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  • 27 Apr 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     NEW CPD Training Courses 


    Please see the NEW CPD Opportunities provided by IDMedical


    Course title

    Date

    Overview of course

    CPD Points

    Advanced TEAM Communication

    Skills Course

    Make a weekend of it - add complementing PATIENT course

    Saturday 7th May

    Course content: This one day course focuses upon the healthcare professional’s interactions with colleagues and superiors, whether within small teams or in a larger organisational context with the ultimate impact upon patients always kept top of mind.

     

    Who is it for: All healthcare professionals; doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

     

    Duration: 1 day

     

    Cost: £202 Nett

     

    To book a place on the course visit https://shop.id-medical.com/cpd-courses.html

     

    Who is ID Medical?

    Award-winning, multi-discipline healthcare recruiter ID Medical was formed in 2002 and is a superior quality supplier of locum doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and clerical staff to over 90% of NHS hospitals and private medical sector organisations.

                                                   

    Through collaborative working with a number of prestigious and established medical education focused organisations, ID Medical School strives to enrich the careers of healthcare professionals, presenting various educational strands to its registered candidates. For more information, please visit: http://www.id-medical.com/school



    6

    Advanced PATIENT Communication

    Skills Course

    Make a weekend of it - add complementing TEAM course

    Sunday 8th May

    Course content: The Advanced Patient Communication Skills course is a 1 day highly interactive course for all healthcare professionals who wish to improve their communication skills with patients.

     

    Who is it for: All healthcare professionals; doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

     

    Duration: 1 day

     

    Cost: £202 Nett (Saving £120, only available through ID Medical School)

     

    To book a place on the course visit https://shop.id-medical.com/cpd-courses.html

     

    Who is ID Medical?

    Award-winning, multi-discipline healthcare recruiter ID Medical was formed in 2002 and is a superior quality supplier of locum doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and clerical staff to over 90% of NHS hospitals and private medical sector organisations.

     

    Through collaborative working with a number of prestigious and established medical education focused organisations, ID Medical School strives to enrich the careers of healthcare professionals, presenting various educational strands to its registered candidates. For more information, please visit: http://www.id-medical.com/school



    6

    Ultrasound and ECHO Level 1 Course

    Friday 13th May

    Course description

    Topics covered include:

    FAST scans

    Vascular access

    Adnominal Aortic Aneurysm

    ECHO in life support

    Thoracic ultrasound

     

    Who is it for: All healthcare professionals; doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

     

    Duration: 1 day

    Following a group lecture, you will be spilt into small groups for hour-long practical sessions on each topic. Gain confidence by practicing your skills on live practice under the supervision of our experienced faculty.

     

    Morning refreshments and a finger buffet lunch will be provided.

     

    Attendees will receive 7 CPD points/hours (accreditation pending) upon completing the course.

     

    Cost: £249.00 Nett

     

    Who is ID Medical?

    Award-winning, multi-discipline healthcare recruiter ID Medical was formed in 2002 and is a superior quality supplier of locum doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and clerical staff to over 90% of NHS hospitals and private medical sector organisations.

                                                   

    Through collaborative working with a number of prestigious and established medical education focused organisations, ID Medical School strives to enrich the careers of healthcare professionals, presenting various educational strands to its registered candidates. For more information, please visit: http://www.id-medical.com/school

     

     

    7

    Sunday 22nd May

    Clinical Skills Workshop

    Course content: Whether you have been working in the NHS for years, or the time has come to begin your journey working within the NHS, the Clinical Skills Workshop is a great half-day course to attend. Learn what they didn't tell you at medical school and get hands-on with practical skills.

     

    Who is it for: All healthcare professionals; doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

     

    Duration: Half day AM (Full day when booked with Up2Speed)

     

    Cost: £60 Nett Save 15% on this course when booked with complementing Up2Speed course.

     

    To book a place on the course visit https://shop.id-medical.com/cpd-courses.html

     

    Who is ID Medical?

    Award-winning, multi-discipline healthcare recruiter ID Medical was formed in 2002 and is a superior quality supplier of locum doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and clerical staff to over 90% of NHS hospitals and private medical sector organisations.

