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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

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

Podcast: Big data: the answer to a big problem? (RCPsych Congress 2018)Podcast Big data: the answer to a big problem? (RCPsych Congress 2018)

Following his keynote address at the 2018 RCPsych International Congress, Professor Simon Lovestone talks to Dr Raj Persaud about the use of ‘big data’ in psychiatric research. Focusing on dementia and Alzheimer’s, he reveals the ways in which pseudonymised real-world data has been used to develop our understanding of mental illness, and the opportunities that this provides for future research
CPD credits: 0.5

Advance statements and the law in ScotlandAdvance 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