Category Archives: ECT in the UK

The Royal College ECT lecture: don’t mention its history!

The Royal College of Psychiatrists has created a template for a lecture on ECT. The lecture is designed to be given to a target audience which would include “Trust Boards, Clinical Commissioners, medical psychiatric trainees and associated health professionals new … Continue reading

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ECT given to young child(ren) in England

In England the NHS publishes statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Unfortunately, because many hospitals do not report their use of ECT, the statistics only pick up a fraction of ECT used, probably about a fifth to a … Continue reading

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ECT in The Guardian

On Monday 17th April 2017 The Guardian newspaper ran an article about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) under the heading: “Electroconvulsive therapy on the rise again in England: ECT stages comeback after years of decline, with thousands treated on NHS despite lack … Continue reading

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ECT and ketamine: the published results

Two groups of psychiatrists in the United Kingdom have been carrying out studies on the use of ketamine during ECT, one group in Scotland and the other in England. I have featured the studies here, here, here, here and here. Both … Continue reading

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ECT without consent in England 2015/16

In November 2016 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published their annual report on the monitoring of the Mental Health Act (MHA) in England. At the time of publication statistics on the use of the MHA were not yet available, but … Continue reading

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ECT and ketamine: the Manchester study results

The Manchester ECT and ketamine study has featured several times on this blog (just type ketamine into the search box and the posts will appear). The study is funded to the tune of about a million pounds by the National … Continue reading

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ECT in Northamptonshire: a data quality issue

I recently came across two references to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Northamptonshire, England. One was meant to be funny, but left me distinctly unamused; the other was some serious statistical stuff that I found unintentionally funny. The first reference came … Continue reading

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