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Welcome to CPD Online.
It’s a busy, busy world, and most clinicians
are feeling harried from all sides. Patients and services are
struggling, managers trying to keep services financially above
water need more and better boxes to be ticked, and life seems ever
This all puts us under pressure, and while the
internet revolution has made much more knowledge available at our
desks, on our phones and at our fingertips, the new struggle is to
judge the quality of the information we access. Anyone surfing the
net today will be all too aware of the sharks just under the
surface; we are deluged by advertising and single-issue campaigns
masquerading as balanced reviews, and potentially misled by
self-proclaimed experts with attractive websites on every topic
under the sun.
CPD Online is produced by the Royal College of
Psychiatrists, which derives its authority from academic endeavour
in the context of front-line clinical experience over many years.
CPD Online provides learning activities in the form of both modules
and podcasts, focused on the continuing professional development
needs of experienced clinicians working in the field of mental
health. The material is written by the College's expert
members, is largely psychiatric and psychological, and is
rigorously reviewed by peers who consider both the accuracy of the
content and the quality of the educational experience.
Satisfactory appreciation of the material is
tested through summative assessment, following which a certificate
is provided to document this engagement in CPD. We also
encourage learners to download the ‘take-home notes’ when
beginning a module in order to annotate these with any reflections
or key points that resonate with them. Users of the resource are
encouraged to leave feedback on both presentation and content; in
the fast-moving world of modern practice we cannot claim to have a
monopoly on innovation and expertise!
The popularity of CPD Online is growing
rapidly, both via individual and institutional subscriptions, with
many NHS Trusts and mental health organisations outside the UK
signing up. The resource is thus recognised as providing clinicians
with high-quality, up-to-date educational activity. I hope you
enjoy using CPD Online to continue your development as a
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