     

    Through collaborative working with a number of prestigious and established medical education focused organisations, ID Medical School strives to enrich the careers of healthcare professionals, presenting various educational strands to its registered candidates. For more information, please visit: http://www.id-medical.com/school



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    Up2Speed

    Make a day of it – add complementing Clinical Skills Workshop

    Up2Speed

    Make a day of it – add complementing Clinical Skills Workshop

    Course content: Up2Speed is a punchy refresher case-based teaching course with discussion of key areas relevant to those practising in the challenging/complex NHS environment today. This course would suit medical professionals who wish to understand the working practices and ethics of the NHS.

     

    Who is it for: All healthcare professionals; doctors, nurses and allied health professionals.

     

    Duration: Half day PM (Full day when booked with Clinical Skills Workshop)

     

    Duration: Half day PM (Full day when booked with Clinical Skills Workshop)

     

    Cost: £60 Nett. Save 15% on this course when booked with complementing Clinical Skills Workshop.

     

    To book a place on the course visit https://shop.id-medical.com/cpd-courses.html

     

    Who is ID Medical?

    Award-winning, multi-discipline healthcare recruiter ID Medical was formed in 2002 and is a superior quality supplier of locum doctors, nurses, allied health professionals and clerical staff to over 90% of NHS hospitals and private medical sector organisations.

     

    Through collaborative working with a number of prestigious and established medical education focused organisations, ID Medical School strives to enrich the careers of healthcare professionals, presenting various educational strands to its registered candidates. For more information, please visit: http://www.id-medical.com/school

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  • 30 Mar 2016 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    West Midlands PHEM Study Day – 11th April 2016: FREE CPD - Ultrasound & Analgesia



    0845– 0900 Introduction

    Scott Beattie/Richard Browne - PHEM Trainees

                           

    0900 – 0930 Ultrasound in PHEM

    Speaker TBC

     

    0930 - 1000  MAA Traumatic Cardiac Arrest Audit

    Suzy Stokes - PHEM & Emergency Medicine trainee 

     

    1000 – 1030   Echo in pre-hospital cardiac arrest

    Matt Ward


    1030 – 1100   Ultrasound for pneumothorax detection

    Scott Beattie

     

    1100 - 1130   Coffee (not provided)

     

    1130 – 1215 Intranasal Analgesia

    Ali Hussain – PHEM & Emergency Medicine Trainee

     

    1215 - 1300 Penthrox

    Penthrox Rep

     

    1300 - 1400 Lunch (Penthrox sponsored) 

     

    1400 – 1500   Echo & Lung Simulator Practical Session 

    (Sonosite supported)

           

    1500 – 1545  Pre-hospital Analgesia

                           Jon Hulme – West Midlands MERIT/MAA Doctor

     

    1545 – Close 


    Download the Poster Here

    Venue; 2nd floor Clinical Sciences Building, University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, CV2 2DX. To reserve a place please email belinda.harrison@uhcw.nhs.uk


  • 15 Mar 2016 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Cells: What Is Life? 

    by Chris Mulryan




    This episode is the first in a series of podcasts on cells, the basic building blocks of human life. In this first episode @DrJenWaring and @ChrisMulryan consider the question “What is Life?”  We endeavour to define life from a biological viewpoint by establishing the characteristics of living things. 

    To illustrate the distinction between life and death we contrast the human with a virus. Some of the complexities of determining the point at which life becomes extinct in a human are also considered in light of modern medical technologies that can produce a theoretical and conceptual blurring of the boundaries between life and death.

    In subsequent episodes in this Cells Series we consider the structures of a cell, the cell cycle and mitosis, DNA as well as the biological organisation of the body.


     Play Podcast

     

     How do I document a podcast in my CPDme Diary?

    Once you have listened to the podcast, capture the web address at the top of the page and use this within the CPD diary form to substantiate the evidence. Need us to show you how? Simply register for the next FREE Webinar.


  • 10 Mar 2016 8:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Trauma Care,
    17th International Conference,
    Sunday 17th April – Thursday 21st April 2016

    Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre Stone, Staffordshire ST15 0NL


     

    Whether you have been one of our previous supporters, or Trauma Care is new to you, I would like to invite you, as a member of the trauma community to consider joining us for our 2016 Conference to be held at Yarnfield Park near Stafford  from Sunday 17th April 2016 to Thursday 21st April 2016.  Trauma Care is a multidisciplinary organisation and a registered charity devoted to improving the care of the injured across the UK.  Truly multidisciplinary, our members include doctors, paramedics, nurses, and the complete range of therapists involved in returning patients to normal (or near normal) life. We also attract managers and those responsible for clinical and operational policy across the new trauma networks,

    Our conference, now in its twentieth year, has grown each year and now takes place over five themed days, each with several educational streams and with every day focussing on one particular professional group or discipline as part of a broader daily programme. The majority of delegates select a number of days to attend and we can therefore guarantee new delegates throughout the week.

