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  • 26 Apr 2017 1:59 PM | Anonymous



    'Train the Trainer'

    sports medic workshop

    As part of an ongoing commitment to training and delivery of effective medical care in sport, The Football Association, along with Galen, would like to invite you to attend a practical and educational workshop to learn about Penthrox®, the rapidly-acting inhaler for pain relief. 

    The workshop will take place at St George’s Park on the 15 May 2017. 

    The meeting is aimed at medics who have an interest/work in sports and will provide you with;

    • Examples of current use of Penthrox® and how it can improve the level of care we are able to deliver to our players and athletes
    • Education around identifying trauma injuries and pain scenarios where Penthrox® can be appropriately administered
    • Practical training on how to administer Penthrox® (methoxyflurane 3mL) to your teams
    • Certification to deliver Penthrox® training directly to your wider medical team

    For complete event details please see the invitation download and we look forward to receiving your registration 

    Click Here to register

    http://www.high5events.co.uk/TrainTheTrainer/  


  • 01 Mar 2017 10:30 AM | Anonymous

     FREE CPD West Midlands PHEM study day on 6th April 2017. 



    Please find attached the programme for the West Midlands PHEM study day on 6th April 2017

    As always, the day is free to attend and is worth 6 CPD points. Reservation details are at the bottom of the poster.

    Kind Regards

    Arun

    Dr. Arun George

    Consultant in Emergency Medicine

    University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


    CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


  • 12 Feb 2017 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    ID Medical Sponsor NEW 2017 Basic Members and New Automated CPDme Membership Certificate


    ID Medical have just sponsored CPDcloud to support the free Basic Membership and also the new Automated CPDme Membership Certificate.

    The Basic Membership allows users 5 entries of CPD or Reflection within their yearly CPD portfolio. They then need to unlock this, by upgrading for only £15.99 per year.

    The Users also now get a FREE CPD Membership Certificate that will be emailed to them and also automatically populate into their CPD dashboard prompting the user to reflect upon why they joined CPDme, and how this system will support them to record and maintain an accurate record of their continuing professional development (CPD).

    ID Medical also have a CPD school attached to their recruitment company and CPDme have agreed that we will support these great courses and learning opportunities using our website, mobile apps, CPD dashboard and social media #IDMEDICAL.

    Here is some of their great ID MEDICAL courses:

    Ultrasound and ECHO Level 1

    Ultrasound Practical course

    Chest Drain Insertion course

    Communication Skills with Social Styles & Versatility

    Teamwork, Development & Problem Solving

    Management and Leadership Programme

    Clinical Skills Workshop with Up2Speed

    IELTS English language online courses

    Advanced Communications Skills courses

    360 degree patient / colleague feedback facility

    12 month license to the market’s leading Revalidation portal

    Dedicated In-house Responsible Of cer reviewing all appraisal output forms

    Surviving Sepsis course

    IV Drug Administration and Therapy

    Clinical Interactions Online course

    Click and download the ID Medical School PDF and a list of their great ID Medical CPD Courses and NMC Revalidation Courses

  • 23 Jan 2017 12:29 PM | Anonymous



    NEW CPDme Dashboard Features

    As you may know CPDme is a not for profit social enterprise and we are constantly looking to make things easier and better for our users. We even id some research with Salford University and took onboard their feedback and input.

    6 months previous, we did some research with 50 users on their experience with CPDme, user problems, featured present, features desired and we have come up with a simple easy to use dashboard that we hope people will love (or hate) Here's a rundown of some of the new features!


    1) Personal Profile - The core of your governing requirements HCPC boxes / NMC Sections / Or Personalisable. These will also have pop up guides for each section and also a word counter.


    2) Create my CPD Activity Log - Different Infographical Reports on your CPD Submissions (like skills log)


    3) Create my CPD Portfolio - A New Interactive CPD Portfolio Building (search for tags and other great features)


    4) CPD Diary Entries - All your CPD entries and auto archive. You can also search for titles and dates here.


    5) View Shared CPD Log - Log of shared CPD from other users and FOAM opportunities, you can save to your Stored CPD Evidence Folder with a reminder. You get rewarded for sharing valued CPD.


    6) Print CV - Formal a perfectly formed CV from your profile, diary entries and reflective practice. 


    7) Reflective Practice - Manage all your reflections and send a copy if needed to your seniors (when its gone wrong at work!) Also create your own personalised Reflective Model that you prefer to use.


    8) CPD Webinars - List of all the upcoming live webinars and recordings. One Click Register - After the recordings, you can use these as evidence of CPD too.


