Category Archives: ECT in the UK

ECT in Scotland 2016

This week (14 November 2017) the Scottish ECT Accreditation Network (SEAN) published their annual report on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in Scotland. In 2016 in Scotland 344 people received 408 courses of ECT, compared to 367 and 448 … Continue reading

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ECT in England 2011-2015

The journal of the British Psychological Society, Psychology and Psychotherapy: theory, research and practice, has published an article about the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England (An audit of ECT in England 2011-2015: Usage, demographics, and adherence to guidelines … Continue reading

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Bismarck, wet leaves, cheap wine, and a nun

Last month (September 2017) the National Health Service in England issued official guidance for general practitioners (GPs) on older people and mental health (Mental Health in Older People: A Practice Primer). The guidance is written by four psychiatrists and a … Continue reading

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ECTAS survey 2016/17

Earlier this month (July 2017) the Royal College of Psychiatrists published the results of a survey of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) use in 71 clinics in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. They found that two thirds of the … Continue reading

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ECT: back to the fifties

A recent episode of the popular TV series, Call the Midwife, set in the late 1950s to early 1960s, included a story-line about Sister Cynthia, a young midwife and nun, who became depressed after being attacked when out at night, … Continue reading

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ECT without consent in England: the highest users

Non-consenting patients make up an increasing proportion of people treated with electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in England. Most, though not all, of the people given ECT without their consent are treated under section 58A of the Mental Health Act. The patient … Continue reading

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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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