CPD Online e-newsletter August 2013

Welcome to the August 2013 CPD Online e-newsletter

 

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Are you interested in working with us? We are currently recruiting for the following three posts:

 

Podcast Editor

Are you interested in gaining experience in medical education by joining the College as Podcast Editor? The Podcast Editor will be responsible for the podcasts appearing on the main College website and on CPD Online, ensuring that a regular series of high-quality podcasts is published by commissioning interviews and working with a team of interviewers. Supervision and training will be provided and an honorary contract of employment issued. For a full job description please contact Emma Leishman: eleishman@rcpsych.ac.uk Closing date for applications: 16 September 2013

 

CPD Online Trainee Editor

Are you an ST4/5 interested in gaining experience in e-learning by joining the Advisory Board of CPD Online as Trainee Editor? We are looking for someone to assist with the preparation of modules, evaluate the impact of CPD Online and contribute to the e-newsletter. Supervision and training will be provided and an honorary contract of employment issued. For a full job description please contact Emma Leishman: eleishman@rcpsych.ac.uk Closing date for applications: 16 September 2013

 

Trainees Online Trainee Editor

Are you a post-membership Trainee interested in gaining experience in e-learning by joining the Advisory Board of Trainees Online as Trainee Editor? Trainees Online is a forthcoming e-learning resource from the College intended to provide an additional learning tool for trainees preparing for the MRCPsych exams. The main responsibility of the Trainee Editor will be to identify suitable authors for modules by assessing applications from higher trainees, but their assistance will also be required across the commissioning and review process. Supervision and training will be provided and an honorary contract of employment issued. For a full job description please contact Victoria Walker: vwalker@rcpsych.ac.uk Closing date for applications: 16 September 2013

 

 

Educational feature:

Build your arsenal

By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online Editor

 

Open bookThe other day my daughter showed me an apparently blank piece of paper and asked me what I thought of her picture of a ninja warrior. I looked closely, but discerning nothing I said, ‘I can’t see it!’, to which she replied, ‘Of course you can’t; it’s a ninja!’

 

I have often reflected that the crucial difference between a professional and an enthusiastic amateur is not so much what they know about their area of interest, but what they know about the associated areas that, if they’re honest, they’re not so interested in. Which of us would risk consulting an amateur doctor? Through long years of study, senior clinicians bring not only knowledge and skills in their specialist area to bear on complex clinical problems, but also a wide range of systematically acquired associated knowledge and skills. It is this often ‘invisible’ curriculum, the silent ‘ninja warrior’ in our arsenal, that allows experienced senior clinicians to bring such added value and safe practice to a team.

 

The challenge that faces us all, of course, is to not only hang onto that systematic, broader knowledge base we acquired through all those years of study tested by examinations, but also to keep it up to date! While genuinely unguided learning is probably of limited value, I believe all of us will benefit from occasionally dipping into RCPsych CPD Online modules in areas that do NOT immediately draw us in. Anyone doing this will invariably find the experience reassuring; things not considered or pondered upon for years usually flash back into focus, and we emerge reassured, stimulated, and updated.

 

So, why not take the opportunity to dive into an unfamiliar module or podcast? You should emerge pleasantly surprised at just what a broad-based professional you are.

 

 

New modules:

 

Morbid jealousy

  Morbid jealousy
The syndrome of morbid jealousy often has a subtle presentation alongside other mental disorders, meaning that serious risk implications may easily be missed during psychiatric assessments. This module covers the definition of morbid jealousy, along with its aetiology, epidemiology, associated risks, assessment and management.
     
Stimulants: treatment approaches and organising services   Stimulants: treatment approaches and organising services
Organisational strategies for substance misuse should take into account the specific needs of service users. This module highlights how treatment approaches should mirror the clinical complexity of stimulant misuse, whilst incorporating psychiatric, medical and social management skills.
     
Homicide    Psychiatric aspects of homicide 
     
GHB  

GHB: what psychiatrists need to know

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) has a number of adverse effects, which can be unpredictable and hard to diagnose, yet its recreational use is increasing. Recognise the clinical features of GHB intoxication, dependence and withdrawal and familiarise yourself with the clinical management options available.

 

 

New podcast:

The College Public Health Lead, Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, provides an overview of the relationship between public health and psychiatry and examines the importance of well-being to public health outcome measures

Modules

1. Psychiatric aspects of homicide 

2. Overvalued ideas: a lost concept? 

3. GHB: what psychiatrists need to know

4. Safe lithium prescribing: initiation and monitoring

5. Suicide in the elderly

 

Podcasts

1.The National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness 

2.How mentalisation changes the mind

3.Malingering

4.Pharmacotherapy for borderline personality disorder

Driving and mental disorders

Organisation theory: conceptual frameworks in a changing context

Use of mental health legislation in eating disorders (Quickbite)

Gender, society and madness in 20th century Britain

 

 

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With best wishes,

The CPD Online Team

 

 

   

 

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