Charlotte Huggett and Ian McGeoghegan blog about a case study, which looks at unifying treatment for mild anxiety and depression in preadolescence.[read the full story...]
Deep brain stimulation for severe depression: could ‘brain pacemakers’ be the answer for some?
Alexandra Pike, Alexis An Yee Low and Jonathan Roiser critically appraise a recent n-of-1 study on ‘brain pacemakers for depression’, which received extensive press coverage earlier this month. The case study looks at deep brain stimulation (closed-loop neuromodulation) in an individual with treatment-resistant depression.[read the full story...]
“Tell Me Your Story”: using Narrative Exposure Therapy to help youth with PTSD
Will Koehler explores a case study which provides very early evidence that adapted narrative exposure therapy may be helpful in treating PTSD in adolescents.[read the full story...]
Mentalisation-based treatment for pathological narcissism
In her debut blog, KCL student Harley McIntosh explores a paper that proposes a developmental model of narcissism centring on impairments in mentalisation. The case study paper then encourages the use of mentalisation-based treatment (MBT) for the treatment of pathological narcissism.[read the full story...]
Timebanking: from ideal to reality
There is increasing interest in co-production in public services and in social care. This blog reports on a PhD study of timebanks which are now seen as an example of co-production but have a long history in being promising indications of mutual aid and reciprocal support between members of local communities. Social care interest groups [read the full story…]
Parents and volunteers’ experiences of family support
Jo Moriarty’s blog looks at parents and volunteers’ experiences of Home-Start, a family support programme, via the theoretical framework of liminality.[read the full story...]
From charity to social enterprise: a case study highlights challenges in adopting self-directed support policy
Jenny Fisher considers the perspectives of staff, managers and service users of a Scottish social care charitable organisation for children with complex needs, which faces funding and organisational change, brought about by self-directed support legislation.[read the full story...]
What does patient and public involvement feel like?
Alison Turner explores a recent study of patient and public involvement in clinical commissioning, which found that PPI representatives are often uncertain about their role and how their contribution is used.[read the full story...]
Economic impact of youth mental health services in the UK
Alastair Canaway and Chris Sampson look at a new PSSRU report on youth mental health services in the UK, and how they affect health, education and employment.[read the full story...]
Reducing specialist inpatient beds for people with learning disabilities: some issues explored
Transforming Care, the government’s response to WInterbourne view, set some clear targets for the development of community services and the reduction on specialist inpatient bed numbers.
Here Alix Dixon looks at a paper, which used some illustrative case examples to explore some of the policy and practice issues around these targets.[read the full story...]