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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

Re-reading Camus’s ‘The Plague’ in pandemic timesPodcast Re-reading Camus’s ‘The Plague’ in pandemic times

Albert’s Camus’s famous 1947 novel ‘The Plague’ has now come to the attention of a new generation of readers – those who draw parallels between Camus’s depictions of disease-ridden Algeria and the COVID-19 pandemic we are currently living through. It is the story of placid everyday lives that are suddenly, brutally disrupted by a virus: an existential reminder of the arbitrariness of life and the certainty and randomness of death. In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to the author of ‘A Very Short Introduction’ to Camus, Dr Oliver Gloag, about the impact this writer could have on our outlook and behaviour during these challenging times.
CPD credits: 0.5

Obedience to authority – lessons from Milgram applied to COVID-19Podcast Obedience to authority – lessons from Milgram applied to COVID-19

In this podcast, Dr Raj Persaud talks to Professor Stephen Reicher about Milgram’s famous ‘obedience study’ (Milgram, 1963) and the various conclusions that can be drawn from the findings. What does this, together with more recent research into obedience, imply about our willingness to conform to authority, and what does it tell us about our likelihood to comply with instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic?
CPD credits: 0.5

Mental Health Tribunals: response to the COVID-19 emergencyPodcast Mental Health Tribunals: response to the COVID-19 emergency

It is essential that the rights of patients detained under the Mental Health Act continue to be met during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, during this period of social distancing the processes surrounding Mental Health Tribunals have had to be adjusted in order to keep all parties safe. In this podcast, Chief Medical Member Dr Joan Rutherford outlines the emergency measures that have been put in place, and provides guidance on how clinicians can continue to treat detained patients fairly and respectfully during this time.
CPD credits: 0.5

How do we lead effectively through the COVID-19 pandemic?Podcast How do we lead effectively through the COVID-19 pandemic?

Now more than ever, there’s a need for effective leadership to guide healthcare teams and societies across the world through the COVID-19 pandemic. But how do you define good leadership and how can this be measured? In this podcast, leadership expert Professor Alexander Haslam discusses the surprising psychology of what makes a truly great leader, the importance of a group identity, and how to lead a team at a time of crisis.
CPD credits: 0.5

Working with patients remotelyPodcast Working with patients remotely

During this period of social distancing it is more important than ever for mental health clinicians to engage with their patients. Many are feeling anxious, stressed and lonely, while those with existing mental ill-health may be even more vulnerable. So now that we cannot, in most cases, hold face-to-face consultations, how can we continue to treat patients remotely? Here, Dr Isobel Heyman talks to Dr Raj Persaud about the current evidence base for remote working, and provides some practical advice on the ways in which clinicians can stay ‘remote, but not distant’.
CPD credits: 0.5

Ethical considerations arising from COVID-19Podcast Ethical considerations arising from COVID-19

Psychiatrists are used to dealing with ethical issues in daily practice, but COVID-19 has pushed many into unfamiliar territory and challenged us with new ethical dilemmas. In this podcast, Dr Steve Pearce and Dr Jacinta Tan talk to CPD Online Trainee Editor Dr Jennifer Powell about ethical considerations arising from COVID-19, including equity of access to services, personal and collective needs around prevention and treatment, potential changes to the Mental Health Act, risks and benefits of remote working and where to find support when confronted with COVID-19-related ethical dilemmas.
CPD credits: 0.5