CPD Online eNewsletter April 2013

Welcome to the April 2013 CPD Online eNewsletter



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CPD Online and Advances in Psychiatric Treatmenta happy family

By Dr Stuart Leask (CPD Online Editor) and Professor Patricia Casey (Advances in Psychiatric Treatment Editor)


CPD Online and Advances in Psychiatric Treatment are children of their time.


Advances, the brainchild of Professor Andrew Simms, was first published in 1994, prompted by the realisation that the demands of modern psychiatry to keep abreast of the huge developments in all aspects of psychiatry could not readily be met by reading primary journals. The need for a well written, educational and specialist review journal was clear, and given weight by the requirements of continuing professional development. It has been an ongoing success and Advances has been available online as a College membership benefit since 2012.


The first CPD Online module was published in 2006. CPD Online’s approach to learning is very different from that of Advances. Online learning requires active engagement of the reader and the style is marked by regular self-testing and questioning. It too has been a tremendous success, with 150 modules now available online.


What Advances and CPD Online have in common is the goal of facilitating learning in a way that is engaging and hopefully stimulating. For these reasons, combined with the recent appointment of new editors to each, it is timely to work more closely together.


Advances and CPD Online envisage jointly commissioning topics, and it is hoped that Advances articles, with their journal-style reviews of practice, will complement CPD Online modules, with their multimedia presentations and reflective exercises. It is anticipated that this will open up topics to a wider variety of learning styles, as well as allowing for more coordinated learning – better use of your time – for anyone who wishes to enjoy both approaches.


New modules:


Safe lithium prescribing: initiation and monitoring

  Safe lithium prescribing: initiation and monitoring
Lithium is one of the oldest mood stabilisers prescribed in psychiatry; however, patients on lithium commonly suffer from adverse effects, many of which can be prevented by better clinical practice. This module provides some background information about lithium and helps practitioners to understand the need for regular monitoring and timely management of side-effects.
ADHD in under-18s   ADHD in under-18s: background and assessment
ADHD has a high rate of comorbidity with other disorders and is associated with multiple negative outcomes for those affected; familiarising yourself with the possible presentations of ADHD and the options for treatment is therefore important. This module will teach you background information and the guidelines for assessment. The authors are currently working on a second module, which will cover the recommended options for intervention and treatment.
Suicide in the elderly    Quickbite: Suicide in the elderly


CPD Online Advisory Board's top picks

Dr Ashok Patel, CPD Online Advisory Board member, recommends his favourite CPD Online material

Module: Exploring spirituality with people who use mental health services 

Britain and, increasingly, other developed countries are multiethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious secular societies. Religion and spirituality become more important when people become ill or develop mental illness. As practising clinicians we should be aware of these matters, which are generally not explored especially when dealing with psychotic patients. Culture, religion, spirituality and ethnicity affect our patients’ presentations and the eventual outcomes of their illnesses. This module clearly and unambiguously describes the difference between religion and spirituality. I found the section on “Taking a spiritual history” most relevant to me. It acknowledges the dilemmas clinicians face and identifies effective ways of addressing these challenges. Finally, the module reminds us that the GMC and College underline the importance of spirituality in our clinical work.



ModuleThe prescription of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)

This module reminds us that electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is not a treatment of last resort. It takes us through the A to Z of ECT, starting with the NICE and College guidelines for its indications, including a neuropsychiatric disease. There are clear and succinct discussions on informed consent, capacity, bilateral versus unilateral ECT and information for patients. This is an excellent module for up-to-date revision.


Forthcoming modules:

Teaching clinical skills

Overvalued ideas (Quickbite)

GHB: what psychiatrists need to know

Practical child protection


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The CPD Online Team





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