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Welcome to my blog.
Over the next few months I hope to provide an insight into the
Royal College of Psychiatrists Volunteer Scheme link with the
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in
Dhaka. I will be the first volunteer to take part in the
scheme and will be flying out to Dhaka on 21 February 2012 for
three months. The blog aims to cover the background to the
link, experiences along the way, and hopefully act as a
catalyst for those interested in the volunteer scheme and who may
possibly take part in the Bangladesh link in the future.
The first official blog entry will follow shortly!
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Dr Adrian Phillipson is an ST5 in general adult psychiatry,
based in South Yorkshire. He is currently part way through a
year out from his training rotation, utilising the time to pursue
research and travel interests. Adrian is the first
psychiatrist to take part in a new Royal College of Psychiatrists
Volunteer Scheme Link with the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka,
Bangladesh. He hopes that this blog will provide good insight
into the link, and will encourage others thinking of taking part in
the volunteer scheme.
Adrian’s attraction to transcultural psychiatry stemmed from a
chance encounter with a local practitioner in Malawi in 2003, where
he witnessed a traditional healing ceremony for psychosis. He
has further developed his interest through completing a masters
degree in Transcultural
Mental Health Care at Queen Mary, University of London, as well as
through further overseas exposure. In 2010 Adrian made
an initial scoping visit to Bangladesh to look at mental health
services and help establish a sustainable link. A report from
this project can be found here.