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the April 2015 CPD Online eNewsletter
New CPD Online Trainee Editor
– We are pleased to announce that
Dr Shyamal Mashru has joined us as Trainee Editor. We look forward
to working with him and to having his input into CPD Online. Do
read his educational feature below.
Many thanks to Dr Hafi Bilal, who has been an
invaluable aid to us over the past year-and-a-half; we wish him all
the best in his new Consultant position.
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Quality improvement – more than just
By Dr Shyamal Mashru, CPD Online
If you have had any type of appraisal in the
last 12 months you may have heard your supervisor tell you “why
don’t you get involved in a Quality Improvement Project?” In fact
at my Trust there is an entire department dedicated to Quality
Improvement. Apparently it is the new audit, but “more than just an
Quality Improvement (QI) nestles very nicely
in the realms of Leadership and Management as there are lots of
buzzwords and slogans that organisations love to promote, such as
“Quality Improvement is an effective way of promoting patient
safety.” Words such as “effective use of resources” whilst
maintaining “optimal quality” and “keeping patient safety as
paramount” are what any Chief Executive needs to brandish at annual
meetings and most importantly the Care Quality Commission draws
much comfort from hearing this terminology.
The question I ask as a clinician is ‘does it
do what it says on the tin?!’ Are we actually improving quality of
care for patients or are we just jumping through hoops and ticking
off the checklist that we have been advised to do? I guess one way
of finding out is to get involved in a project in your own
workplace and find out.
QI seems like it is here to stay and may
replace the ageing clinical audit. For a better understanding of
how to do a QI project, try out our module
Quality indicators and quality improvement methods: CCQI module
2 to help you think of some ideas for your own
Neuroimaging in dementia
It is estimated that 1 million people in the UK will be living
with dementia by 2021, and dementia care currently costs the
economy an estimated £23 billion per year. However, neuroimaging is
improving diagnosis of the condition. This module reviews the role
of neuroimaging and provides a practical guide to the appropriate
use and evaluation of brain scans.
Delirium occurs in up to 50% of older hospital inpatients, many
of whom have pre-existing dementia. However, despite its
serious implications it is often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. It
can be prevented if detected early, and controlled through
effective management. Find out how.
Psychiatric aspects of perinatal
loss [Fully updated and revised by
This module aims to summarise the relevant literature on grief,
loss and mourning in general and as applied to the experience of
perinatal loss. It considers the immediate and long-term effects of
such losses on parents and siblings, the rationale for current
medical management (as well as a critique of current practices) and
the potential role for a psychiatrist in helping bereaved parents
and the teams providing their care.
Single-session integrated CBT
Professor Windy Dryden offers a unique
perspective on CBT and advocates an integrated approach to
single-session therapy. Here he talks to Raj Persaud about the
technique and the evidence for its effectiveness.
psychology of agency and control
Magda Osman discusses how much control we have
over our own lives, what role the unconscious plays in our
decision-making, and the studies that have been conducted around
agency and control.
Leadership and management series: Time
management for psychiatrists
People with intellectual disabilities in
criminal justice settings
Children’s mental health within Scottish
Minimising inpatient suicide
View the most popular modules and podcasts over the past
Highlights of the
assessment and treatment of survivors of
migrants from areas of conflict and political instability around
the world have suffered some form of torture. Richard Duffy and
Brendan Kelly describe the numerous physical, psychological and
social effects of torture. An understanding of these will hopefully
aid comprehensive assessment of survivors of torture by local
mental health teams. Also described are current treatments and
their evidence base.
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The CPD Online Team