CPD Online eNewsletter October 2016

Welcome to the October 2016 CPD Online eNewsletter




Have you ever contemplated becoming a peer reviewer of mental health services?

Conducting a review can be a good way to develop your knowledge and understanding of how other services operate, which can in turn generate new ideas for how to improve your own service.


For anyone contemplating or preparing for this role, we are pleased to offer a new free-to-access module, Core competencies for external review, produced in association with the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI). This module has been used as part of wider competency-based training in external review, and provides a comprehensive introduction to the reviewer role.



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Educational feature:


Brexit means Brexit

By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online Editor


And so it does… although, as we’re all realising, whatever side of the argument we took, none of us had a very clear idea of what ‘Brexit’ meant then, and we still don’t. Only time will tell, and as the months and years illuminate the outworking of this tabloid label, plenty of us will learn, in probably more detail than we would like, what it really is going to mean. Such trite tautology is a safe rhetorical device under the circumstances, and nothing more.


Words can have tremendous power without having clear meaning: cancer, breakdown, and of course recovery and hope. As professionals we need to stay aware of the power of a word as well as its meaning, balancing our use of language to convey that which is most helpful at any given moment, not merely using terms to flex our professional and intellectual muscle.


CPD Online modules, authored by experienced professionals, can help us all achieve as much clarity as can be had over terms we use in our working day. Bipolar depression, Hoarding and Metabolic syndrome are all covered by recent modules that will help us not only to help our patients, but to do so by knowing what we’re talking about.



New modules:


Catatonia: a guide for clinicians

Catatonia was historically thought of as a subtype of schizophrenia, and has only relatively recently been understood as a diagnostic entity in itself. It is still poorly recognised by most clinicians, and left untreated catatonia can lead to serious medical complications and even death. This module covers the assessment and management procedures for catatonia and will be of interest to psychiatrists working in any clinical setting.


Core competencies for external review (free module)

Conducting a review can be a good way to develop your knowledge and understanding of how other services operate, which can in turn generate new ideas for how to improve your own service. The role can be highly stimulating and rewarding; however, it is also very demanding and requires considerable preparation, application and teamwork. This module will take you through some of the tasks and competencies needed to carry out the role successfully.



Updated modules:


Transferring care between age-specific services: young people’s transitions  

Healthcare transitions faced by young people with mental health problems and disorders can be extremely challenging, and managing the transitions well is vital. Dr Moli Paul, Professor Swaran Singh and Dr Cathy Street set out the principles of good practice and key aspects of the law. Case studies facilitate reflection on how personal clinical practice and service development might be improved.



Assessing people with psychiatric rehabilitation needs

This module provides a framework for guiding rehabilitation assessment and it emphasises the importance of considering risk and other challenging behaviours which may limit participation. The purpose of assessment is discussed and a model for guiding this process is put forward, including guidance on adopting a broad approach to the assessment of symptoms, social functioning and recovery.






Have you tried these podcasts?:


The mental health needs of refugees

Refugees are subject to a wide range of day-to-day stressors, and many will have been exposed to potentially traumatic events. In this podcast Ruth Wells talks to Raj Persaud about her experiences working with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and discusses how mental health professionals can best address their psychosocial needs.


Suicide and the recession

Dr Aaron Reeves and colleagues have recently published the following paper in the British Journal of Psychiatry: 'Economic suicides in the Great Recession in Europe and North America'. This report estimates that the Great Recession is associated with at least 10,000 additional economic suicides between 2008 and 2010. Dr Raj Persaud discusses the paper's findings with Dr Reeves and why recession may be linked to suicide.


Forthcoming modules:


  • Culture and mental health
  • Family interventions in psychosis
  • Identification and treatment of health anxiety (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Boundary violations and sexual exploitation: recognition, avoidance and management


View our most popular modules and podcasts



New from BJPsych Advances:


Highlights of the September issue:


Tomorrow’s world: current developments in the therapeutic use of technology for psychosis

There is an established evidence base for the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to support mental healthcare for common psychiatric problems. Drawing on literature and internet searches and expert interviews, O'Hanlon et al outline the use of computers, mobile phones, gaming and virtual reality in the assessment and treatment of psychosis.


Adverse psychiatric effects of non-psychotropic medications

Patients presenting to psychiatrists frequently have comorbid medical conditions for which they are receiving treatment. Gupta & Chadda review the literature on psychiatric adverse effects of various non-psychotropic medications, and discuss the mechanisms of such effects, their assessment and management.




Call for topics!


We are always keen to hear your ideas for new module and podcast topics. Information about writing for CPD Online can be viewed on our Contribute page.


We are also looking to commission modules on the following topics:


  • Using CPD Online in your peer group
  • The media's impact on women (the female mind)

  • Reproductive and sexual health in psychiatric care.


If you are interested in contributing or if you would like to make a topic suggestion, please contact cpdonline@rcpsych.ac.uk



Don't forget...


Spread the word to your junior colleagues: CPD Online's sister site Trainees Online (TrOn) is a great resource and revision tool for trainees preparing for their MRCPsych exams. It is 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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