CPD Online eNewsletter December 2014

Welcome to the December 2014 CPD Online eNewsletter




Using CPD Online in PDP groups – Do you ever work through CPD Online modules with your PDP group? We would like to commission a module on this subject to enable our subscribers to get the most out of using CPD Online in groups, and we would love to hear your views. If you have experience of using CPD Online in this way and you are interested in contributing to this module, please contact Sophie Easton.


CPD Online Trainee Editor – Are you an ST4/5 interested in gaining experience in e-learning by joining the Advisory Board of CPD Online as Trainee Editor? We are looking for someone to assist with the preparation of modules, evaluate the impact of CPD Online and contribute to the e-newsletter and Twitter feed. Supervision and training will be provided and an honorary contract of employment issued. For a full job description please contact Sophie Easton.

Closing date for applications: 16th January 2015


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Educational feature:

Glass half-full or half-empty? I ordered a cheeseburger!*...

*(with thanks to Gary Larson, ‘The Far Side’)

By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online Editor



CPD Online went live in 2006, with four modules, and has since grown in size and scope, currently hosting 171 modules and 83 podcasts covering a wide range of topics suggested by (and therefore hopefully of interest to) senior mental health practitioners.


Back in 2006, however, whether such a venture would be a success was unclear. It’s hard to remember that it was only in the summer of 2007, with the launch of the iPhone, that the socialisation of the internet took off, weaving its way into our everyday lives. We are now used to the online space being a legitimate venue for activities of daily living, from entertainment and learning through to booking family holidays and banking.


So we can now reflect upon a recent survey of College members which notes that, for example, two-thirds of readers of Advances in Psychiatric Treatment access this online. More than half of College members registered for CPD have access to CPD Online. And, apart from perennial requests for more modules in _______ (insert your speciality here), and that remembering passwords is a chore (here, as in every other branch of our online life), the feedback we are getting about CPD Online is, for the most part, positive.


New modules are being published every month. A new website design is due to go live, and a smartphone app is shortly to be launched. There is ongoing enthusiasm from readers, authors and hospital Trusts.


Perhaps it is reasonable – if, perhaps, not very British – to conclude that CPD Online is currently a success?



New modules:


Social functioning in schizophrenia


Watch leading researchers express their views on social functioning in schizophrenia and gain up to date knowledge of the field. Learn how to make assessments and which treatment interventions have shown most success.

    Technology, social media and mental health   Technology, social media and mental health

This comprehensive and highly interactive module describes the development of computers and handheld devices and then teaches how these impact on both clinicians and patients. Find out how they affect your work and well-being, and understand the potential pitfalls of social media and the online world.

Adult ADHD

  Adult ADHD [Fully revised & updated by the authors]
The aim of this module is to give general adult psychiatrists a better understanding of ADHD and current opinion regarding diagnosis and treatment.

New podcasts:


Dr Penny Campling, co-author of the bestselling RCPsych publication 'Intelligent Kindness' and author of the Psychiatric Bulletin paper 'Reforming the culture of healthcare: the case for intelligent kindness', talks to Ali Ajaz about the culture of healthcare and her powerful approach to healthcare reform.


Anxiety: a short history

Raj Persaud talks to Professor Allan Horwitz, author of the 2013 book 'Anxiety: A Short History', about our cultural understanding of anxiety and how this has changed through the centuries.


Forthcoming modules:

Alcohol-related brain damage

Problem psychiatrists: part 2

People with intellectual disabilities in forensic settings 

Delirium in older people: assessment and management

Neuroimaging in dementia



New from Advances in Psychiatric Treatment:



Crossed fingers   Evaluating malingering in cognitive and memory examinations: a guide for clinicians
Most clinicians have limited experience and training in detecting malingering in cognitive testing. However, as psychiatry faces ever greater legal scrutiny, failure to appropriately evaluate potential malingering risks professional embarrassment and distress. Derek Tracy discusses how to assess malingered behaviour from the clinical history, routine psychometric tests and symptom validity (‘malingering’) tests, and how to report findings.



Don’t forget to tell your junior colleagues about CPD Online’s new ‘sister site’ Trainees Online (TrOn) – currently free to access for trainees and other College Members.


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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