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Welcome to the April 2013
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CPD Online and Advances in
Psychiatric Treatment – a happy
By Dr Stuart Leask (CPD Online Editor) and Professor
Patricia Casey (Advances in Psychiatric Treatment
CPD Online and Advances in Psychiatric
Treatment are children of their time.
Advances, the brainchild of Professor
Andrew Simms, was first published in 1994, prompted by the
realisation that the demands of modern psychiatry to keep abreast
of the huge developments in all aspects of psychiatry could not
readily be met by reading primary journals. The need for a well
written, educational and specialist review journal was clear, and
given weight by the requirements of continuing professional
development. It has been an ongoing success and Advances
has been available online as a College membership benefit since
The first CPD Online module was published in
2006. CPD Online’s approach to learning is very different from that
of Advances. Online learning requires active engagement of
the reader and the style is marked by regular self-testing and
questioning. It too has been a tremendous success, with 150 modules
now available online.
What Advances and CPD Online have in
common is the goal of facilitating learning in a way that is
engaging and hopefully stimulating. For these reasons, combined
with the recent appointment of new editors to each, it is timely to
work more closely together.
Advances and CPD Online
envisage jointly commissioning topics, and it is hoped that
Advances articles, with their journal-style reviews of
practice, will complement CPD Online modules, with their multimedia
presentations and reflective exercises. It is anticipated that this
will open up topics to a wider variety of learning styles, as well
as allowing for more coordinated learning – better use of your time
– for anyone who wishes to enjoy both approaches.
Improve your knowledge of the risk factors
and warning signs for suicide in the elderly - a phenomenon that is
becoming an increasingly important cause of mortality as the
population grows older - and learn how to implement appropriate
CPD Online Advisory Board's top
Dr Ashok Patel, CPD Online Advisory Board member,
recommends his favourite CPD Online material
Britain and, increasingly, other developed
countries are multiethnic, multicultural, and multi-religious
secular societies. Religion and spirituality become more important
when people become ill or develop mental illness. As practising
clinicians we should be aware of these matters, which are generally
not explored especially when dealing with psychotic patients.
Culture, religion, spirituality and ethnicity affect our patients’
presentations and the eventual outcomes of their illnesses. This
module clearly and unambiguously describes the difference between
religion and spirituality. I found the section on “Taking a
spiritual history” most relevant to me. It acknowledges the
dilemmas clinicians face and identifies effective ways of
addressing these challenges. Finally, the module reminds us that
the GMC and College underline the importance of spirituality in our
prescription of electroconvulsive therapy
This module reminds us that electroconvulsive
therapy (ECT) is not a treatment of last resort. It takes us
through the A to Z of ECT, starting with the NICE and College
guidelines for its indications, including a neuropsychiatric
disease. There are clear and succinct discussions on informed
consent, capacity, bilateral versus unilateral ECT and information
for patients. This is an excellent module for up-to-date
Teaching clinical skills
Overvalued ideas (Quickbite)
GHB: what psychiatrists need to know
Practical child protection
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With best wishes,
The CPD Online Team