CPD Online eNewsletter August 2017

Welcome to the August 2017 CPD Online eNewsletter




The eLearning team very much enjoyed our visit to RCPsych’s International Congress in Edinburgh this year, demonstrating CPD Online and Trainees Online and listening to your feedback and ideas.


Did you know that we also recorded some podcasts with key speakers while we were there? Already online is an interview with Professor Allan Young on the Treatment and management of complex affective disorders, as well as Professor Anthony David's exploration of The strange case of Dr Oliver Sacks. While these are free to listen to on CPD Online, subscribers have the added benefit of being able to obtain 0.5 CPD credits for the successful completion of the 5 associated MCQs. Look out for another podcast from Congress over the coming weeks!



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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 and social media activities. 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 visit the College website.


Closing date for applications now extended to: 5pm on 29 September 2017



Educational feature:


Staying true to oneself as a professional

By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online Editor


Foolishly thinking myself experienced in interviewing, I offered my teenage daughter the benefits of my wisdom:

Experience: "So, tell me, what you would say is your biggest weakness?"

Youth: "I am too honest."

Experience: "Well, I'm not sure that is actually a weakness."

Youth: "I don't CARE what you think!"

As professionals, we have a duty to communicate as accurately and honestly as we can, while at the same time having to acknowledge our human fallibility. Perhaps this is why we remind ourselves daily that we practise medicine; we have not got it right yet. Of course, the amateur practises until they can get something right, but like all professionals we are expected to practise until we can't get it wrong. So it is essential that we constantly raise the bar, continually seek to stay in the forefront of our field, rather than lapse into the complacency illustrated by the consultant I first worked for after qualifying, who, concerning my recently acquired medical degree, said: "There you go - you never have to study again!"


Continuing professional development provides us with a structured target to hit every year, and CPD Online supports this by providing up to 25 of the 50 hours required by the College. Recently published modules include A guide to medico-legal report writing in asylum cases and An introduction to mindfulness. So whether we seek to improve our external fidelity, or our self-awareness, CPD Online is there to help.



New module:


The care of transgender people

This module aims to equip the reader with some basic information about transgender people to aid them in practising in a sensitive manner with this sometimes marginalised group.






Updated modules:


The neuropsychiatry of stroke

This module explores the neuropsychiatric presentations following stroke, which include depression, anxiety, irritability, apathy, emotionalism, suicidality, mania, psychosis and cognitive impairment.





The pharmacological treatment of resistant depression: an overview

This module aims to help general adult and old-age psychiatrists gain confidence in the innovative use of pharmacological treatment in resistant depression.







New podcasts:


Treatment and management of complex affective disorders

Professor Allan Young discusses the treatment and management of complex affective disorders, considering the difficulties and common errors made in diagnosis and the differences in treatments for mixed affective states.


The strange case of Dr Oliver Sacks

Why do people choose psychiatry as a career? Why do others avoid it? Professor Anthony David explores these questions using writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks’ life story.



Forthcoming modules:


  • Prison psychiatry: Parts 1 and 2
  • How to conduct literature searches
  • Eating disorders: risk factors and clinical management
  • Mechanisms of antipsychotic drugs: symptom relief


View our most popular modules and podcasts



New from BJPsych Advances:


Highlights of the July issue:



Ethical dilemmas in psychiatry: when teams disagree

Silva et al describe the ethical issues that arose in relation to a significant difference of opinion between team members about the use of nasogastric clozapine to treat a severely ill patient. They discuss how conflicting emotions and perspectives within teams acquire ethical significance and how negotiation and reflection are essential for sound ethical reasoning to take place.



Community treatment orders: are they useful?

Community treatment orders (CTOs) oblige patients to adhere to treatment outside of hospital. Rugkåsa & Burns give an overview of their development and use in the UK and internationally and assess the evidence base for their effectiveness. They ask why evidence that they do not prevent relapse and reduce hospital admissions is still debated.




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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