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Podcasts for psychiatrists: a new way of learning

  • Vishal Agrawal (a1)
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Digitalisation of the world is a fast-growing reality and the world of medicine, or indeed psychiatry, has not been left behind. Internet and the World Wide Web revolutionised the way we access information, and the medical profession has taken full advantage of it. But now, podcasts are set to change the way information is delivered. The Royal College of Psychiatrists has already started its podcasts and seems to be at the forefront of this revolution in mass communication within the medical community.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Podcasts for psychiatrists: a new way of learning

  • Vishal Agrawal (a1)
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Carbon Footprint

Alexis R Bowers, Specialist Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry,
17 July 2007

Dear Editor,

The importance of using novel media applications to enhance learning and communication (Psychiatric Bulletin, July 2007, 31, 270-271) can also have an effect on reducing our ‘carbon footprint.’

The report, ‘Taking the Temperature: Towards an NHS Response to Global Warming,’ states that NHS will need to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by at least 600,000 tonnes if it is to meet the government's target of cutting CO2 emissions by 60% from 1990 levels by 2050. 5% of all the UK emissions from road transport are attributable toNHS-related journeys.(1)

A number of different initiatives have been introduced by NHS trusts.These include the use of solar panels, sourcing locally produced food and introducing park-and-ride schemes around hospital sites.

Videoconferencing (using telecommunications to bring people at different sites together for a meeting) is widely used in Australia for conducting academic programmes, interviews and mental health act assessments.

The use of conferencing has not only been shown to reduce CO2 emissions but also expedite decision making and increase productivity.(2)

Tele-medicine, as it is sometimes called, is not a new phenomenon. Its place within psychiatry has previously been highlighted.(3) The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has also provided guidance on the use of medical examination by remote video-link.(4)

By utilising effective multimedia resources in everyday clinical and administrative practice we can reduce unnecessary journeys and thereby improve energy and work place efficiency.

Dr Alexis Bowers MBBS MRCPsychSpecialist Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry, Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust, St Albans CMHT, Edinburgh House, 82-90 London Road,St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1NG

Tel: 01727 830031 Fax: 0727 832237

Email: alexis.bowers@hpt.nhs.uk

Declaration of interest: None

References:

1 The NHS Confederation (2007): Taking the Temperature: Towards an NHS Response to Global Warming.

2 JAMES, P (2007) Conferencing at BT - Results of a Survey on its Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts. Sustain IT, UK Centre for Economic and Environmental Development

3 McLAREN, P. (2003) Telemedicine and telecare: what can it offer mental health services? Advances in Psychiatric Treatment, 9, 54 -61.

4 Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland: http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/web/FILES/Publications/Telepsychiatry.doc
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Conflict of interest: None Declared

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