    9) Stored CPD Evidence - Here is a quick CPD Dump of all your evidence, voice recordings from the new app, video testimonials with tags, ready to turn them into CPD or Reflective entries. It will take you 15 secons via the new app to capture evidence and upload this to your CPD Storage for managing later. The app will also remind you if you forget to do something with the evidence.


    10) MY CPD Calendar - A digital searchable calendar that you can see all your CPD within, but also plan stuff for the future and invite friends to consider attending. The Calendar will also remind you via the app and smart watches to document your study and forward planned events. This will integrate with your own personal calendar.


    11) SETTINGS - Consider integrating the clinical skills log reports (premium members only) - Unlock CPD like the Trauma Care Recordings - REELdx - Health Care Videos


    New Dashboard Integration - Expected April 2016

    New CPDme Mobile Apps - Expected May/June 2016


    CPDme are dedicated to supporting our users, but recruiting new users to support our enterprise is important. Please help support and promote CPDme to your friends, colleagues or work buddies.


    Thank you for your support.

    Philip and the Team



  • 08 Jan 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    Whats the fuss about! Just why do people LIKE to use CPDme to build a CPD Portfolio


    There are many CPD portfolio builders available online, however CPDme provides an interactive and simple and free online portfolio building platform. The concept of CPDme was the design of a University project which moved from a research project to an international business very quickly. Since the University project, CPDme has been developed and designed by a team of Health & Social Care professionals registered and currently employed in both NHS and local government sectors.


    This enables us to provide our members with development guidelines and relevant information on how to manage and record a range of CPD activities that are relevant to current practice. Our CPD mentors can assist with learning analysis such as reflective practice and our simple interactive development diary is designed to evolve as future practice changes.


    HCPC & NMC compliant format*

    The CPDme portfolio builder has been designed to enable the user to demonstrate compliance with both the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for CPD. One of the advantages is that you can combine portfolio standards or create a generic standard design. You can also select a specific period to include in your CPD Portfolio. This also allows you to select specific entries to include or exclude in your portfolio. This works well for duel registered professionals.

    Free Mobile Application

    Members benefit from being able to access and update their development portfolio on the move. The advantage of our mobile app is that you can capture and document your development as it happens. The app will automatically sync with your CPDme online profile creating a seamless experience for the user to access, download and print their portfolio in a professional format. Download here.

    Designed to be Simple

    CPDme is designed to simplify the formality of building a CPD portfolio by promoting an easy approach to planning and recording your personal development. It takes on average 15 minutes to document and update your personal development diary. Make a coffee, sit back and follow our easy to follow instructions.

    Evidence Summary & Analytical Report*

    One of the most popular CPDme features is the development activity report and summary of achieved standards. This enables members to view a breakdown of activities and supporting evidence for ensuring your learning is a variety of activities for planning future development.

    Access your files anywhere

    CPDme is cloud based meaning you are not restricted to your home computer for access to your CPD learning and development folder. Access your certificates, presentations and development evidence that is stored safely on the CPDme cloud anytime, anywhere. No more rummaging around looking for your old certificates and evidence.

    Update your CPD Diary & Reflection anywhere

    Our members can log in, access, record in their CPD diary, and upload supporting evidence of development from any location with internet access. The mobile app is also a great way to record reflective practice to show employers and governing bodies your analysis of an incident or reflection occurring in practice.

    Staff Management Cloud

    A great function for organisations to monitor staff development. This feature combines individual membership with management access for monitoring and assisting staff in maintaining a record of learning and development. It also provides an opportunity for creating a learning zone for a group or team of individuals to download updates and bulletins. Discover more.

    Your Print ready Portfolio in a click*

    You can quickly and easily create a complete print-ready portfolio with supporting evidence in the correct format required for interview, career appraisal or professional audit. Just a few clicks and all the sorting, filing and creating is done automatically by our system. You just simply print!


    * Some features are not available on the FREE Basic Plans. See Terms & Conditions for more details

  • 31 Dec 2016 9:11 PM | Anonymous




    CPDme have released some of the new features that will be part of the new websites dashboard and the mobile apps. There will also be a new Premium Membership Level that will be offered first to existing paid members. The features of paid CPDme membership include:


    Unlimited CPD Diary 

    This means that there is no limit to the number of entries that you can submit to the system via the app and the website. You can also scan and backdate all your CPD from previous years.

    Unlimited Reflective Entries

    This means that there is no limit to the number of reflective practice submissions that you can submit to the system via the app and the website. You can also backdate reflections from previous essays or university / collage works by copy and pasting into the appropriate fields.

    Unlimited Evidence Storage

    Unlimited storage allows you to store as much evidence of CPD as you need in both the CPD Diary and also in your supporting evidence folder within your personal CPDcloud. We will even organise this into years for you so that it's easy to search and find evidence when you need it.

