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  • 27 Apr 2013 1:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    CPDme are on the look out for enthusiastic Marketing & Sales Staff
    Are you driven by motivation and a great earning potential?

    CPDme are looking for some new individuals to join our marketing team awaiting the launch of the NEW CPDme Mobile iPhone App. The Application will be the first in the world to list courses, events and conferences that will be searchable by Health and Social care professionals from over 100 different professions.

    We are looking for motivated sales & marketing people to sell advertising space on our website and app.

    The position is flexible and can be full or part-time. Commission based income can potentially reach excess of £20,000 p.a. part-time.

    We have a great incentive to join our team with great rewards and bonuses. Interested? Email your CV to marketing@cpdme.com.

  • 10 Apr 2013 10:36 PM | Anonymous member
    First Aid Training and the end of HSE Accreditation - How can I still teach accredited first aid courses?

    by Paul Horsburgh

    First Aid Training and the end of HSE Accreditation - How can I still teach accredited first aid courses?

    For all HSE Approved Training Provider the HSE approval was to finish on 6 April 2013, but this has now been updated to the 1st Oct 2013 subject to parliamentary approval. Therefor after the 1st October HSE will no longer be accrediting HSE First Aid at Work courses, they will still give guidance in updated ACOP Approved Code of Practice due out soon.

    So how do first aid trainer and first aid companies after this date gain recognition or accreditation for their training? Well there are now 3 routes as follows:

    1.) Route 1 - Voluntary Aid Societies (Red Cross, St Johns Ambulance and St Andrews Ambulance). Although as they are keen to keep their share and hold on the market, they all prefer not to train first aid trainers to teach their own courses, so as to avoid competition.

    2.) Route 2 - OfQual & SQA Awarding Bodies. This will be the most popular route especially for the commercial trainers and companies who wish to gain accredited qualification for the candidates they teach. 

    3.) Route 3 - Trade Bodies and Associations. This at the moment is not the preferred route, as there is no external accredited monitoring and HSE have stated it will be up to the company to check, it is fit for purpose by doing their own risk assessment.

    So how do I become an accredited first aid trainer and gain access to accredited first aid qualifications?

    The easiest and most popular route would be with Route 2 above. You first need to have a current HSE First Aid at Work Certificate or equivalent MOD first aid or are a qualified nurse or paramedic. You would then need to show a teaching qualification which can be the PTLLS Teaching award or an accredited First Aid Trainer course (see www.abertaytraining.co.uk) 

    After you have your recognized train the trainer award, there are many awarding bodies you can apply to become a registered centre with. Abertay as listed above, give free approval for trainer and centre recognition if they complete their EDI approved First Aid Trainers Course through www.safecertawards.com, but have a look on the SQA and OfQual website for others.

    Paul Horsburgh BSc, Grad CIPD, QTS, PGCE, PGDip IT, PGDip PM

    Company Director for 13 years in teaching, health and safety field

  • 03 Apr 2013 4:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme now send you a print ready CPD portfolio PDF of your CPD Diary & Reflective Practice

    Simply "Portfolio ready CPD Submissions" 

    The CPDme team have been working very hard with our New website/APP developer Alex to bring you some new and very exciting changes to the way we work at CPDme.

    In preparation for the launch of our NEW Mobile APP, the CPD Diary & Reflective Practice submissions on our website will automatically email you back a printable copy of your CPDme submission all tidy and neat in a "printable portfolio ready template". This is a HUGE step for CPDme as we anticipate that over 100.000 people will download our NEW CPDme APP in 2013.

    In readiness for the APP launch we are also preparing lots of new features as well as the PDF creation above.

    We are implementing over 15 new features to include:

    • Support Ticket System - Better support system for our members with track n trace
    • CPD Buddy - Will email or text you to remind you to update your CPD
    • NOTE taking feature - Make a quick note to remind you later of what you need to do
    • CPD Finder feature - Easily find CPD courses, events and conferences
    • Ability to advertise on the CPDme APP - Lets you get your training and teaching global
    • Update n Save - Ability to part complete a CPD Diary or Reflection and submit later
    Plus more to be announced soon........... 

