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CPD Online is an e-learning resource provided by the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

The website contains a range of learning modules and podcasts that provide a flexible, interactive way of keeping up to date with progress in mental health. College members may use CPD Online for up to 25 CPD points in the UK. Access to the modules is through annual subscription, but we also offer a series of free modules for you to trial first.

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Recent modules and podcasts

Podcast: Where there is no psychiatrist: mental healthcare in EthiopiaAdvance statements and the law in Scotland

One of the principles of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 is that of participation – service users should be fully involved in their assessment, care and treatment, and their past and present wishes should be taken into account. However, since the implementation of the Act the uptake of advance statements has been lower than expected. Following a review, the new Mental Health (Scotland) Act 2015 makes further provisions to increase the uptake and impact of advance statements. This module will review the use of advance statements under the 2003 Act, give guidance on what should and should not be included, and provide some comparison with advance statements or advance directives in other legislatures.
CPD credits: 1

Podcast: Where there is no psychiatrist: mental healthcare in EthiopiaPodcast Where there is no psychiatrist: mental healthcare in Ethiopia

In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Ethiopia-based Dr Charlotte Hanlon about how low-income countries cope with delivering mental health services. She discusses how primary healthcare workers are trained to deliver treatment, and considers the links between mental illness and poverty.
CPD credits: 0.5

Assessment and reporting of suspected malingering in mental disordersAssessment and reporting of suspected malingering in mental disorders

Although malingering of mental disorders may be encountered only occasionally in clinical practice, it calls for particular consideration in the medico-legal setting. There are certain psychometric tests that can assist with the detection of malingering, but their use by those unfamiliar with their scientific basis or insufficiently trained can cause difficulties for the expert witness who relies on them in court. Completion of this module will enable you to feel better prepared when offering expert evidence regarding the genuineness of a litigant's history or presentation.
CPD credits: 1

Podcast: Delusions: understanding the un-understandablePodcast Delusions: understanding the un-understandable

In this podcast, Dr Peter McKenna provides an in-depth and critical review of delusions and the various approaches taken to understanding them, discussing Karl Jasper’s concept of ‘un-understandability’, overvalued ideas, and the considerable diagnostic nuances involved.
CPD credits: 0.5

Religiously prohibited ingredients in psychotropic medicationsReligiously prohibited ingredients in psychotropic medications

In this module, you will learn why religious and ethical laws or rules may prohibit the use of psychotropic medications if they contain certain animal-based derivatives. The module will equip you with the necessary background knowledge on different religions, vegetarianism and types of animal-based derivatives in medication to enable you to have an informed discussion with your patients.
CPD credits: 1

Podcast: Maurice Pappworth: the whistle blowerPodcast Maurice Pappworth: the whistle blower

Maurice Pappworth’s 1967 book Human Guinea Pigs famously uncovered shockingly unethical practices within the medical establishment, including experimentation on humans. In this podcast, Pappworth’s son-in-law, Sir Anthony Seldon, discusses the life and work of Pappworth and reveals how his late wife Joanna was inspired to write a biography of her father, reassessing the importance of Pappworth’s contribution to today’s medical ethics.
CPD credits: 0.5