Category Archives: ECT in the UK

ECT patient information leaflets

Psychologist Christopher Harrop and colleagues have recently (June 2021) published an article in the journal Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry: “How accurate are ECT patient information leaflets provided by mental health services in England and the Royal College of Psychiatrists? … Continue reading

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ECT: another lie in Parliament

In a post in January 2021 I wrote about a misleading answer given by Nadine Dorries (Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care).In response to a question about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) asked by shadow minister for mental health … Continue reading

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ECT: an exciting and rare opportunity

Hywel Dda University Health Board are advertising for a nurse to join their electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) team. An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Electroconvulsive Therapy Recovery (ECT) Nurse to join the ECT Team for Hywel … Continue reading

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ECT in Texas 2019/20

Texas Health and Human Services have recently published (April 2021) their annual statistics on the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). “ECT providers submitted 2,645 ECT reports and administered 16,895 treatments to patients across all four quarters of fiscal year 2020.” … Continue reading

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ECT in Manchester

Today’s edition of the Manchester Evening News (26 April 2021) includes an article with the title “Mental health boss defends use of controversial ECT ‘shock’ therapy for depression”. The article briefly discusses the recently published second independent audit of electroconvulsive … Continue reading

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ECT in England, Wales and Ireland 2018/19: detained patients outnumber informal patients

The latest survey (2018-19) from the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Electroconvulsive Therapy Accreditation Service (ECTAS) shows that, for the first time, over half of ECT patients were detained. The proportion of people given ECT without their consent however remained at … Continue reading

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ECT and a misdiagnosis in Lincolnshire

On 9 April the BBC ran a disturbing story about a young woman who was sectioned and given electroconvulsive therapy (ECT )when she was suffering from encephalitis, which psychiatrists at the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust had failed to diagnose. … Continue reading

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ECT: would John Conolly have approved?

In my last post I wrote about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the John Conolly suite at the West London NHS Trust. Who was John Conolly and why does he have an ECT suite named after him? Conolly was an early … Continue reading

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ECT in the John Conolly suite

How many superlatives can you pack into a brief paragraph about electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)? This one is from the website of the West London NHS Trust. “Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) provides an essential treatment for patients with very severe psychiatric symptoms … Continue reading

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Second independent audit of ECT in England, 2019

The journal Psychology and Psychotherapy has just (March 2021) published an article about the use of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) by John Read and others (“A second independent audit of electroconvulsive therapy in England, 2019: Usage, demographics, consent, and adherence to … Continue reading

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