One of the saddest things I’ve seen is patients who have been let down by a lack of service integration, who have had to tell their story multiple times and […]
Billy Boland: How has New Zealand been so successful in managing covid-19?
Jacinda Ardern won the New Zealand elections by a “historic landslide.” The result in part has been credited to the success of her management of coronavirus in the country. The […]
Billy Boland: What is the point of reaching out, if only to get knocked back by an ineffective system?
There is no doubt that raising awareness about mental health is a good thing. We’ve campaigned to break down stigma, carried out research, and developed policy. We’ve encouraged people to […]
Billy Boland: How can you know what culture you are operating in, and can it be measured?
It was Heraclitus, the pre-Socratic Philosopher who famously described the concept of constant change. As we move through our life and careers, what appears at first appear to be constant, […]
Billy Boland: Creating a culture where quality improvement is a way of life
I couldn’t think properly as I had heart palpitations. I didn’t know anyone and felt properly under the microscope. I was stressed out but trying to be at my best. […]
Billy Boland: Broken legs—the holy grail of outcome measures in mental health
Outcomes in mental health are getting a lot of attention of late. A troublesome concept for us; how do we measure what we do? Measurement is central to quality improvement […]
Billy Boland: Understanding resilience in the workplace
With work and the NHS the way that it is these days, it is really easy to take your eye off things like continuing professional development (CPD). As our roles […]
Billy Boland: Clinical audit is not dead
While Quality Improvement (QI) is enjoying a surge in popularity in health services, it can also suffer from an image problem. I’ve been told that it’s a fad, a management […]
Billy Boland: Isn’t it time for something radical to sustain our mental health workforce?
The reality of fewer psychiatrists is a problem that is not going to go away […]
Billy Boland: Generation Y’s approach is a sensible strategy for resilience
I enjoyed reading Victoria Twigg’s piece on the training needs of Generation Y recently. It is obvious we need to think much more about what attracts people into medicine and […]