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the December 2013 CPD Online eNewsletter
Appointments – we are pleased to announce the
appointment of our new Trainee Editor, Dr Suhaib Bin Bilal Hafi.
Hafi takes over from Dr Nhishanth Gurunathan, who we thank for his
invaluable help over the past year. In addition, we are delighted
to announce the appointment of Dr Raj Persaud and Dr Peter Bruggen
as Podcast Editors. We look forward to working with the new
Twitter – Hafi, the new CPD Online
Trainee Editor, will be leading a series of weekly discussion
topics on Twitter. If you have not already connected with the
CPD Online Twitter feed, please follow us. The
first discussion topic centres around the Miriam Carey story and
whether she was advised not to drive by a psychiatrist. Please also
see our module on Driving
and mental disorders. This week’s topic is on: Jonathan Trott
– Back from Ashes with "stress-related illness".
Why are we still afraid to call it 'depression'?
Continue to test your knowledge – try the
pre-module test prior to reading any of the module, make note of
your answers and compare them to when you take the end of module
test. How did you do?
Stuart Leask, CPD Online
Gone are the days when a portion of fish and chips
came wrapped in yesterday’s newspaper, but the potency of the
metaphor – the temporary value of
‘the latest information’ – remains.
So much effort is put into research papers, editorials and reports,
yet what they contain can fall out of date so quickly. The central
demand of Continuing Professional Development (CPD), that we all
keep our knowledge up to date, is indeed a challenge.
Happily, it was decided early in the
development of the College’s CPD Online that learning modules would
not be placed upon a library shelf like a journal article, to
slowly gather mould – conceptually or
literally. Rather, the necessary effort would be made to ensure the
modules remained up to date wherever possible. This is achieved
through two mechanisms: a reactive one, in that users of CPD Online
are invited to leave comments about modules, some of which
undoubtedly prompt a response to update part of a module, and
a pro-active one, in that the original authors or invited experts
are requested annually to review and update the
As a consequence, CPD Online offers the
busy senior clinician something that would otherwise require a
constant scanning of the latest research and guidelines, i.e. a
source of learning material that remains up to date. Here at CPD
Online we would certainly hope that peer groups and appraisers will
recognise this. There may be plenty of value in their members
repeating a module in a core topic that they completed a couple of
years before. If this simply reassures them that what they know is
up to date, this is valuable. After all, CPD is about ensuring we
are up to date, not simply the pursuit of novelty.
Post traumatic stress disorder: an evolutionary
Dr Raj Persaud talks to Dr Chris Cantor,
author of 'Evolution and Posttraumatic Stress: Disorders of
Vigilance and Defence'.
Psychiatric intensive care
Complementary alternative medicines for ADHD
The presence of specific safeguards within
the MHA 1983 provides an important counterbalance to the extensive
powers that are inherent in the Act. Their effectiveness relies on
professionals being both aware of the safeguards themselves and
their responsibility to notify patients and Nearest Relatives of
their rights under the Act. This module considers some of the main
safeguards specific to the Mental Health Act 1983 and its use
View the most popular modules and podcasts over the past
Advances in Psychiatric
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With best wishes,
The CPD Online Team