two days now at the MPTS Tribunal into the fitness to practice of Dr Valerie Murphy, […]

#LearningFromDeaths – some background context

27 Oct 2017 - No Comments

This quote was from a bereaved family member who spoke to me as part of the CQC Deaths Review. It is a conversation I have often ruminated on since we had it. A remarkably tenacious mother who had done everything in her power to get answers to what happened to her baby, and ensure that […]

Prosecuting the NHS, denial and state violence #JusticeforLB #WCMTLD

17 Sep 2017 - 1 Comment

At 2pm tomorrow Southern Health will be up in court on charges relating to LB’s death. The Health and Safety Executive are prosecuting Southern Health NHSFT under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. You can find out more about the act and how they enforce it on the HSE website […]

A context note for the determination of facts #JusticeforLB

19 Aug 2017 - 4 Comments

Late last night the MPTS tribunal met to deliver their determination of facts in the case of Dr Valerie Murphy, the consultant psychiatrist who was the responsible clinician for LB during his time at the STATT unit, run by Southern Health NHSFT. I’d like to share a few thoughts, a sort of context note for […]

Why did people support the JusticeforLBGMC crowdfunding campaign?

18 Aug 2017 - No Comments

When it became apparent that the GMC would bring a case to have Dr Valerie Murphy, LB’s consultant psychiatrist struck off the medical register, thoughts turned to whether we should live-tweet it. There’s more about my thinking here but essentially it came down to the opportunity to shine a light on these really rather murky […]

Involving families in investigating the deaths of learning disabled people #WCMTLD

20 Feb 2017 - No Comments

I am incredibly excited to share that I have been awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship 2017. The WCMT fellowship will cover my costs to travel to Canada, Australia and New Zealand for six weeks in total to look at what currently happens in those countries in relation to involving families, and learning […]

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