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BUCHANAN, Dr Alec William (b 1958)
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BUCHANAN, Dr Alec William (b 1958)

  • IOP/PP8
  • Collection
  • [1984]-2001

The collection consists of working papers relating to Buchanan's professional career as a forensic psychiatrist in the UK, [1984]-2001, chiefly research papers relating to the Special Hospitals Service Authority and psychiatric reports relating to Maudsley Hospital patients. Section 1 comprises papers arising from the daily administrative operations of Maudsley Hospital London. Section 2 contains research notes, questionnaires and criminal record 'multiple enquiry forms' produced from the Home Office Offenders Index. This material relates to an unpublished study conducted by Buchanan, 1992-1995, of discharged special hospital patients convicted of violent re-offences. The findings, intended to inform the decision making of those entrusted with the care of special hospital patients, were funded by the Special Hospitals Service Authority. There are also confidential psychiatric reports (see ref 3/1 to 3/6), produced by forensic psychiatrists at Maudsley Hospital, London. The reports evaluate an individual's competency to stand trial, defences based on mental diseases or defects (for instance the "insanity" defence), and sentencing recommendations. Section 4 contains questionnaires relating to a project funded by the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation focused on developing the Maudsley Assessment of Delusions Schedule to provide a more accurate and effective way of assessing patient's delusions. Section 5 consists of papers relating a psychiatric case assessed by Buchanan in his capacity as a member of the Serious Untoward Incident Panel of the Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and Mental Health NHS Trust. The collection also includes photocopies of articles from medical publications and on-line resources compiled by Buchanan which relate to the ethical connotations of patient confidentiality in connection with medical trials and research (see ref 6/1).

Buchanan, Alec William, b 1958, forsenic psychiatrist

CLOSED Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and Mental Health NHS Trust, 1996-2001

Papers relating to a psychiatric case put before the Serious Untoward Incident Panel of the Hounslow and Spelthorne Community and Mental Health NHS Trust. Buchanan was a member of the panel. Including: minutes of Panel meetings; policy and procedure document; photocopy of guidelines on the Care Programme Approach; serious incident reports; Buchanan's handwritten notes; clinical notes, 1996-2001. [The Trust was established in 1992 and dissolved in 2002. It provided health and social care services for people with mental health problems including counselling and other psychological therapies, community and family support, or general health screening]. 1 file

Photocopies of journal articles relating to ethical debates surrounding the protection of patient confidentiality, 1993-[2000]

Photocopies of articles by various medical practitioners in medical publications such as the British Medical Journal, and bibliographies; copies of webpages from medical and legal websites such as the British Medical Association website. Concerning patient confidentiality and relevant legislation such as the Health and Social Care Act 2001, in connection with medical trials and research, 1993-[2000]. 1 file

Special Hospitals Service Authority (SHSA) study

The Schedule was developed in the early 1990s by a project at the Department of Forensic Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, London. It was funded by the John D and Catherine T, MacArthur Foundation. The project is sometimes known as the MacArthur-Maudsley Delusions Assessment Schedule.