    You may also note that to join CPDme and grab all these new features os now only £9.99 per year. This will provide you with a great and customised online portfolio builder and event finder that is personalised to the way you need to manage your personal development. Join today at www.cpdme.com/join and start building your CPD portfolio the "Smart Way"
  • 03 Apr 2013 3:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Emergency Services Show relocates to the NEC Birmingham

    Wednesday 25 September – Thursday 26 September 2013  NEC, Birmingham, UK

    The organisers of The Emergency Services Show are pleased to announce that the event will be moving to The NEC, Birmingham. In addition, the show is moving from its traditional November dates and will be held this year from 25-26 September to take advantage of longer daylight hours for outdoor exhibitors.

    Shortlisted for Best Trade Show at this year’s Exhibition News Awards, the event is growing year-on-year. It is this success that has proved to be the catalyst for the organiser, Broden Media, to seek a venue that can cater for its need for greater space, with increased capacity, but also an overall focus on an improved show experience for visitors and exhibitors alike.

    David Brown, Joint Managing Director, Broden Media, said, “We are excited to be bringing the country’s foremost emergency services event to such a fantastic and iconic venue. The NEC has a great location that really adds value for our exhibitors and visitors, with superb transport links and facilities. I’m confident that visitors to this year’s show will see the positive difference in our new home, and will continue to be delighted with the content and the calibre of our exhibitors, demonstrations and additional show features.”

    David Gallagher from the NEC said, “The Emergency Services Show needed a flexible venue with excellent demonstration space which would give their exhibitors and visitors their best experience yet. They also needed a venue that would be easy to get to for visitors from the UK and further afield.”

    The annual Emergency Services Show is aimed at anybody involved in emergency response and recovery, including all blue light services, voluntary workers and service providers. Now in its eighth year, this annual event attracts buyers and specifiers of relevant emergency kit and solutions. It is acutely aware of promoting multi-agency working between the key emergency responders and their partner agencies.

    Organisations wishing to book a stand at The Emergency Services Show 2013 should contact Carol Fox Tel: 01737 824010 carolfox@brodenmedia.com

    Emergency services-related charities and not-for-profits interested in profiling their organisation in the free-to-exhibit Emergency Response Zone, should also contact Carol Fox to reserve a stand.


    Show dates Wednesday 25 September – Thursday 26 September 2013
    Halls 17 and 18, The NEC, Birmingham

  • 28 Mar 2013 10:48 PM | Anonymous member

    Corrie's Julie Hesmondhalgh to present at

    the Great British North West Care Show

    We are delighted to announce that Julie Hesmondhalgh will be speaking at the Great North West Care Show on 17th April at Salford City Stadium in Manchester.

    Julie Hesmondhalgh who plays national treasure, Hailey Cropper in Coronation Street will speak about her thoughts about the sector and the importance of the social care workforce as well as unpaid carers.  She will also formally launch the Great British Care Awards, a series of regional awards which celebrate excellence in social care and take place throughout October and November later this year. 

    Julie Hesmondhalgh said:

    “I am delighted to be supporting the Great North West Care Show in Manchester. The shows are a great way for people from the local communities to come together, share good practice and showcase excellence in social care. I look forward to meeting delegates and exhibitors and being part of what promises to be an informative and enjoyable day!”

    Alex Shepherd, Events Co-ordinator of the Great British Care Shows said,

    "We are delighted that Julie will be joining us in Manchester, she is a warm and caring person who has great empathy for our sector and we are sure will prove to be a great success at the show. It will also serve as a great platform to launch the regional Great British Care Awards for which nominations are now open."

    The shows, which are free to delegates, have received support from across the sector including the Alzheimer's Society, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, (ADASS), Carers UK, the English Community Care Association (ECCA) and Ceretas.  Delegates will include all areas of the social care sector; voluntary, unpaid carers, private, statutory, commissioners, directors of adult social services, care providers, owners, managers, care workers and also service users from the community.   