    Priority Customer Support 

    Since 2009, CPDme has been proud to achieve 94% of all questions answered and solved within 24 hours. This is due to our team all being Health and Social Care Professionals and our on call IT expert "Alex". This enables us to support and solve both development questions and IT issues within a timely manner. Something we are very proud at here at cpdHQ.

    Portfolio Customisation

    The New CPDme system allows you to customise your Portfolio and Include and Exclude sections that you either do or don't require. The system also allows you to select specific entries from your CPD Diary and Reflection to include in your finished CPD Portfolio. The system also generates a digital list of supporting evidence meaning that you can email your completed PDF Portfolio to your governing body, who can substantiate your learning with attached digital evidence. This is unique to us here at CPDme and saves on Trees! Something we are very passionate about! Also licking stamps and risking paper cuts..... ouch

    Print Ready CPD Portfolio 

    Your Print Ready CPD Portfolio can be created anytime anywhere you have access to the internet. On average a complete print ready portfolio takes around 4 mins to complete when using CPDme. 

    Access to CPD Videos 

    This great selection of 2 min videos allows you to widen your idea of what you can include within your CPD Portfolio, but also what you can also use as evidence. The system will also give you feedback if you are submitting just one kind of CPD for example, you continue to submit that you attended a course rather than varying your professional development.

    Membership Certificate

    A membership certificate is a great way to demonstrate your professional responsibility to recording and maintaining an accurate record of your CPD. Whats also magic is that we will email you your certificate, but also put a copy directly into your CPD Portfolio as a record of your commitment to managing your CPD using CPDme.

    CPD Webinar / Certification 

    As a valued premium member, when you attend one of our live CPD Webinars, you will be emailed a copy of an attendance certificate, a recording of the webinar for future use and also the date and time of the event. Whats best, is we will automatically add this to your CPD Portfolio to enable you to concentrate on your new learned skills. You can then return and reflect upon this learning not wondering where you placed that certificate or evidence of CPD.

    Skills App Integration (Feb17)

    Our very popular and FREE Clinical Skills App will be integrated into our CPDme system allowing you to pull information and graphical reports from the skills app, directly into your learning and development report. Download our FREE Clinical Skills App today.

    CPD Infographics (Feb17)

    Alongside your CPD Portfolio, you will also have the ability to generate CPD Infographic Reports to demonstrate your CPD, Learning Styles and Produce several Infographic Reports. These are great for performance reviews and also to demonstrate your professional accountability for learning and development.

    Shared FREE CPD (Feb17)

    Years of research has led us to create a system where you can not only record your own CPD, but also share other opportunities and also your evidence to allow others to learn for your experience. This feature is a breakthrough for CPDme, but you must remember that you must have the right to share the information that you share, and as a recipient, you must not solely rely on this information as factual! 

    New Mobile App (Feb17) 

    to compliment our new website features, we are also launching two new mobile apps. These great new apps will match the functionality of the website and also allow you to continue and access your subscriptions to:

    Trauma Care

    ReelDx

    Health Care Videos

    You will be able to access these subscriptions both via the website and also within the new mobile apps allowing CPD on the move! Keep updated and follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates and information on our new features. Alternatively Just Search CPDme on Google.

  • 23 Oct 2016 11:30 AM | Anonymous
                                                                                      
    Should Community First Responders do CPD and keep a portfolio record of their training and development?
    Harry Decker



    From speaking to community first responders up and down the country, the continuing professional development that is required to be undertaken varies massively from one trust to the next, and in some cases, from one area of an ambulance trust to another.

    When the first community first responder schemes appeared, well in excess of ten years ago, the initial concept surrounded training and equipping local people in (usually) rural communities to attend cardiac arrest and chest pain calls on behalf of the ambulance service to provide basic life support and reassurance until an ambulance arrived. Whilst I would agree that the primary function, and the driving force behind these groups has not changed, the role of a community first responder has evolved drastically alongside the ambulance service. With pressure being added to the ambulance service by the media, it is imperative A8 response times are met. Because of that, and because of the skill and willingness of the volunteers, community first responders are being dispatched to a far wider range of calls than initially intended.

    For a number of years now, there has been more and more emphasis within the ambulance services, statutory, private and voluntary, to focus on continuing professional development – in short, continuing to learn and develop your knowledge for the benefit of the patient, even after qualifying. Again going back to the variety amongst norms within CFR groups, varying levels of emphasis is placed on CPD, from having to undertake an annual re-qualification, to group meetings every two weeks, and the need to keep a record of any training or development undertaken, either guided or unguided. No matter the level of development undertaken, its primary purpose is to benefit any patient the CFR comes into contact with. 

