the case i can't forget

It all happened so fast that I didn’t even realise I had been hit. I just found myself on the floor, confused, with a throbbing head.
Until this case, I had always somehow managed to compartmentalise my personal feelings about my clients' offending behaviour. I had never looked at somebody like I looked at Mark Bridger and felt so utterly repelled.
Catherine was 19 and, usually, the life and soul of our classroom. But as she prepared for her imminent release, she also prepared to return to the abuse and homelessness that prison had sheltered her from.
There are some patients that we can’t help but carry along with us.
In my work as a teacher, I have begun to see the death of young men in London as an occupational hazard. It’s on the news weekly. How has this become normal?
Emma’s experience shines a light on the punitive way we often treat people who use substances to cope with emotional pain.
To this day, nearly a quarter of a century later, I think about Baby M's family every Christmas. Some jobs change you forever.
Elsa only ever misses one day of school each year, and that is Red Nose Day. It isn’t the £1 you have to donate, it’s because no uniform is worn.
During a rare moment of downtime, I start to catch up on my 23 crime reports. But being a detective is being constantly thwarted: 10 minutes later I'm in an unmarked car on a jammed London road. This is not a blue lights call.
Harris was a 14-year-old who had been expelled from mainstream education. It took months of hard work and dedication and consistency to gain his trust – and just seconds to lose it.
It still hurts, but I’ve come to accept that the nature of working in mental health means my patient group will always be high risk.
Our patient was bleeding. She was also seven months pregnant, did not speak English and we had limited medical history. Just for this patient alone, we ticked off several chapters from the obstetric emergencies book.
I remember that case for two reasons. One, because it was bloody awful and two, because afterwards, I cracked on because I had other sick people to take care of
Not only was James suffering physical symptoms, he was also homeless and extremely anxious about being discharged. It was hardly surprising his mental health was at rock bottom.
The diagnosis made sense as the patient was the colour of Homer Simpson – from the early series, when the contrast was much more extreme and everyone looked like a cave painting
Miss Patel was a 65-year-old woman in the grip of psychosis and had been refusing to eat or drink for three days.
As a probation officer, I knew I couldn't help everyone. But Graham was one of my most difficult cases, and I really didn't want to be another person who labelled him a 'lost cause'
One morning on the ward round the vascular surgeons came to see Derrick. They told him that the left leg was not going to heal and that it had begun to die.
In a new series, HuffPost UK hears from the people working at the coalface of public service about the cases they have carried with them throughout their careers.
As with any disaster, a series of things need to go wrong for it to happen – and this fire was no different.