    The shows will provide a unique networking opportunity, linking in with local commissioners, local care association and local service users and are set to be a significant date for the calendar in these regions.

    Delegates can register online at www.gbcareshows.co.uk.  For more information visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

    Lets' showcase excellence in social care and help it get the recognition it deserves

  • 28 Mar 2013 10:41 PM | Anonymous member


       The Great British Care Shows

       Locations and Dates

    Locations: Nottingham, York, Manchester, Newcastle, Worcester, Newmarket, Bristol and Brighton

    Date: 6th March, 13th March, 17th April, 25th April, 1st May, 8th May, 15th May and 22nd May

    Duration: 09:00-16:00

    Please click here for venues -

    Organised By: Great British Care Awards

    The Great British Care Shows are brought to you by the organisers of the Great British Care Awards; who are supported by the Department of Health, the English Community Care Association (ECCA), Ceretas, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the National Skills Academy for Social Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

    Delegates will be exposed to an innovative and exciting speaker’s programme, light bulb sessions, drop in advice clinics and innovative product demonstrations. The aim is to achieve positive solutions for achieving excellence.

    Speakers on the agenda include:

    ·         The Department of Health

    ·         The National Skills Academy for Social Care 

    ·         The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS)

    ·         The English Community Care Association (ECCA)

    ·         Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

    ·         Care Quality Commission (CQC)

    ·         Community Integrated Care (CIC)

    The following areas will be discussed:

    ·         Leadership

    ·         Health & Safety

    ·         Dementia

    ·         Training

    ·         End of life care

    Attend this essential event to find:

    ·         Innovative solutions for excellence in social care 

    ·         Practical solutions for achieving outcomes and excellence

    ·         Industry expert sessions

    ·         Question time debating the policy agenda and the future of the market

    Question Time Sessions.

    In this area exhibitors and visitors will have an opportunity to question a panel and have an interactive debate. The panel will be made up of experts in the area and will take questions from the audience. Panels include representatives from Carers UK, Citizens Advice and other sector experts.

    Who should attend?

    The Great British Care Shows looks forward to welcoming all members of the care sector from directors, care providers, owners and managers to care workers, unpaid carers and service users from within the community.

    Further information

    Register your FREE place by clicking on this link www.gbcareshows.co.uk/region/interest

    For more information or to download the brochure, visit www.gbcareshows.co.uk

    Alternatively you can call 0115 959 6132 or email info@gbcareshows.co.uk

  • 27 Mar 2013 10:59 PM | Anonymous member


      The Pedalling Paramedics

    Do something amazing for 2013!

    Could you raise £10,000 for the ASBF?

    The Pedalling Paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service did just that last year by riding from Lands End to John ‘O’ Groats in nine days.

    This year the same team are aiming to raise another £10,000 by riding from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower, Paris in six days.

    Could you do something amazing for the ASBF and meet or better this challenge?

    We need people to Champion the ASBF and help to raise funds NOW!

    If you would like to help or need further information about the only country wide ambulance services charity, please visit our website:


    Or email the Secretary:


     ‘The Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund is Caring for the Carers but together we will make the difference!’

    Patron: Simon Weston OBE.

    Registered charity # 800434

    The Pedalling paramedics – East of England Ambulance Service

    May 2013

    Dates 25th to 30th May

    Day 1 ... 25th May Blackpool Tower to Buxton

    Day 2...  26th May Buxton to Kettering

    Day 3... 27th May Kettering to Dartford cycling through London via Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and Tower Bridge.

    Day 4... 28th May Dartford to Dover overnight ferry to Calais

    Day 5...29th May Calais to Amiens

    Day 6...30th May Amiens to Eiffel Tower Paris

  • 21 Mar 2013 11:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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  • 02 Mar 2013 11:12 PM | Anonymous member
    Prehospital Trauma Symposium

    Ambleside, Cumbria

    On the 22-24 February Mountain Trauma Rescue Services hosted the first Prehospital Trauma Symposium in Ambleside, Cumbria.

    This event consisted of a range of presentations and practical workshops, delivered by experts in their subjects. Friday's theme was remote trauma and rescue, Saturday focused on major incidents and Sunday focused on major trauma.

