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Welcome to the October 2015 CPD
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By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online
There are many sophisticated assistants out
there on the internet. My daughter’s French teacher accused one of
her pupils of using Google Translate to do their homework, a
translation from English to French. The child was outraged, and
demanded to know how the teacher could assume such a thing, let
alone accuse them of it. The teacher kept their cool: ‘Well,
firstly, the passage you’ve submitted is in Spanish…’
As with DIY, a power tool in the hands of the
uninformed merely allows us to make a mess of things faster. Here
at CPD Online we are all too aware that access to information is no
longer the challenge. Instead, we support senior clinicians with
years of experience in presenting what they have learnt about a
field, in an interesting and engaging manner, encouraging them to
go beyond stating what is in every textbook to describe how they
apply this in practice, in a complex and varied world.
Recent modules include the topics
Minimising in-patient suicides and
Time management for psychiatrists. Neither of these are
areas in which there is a single correct strategy, and both require
reflection, tailoring what is known to one’s professional setting.
I hope they are both stimulating and ultimately useful, since
improvements in either area should contribute to our ultimate
shared goal of improved patient care.
Psychiatric aspects of dizziness: a question of
This comprehensive module will give you a good background of the
basics of balance and phenomenology of dizziness, aid you in
examining the patient, and enable you to make decisions to best
help those experiencing psychiatric dizziness.
Recently revised modules:
stigma [Fully updated and
revised by the authors July 2015]
Stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness
have been public health challenges for many years and continue to
be a threat to the well-being and life satisfaction of people with
mental illness. This module looks at the impact of stigma and
discrimination on the public and private lives of people with
mental illness, and at what psychiatrists and others can do to
This module will help you identify those at risk of poor
psychological outcome as a result of bereavement and the
interventions that can reduce that risk. Gain confidence in
discussing the causes of physical and psychological ill health and
increased mortality associated with bereavement, learn about
prolonged grief disorder, and understand the current theories of
bereavement and its consequences.
What can zombies teach us about
Timothy Versynen talks to Raj Persaud about
what zombies can teach us about the human brain.
Children’s mental health within Scottish
Patient safety in mental health: CCQI module
Psychedelic drug therapy in psychiatry
Leadership and management series: Part 3 –
pragmatic leadership in teams and groups
View our most popular modules and
New from BJPsych Advances:
Highlights of the September
New approaches to
treating resistant depression
Philip Cowen and Ian Anderson update the evidence on
recommended treatments for persistent major depression and review
the prospects of more experimental approaches. New studies support
the use of various atypical antipsychotics as adjunctive agents to
SSRIs, and there is optimism about pharmacological strategies based
on glutamatergic and anti-inflammatory mechanisms.
Serotonin syndrome (serotonin toxicity or
serotonin toxidrome) is a potentially serious but predictable
reaction that might be missed in practice. Rabia Ellahi's article
considers the clinical presentation of the syndrome, diagnostic
criteria and the multiple pathways that may contribute to its
development, with particular emphasis on the cytochrome P450 enzyme
Don’t forget to tell your junior colleagues
about CPD Online’s ‘sister site’ Trainees Online (TrOn) – currently
free to access for trainees and other College Members.
Subscribe to or
renew with CPD Online – subscriptions can start from
any point during the year.
With best wishes,
The CPD Online Team
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