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Welcome to the October 2016
CPD Online eNewsletter
Have you ever contemplated becoming a
peer reviewer of mental health services?
Conducting a review can be a good way to
develop your knowledge and understanding of how other services
operate, which can in turn generate new ideas for how to improve
your own service.
For anyone contemplating or preparing for this
role, we are pleased to offer a new free-to-access module, Core competencies for external review, produced
in association with the College
Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI). This module has been
used as part of wider competency-based training in external review,
and provides a comprehensive introduction to the reviewer role.
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Brexit means Brexit
By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online Editor
And so it does… although, as we’re all
realising, whatever side of the argument we took, none of us had a
very clear idea of what ‘Brexit’ meant then, and we still don’t.
Only time will tell, and as the months and years illuminate the
outworking of this tabloid label, plenty of us will learn, in
probably more detail than we would like, what it really is going to
mean. Such trite tautology is a safe rhetorical device under the
circumstances, and nothing more.
Words can have tremendous power without having
clear meaning: cancer, breakdown, and of course recovery and hope.
As professionals we need to stay aware of the power of a word as
well as its meaning, balancing our use of language to convey that
which is most helpful at any given moment, not merely using terms
to flex our professional and intellectual muscle.
CPD Online modules, authored by experienced professionals, can
help us all achieve as much clarity as can be had over terms we use
in our working day. Bipolar depression,
Hoarding and Metabolic syndrome are all covered by recent
modules that will help us not only to help our patients, but to do
so by knowing what we’re talking about.
Catatonia: a guide for
Catatonia was historically thought of as a subtype of
schizophrenia, and has only relatively recently been understood as
a diagnostic entity in itself. It is still poorly recognised by
most clinicians, and left untreated catatonia can lead to serious
medical complications and even death. This module covers the
assessment and management procedures for catatonia and will be of
interest to psychiatrists working in any clinical setting.
Core competencies for external
review (free module)
Conducting a review can be a good way to develop your knowledge
and understanding of how other services operate, which can in turn
generate new ideas for how to improve your own service. The role
can be highly stimulating and rewarding; however, it is also very
demanding and requires considerable preparation, application and
teamwork. This module will take you through some of the tasks and
competencies needed to carry out the role successfully.
Transferring care between age-specific
services: young people’s transitions
Healthcare transitions faced by young people with mental health
problems and disorders can be extremely challenging, and managing
the transitions well is vital. Dr Moli Paul, Professor Swaran Singh
and Dr Cathy Street set out the principles of good practice and key
aspects of the law. Case studies facilitate reflection on how
personal clinical practice and service development might be
Assessing people with psychiatric rehabilitation
This module provides a framework for guiding rehabilitation
assessment and it emphasises the importance of considering risk and
other challenging behaviours which may limit participation. The
purpose of assessment is discussed and a model for guiding this
process is put forward, including guidance on adopting a broad
approach to the assessment of symptoms, social functioning and
Have you tried these podcasts?:
The mental health needs of
Refugees are subject to a wide range of day-to-day stressors,
and many will have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. In
this podcast Ruth Wells talks to Raj Persaud about her experiences
working with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and discusses how mental
health professionals can best address their psychosocial needs.
Suicide and the
Dr Aaron Reeves and colleagues have recently published the
following paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry: 'Economic
suicides in the Great Recession in Europe and North America'. This
report estimates that the Great Recession is associated with at
least 10,000 additional economic suicides between 2008 and 2010. Dr
Raj Persaud discusses the paper's findings with Dr Reeves and why
recession may be linked to suicide.
View our most popular modules and podcasts
Highlights of the September
Tomorrow’s world: current developments in the
therapeutic use of technology for psychosis
There is an established evidence base for
the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to
support mental healthcare for common psychiatric problems. Drawing
on literature and internet searches and expert interviews, O'Hanlon
et al outline the use of computers, mobile phones, gaming
and virtual reality in the assessment and treatment of
Adverse psychiatric effects of
Patients presenting to psychiatrists
frequently have comorbid medical conditions for which they are
receiving treatment. Gupta & Chadda review the literature on
psychiatric adverse effects of various non-psychotropic
medications, and discuss the mechanisms of such effects, their
assessment and management.
We are always keen to hear your ideas for new module and podcast
topics. Information about writing for CPD Online can be viewed on
our Contribute page.
We are also looking to commission modules on the following
The media's impact on women (the female
Reproductive and sexual health in
If you are interested in contributing or if you would like to
make a topic suggestion, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Spread the word to your junior colleagues: CPD Online's
sister site Trainees Online (TrOn) is a
great resource and revision tool for trainees preparing for their
MRCPsych exams. It is currently free to access for trainees and
other College Members.
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heavily discounted rate on the British Association for
Psychopharmacology's Online CPD resource? See your My CPD Online
page for details.
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The CPD Online Team
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