    The Symposium was for anyone responsible for providing trauma care in a prehospital setting from doctors and paramedics to volunteer rescue services. In addition to learning more about the latest trauma research delegates learnt how multi-agencies deal with trauma victims and also gave those who attended a great networking opportunity.

    A full programme and descriptions of speakers can be found at www.traumasymposium.co.uk. College of Paramedics and Mountain Rescue Teams received a 30% discount on delegate costs.

    This was a fantastic, interactive CPD opportunity set within the beautiful Lake District. Visit our website for further event information http://www.mountaintrauma.co.uk/
  • 20 Feb 2013 10:57 PM | Anonymous member

    ‘Working Differently in the 21st Century Means Learning Differently!’

    by George Lueddeke OCT MEd PhD

    Consultant in Higher and Medical Education

    20th February 2012

    The global Lancet Commission report1 was released in December 2010 and is fast becoming the new Abraham Flexner report (1910)2,’which paved the way for medical/healthcare delivery across the globe in the 20th century.’ The Commission co-chairs, Professor Julio Frenk, dean of Harvard's School of Public Health (formerly Mexico's Minister of Health) and Dr. Lincoln Chen, president of The China Medical Board, commended the book as 'an important work,' which independently complemented their own findings and recommendations. In their view, as an enabling mechanism, the book might help support the implementation of proposed Commission reforms and recommendations.

    In addition, the book has enjoyed considerable support (non-financial) from senior members of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA).Most recently, it was recommended by Dr. Susan Skochelak, Vice President of Medical Education at the American Medical Association (AMA). 

    The premise for the book is quite simple: in terms of health and social care, we need to learn to work differently in the developed, underdeveloped and the developing worlds in this decade and beyond and that requires new approaches to education and training. Knowing what we know with c 5.7 billion in developing nations and c. 1.3 billion in the developed and underdeveloped, we cannot go on as if we are still in the 20th century.

    My main argument is that if we want people to function differently and more effectively - with greater compassion, empathy, commitment, competence, thoughtfulness, and teamworking, - then they need to be educated and trained differently.3

    Things would need to change considerably in medical/healthcare education at undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG) and continuing professional development (CPD) levels, including, inter alia:

    • aligning competencies to population health needs– ensuring that student and trainee knowledge, skills and attitudes match workforce expectations, now and in the more immediate future (e.g., care of the young and elderly and addressing the rise of non-communicable diseases);
    • balancing prevention and curative measures in medical/healthcare (minimising the notion of ‘a pill for every ill’) and ensuring that consultations take a more holistic or ‘whole person’ approach, including early diagnosis and intervention;
    • optimising interprofessional teamworking at undergraduate and postgraduate levels that  flattens hierarchies, empowers people, and reduces, ideally eliminates, professional fragmentation;
    • strengthening training in hospitals and the community, thereby decreasing waiting times (e.g. A&E, surgery), improving treatments of the elderly and increasing investments in infrastructure - polyclinics, community health and well-being centres, care home visits and bringing back home visits-24/7). 

    Since the book focuses on current and future issues facing medical/healthcare education in both the developed and developing worlds, it may be a useful catalyst for discussion and reference for both practitioners and students-perhaps as a core or supplementary text for medical, nursing and other allied health students.

    The book also raises awareness about the growing importance of public and global health, primary health care and the need for greater collaboration among the developed, underdeveloped and the developing worlds.

    Several chapters in the book are concerned with developing competency-based frameworks and curricula, particularly 'with a view to innovation in skill mix and clinical roles which is crucial to achieving a more efficient and flexible workforce.'4,

    Dr. Richard Horton, a UK physician, editor-in-chief of the US-based The Lancet and a Lancet Commissioner, calls for a ‘re-moralising’ of the healthcare system, one which builds ‘a new kind of professionalism -patient-centred, interprofessional and team-based,’ and one that rises above the ‘rigid and damaging tribalism that afflicts the professions today.’1