     Last year, in excess of 800 people attended some or all of our conference.

    Over the years, we have built up a loyal band of commercial supporters who find that our conference offers them unparalleled exposure to potential customers. In return, we at Trauma Care recognise how much we depend on this commercial support and strive to make the exhibitor experience a valuable one. 

    Having outgrown our previous location, this year the conference takes place at a new larger venue allowing us to accommodate more exhibitors. In recognition of this we have chosen to significantly reduce our previous exhibitor fees, for example from £2995 to £1875 for five days and from £795 to £750 for a single day. Rates for other numbers of days have been similarly cut. 

    The numbers of stands each day are limited therefore stands/space will be allocated on first come, first served basis.  The cost includes a table and two chairs, 13 amp power, food and refreshments for your staff during the conference.

    I appreciate the client audience may not be your potential customers throughout the week. An attempt has been made to link the programme such that specific specialties/practitioners will be attracted to 2 or 3 days of the programme. As such corporate support may be for single days, a combination of days or the whole conference.

    If you would like to join us at Trauma Care 2016, please do not hesitate to contact the Trauma Care office where our administrator’s Kim & Yvonne will be very pleased to assist in any way they can.

    I very much hope to see you next year, and I am most grateful in advance for your consideration.

    Professor Sir Keith Porter

    Chair – Trauma Care

    http://www.traumacare.org.uk/



  • 01 Mar 2016 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Continuing Professional

    Development

    ECG - Between the lines


    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is not just about reading and recording; it is a very real and necessary part of our role in the NHS and private ambulance services. It is not a management tool to hit key performance indicators (KPI) or a governing body quirk to cause unnecessary suffering or stress. In fact it exists to assist professionals in becoming skilled and well informed employees.

    CPD is an emerging field in pre-hospital care; succinctly described by the Health Professions Council (HPC, 2006) as

    A range of learning activities through which health professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice.’ (p.6)

    Perhaps an easier way to conceptualise CPD is to think about a brick house, each building block representing a learning experience, which when combined with other learning experiences completes the whole structure. The secret to CPD is the ability to recognise and demonstrate how each of these blocks of knowledge creates a safe and effective professional, whilst being able to take a step back to evaluate and reflect upon your work.

    One of the more important stages of CPD isRECOGNITION, let’s take an example:

    You recognise that you have concerns about understanding electrocardiograms (ECG) and that you struggle with the basic waveform and recognition of a normal sinus rhythm. The fact that you have recognised you need a better understanding of ECGs is the biggest hurdle. Having unlimited access to online learning and development regarding interpreting ECG waveforms is advantageous in today’s busy work / learning climate. Historically as clinicians, we would routinely rely on colleagues to share sample ECGs they have taken and given an explanation of the recording. However, data protection and patient confidentiality now frowns upon this ritualised practice.

    Sibson (2008, p.74) states that CPD should be an activity ‘at the discretion of the individual and should be specific to their role and environment.’ CPD is described as ‘…the profession’s response to the increasing sense of accountability demanded by today’s society’ (p. 74). Lawton and Wimpenny (2003) suggest that CPD is the need to ‘put one’s house in order’, indeed if you imagine CPD as the analogy described previously of a brick house, then you are the master of your own learning experience and builder of your own CPD.

    Step two of successful CPD is … RECORDING, let’s take an example:

    The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) states that registered professionals must present a written profile containing evidence of their CPD on request. CPD is assessed against specific criteria, Sibson (2008) suggests that each health professional should have a Professional Development Portfolio (PDP). Forde et al., (2009) describe said Portfolio as a ‘collection of material put together in a meaningful way to demonstrate the practice and learning of a practitioner’.

    Step three of successful CPD is…REACTION, let’s take an example:

    Sibson (2008, p.75) recognises that the driving force behind any CPD is how ‘…the CPD Activity has contributed to your clinical/professional practice and has benefited the service user, the patient or carer’. Indeed Armitage (2011) recognises that ‘…there is a fundamental need for understanding in order to develop clinical skills and make informed clinical decisions based on underpinning knowledge and clinical reasoning’.  Simplified to ‘use it or lose it’ and an understanding that CPD will enhance clinical skill and decision making.

