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Welcome to the August 2017
CPD Online eNewsletter
The eLearning team very much enjoyed our visit to RCPsych’s
International Congress in Edinburgh this year, demonstrating CPD
Online and Trainees Online and listening
to your feedback and ideas.
Did you know that we also recorded some podcasts with key
speakers while we were there? Already online is an interview with
Professor Allan Young on the Treatment and
management of complex affective disorders, as well as Professor
Anthony David's exploration of The strange
case of Dr Oliver Sacks. While these are free to listen to on
CPD Online, subscribers have the added benefit of being able to
obtain 0.5 CPD credits for the successful completion of the 5
associated MCQs. Look out for another podcast from Congress over
the coming weeks!
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production of modules and podcasts (including conducting podcast
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Staying true to oneself as a
By Dr Stuart Leask, CPD Online Editor
Foolishly thinking myself experienced in interviewing, I offered
my teenage daughter the benefits of my wisdom:
Experience: "So, tell me, what you would say is your
Youth: "I am too honest."
Experience: "Well, I'm not sure that is actually a
Youth: "I don't CARE what you think!"
As professionals, we have a duty to communicate as accurately
and honestly as we can, while at the same time having to
acknowledge our human fallibility. Perhaps this is why we
remind ourselves daily that we practise medicine; we have not got
it right yet. Of course, the amateur practises until they can get
something right, but like all professionals we are expected
to practise until we can't get it wrong. So it is essential
that we constantly raise the bar, continually seek to stay in the
forefront of our field, rather than lapse into the complacency
illustrated by the consultant I first worked for after qualifying,
who, concerning my recently acquired medical degree, said: "There
you go - you never have to study again!"
Continuing professional development provides us with a
structured target to hit every year, and CPD Online supports
this by providing up to 25 of the 50 hours required by the College.
Recently published modules include A guide
to medico-legal report writing in asylum cases and An introduction to mindfulness. So whether we
seek to improve our external fidelity, or our self-awareness, CPD
Online is there to help.
The care of transgender
This module aims to equip the reader with some basic information
about transgender people to aid them in practising in a sensitive
manner with this sometimes marginalised group.
The neuropsychiatry of stroke
This module explores the neuropsychiatric
presentations following stroke, which include depression, anxiety,
irritability, apathy, emotionalism, suicidality, mania, psychosis
and cognitive impairment.
The pharmacological treatment of resistant
depression: an overview
This module aims to help general adult and old-age psychiatrists
gain confidence in the innovative use of pharmacological treatment
in resistant depression.
management of complex affective
Professor Allan Young discusses the treatment and management of
complex affective disorders, considering the difficulties and
common errors made in diagnosis and the differences in treatments
for mixed affective states.
The strange case of Dr Oliver
Why do people choose psychiatry as a career? Why do others avoid
it? Professor Anthony David explores these questions using writer
and neurologist Oliver Sacks’ life story.
View our most popular modules and podcasts
Highlights of the July
dilemmas in psychiatry: when teams disagree
Silva et al describe the ethical issues that arose in relation
to a significant difference of opinion between team members about
the use of nasogastric clozapine to treat a severely ill patient.
They discuss how conflicting emotions and perspectives within teams
acquire ethical significance and how negotiation and reflection are
essential for sound ethical reasoning to take place.
Community treatment orders: are they
Community treatment orders (CTOs) oblige patients to adhere to
treatment outside of hospital. Rugkåsa & Burns give an overview
of their development and use in the UK and internationally and
assess the evidence base for their effectiveness. They ask why
evidence that they do not prevent relapse and reduce hospital
admissions is still debated.
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.
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With best wishes,
The CPD Online Team
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