Monthly Archives: November 2012

Sphygmomanometers, remedial gymnasts and mental health work

For an example of how health care tasks can become attached to different groups of people over time, then look no further than the measurement of blood pressure. One of the stories my grandmother told me when she was alive … Continue reading

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Blogging on the bus: floods, mental health and more wicked problems

A brief post as I make my way, by bus, to a meeting at the University Hospital of Wales. What’s the connection between the prevention of floods (noting the terrible weather we’ve been having, again) and the promotion of mental … Continue reading

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The Willis Commission

Nursing education sometimes gets a bad press. Students following degree-level pre-registration courses have been variously described as ‘too posh to wash’, or ‘too clever to care’. I’ve never got the argument that it’s an either/or thing. Why can’t nurses be … Continue reading

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Wicked problems

In my first posts I wrote about a paper Michael Coffey and I published in 2011 in the journal Health Policy, and said I’d explore a way of making an ‘author accepted manuscript’ available for free download via Cardiff University’s … Continue reading

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Mental Health Nurse Academics UK (MHNAUK)

Over a period of almost a decade Mental Health Nurse Academics UK (MHNAUK) has grown in size and stature. The group has been chaired by a series of fine people: Patrick Callaghan, John Playle, Linda Cooper (who I work with … Continue reading

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The Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010

This is important, if you happen to use (and/or work in) mental health services in Wales. The Mental Health (Wales) Measure 2010 sets out to drive up standards across a number of areas: mental health in primary care; care coordination … Continue reading

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Some opening thoughts (2)

Yesterday I opened this blog with a reference to a paper Michael Coffey and I published in 2011. I briefly talked about ‘wicked problems’, linking back to Rittel and Webber’s original article introducing this term. In our paper Michael and … Continue reading

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