A Disorder for Everyone Festival 2021
4 patient safety activists discuss their efforts for an independent review of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) use in England in this year’s A Disorder for Everyone Festival.
Learn about the campaigners’ aims and find links to related resources: Guest blog: Call for an independent review into the practice of ECT
Lucy Johnston is a consultant clinical psychologist and author. She is a long-time advocator for ECT reform.
John Read is a professor of clinical psychology of East London with numerous publications to his name. He has been in the ECT reform space for many years following his first-hand experience with electroshock recipients while in the nursing field.
Chris Harrop is a private practicing clinical psychologist with 20+ years of experience working for the National Health Service (NHS). He has numerous publications on psychosis and is the coauthor of many of the freedom of information (FOA) requests regarding the UK’s ECT practice, regulation, or lack thereof.
Dr. Susan Cunliffe, MBchB honours
Sue Cunliffe is a former pediatrician and abuse survivor who suffered life-changing permanent damage from electroconvulsive therapy. She is a passionate campaigner for patient safety through raising awareness, informed consent, regulation, and proper practice of ECT.
Sarah Price Hancock MS, CRC
Misdiagnosis of a medically treatable illness led Sarah to years of polypharmacy and 116 ECT treatments. Sarah now lives with the devastating long-term consequences of electrical injury. She is campaigning for the audit and regulation of ECT.
Further Reading on ECT in England
- Breaking ECT News in the UK – BBC Hereford & Worcestershire, 2021
- Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) | Royal College of Psychiatrists (rcpsych.ac.uk)
- John Read and Irving Kirsch – Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Does the Evidence From Clinical Trials Justify its Continued Use? – Mad in the UK
- A second independent audit of electroconvulsive therapy in England, 2019: Usage, demographics, consent, and adherence to guidelines and legislation – PubMed (nih.gov)
- The effectiveness of electroconvulsive therapy: A literature review
- ECT: Dangerous on Either Side of the Pond (psychiatrictimes.com)
- 4 patient safety activists discuss their efforts for an independent review of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) in the UK.
- Guest blog: Call for an independent review into the practice of ECT – (cepuk.org)
- ECT Survivor Interview – The Depression Files Podcast – Life After ECT
- Petition · Standardize, Regulate & Audit Shock Treatments (Electroconvulsive therapy or ECT) · Change.org
- 80 Years On, Do We Know If Electroconvulsive Therapy Works? | Psychology Today United Kingdom
- Why aren’t patients being told truth about electric shock therapy? | Daily Mail Online
- More Than a Third of English ECT Patients Given Procedure Without Consent, Study Suggests – Mad In America
- Investigation Reveals Alarming ECT Practices in England (madinamerica.com)
- Andy’s ECT Story
- ECT Survivor Interview – The Depression Files Podcast
- Living With ECT (electroconvulsive Therapy) Brain Injury; Failed by ECTAS, RCPSYCH, NICE, and CQC