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the June 2012 CPD Online
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Dr Liz Hare, CPD Online
I’ve a confession to make. I have always had a
bit of an issue with planning my CPD. I know I’m supposed to do it
both in appraisal and with my peer group, but the truth is that
some of the most important things I have learned have been through
Serendipity. This has included listening to programmes on the
radio, having conversations over lunch with my colleagues, and
flicking through journals in the days before the Internet. In any
case, most of us draft PDPs which concentrate on our main work’s
tasks while keeping options open by having general aims.
The problem is with the unknown unknowns: you
might retain big gaps in your knowledge if you don’t spread your
gaze beyond the core business. I have to say that being privileged
to read all our modules at the draft stage has thrown up important
topics for me before I had perceived a need; for example,
obtaining ECGs before starting antipsychotics,
considering what constitutes spirituality, and
being proactive in testing for blood-borne viruses in newly
I’m very proud of the breadth of topics that
CPD Online offers in its modules and podcasts and would encourage
you all to try a topic a bit out of your usual sphere. You may not
remember all the details, but a new idea may take root to help move
your practice forward. What’s more, one of the modules
currently in the pipeline is concerned with how to compose a
CPD plan, so I can hope to get better at that too.
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The research base on this disorder is
sparse and the condition is often surrounded by diagnostic
confusion and therapeutic pessimism. So the advice and summary of
evidence in this module is particularly important. Understand the
underlying psychological processes to aid PPD’s management.
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view their care and improve your relationship with them.
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We’re all being made increasingly aware of the
physical health needs of our patients with long-term mental
illnesses, perhaps best summed up in the statistic that currently
they die – on average – a couple of decades before the
general population. This module, as well as presenting this complex
area in a structured, easy-to-digest format, also provides several
opportunities to reflect upon the barriers to reversing this trend.
I suspect none of us know how to do it right yet, and I valued the
chance to consider the (physical) issues in the context of my
clinical (psychiatric) practice.
This is a fascinating listen for anybody
trying to help patients with psychosis. For decades, conference
attendees have enjoyed incisive and well-informed debates/clashes
across the floor between these two world-class researchers on the
issues of the day. I found that hearing them reflect upon the last
forty years of psychosis research, what happened to major areas as
evidence came in, and where things are leading, was surprisingly
relevant to me as a clinician, as well as being of interest to me
as a researcher. Research tends to be highly specialised, and there
can be a tendency to only hear a defence of the researcher’s last
major grant(!); perspective on the field as a whole is harder to
come by, and this series of podcasts undoubtedly delivers.
Asking for a psychodynamic psychotherapy
opinion in general psychiatry
The pharmacological management of mania
Language and deafness in mental health
Psychotropic medication in breastfeeding
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The CPD Online Team