Welcome to the
October 2012 CPD Online e-newsletter.
The CPD Online Editor, Dr Liz Hare, is
stepping down after a very successful term of office. Dr Hare has
helped us commission many extremely popular modules and podcasts
and increase both the number of members subscribing to CPD Online
and the site’s authority. We would like to thank Dr Hare for her
extensive time and advice and wish her all the best in her
Interested in applying for the post of CPD Online Editor?
By Dr Liz Hare, CPD
Having been the Editor of CPD Online for the
best part of 5 years, I am shortly to leave this role and so this
will be my last piece for the e-newsletter.
When I first started writing
computer-delivered learning modules for undergraduates, one of the
buzz terms was “Digital Natives”. Coined by Marc Prensky (2001), the idea was that more-recent
generations who had been raised in homes with computers would
interact with them in a seamless way, unlike older people who had
to learn it as a second language. As with any academic concept,
there is debate as to what extent that matters, particularly as the
technologies are continuing to evolve at great speed.
I am struck that I became an expert in
e-learning, despite already being in possession of a fair crop of
grey hair when I first did the medical education course which led
to my involvement with on-line learning. I can confirm that
learning slows down with age, but we humans turn out to be able to
do it well into our maturity.
It is clear that putting new information into
practice secures our knowledge. It is also easier to learn when the
topic is important to us. Hence, our aim for CPD Online continues
to be to produce modules, written by experts in the field, with a practical understanding of what the demands
of psychiatry are, to help keep our members moving forward on the
The armed forces and mental
Understand the challenges faced by service personnel and
those returning to society as veterans, and the mental health
issues that they can give rise to.
The first module introduces the defence mental health services
and reviews the mental health problems that commonly present in
the second module describes the particular difficulties that
may be faced by veterans and the specialist services available to
Learn to recognise the impacts of and
reactions to loss of an infant and distinguish between normal
mourning and psychiatric disorder. Understand your role during this
difficult time and how you can help.
Prescribing ECT is not an everyday occurrence
for most psychiatrists, making this module an important reference
and revision aid. It will guide you through the process, covering
when and how to prescribe ECT and preparing you for obtaining
informed consent from patients.
National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People
with Mental Illness
Professor Louis Appleby discusses the
findings of the most recent inquiry (see CPD Online Advisory
Board's top picks below).
fitness and depression
Professor Georg Kuhn talks about his
recently published study into cardiovascular fitness and its link
with the development of depression.
Online Advisory Board’s top picks
Dr Nhishanth Gurunathan, CPD Online
Trainee Editor, recommends his favourite CPD Online
The theme of involving patients in their own
care has been gaining momentum over the past decade or more, and
most of us would believe that we do this well. But do we really
engage in shared decision-making? I found that this module helped
to clearly define this concept, offered an opportunity to reflect
on just how well I really do this, and provided valuable advice on
how to improve my practice in this area.
As clinicians, it is reassuring to hear
that we are doing things well. Professor Appleby’s discussion of
the findings of the most recent inquiry highlights the extent of
the improvements that we have made in terms of patient safety over
the past decade. The general increase in suicides under crisis and
home treatment teams is a concern, however, and this podcast should
encourage us to reflect on how we can improve these services moving
Buprenorphine: its role in withdrawal and
First-episode psychosis: Parts 1 and 2
View the most popular modules and podcasts over the past
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With best wishes,
The CPD Online Team