Farewell to Gabriel Kirtchuk
from John Gordon
Susanna Abse, Chair of The British Psychoanalytic Council, will be appearing in three short Channel 4 films about how psychoanalysis can be applied to clarify and enhance the understanding of the deep divisions that emerged in the UK following the 2016 EU referendum. We hope the first edition will air on 18 August 2019.
We (the BPC, BACP and UKCP) promised to share with you the recurrent themes of the feedback we received in the recent SCoPEd consultation as soon as we could. As mentioned, we had some 3,000 individual comments on top of some 7,000 responses to the questionnaire. It seems, however, that we haven’t made it clear enough what this project is for and how it came about. So let’s start there with some important context and clarity.
NICE has agreed to postpone the publication of their draft guidance on adult depression to February 2020 and have also added a new consultation period prior to that date. The BPC, as part of a broad stakeholder coalition, has been supporting the call for NICE to develop its new guidelines on the management of depression in adults taking into account ‘parity of esteem’, long-term outcomes and important aspects of patients’ experience, such as quality of life and wellbeing.