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Letter just sent by Email, 18 May 2015, to Judy Thomson, Director of Training for Psychology Services, NHS Education for Scotland (NES), following a letter I first sent in February 2015 (link below):
Strapline: Re: NES "independent review of EBE involvement in DClinPsy training in Scotland" - what's happening? I haven't heard, it's been 3 months ...
I am writing to find out what's happening regarding your "independent review of EBE involvement in DClinPsy training in Scotland"? It's been 3 months and I've heard nothing. Have you got results yet (I'm not just meaning a written report)?
To remind you. I spent more than 3 years trying to be meaningfully involved at the DClinPsy groups for people who are Experts by Experience. It felt a bit like going round in circles and getting nowhere. I have to be honest.
Have you therefore taken any of my suggestions on board? As in Email attached.
- money/resources in (£444million underspend by Scottish Government at the end of 2014 report)
- creation of development/co-ordinator posts, employing psychiatric survivors, EbE (a decent salary for the user/carer/EBE person, not peanuts)
- moving quickly so as to keep the momentum going (two people in post within 6 months)
- A place at the table for a range of voices - questioning voices, survivors of psychiatry, service users, carers, family members, sceptics, fully signed up conscripts etc
- meaningful involvement which can be measured in outcomes, not just talk with no action (I've had a lot of that when engaging with civil/uncivil servants at Scottish Government who write documents that are not implemented)
[But some good news in Fife is that we have a Music Therapist in Stratheden Hospital and a new build IPCU, costing £4.4million, underway, which has my son's name on it, metaphorically speaking since he whistleblowed about the locked seclusion room and psychiatric abuse.]
I look forward to hearing from you. This Email will go into a blog post, for the sake of transparency and sharing of information.
"I was a founding member of both the CUSP and APEX groups": DClinPsy dialogue with NES Director - blog post with original letter I sent on 20 February 2015 to Judy Thomson and responses