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Tag Archives: Trends

Mental Health and Violence

From BBC News: Bipolar disorder ‘not to blame for violent behaviour’ People with a severe mental illness are no more likely to be violent than anyone else – unless they abuse drugs or alcohol, a study has suggested. [source] I read this article with interest because it reminded me of when, some years ago asContinue Reading

UK Government axes child protection database – ContactPoint

From The Press Association: A £224 million government database holding the records of all 11 million children in England has been scrapped.  [source] What a wasted opportunity to assist professionals to protect vulnerable children and young people. So much developmental work had already been undertaken on ContactPoint, an important and much needed project which wouldContinue Reading

London Ambulance Service decides they will no longer use Emergency Care Practitioners as part of their workforce

In response to requests from their commissioners, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) has decided that they will no longer employ Emergency Care Practitioners (ECPs) as part of their workforce. Existing ECPs will be transitioned into suitable alternative employment, with the hope that they will contribute their varied skills in their new roles. Reflecting onContinue Reading

Funny Histories

I have to stifle a snigger sometimes when I am trying to obtain a history from some patients. On occasion the things they come out with are comic genius; you couldn’t make them up if you wanted to. Here is a small selection of recent examples. Some of these serve as lessons of what notContinue Reading

Hiding after a car crash

Ever seen the Thunderbirds trees that lean over to the side and then move back?  How about Batman’s bush that collapses to allow him to join the road from the batcave which then pops back up to hide the path? When we receive a call for a road traffic collision (RTC) it isn’t usually tooContinue Reading

One Year On…

I have been looking back over some old posts and find it hard to believe that it has already been a year since the birth of my website. It hasn’t always been easy making the time to write the posts, but somehow I always seem to get there just in the nick of time. IContinue Reading

Roll up roll up

I don’t get angry with people very often or easily but on a call one evening I was getting pretty close to it; the ignorance of some people never fails to astound me. Martin is a doctor, friend and colleague and he spent the day with me on one of my shifts on the car.Continue Reading

The Day I Didn't Die (by a man who isn't called Jack)

By now you all know Charlotte (see previous posts): she is the one that always means we have a real emergency or a bit of trauma when she is out with me for the day. This day was no exception. In the morning we were called to a 36 year old professional man talking withContinue Reading

Common Sense: How common is it?

I have come to the conclusion that common sense isn’t all that common – in fact it may be rapidly heading towards extinction. You may already know that I work part time in an Emergency Department in a local hospital. A mum came in last week with her eight year old lad who had beenContinue Reading

2009 London Triathlon

The 2009 London Triathlon took place on the 1st and 2nd of August. I worked there for both days as part of a team stationed in the finish line first-aid post. As well as the London Ambulance Service there were St John’s Ambulance and also a team of doctors and Emergency Nurse Practitioners to provideContinue Reading

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