    CPD can be undertaken in a huge variety of manners, ranging from a basic life support refresher, practising skills that may not be used very often, in order to prevent skill fade, to reading up on newly-encountered conditions, through to reviewing your Trust’s oxygen administration guidelines to ensure you are confident in dealing with any situation. The level and depth of professional development undertaken should vary dependent upon the level at which the NHS Trust allow you to practise, and should be within the scope of your training, thus ensuring Trust guidelines are adhered to. 

    Whenever CPD is undertaken, it should always be documented. I am aware some Trusts have training log-books to keep a record of any training and development completed; however, it can also be helpful to keep a separate record. Not only does it allow you to visualise areas of your development you have not yet focused on, but it also aids in the understanding of the subject. By writing up the CPD undertaken, it allows you to review your learning, recapping on the essential points, and thus aiding information processing. 

    As well as undertaking practical or theoretical learning, another aspect of CPD is reflection upon incidents, regardless of whether they went well, or not so well. Patient confidentiality is important within these reflections, and if in doubt, double check with your CFR team leader. 

    I personally utilise Driscoll’s model of reflection, which at its’ most basic level asks – What? So What? Now What? This requires you to look in more depth about what happened, what yourself and others did, and what your reaction was. It then asks you to evaluate the consequences of what happened – so how you felt at the time, how you feel now, whether anything could have gone better. Finally, it encourages you to think if you could approach the situation differently in the future, and about how you could do that. The reflection doesn’t have to focus on the clinical side of the job, but can explore the way in which you handled communication, either with the patient, their relatives, any bystanders, or the ambulance crew. 

    I personally feel that by completing this model of reflection, both for jobs that went well, and those which didn’t, you will become a more competent, more confident first responder, constantly developing your practice. Once again, by documenting this, it allows you firstly to review the incident, thinking about how it went, and how you could have acted differently to affect the outcome, and also to allow you to reference your development as a first responder, and apply what you have learnt to a wider range of situations.














    Harry Decker

    CPDme Development for Life - Community First Responders & Volunteers
  • 03 Oct 2016 8:45 AM | Anonymous

    PHEM study day - 3 October 2016



    Dear All,

    The next West Midlands PHEM study day will be held at UHCW, Coventry on 3rd October 2016. Please find the programme attached.

    Would you kindly circulate this among your teams/anybody else who may be interested. Please feel free to share on social media.

    It is a free event worth 6 CPD points. 

    An email to arun.george@uhcw.nhs.uk is all that is needed for registration.

    Many thanks for your support.


    Kind Regards


    Dr. Arun George

    Consultant in Emergency Medicine

    University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


  • 24 Aug 2016 10:54 AM | Anonymous


    Great news: we’ve teamed up with CPDme and MedTree for a fantastic #MedChat partnership.


    Your participation in our weekly tweetchat will now be officially recognised by CPDme.


    Here's how it works:


    • If you’re a #MedChat participant, you’ll receive a specific code each week at the end of the discussion to access the CPDme system.

    • Once there, simply fill in your name and email address and upload a reflective account of what you learned during the discussion.

    • The system will then generate a digital PDF of your reflective account and a #MedChat Certificate of Attendance, which will be dropped into your CPDme portfolio.

    • If you’ve signed up to the CPDme Mobile App, your certificate will automatically appear there too.

     

    You’ll be able to access the #MedChat form here or via the CPDme website atwww.cpdme.com/medchat - don't forget your code though!


    What’s more, each week, MedTree, the leading distributor of emergency medical supplies and equipment, will be giving away a free 12 month Subscription to CPDme Premium and 12 month Access to the MedTree Trauma Care Video Library, worth a total of £75 to one lucky MedChatter for the best tweet of the evening, or the best contributions throughout the chat.


    If you’ve never joined us for #MedChat before, don’t worry, it's free to participate. We welcome ambulance professionals, doctors, paramedics, clinicians, policy makers and students from the UK and across the globe to join in with the chat. We convene every Thursday at 8pm UK time on Twitter, to discuss ambulance life, paramedicine, NHS policy, new techniques, new medicines, healthcare and wider issues related to our work. It’s an informal affair and a great platform to learn from fellow colleagues.

    Now, thanks to CPDme and MedTree, you can make it count towards your career.


    #MedChat takes place on Twitter every Thursday night at 8pm. In June, it was awarded ‘Best Use of Social Media’ at the Global Recruiter Awards in London.


    Need an automated certificate system for your learning and development? email andrew.ormerod@cpdme.com for a no obligation quote.

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