A Sydney weekender

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…. and George a very grouchy and overly analytical girl, so luckily for me I arrived in time for the Sydney weekend. The timing of my trip was set up around a work event, the JusticeforLB book launch and the JusticeforLBGMC tribunal (I rejigged slightly to […]

I AM challenging behaviour

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, […]

First stop Sydney #WCMTLD

A few people have been in touch since I shared this site asking what I am doing and who I am meeting in Sydney. I’m still seeking bereaved family members to connect with (more info here) and have some time set aside for those meetings, and any other opportunities currently unplanned that might crop up. […]

#LearningFromDeaths – some background context

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 […]

Phase 1: Australia and New Zealand

I can not tell you how lucky I feel to have been given the opportunity of a WCMT Fellowship. The chance to travel, to meet people and to spend time exploring an issue that has been a backdrop to my life for the past few years. I am ridiculously excited and very humbled. You can […]

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

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

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?

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

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

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 […]