CPD Online eNewsletter June 2017

Welcome to the June 2017 CPD Online eNewsletter




We're going to be at RCPsych's International Congress – Psychiatry Without Borders – which is taking place this year from 26-29 June in Edinburgh. If you are attending, please visit us at the eLearning stand for demonstrations of CPD Online and Trainees Online (TrOn), to discuss your ideas with the eLearning team if you would like to become an author, or just to meet the team. We look forward to seeing you there!




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Educational feature:


Be careful what you wish for

By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online Editor


Michael: Hi there. My name is Michael – with a silent ‘B’ – and I’ve had a phobia of insects since I was small.

Sam: Hang on, stop – where is the silent ‘B’?

Michael: (Horrified) There’s a SILENT BEE??!! (runs off screaming)


This is perhaps how we are all feeling about politics at the moment – referendums, elections, manifestos, Brex… no, I can’t even type it. When things aren’t right in a way that affects us we want a voice, want a chance to change things, but most of the time we are happy to let the professionals worry about these things so we can get on with our jobs. Getting the balance right is difficult, and at the moment probably many of us are wishing that the politicians would leave us alone. Fox news? False news? Who cares!


Of course, CPD Online has the answer. It is essential, for our professional development, to use materials that are of high quality, keeping us at the forefront of developments. Our process of expert commissioning and peer review means that you can rest assured that our modules accurately represent the views of authors with an interest in these areas, reviewed by experienced clinicians with their feet firmly on the ground. For example, A guide to medico-legal report writing and Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and our latest Quickbite module on Severe and enduring eating disorders.


Of course they aren’t perfect, and of course you may feel that they need improving. This is why every module offers you the chance to improve it: Make suggestions. Correct mistakes. Suggest future modules. Suggest authors you’d like to hear more from. We really appreciate all feedback.


Tell us! Express your view! Make your vote count!




New modules:


A guide to medico-legal report writing

This module aims to equip the reader with the knowledge and skills to approach a medico-legal report in asylum cases confidently and also includes more general medico-legal report writing tips. The module includes advice from a practising barrister, along with interactive quizzes and video clips to consolidate learning.




Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy

This module covers mindfulness and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). MBCT is a group-based intervention that combines training in mindfulness meditation with elements of cognitive-behavioural therapy. The module includes some brief guided meditation practices to give you a 'taste' and a 'feel' of mindfulness.





Updated modules:


Delirium in older people: assessment and management

This module specifically focuses on delirium in older people, covering its prevalence, clinical features, risk factors and effective management.






The Mental Health Act 1983: Safeguards (England)

This module considers some of the main safeguards specific to the Mental Health Act 1983 and its use in England.







New podcast:


Maternal smoking during pregnancy and bipolar disorder in offspring

Dr Ardesheer Talati talks about his latest research into the association between exposure to smoking during pregnancy and the risk for bipolar disorder. He also discusses the link between brain imaging and depression.





Forthcoming modules:


  • The care of transgender people
  • Prison psychiatry: Parts 1 and 2
  • How to conduct literature searches
  • Eating disorders: risk factors and clinical management


View our most popular modules and podcasts



New from BJPsych Advances:


Highlights of the May issue:


Supporting carers of people with dementia: what is effective?

Stress among informal carers of people with dementia is well documented and all national dementia strategies recommend that they be offered support. In a narrative review of the literature, Jackson & Browne describe individual and multicomponent carer support packages and discuss their evidence base, reflecting on outcomes for carers.



Moral responsibility in psychopathy: a clinicophilosophical case discussion

Building on a fictitious case, Ramplin & Ayob explore two views about moral responsibility in psychopathy: the exempting view (psychopaths lack ability to function as moral agents) and the mitigating view (psychopaths are at least partially morally responsible). They illustrate the value that philosophy brings to clinical psychiatry and the ways in which psychiatry can enrich philosophical debate.




Call for topics!


We are always keen to hear your ideas for new module and podcast topics. Information about writing for CPD Online can be viewed on our Contribute page.


We also aim to update our modules every 2 years and we are currently looking for authors to update the following existing modules:



If you are interested in contributing or if you would like to make a topic suggestion, please contact cpdonline@rcpsych.ac.uk



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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