Learning opportunities

Lucy Cartoon

Contrary to this platitude, used by the NHS to disguise a cock-up, this is a real learning opportunity.

Three of these books were used for public questions at the last Southern Health Board Meeting and many Trust Directors expressed an interest in obtaining them.¹

They are essential reading for Southern Health service users, complainants and staff too. The two by Lucy la Zouche are of special relevance: readers can work out why for themselves.


The NHS, the Uniform & the Blackberry® ²

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A gripping, true story about bullying in the NHS. The subject of the book, a Mental Health Nurse Trainer, got into a downward spiral of Reactive Depression after being subjected to extreme Workplace Stress. His management, some of them qualified Mental Health clinicians, ignored his symptoms and treated him as a delinquent.

Copyright: Lucy la Zouche 2013



Lucy likens the disciplinary process to a Kangaroo Court:

“A mock court in which the principles of law and justice are disregarded or perverted.”

Complainants could apply the same description to Southern Health’s complaints process.

NMC Survival Guide (2nd Edition) ²

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The aim of this book is to provide a guide, which will demystify a protracted and stressful process and, help nurses and midwives get the best possible results. This 2nd Edition includes all the legislative and associated changes up to November 2015. For the rest of us, it is an interesting guide to how one health regulator operates.

Copyright: Lucy la Zouche 2014 & 2015



Medical Ethics and Law (2nd Edition)

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This academic tome provides an up-to-date, clear and accessible account of medical ethics and law. It will assist some Southern Health complainants too, for example ethical issues and law relating to detention under the Mental Health Act 1983 and reporting mentally ill patients to the police.

Copyright: Elsevier Limited 2003 & 2008.



Ironically, this tome was recommended by the excellent Dr Mayura Deshpande, Chair of Southern Health’s Clinical Ethics Committee.

Southern Health should not (but already have and probably will continue to) disagree with views expressed in a textbook recommended by the Chair of its own Clinical Ethics Committee – but at least complainants will be fully prepared!

The Indian Lunacy Act, 1912: The historic background

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This 1987 paper on the Indian Lunacy Act 1912, enacted under the rule of the British Crown, includes a section: ‘The British Background’. (Free access)


This section is a useful summary of the history of mental health legislation in Britain extending back 172 years and supports an inconsistency between The Mental Health Act 1983 and Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights. More to follow.

As a point of interest, it is astonishing to note that the word, ‘Lunacy’ was not replaced in Indian Law until The Mental Health Bill 1986. Even Southern Health’s service users should be grateful for that.

For another relevant book, click here.


¹ CRASH has access to sales trends on Lucy’s two books: it will be interesting to see if there is a spike after the Board Meeting.

² The books by Lucy la Zouche are available through the links provided – or Amazon


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