Derek Tracy

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Derek is a Consultant Psychiatrist and the Associate Clinical Director for crisis, inpatient, and rehabilitation services at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, London. His clinical interests include crisis care, and in particular, patient experience within this. His team’s digitised dashboard with live-data on patient clinical and psychosocial functioning is award winning and part of the new Positive Practice Mental Health Directory. He sits on the Expert Reference Group with the NHS England/National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health programme on achieving better access to care, which is due to publish national standards for crisis care in 2017. He is a BRC Research Fellow and neuromodulation lead at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and runs MSc modules there on psychopharmacology and mental health in the community. In 2015 he won the KCL Teaching Excellence Award. He has published over fifty peer-reviewed scientific papers and eight book chapters, most dealing with psychopharmacology and psychosis, and he has just published two commissioned papers on novel psychoactive substances (‘legal highs’) for the BMJ. He sits on the editorial board of the British Journal of Psychiatry, and writes its ‘Kaleidoscope’ and ‘Highlights’ columns. He is interested in the wider dissemination of mental health, and is part of the BJPsych Social Media group; in a project with the Mental Health Foundation, he undertakes monthly service-user involved podcasts on developments in mental health and neuroscience He tweets in a personal capacity on @derektracy1 and can be emailed at


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Recovering Quality of Life (ReQOL) scale: a PROM you don’t want to miss


Martina Sawicka and Derek Tracy take a look at the ReQOL scale (Recovering Quality of Life): a patient reported outcome measure (PROM) for use with people experiencing mental health difficulties.

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Novel Psychoactive Substances: bridging the knowledge gap


Derek Tracy takes a first look at the Novel Psychoactive Substances in the UK Project; an NIHR-funded empirical and conceptual review that recommends research priorities in the field.

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People with severe mental illness die younger and things are getting worse


Judith Harrison publishes her debut blog on a recent cohort study in the British Journal of Psychiatry, which shows that the “mortality gap” is increasing for people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

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“Won’t you be my neighbour?” Psychosis and violent reoffending: does where you live matter?


Derek Tracy and Krisna Patel consider neighbourhood influences on violent reoffending risk in released prisoners diagnosed with psychotic disorders.

The blog also features a half hour audio podcast with the lead researcher Amir Sariaslan, the blogger Derek Tracy and Chief Elf André Tomlin.

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A crisis map: charting the topography of home treatment


Derek Tracy and Lisa Lloyd look back over the last 17 years of mental health crisis care and consider the findings of a new survey of Crisis Resolution Teams in England.

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Finding the right care in a crisis


Derek Tracy writes his debut Mental Elf blog on a recent study that explored the clinical factors that impacted on outcomes in crisis resolution services across two large mental health Trusts in London.

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