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Welcome to the June 2017 CPD
We're going to be at
RCPsych's International Congress – Psychiatry Without Borders –
which is taking place this year from 26-29 June in Edinburgh.
If you are attending, please visit us at the eLearning stand for
demonstrations of CPD Online and Trainees Online (TrOn), to discuss your ideas
with the eLearning team if you would like to become an author, or
just to meet the team. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Be careful what you wish for
By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online Editor
Michael: Hi there. My name is Michael – with a
silent ‘B’ – and I’ve had a phobia of insects since I was
Sam: Hang on, stop – where is the silent
Michael: (Horrified) There’s a SILENT BEE??!!
(runs off screaming)
This is perhaps how we are all feeling about
politics at the moment – referendums, elections, manifestos, Brex…
no, I can’t even type it. When things aren’t right in a way that
affects us we want a voice, want a chance to change things, but
most of the time we are happy to let the professionals worry about
these things so we can get on with our jobs. Getting the balance
right is difficult, and at the moment probably many of us are
wishing that the politicians would leave us alone. Fox news? False
news? Who cares!
Of course, CPD Online has the answer. It is
essential, for our professional development, to use materials that
are of high quality, keeping us at the forefront of developments.
Our process of expert commissioning and peer review means that you
can rest assured that our modules accurately represent the views of
authors with an interest in these areas, reviewed by experienced
clinicians with their feet firmly on the ground. For example,
A guide to medico-legal report writing
and Mindfulness-based cognitive
therapy, and our latest Quickbite module on Severe and enduring eating disorders.
Of course they aren’t perfect, and of course
you may feel that they need improving. This is why every module
offers you the chance to improve it: Make suggestions. Correct
mistakes. Suggest future modules. Suggest authors you’d like to
hear more from. We really appreciate all feedback.
Tell us! Express your view! Make your vote
A guide to medico-legal report
This module aims to equip the reader with the knowledge and
skills to approach a medico-legal report in asylum cases
confidently and also includes more general medico-legal report
writing tips. The module includes advice from a practising
barrister, along with interactive quizzes and video clips to
This module covers mindfulness and
mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). MBCT is a group-based
intervention that combines training in mindfulness meditation with
elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy. The module includes some
brief guided meditation practices to give you a 'taste' and a
'feel' of mindfulness.
Delirium in older people:
assessment and management
This module specifically focuses on delirium
in older people, covering its prevalence, clinical features, risk
factors and effective management.
Health Act 1983: Safeguards (England)
This module considers some of the main safeguards specific to
the Mental Health Act 1983 and its use in England.
during pregnancy and bipolar disorder in
Dr Ardesheer Talati talks about his latest research into the
association between exposure to smoking during pregnancy and the
risk for bipolar disorder. He also discusses the link between brain
imaging and depression.
View our most popular modules and podcasts
Highlights of the May
Supporting carers of people with dementia:
what is effective?
Stress among informal carers of people with
dementia is well documented and all national dementia strategies
recommend that they be offered support. In a narrative review of
the literature, Jackson & Browne describe individual and
multicomponent carer support packages and discuss their evidence
base, reflecting on outcomes for carers.
Moral responsibility in
psychopathy: a clinicophilosophical case
Building on a fictitious case, Ramplin & Ayob explore two
views about moral responsibility in psychopathy: the exempting view
(psychopaths lack ability to function as moral agents) and the
mitigating view (psychopaths are at least partially morally
responsible). They illustrate the value that philosophy brings to
clinical psychiatry and the ways in which psychiatry can enrich
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