CPD Online eNewsletter February 2016

Welcome to the February 2016 CPD Online eNewsletter




CPD Online Trainee Editor - Are you an ST4/5 interested in gaining experience in eLearning? We are looking for someone with good IT skills and an eye for detail to join the Advisory Board of CPD Online as Trainee Editor, assisting the Editor, Podcast Editor and staff editors with a variety of tasks. The successful candidate would be involved in the production of modules and podcasts (including conducting podcast interviews), evaluating the impact of CPD Online and contributing to the eNewsletter. Supervision and training will be provided and an honorary contract of employment issued. For a full job description and details of how to apply please contact Sophie Easton: sophie.easton@rcpsych.ac.uk

Closing date for applications: 11th March 2016


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Educational feature:

Rational or reasonable?

By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online Editor


We all come across ‘common sense’ approaches which are actually unreasonable. For example, patients having medications changed after years of efficacy because they have become unwell again, or medications increased to address symptoms A, B and C being reviewed as successful 6 weeks later because symptoms D, E and F have diminished. The former confuses antipsychotics controlling fluctuating brain chemistry with antibiotics fighting bacterial resistance, and the latter – terrifyingly common in psychiatric practice – can feel like honest pragmatism, but is of course chaotic nonsense.


In a busy clinical career it is easy to allow one’s eye to slip off the ball occasionally, and therefore important to focus from time to time on the state of the art. Whether you wish to brush up on a tremendously common symptom (Psychiatric aspects of dizziness: a question of balance), or would prefer reflecting on future developments (Psychedelic drug therapy in psychiatry), CPD Online is there to help you distinguish between superficially credible myths and reasonable practice.


New modules:


  Seclusion reviews in secure settings
  Leadership and management series: Part 3 – pragmatic leadership in teams and groups 


Ethical and legal challenges within children's mental healthcare: Part 1 – duty of care and rights and Part 2 – decision-making, consent and capacity [Fully updated and revised by the author November 2015]

Understand law and ethics within CAMHS, the rights and duty of care of those involved, and how you can balance children and young people’s rights with those of their parents. In part 2 you will learn whose consent you should seek, what to do when decision-makers disagree, how to assess capacity to consent, and what laws you should act within when assessing and treating children and young people.

New podcast:

Can delusions be explained?

Professor Richard Bentall talks to Raj Persaud about the various theories of delusions, focusing on early attachment theories and so-called 'tricky' cases of delusions.

Forthcoming modules:

Metabolic syndrome and schizophrenia

Management of hyperprolactinemia in psychiatric practice

Monitoring and managing the renal adverse effects of lithium



New from BJPsych Advances:


  “Shhh! Please don’t tell…’ Confidentiality in child and adolescent mental health

Aaron Vallance explores confidentiality in child and adolescent mental health services, particularly when the clinician has to decide whether to maintain or to breach it. Ethical principles and legal and regulatory frameworks (relating to human rights, case law and General Medical Council guidance) are outlined, hypothetical case scenarios are used to illustrate how to apply the principles discussed, and practical suggestions on how to share information are explored.



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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