    Step four of successful CPD is… REFLECTION, let’s take an example:

    The HPC (2010) cite that the lack of observable reflection in portfolios resulted in a significant figure of submitted portfolios being returned to the auditee. The difficulty lies with the ability to document reflection, some of which the individual may feel is private to themselves. The HCPC does not recommend any one model or template for reflective practice; however templates and models are available and can be used (see. Gibbs (2008) and the CPDme.com reflective diary).


    Andrew Ormerod - Specialist Paramedic

    Spring 2014 - Ambulance Today

    Download the full ECG - Between the Lines CPD Document here


    Further Information and References


    Armitage, E. (2011). Evaluation of the use of portfolios in paramedic practice: part 2. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 3, 328-332.

    Forde, C., McMahon, M., & Reeves, J. (2009). Putting Together Professional Portfolios. SAGE publications, London.

    Gibbs, G. (1988). Learning by Doing: A Guide to Teaching and Learning methods. London: Further Education Unit.

    Health Professions Council (2006). Your guide to our standards for continuing professional development. HPC, London.

    Health Professions Council (2006). Continuing Professional Development and Your Registration. HPC, London.

    Health Professions Council (2010). Written request under Freedom of Information Act 2000 in relation to CPD audit of state registered paramedics in 2009. Reported in Armitage (2011).

    Lawton, S. & Wimpenny (2003). Continuing professional development: a review. Nursing Standard, 17, 41-44.

    Sibson, L. (2008). An Introduction to CPD for paramedic practice. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 1, No 2.


  • 18 Jan 2016 9:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Continuing Professional Development:
    Understanding the Fairy Tale




    Once upon a time in the land of professional health care practitioners lived a very mean and scrupulous baron, who, every so often, would challenge the minions to demonstrate that they were capable and informed professionals. 

    Those who were able to demonstrate that they had the necessary competencies were given magic beans to swop at market, however, those that could not demonstrate and be accountable for their own practice were sent to the dungeon to play with the dragon. 

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is not a fairy tale; it is a very real and necessary part of your job. It is not a management tool to hit key performance indicators or a governing body quirk to cause unnecessary suffering. In fact it exists to assist professionals in becoming skilled and clued up employees. 

    CPD is an emerging field in pre-hospital care; succinctly described by the Health Professions Council (HPC, 2006) as ‘A range of learning activities through which health professionals maintain and develop throughout their career to ensure that they retain their capacity to practice safely, effectively and legally within their evolving scope of practice.’ (P.6) 

    Perhaps an easier way to conceptualise CPD is to think about a brick house, each building block representing a learning experience, which when combined with other learning experiences creates a whole. 

    The secret to CPD is the ability to recognise and demonstrate how each of these blocks of knowledge creates a safe and effective professional, then to stand back and evaluate and reflect upon your work.

    1) Step one of successful CPD is…RECOGNITION,

    2) Step two of successful CPD

    is RECORDING,

    3) Step three of successful CPD

    is REACTION,

    4) Step four of successful CPD

    is REFLECTION,

    Download the full article and references here

    Andrew Ormerod's Bio: Andrew is the founding member of CPDme, the product of a professional practice project in 2008, whilst Andrew was studying towards his MSc at Bolton University. 

    Prior to studying his MSc, Andrew graduated with a BSc HONS in Paramedic Practice from the the University of Central Lancashire. 

    Andrew is very passionate about simplifying and demystifying the myths around continuing professional development and often is invited to speak at conferences and health and social care events across the UK. 

    Andrew is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Paramedic and works in the NHS for a large ambulance trust. He started out his healthcare career as a volunteer Community First Responder.

  • 15 Jan 2016 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
     FITNESS TO PRACTISE CPD WEBINAR:



    In preparation for protecting your registration and maintaining professional practise. We have the pleasure in presenting a new contributor to our webinars, Mr Oliver Mundy. 


    Oliver worked for the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) between 2010 and 2014.  The GPhC is the statutory regulator for pharmacy professionals in the UK; Oliver worked in their Investigations Team, investigating pharmacy professionals’ fitness to practise.  Since 2014, Oliver has been a Managing Director of FTP Support (formerly Oliver Mundy Associates).  Having witnessed first-hand the stress and confusion suffered by pharmacy professionals whose fitness to practise was under investigation, he now works to provide empathetic support to those healthcare professionals who need it.

