[Chrys Muirhead part one: mental welfare commission - talk to the hand]
I've been raising a
number of issues to do with the management within a locked psychiatric
ward. The absence of up-to-date carer information (it was over 18
months old), no evidence of Mental Welfare Commission leaflets, booklets or anything to do with the mental health act. No advance statement or named person forms. And so on.
And the independent
advocacy available seemed either unresponsive or unprofessional,
whichever way you look at it. It was my first time visiting this ward
and I did expect there to be suitable access to information, the mental
health act safeguards
in place and psychiatrists in the know. Especially since I'd been told
that this Scottish area had good crisis services, by people in
I have been instructed to send any concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org,
rather than any named people at the commission. And I know the main
folk, having engaged with them at various national events over the last
few years in my voluntary work as a survivor activist and carer
representative. Now it feels like "talk to the hand".
hoping my Emailed concerns reach the right person although I have my
doubts about this, due to a receptionist at the MWC recently putting the
phone down on me, without due cause in my opinion. But hey, what
rights do I have? I'm only a writer, activist and campaigner in mental
health matters without portfolio.
[to add, the local carers project responded quickly to my highlighting of the outdated carer info and got it sorted]
Added information 4 July 2014: This blog post is about Carseview Centre, Dundee, where the patients who undergo anterior cingulotomies get inpatients beds in Ward One.