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the December 2014 CPD Online eNewsletter
Using CPD Online in PDP groups
– Do you ever work through CPD Online modules with your
PDP group? We would like to commission a module on this subject to
enable our subscribers to get the most out of using CPD Online in
groups, and we would love to hear your views. If you have
experience of using CPD Online in this way and you are interested
in contributing to this module, please contact Sophie Easton.
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 and Twitter feed. Supervision and training will be
provided and an honorary contract of employment issued. For a full
job description please contact Sophie Easton.
Closing date for applications: 16th January
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By Dr Stuart Leask,
CPD Online Editor
CPD Online went live in 2006, with four
modules, and has since grown in size and scope, currently hosting
171 modules and 83 podcasts covering a wide range of topics
suggested by (and therefore hopefully of interest to) senior mental
Back in 2006, however, whether such a venture
would be a success was unclear. It’s hard to remember that it was
only in the summer of 2007, with the launch of the iPhone, that the
socialisation of the internet took off, weaving its way into our
everyday lives. We are now used to the online space being a
legitimate venue for activities of daily living, from entertainment
and learning through to booking family holidays and banking.
So we can now reflect upon a recent survey of
College members which notes that, for example, two-thirds of
readers of Advances in Psychiatric Treatment access this online.
More than half of College members registered for CPD have access to
CPD Online. And, apart from perennial requests for more modules in
_______ (insert your speciality here), and that remembering
passwords is a chore (here, as in every other branch of our online
life), the feedback we are getting about CPD Online is, for the
most part, positive.
New modules are being published every month. A
new website design is due to go live, and a smartphone app is
shortly to be launched. There is ongoing enthusiasm from readers,
authors and hospital Trusts.
Perhaps it is reasonable – if, perhaps, not
very British – to conclude that CPD Online is currently a
Social functioning in schizophrenia
Watch leading researchers express their views on social
functioning in schizophrenia and gain up to date knowledge of the
field. Learn how to make assessments and which treatment
interventions have shown most success.
This comprehensive and highly interactive module describes the
development of computers and handheld devices and then teaches how
these impact on both clinicians and patients. Find out how they
affect your work and well-being, and understand the potential
pitfalls of social media and the online world.
the culture of healthcare: the case for intelligent
Dr Penny Campling, co-author of the
bestselling RCPsych publication 'Intelligent Kindness' and author
of the Psychiatric Bulletin paper 'Reforming the culture of
healthcare: the case for intelligent kindness', talks to Ali Ajaz
about the culture of healthcare and her powerful approach to
a short history
Raj Persaud talks to Professor Allan Horwitz, author of the 2013
book 'Anxiety: A Short History', about our cultural understanding
of anxiety and how this has changed through the centuries.
Alcohol-related brain damage
Problem psychiatrists: part 2
People with intellectual disabilities in
Delirium in older people: assessment and
Neuroimaging in dementia
View the most popular modules and podcasts over the past
Advances in Psychiatric
Highlights of the
delirium in everyday practice: towards cognitive-friendly
optimal healthcare for increasingly elderly hospital populations
with high rates of cognitive disorder is a great challenge.
O’Connell et al describe how cognitive-friendly in-patient
programmes for delirium that continue into post-discharge care can
significantly improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare
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free to access for trainees and other College Members.
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With best wishes,
The CPD Online Team