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#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 […]

In praise of FOI Officers

06 Feb 2017 - No Comments

This blog post is offered as a small attempt to focus and highlight a positive, at a time when it feels like the world could do with some more positivity, and evidence based fact. Last week I made 235 Freedom of Information requests. I know, I know, Jack Straw would be having a fit if he […]

Actually bringing about change #CQCDeathsReview

31 Jan 2017 - 1 Comment

I can’t believe that I’m writing this blog post. I can’t believe that anything I’m about to say should need saying, so I’m going to try and keep it short. I’ve written a couple of previous blogs about my experience of the #CQCDeathsReview and my last ended with a section that shared the header of […]

Reflections on working with CQC on #CQCDeathsReview

09 Jan 2017 - 1 Comment

In mid December 2016 the CQC Deaths Review was published. To coincide I published my own scoping review Family involvement in, and experience of, death investigations by the NHS and I blogged some initial thoughts about it here and some thoughts on potential learning here and here. I promised that I’d blog some thoughts about the experience […]

How can we improve things 2 #CQCDeathsReview

16 Dec 2016 - 1 Comment

A couple days ago I posted How can we improve things #CQCDeathsReview and wandered off twitter and email for 36 hours. It’s been a roller coaster week, bizarre in many ways, trying to keep on top of the media coverage since the review published, wanting to engage with people who offered their perspectives, and reeling […]

How can we improve things #CQCDeathsReview

14 Dec 2016 - 2 Comments

This is a bold title on this blog post, and I’m sitting her before 7am, before coffee, the day after the #CQCDeathsReview published tapping my keyboard – so bear with me, hopefully the discussion and comments will add to whatever I can offer. At the last ERG (Expert Reference Group) someone raised the concern that once […]

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