Reith Lectures on BBC iPlayer

The BBC has made its archive of Reith Lectures, going back to 1948, available on BBC iPlayer.  Recordings and transcripts can be downloaded from .

At the time of writing there’s no option to perform a subject search but the lectures are listed by decade.


Twitter feeds added

I’ve added a link to tweets from organisations such as the Howard League to my blog.  This list will grow over the next few days, so any suggestions for additions you’d like (work-related of course) will be well received.  Ideally I would have liked to have the tweets automatically displayed but WordPress strips out some of the code (apparently for security reasons) so, after much blood, sweat and tears, this seemed the best way forward.

Thanks go to Jane Challinor and Matthew Gough for suggesting this development.

Department for Education on YouTube

Have a look at this at  There’s a clip of the launch of the Bailey report (see below post).

Common Core Principles for Supporting People with Dementia: a guide to training the social care and health workforce

This DoH-commissioned guide has been produced by Skill for Care and Skills for Health, to help health and social care workers support people with dementia.  Access the document here.

Children and Young People’s Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health National Support Team – the learning: “What good looks like”

This Department of Health report “outlines the key elements of ‘What good looks like’ in terms of improving outcomes locally for the emotional wellbeing of all children and young people and children and young people with a specific mental health need.” [taken from the website].  The report can be downloaded from the Department of Health website.

What is a mental/psychiatric disorder? From DSM-IV to DSM-V

This journal article from “Psychological Medicine” tackles issues raised from attempting to define mental illness.  The full citation and text can be found by clicking here .

New therapy brings results for troubled young people

“Re-offending in troubled and aggressive young people can be significantly cut using a pioneering new mental health approach known as Multisystemic Therapy, a UK conference was told this week” [taken from the website].