    Indeed, Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, former Chair of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and now Chair of the Canadian Medical Foundation, echoes Dr Horton’s observations, envisaging a type of leadership that ‘would be courageous enough to act in the best interests of the populations they serve rather than the best interests of business or economics.’3

    In terms of health systems, including the training of health professionals, Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general at WHO, observes  there is a need to ‘get back to basics’ and a ‘shift to thrift’ ;‘a thirst for efficiency and an intolerance for waste’
     ;streamlining and integrating health programmes ‘; and ‘channelling good aid ‘in ways that strengthen existing infrastructure and capacities.’5

    She also calls for ‘nothing less than a radical change in mindset, a fundamental rethinking of the way health systems deliver services and maintain good health outcomes.’6

    Reflecting on the last decade, Lord Crisp, who ran the UK National Health Service (NHS), from 2000-2006, and is also a Lancet Commissioner, acknowledges that while the reforms following the NHS Plan of 2000 ‘brought many improvements in services and service re-design,’ they ‘were too focused on economic incentives and hospital services.’ He further reminds us that ‘[a]s the NHS enters a new phase in the continuing development of GPs as commissioners and providers, there is a need to look for insights from around the world and to develop a new approach to educating and training primary care and public health professionals, which takes account of this global perspective and global learning’ and ‘in helping develop an NHS workforce for the future.’7, 8

    In summary, providing more compassionate and competent patient/social care in this decade and beyond necessitates structural changes in the way we prepare our health/social care professionals. It also requires broader and more ‘joined-up’ thinking and commitment -social, political, economic- on what needs to be done, by whom, how and by when – in terms of health and social care. Given the state of finances across many nations, deliberations along these lines cannot start soon enough.

    An important theme throughout the book is that, while health systems will have to change to meet health and social care expectations, so do we! - in order to embrace the transition to a healthier social and cultural environment.


    Author’s note: Reviews of the book from different corners of the world have been numerous and positive. An in-depth review by Peter Sharp, CEO of the UK Centre for Workforce Intelligence (CfWI), is available to read on The Lancet Commission website.9  Several others can be found on the publisher’s web link, which also provides a table of contents.10


    1Frenk J, Chen L, Bhutta ZA, Cohen J, et al. ‘Health Professionals for a New Century: transforming education to strengthen health systems in an interdependent world.’ The Lancet.

    2Duffy TP. The Flexner Report undefined 100 Years Later. Available at:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3178858/ (accessed 8 October 2011).

    3Lueddeke GR. Transforming Medical Education for the 21st Century: megatrends, priorities and change. London UK: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd; 2012.

    4House of Commons (Health Select Committee). First Report-Education, Training and Workforce Planning. Available at:http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmselect/cmhealth/6/602.htm (accessed 25 May 2012). 

    5Chan M. Best days for public health are ahead of us, says WHO Director General. Address to the Sixty-fifth World Health Assembly. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO; 21 May, 2012.

    6Chan M. WHO Director-General addresses conference on health systems. Keynote address at the International Conference on Oman Health Vision 2050: Quality Care, Sustained Health. Muscat, Oman. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO; 30 April 2012.

    7Crisp N. A Global Perspective on the Education and Training of Primary Care and Public Health Professionals. London Journal of Primary Care; November 2011.

    8Crisp N. Turning the World Upside Down – the search for global health in the 21st century. London: Royal Society of Medicine; 2010.

    9Sharp P. New Book on Transforming Medical Education Reviewed. Available at: http://healthprofessionals21.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=109:lueddeke-book-reviewed&catid=7:news&Itemid=136 (accessed on 14 July 2012).

    10Radcliffe Publishing. Transforming Medical Education for the 21st Centurymegatrends, priorities and change. Available at:http://www.radcliffehealth.com/shop/transforming-medical-education-21st-century-megatrends-priorities-and-change(accessed 12 February 2013).

    George R Lueddeke PhD

    George is keen to share and discuss findings from his research on the future of medical/healthcare education and, time permitting, welcomes invitations to present to either small or larger groups (email-glueddeke@aol.com)

    LinkedIn Connection: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dr-george-lueddeke/42/4b0/401

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