Category Archives: ECT in the UK

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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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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