Skip to main content
New from CPD Online

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.

For more information, visit the CPD Online website:

Recent modules and podcasts

Podacst: Hereditary data in 19th century asylumsPhysical activity interventions in severe mental illness

Psychiatrists can validate the benefits of regular physical activity and healthier lifestyle choices for patients. In this module, which includes expertise from leading researchers and service users involved with physical activity interventions, we will highlight current societal trends in physical activity; outline the current Chief Medical Officers' (CMOs') weekly physical activity guidelines; assist you in understanding the common terminology used in the physical activity literature; provide the latest evidence base for physical activity interventions; and explore initiatives that have attempted practice implementation.
CPD credits: 1.5

Podacst: Hereditary data in 19th century asylumsSports psychiatry

All good doctors have diagnostic skills. Alongside this, they seek to understand the affected individual and the context in which an illness has emerged. For the sports psychiatrist, this means acquiring specialised knowledge about the athlete and the sports environment in which they perform. Existing interventions in the biological, psychological and social realms can all be adapted for use in the world of sport, and incorporating this specialised knowledge into a formulation is the basis for engagement and developing a treatment plan. It is still relatively uncommon for psychiatrists to work in elite sport; the barriers to greater involvement need to be understood if they are to be overcome. This module looks at the difficulties that athletes can experience with their mental health and how these may be better addressed by psychiatrists.
CPD credits: 1.5

Podacst: Hereditary data in 19th century asylumsPodcast Hereditary data in 19th century asylums

In the early 1800s, physicians in asylums began to keep records of their patients, and pointed to heredity as the most important cause of ‘madness’. This led to doctors and state officials attempting to curb the reproduction of the insane amid high levels of anxiety in society. In this podcast, Professor Theodore M. Porter talks to Dr Raj Persaud about his book Genetics in the Madhouse, discussing the history of data collection and its important links with eugenics and studies of genetics.
CPD credits: 0.5

Autism spectrum disorders in adults: a brief introductionAutism spectrum disorders in adults: a brief introduction

There is nothing like learning from your day-to-day clinical practice. Reading up on a medical condition after seeing a patient presenting with that condition is one of the best ways to learn in a busy clinical setting. This is particularly the case for a condition such as autism, which has an extensively different presentation depending on age, gender, educational background and even race, ethnicity and cultural characteristics. In this module we provide an engaging and interactive discussion of the story of autism and the complexity of its presentation, including a detailed patient case study. We also present some up-to-date references on the condition and its historical background to add more depth to your knowledge of autism.
CPD credits: 1

Podacst: The voices within: the science behind inner speechPodcast The voices within: the science behind inner speech

In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Charles Fernyhough about his 2016 book looking into the history and science behind hearing voices. He argues that we should avoid the pejorative term ‘hallucinations’ by using the more neutral term ‘voice hearing’, and puts forward the idea that inner speech is a highly varied phenomenon that can also serve a beneficial purpose.
CPD credits: 0.5

Domestic violence and abuse: identifying and responding to victims and perpetratorsDomestic violence and abuse: identifying and responding to victims and perpetrators

Domestic violence and abuse (DVA) is defined as 'controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between those aged 16 or over who are, or have been, intimate partners or family members regardless of gender or sexuality' (HM Government, 2018a). It includes psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse, and is a major public health problem. Patients in contact with psychiatric services are at particularly high risk of being victims of DVA, and there is also evidence that mental disorder is associated with DVA perpetration. This module will improve your knowledge of the relationship between DVA and mental health, and will enable you to identify and safely respond to those at risk.
CPD credits: 1