CPD Online eNewsletter April 2016

Welcome to the April 2016 CPD Online eNewsletter


Educational feature:

Happy 10th anniversary, CPD Online

By Dr Shyamal Mashru, CPD Online Trainee Editor


Is this the first time you have come across CPD Online? If so, a late welcome to you as we celebrate our 10th anniversary. If, on the other hand, you have been a subscriber for years, let me inform you of how far we have come.


With CPD Online, the online learning tool for consultant-level psychiatrists, you are able to view a whole host of interactive modules that are followed by tests to solidify your learning. We currently have 185 modules available online. Modules are tailored to suit your needs and specialty. They fall into 22 subject categories, from cultural diversity to intellectual disability to management and leadership. Module lengths vary from 30 up to 90 minutes with different amounts of CPD accreditation accordingly – though you can always alter the CPD hours on your end-of-module certificate if you have taken more or less than the default recommended time. Module domains consist of academic, clinical and professional. Modules can be searched quickly according to duration, domain and specific category.


My favourite part of CPD Online is the podcasts with many eminent psychiatrists. Like the written modules, the 94 podcasts can be searched easily by CPD domain and duration. Although you can listen to the podcasts without subscribing, you will need to subscribe and pass the test to generate a CPD Online certificate.


If you haven’t yet subscribed and aren’t sure if it’s for you, try our free modules to get a taster of this well developed learning tool.


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Top Tips:


Changing the CPD credits – Taken longer or shorter than our recommended time on a module or podcast? You will have the option to change the time allocated when you generate your end of module or podcast certificate. Just choose the time you would like to allocate from the dropdown menu and insert a supporting comment in the space provided.


CPD domains – Want more guidance on what falls into the different CPD domains? You can find out more about these and other CPD requirements in the College’s Continuing professional development – Guidance for psychiatrists document. As with the time taken, with CPD Online you can change the allocated CPD domain when you come to generate your end of module/podcast certificate.



New modules:


  Quickbite: Monitoring and managing the renal adverse effects of lithium

Lithium is an established treatment for bipolar disorder and an augmenting agent for depression. However, despite proven effectiveness, renal adverse effects of lithium are common and close monitoring is essential. Find out how to look for signs of adverse effects with this module. It provides a general overview but focuses on chronic kidney disease.


Depression in children and adolescents: Part 1 and Part 2 [Fully revised and updated by the author December 2015]

Depression in the young can have a huge impact in both childhood and later life, yet detection rates are disappointing and treatments can be ineffective. How can we improve our service? This module has the answers. Part 2 explores management and treatments in greater detail.  


Managing the adverse effects of clozapine FREE

[Fully revised and updated by the author January 2016]

Clozapine is recommended for treatment-resistant schizophrenia, but concerns over adverse effects can lead to delayed treatment and premature withdrawal. Improve your understanding of the drug’s potential adverse effects, gain confidence in alleviating them and learn effective management strategies.

  Creating constructive acute in-patient stays [Fully revised and updated by Geoff Brennan February 2016] 

Acute care is changing, very much for the better in terms of therapeutic input, patient involvement in their own care, and meaningful activities. Improved staff satisfaction and motivation is both cause and effect of these improvements. This module looks at some of the key components of constructive acute in-patient wards and the role of the psychiatrist in enabling positive changes.

New podcast:

C.G. Jung's approach to life and psychotherapy

Tony Woolfson talks to Raj Persaud about C.G. Jung's approach to psychotherapy, adding a historical perspective and touching on the differences between Jungian and Freudian theory.

Forthcoming modules:

Metabolic syndrome and schizophrenia

Rapid tranquillisation of the acutely disturbed patient in CAMHS

School refusal



New from BJPsych Advances:


  The usefulness and interpretation of systematic reviews

Keeping up to date with the best evidence on treatments is an essential part of clinical practice, but it can seem an overwhelming task. Smith et al discuss the strengths and limitations of different types of evidence synthesis to enable the reader to feel more confident in their skills of critical appraisal in assessing the scientific information to use in clinical practice.



Don’t forget to tell your junior colleagues about CPD Online’s ‘sister site’ Trainees Online (TrOn) – currently free to access for trainees and other College Members.


Did you know current CPD Online subscribers are eligible for a heavily discounted rate on the British Association for Psychopharmacology’s Online CPD resource?  (See your My CPD Online page for details.)


Subscribe to or renew with CPD Online – subscriptions can start from any point during the year.


With best wishes,

The CPD Online Team






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