     

    FTP Support provides all registered healthcare professionals, not just pharmacists, with fitness to practise advice and representation.  Using expert consultants with extensive experience of working for healthcare regulators in investigative and decision-making roles, FTP Support works with healthcare professionals, helping them to safeguard their registration and to ensure they understand the confusing and complex fitness to practise process.

     

    FTP Support’s creative and innovative team provides fitness to practise solutions to organisations, as well as to individual healthcare professionals.  This work includes training, improving individuals’ understanding of what steps should be taken by healthcare professionals to ensure their fitness to practise is not called into question.     


    Webinar Content

     

    • Introduction to FTP Support: What we do
    • What is fitness to practise?
    • The current FtP landscape: An increase in investigations
    • HCPC’s standards and its response to the Francis Report
    • Examples of fitness to practise issues: What is investigated by the regulators? What to declare?
    • FTP Support membership scheme


    Register for his FREE Webinar by clicking here.


    This is a FREE information webinar hosted by CPDme. CPDme has no financial connection with the presenter and the information contained within the presentation which has no reflection on the views expressed by CPDme or its employees. Registrants of this webinar will be added to our CPDme database or users on our basic membership.

  • 11 Jan 2016 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    West Midlands PHEM Study Day – 18th Jan 2016



    Dear All,

    Here is the program for the upcoming PHEM day at UHCW, I am sorry it is later that normal but I was waiting on a few other speakers who unfortunately cannot make the day.

    Because of this I’m afraid the day will be shorted than normal finishing at about 15.00, however I hope that it will still be a worthwhile day and have some learning for everyone.

    If you could circulate further to those who may be interested, that would be great.

    Hope to see you there.

    Imogen


    AGENDA:

    0845– 0900 Introduction

    Imogen Virgo - Consultant Emergency Medicine

                           

    0900 – 0930 Quiz – Hazmat signs

    Imogen Virgo – Consultant Emergency Medicine


    0930 - 1030  MTFA and the response in the West Midlands Steve Wheaton - WMAS

     

    1030 - 1100   Coffee (not provided)

     

    1100 – 1145 Morbidity & Mortality Case Review 1

    Andy Wood – PHEM trainee, TAAS

     

    1145 – 1230 East Midlands Airport as a site of interest

    Steve Dick – TAAS paramedic

     

    1230 – 1330 Lunch (not provided)

     

    1330 – 1415   Morbidity & Mortality Case Review 2   Andy Wood – PHEM trainee, TAAS


    1415 – 1445 Journal club

    Imogen Virgo – Consultant Emergency Medicine

                            

    1445 - 1500 Closing remarks and feedback


    Download the PDF Poster and Please Circulate. 

    Venue; 2nd floor Clinical Sciences Building, University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, CV2 2DX. To reserve a place please email belinda.harrison@uhcw.nhs.uk

  • 20 Dec 2015 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

                     CPD Webinar: Pelvic Binder and its application in Trauma Practice - Presented by Simon Lewis



    Fri, Jan 22, 2016 7:30 PM GMT


    This FREE members webinar will take a look at the Pelvic Binder and its application in Practice. Simon Lewis is the master mind behind the Lewis Pelvic Applicator. 

    The Lewis Pelvic Applicator (LPA) TM is a patented medical device which has been designed to provide safe, effective and time minimising application of a pelvic sling / binder to skin in a variety of environments and situations. 

    Register and even if you cant make the live event, you can still access a recording and use this as effective CPD in your own time.

    Click here to register for the webinar today as there are limited places.

  • 17 Dec 2015 5:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPD Webinar: IT Clamp - Innovative Haemorrhage Control ( Andy Thomas ) MedTree



    Wed, Jan 13, 2016 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM GMT

    This webinar will take a brief look at the pre-hospital and in hospital use of the IT Clamp - Innovative Haemorrhage Control. Presentation may contain scenes of a graphic medical nature

    "This presentation will look at strategies of haemorrhage control including care under threat models and the novel approach the iTClamp can play. It will define the spectrum of bleeding and decision making process of what haemorrhage control level to use.”

    Screen Shot from Presentation



    Register and even if you cant make the live event, you can still access a recording and use this as effective CPD in your own time.

    Click here to register for the webinar today as there are limited places.

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