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Welcome to the April 2016 CPD
anniversary, CPD Online
By Dr Shyamal Mashru, CPD Online
Is this the first time you have come across
CPD Online? If so, a late welcome to you as we celebrate our
10th anniversary. If, on the other hand, you have been a
subscriber for years, let me inform you of how far we have
With CPD Online, the online learning tool for
consultant-level psychiatrists, you are able to view a whole host
of interactive modules that are followed by tests to solidify your
learning. We currently have 185 modules available online. Modules
are tailored to suit your needs and specialty. They fall into 22
subject categories, from cultural diversity to intellectual
disability to management and leadership. Module lengths vary from
30 up to 90 minutes with different amounts of CPD accreditation
accordingly – though you can always alter the CPD hours on your
end-of-module certificate if you have taken more or less than the
default recommended time. Module domains consist of academic,
clinical and professional. Modules can be searched quickly
according to duration, domain and specific category.
My favourite part of CPD Online is the
podcasts with many eminent psychiatrists. Like the written modules,
the 94 podcasts can be searched easily by CPD domain and duration.
Although you can listen to the podcasts without subscribing, you
will need to subscribe and pass the test to generate a CPD Online
If you haven’t yet subscribed and aren’t sure
if it’s for you, try our free modules
to get a taster of this well developed learning tool.
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Changing the CPD credits –
Taken longer or shorter than our recommended time on a module or
podcast? You will have the option to change the time allocated when
you generate your end of module or podcast certificate. Just choose
the time you would like to allocate from the dropdown menu and
insert a supporting comment in the space provided.
CPD domains – Want more
guidance on what falls into the different CPD domains? You can find
out more about these and other CPD requirements in the College’s
professional development – Guidance for psychiatrists document.
As with the time taken, with CPD Online you can change the
allocated CPD domain when you come to generate your end of
The management of hyperprolactinemia in psychiatric
Some medications prescribed by
psychiatrists elevate prolactin levels. This can lead to adverse
health outcomes. Develop your awareness of the symptoms and find
out how to best manage the consequences, supported by a good
understanding of prolactin physiology and regulation.
Lithium is an established treatment for
bipolar disorder and an augmenting agent for depression. However,
despite proven effectiveness, renal adverse effects of lithium are
common and close monitoring is essential. Find out how to look for
signs of adverse effects with this module. It provides a general
overview but focuses on chronic kidney disease.
Depression in children and adolescents: Part
Part 2 [Fully revised and updated
by the author December 2015]
Depression in the young can have a huge impact in both childhood
and later life, yet detection rates are disappointing and
treatments can be ineffective. How can we improve our service? This
module has the answers.
Part 2 explores management and treatments in greater
Managing the adverse effects of
Clozapine is recommended for treatment-resistant schizophrenia,
but concerns over adverse effects can lead to delayed treatment and
premature withdrawal. Improve your understanding of the drug’s
potential adverse effects, gain confidence in alleviating them and
learn effective management strategies.
Acute care is changing, very much for the better in terms of
therapeutic input, patient involvement in their own care, and
meaningful activities. Improved staff satisfaction and motivation
is both cause and effect of these improvements. This module looks
at some of the key components of constructive acute in-patient
wards and the role of the psychiatrist
in enabling positive changes.
Jung's approach to life and psychotherapy
Tony Woolfson talks to Raj Persaud about C.G.
Jung's approach to psychotherapy, adding a historical perspective
and touching on the differences between Jungian and Freudian
Metabolic syndrome and schizophrenia
Rapid tranquillisation of the acutely
disturbed patient in CAMHS
View our most popular modules and
Highlights of the March
parents’ substance misuse on children: an
Velleman & Templeton discuss the risk factors that
children affected by parental substance misuse face; the protective
factors, protective processes and evidence of resilience; and what
practitioners can do to modify the impact on these children of
their parents’ behaviour.
Keeping up to date with the best evidence
on treatments is an essential part of clinical practice, but it can
seem an overwhelming task. Smith et al discuss the strengths and
limitations of different types of evidence synthesis to enable the
reader to feel more confident in their skills of critical appraisal
in assessing the scientific information to use in clinical
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.
Did you know current CPD Online subscribers
are eligible for a heavily discounted rate on the British
Association for Psychopharmacology’s Online CPD resource?
(See your My CPD Online
page for details.)
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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