Dark days of depression: not bad, mad, crazy or weak, just ill.

This weekend has seen me tweet twice about football, an almost unheard of situation previously. Today, Gary Speed, the Wales Football Manager died suddenly at his home from a suspected suicide, an absolutely tragic loss to his family, friends and of course to the football community. Yesterday I heard about a tweet that Stan Collymore … More Dark days of depression: not bad, mad, crazy or weak, just ill.

GMC Consultation – Good Medical Practice 2012

This weekend I did my good turn for humanity by responding to the General Medical Council Consultation on Good Medical Practice. This draft guidance encourages debate about what good medical practice should look like in the future. This post isn’t likely to be of interest to many of you, but if you are interested (and … More GMC Consultation – Good Medical Practice 2012

Reflections on #NCASC – let’s start with people

For the last three days I’ve been in London for #NCASC – the National Children and Adult Services Conference. A considerable focus of the conference was #integratedcare and the need for #health and #socialcare systems to work closer together, set within the current economic situation and reduction of resources. I think its fair to say … More Reflections on #NCASC – let’s start with people

It’s shrunk!

So the news is that Dad’s main tumour has shrunk slightly (only a couple of millimetres) and the other two have shown no significant change. No conversation about chemotherapy either. Not sure any of us can quite believe it. Can’t stop grinning. Not often you get good cancer news.

Travel insurance when relative has terminal #cancer diagnosis

In about a month I have a fortnight booked off work, it’s my first break since March and I can’t wait. This year seems mad busy, one thing after another, shed load of work, real life and personal stuff. There have been a couple of weddings, a hen weekend and a forthcoming christening – all … More Travel insurance when relative has terminal #cancer diagnosis

#Dilnot Commission – funding care and support

Almost a year ago the Government set up the Dilnot Commission to look at the future funding of care and support in England. Chaired by Andrew Dilnot, with the support of two commissioners Jo Williams and Norman Warner, the Commission is charged with making recommendations on how to achieve an affordable and sustainable funding system/s for care … More #Dilnot Commission – funding care and support