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Welcome to the
December 2012 CPD Online eNewsletter
We are delighted to announce the appointment
of Dr Stuart Leask as CPD Online Editor, and the appointment of Dr
David Reiss as Deputy Editor. Read the new
Editor’s welcome on our site.
And I think to myself, “What a wonderful
Dr Stuart Leask, CPD
Daily life seems to be inexorably extending
into Facebook and the Twittersphere. With ever more information to
absorb, such developments can leave us feeling overwhelmed. In some
ways, the world seems smaller – news and views from far-flung
countries and cultures are debated locally ever more energetically.
However, in other ways the world can seem ever larger – the
information age brings so much more to our attention than we can
ever hope to even register, let alone engage in or make a
difference to. ‘Information fatigue syndrome’ is probably a common
experience for us all as we are faced with another round of NICE
guidelines, trust policies and copious minutes thoughtfully stuffed
into our email inboxes every morning… just in case we were running
At CPD Online we challenge our expert authors
to go beyond simply restating what can be found in a textbook or
revision note. We want them to reflect upon and share how they, as
experienced clinicians working in that area for some years,
synthesise what is currently known and apply it to the real,
complicated problems our patients and services try to respond to.
In this small way, I hope we can reduce the anxiety that comes from
information overload and reassure our learners that, with a bit of
help, it is possible to stay at, or near, the forefront of the
ever-breaking wave of new knowledge and ideas.
Understand the meaning of first-episode
psychosis, the rationale behind early intervention, and how to
approach the diagnosis and assessment of the condition. In the
second part of this module you can find out more about the
presentation and outcomes of first-episode psychosis, the specific
treatment approaches, and the service models for early intervention
and their effectiveness.
Are you fully aware of your options when
treating patients with opioid dependence? Learn more about
buprenorphine, its effectiveness compared with other treatments and
how to use it.
dysfunction in first-episode psychosis
Dr Oliver Howes and Dr Tiago Reis
Marques discuss the findings of their recent study into sexual
dysfunction in people with first-episode psychosis.
and neurodevelopmental disorders
Dr Ezra Susser talks about the
relationship between micronutrient deficiency and
neurodevelopmental disorders, and some of the challenges facing
researchers in this field.
Online Advisory Board’s top picks
Dr Andrew Macaulay, CPD Online Advisory
Board member, recommends his favourite CPD Online
As a busy psychiatrist you will be very
familiar with polypharmacy, but are you sure your prescribing is
rational? CPD is all about demonstrating that we take lifelong
learning seriously and ensure that our professional standards and
clinical practice are defensible. In this context, this module by
Dr V R Badrakalimuthu is an excellent example of CPD Online. It is
helpfully divided into sections about polypharmacy in
schizophrenia, bipolar, depression and finally anxiety disorders.
My favourite bit is the last section, called ‘Surviving the scare’.
Why don’t you find out what was so scary? If you are thinking about
revalidation and CPD, here is a great place to start.
This module will definitely help you with your
day-to-day clinical work. It highlights the diagnostic significance
of paranoid thinking and provides some thoughtful insights into
risk assessment, then reviews the treatment options including the
management of counter transference and reviews a case summary.
There is an international dimension to this module; both authors
have had quite an international training and now work in
College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI)
module on Quality indicators and quality improvement methods
View the most popular modules and podcasts over the past
or renew to CPD Online –
subscriptions can start from any point during the year.
With best wishes,
The CPD Online Team