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  • 01 Aug 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Continuing Professional


    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.


    Understanding ECGs and CPD - Capture CPD - Record CPD - Manage CPD - Manage Individuals CPD - Recording CPD - E Portfolio - Development Portfolio - CPD Portfolio

  • 24 May 2018 6:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How to Update your Contact Preferences

    We have made some changes to your personal profile settings so that you can easily update your communication preferences. Please watch this quick step-by-step guide video on how to update your preferences:

    Alternatively, you can follow these steps:
    1. Login to your CPDme account via the website - www.cpdme.com
    2. Click on Personal Profile or View Profile
    3. Within your Personal profile, select "Edit Profile" 
    4. Tick or leave blank the 4 new consent fields within the "Personal and Employment Details" section
    5. Click on “Save”.

    It is important you update your preferences at the earliest opportunity so that you do not miss out on upcoming events and promotions. 

    Thank you.

    CPDme Support Team


  • 18 May 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme have supported BASICS NW to provide a great CPD event at Bolton University that was recorded and now available to watch as a CPD Digital Learning Experience. 

    BASICS NW requested that CPDme support them to provide both a digital recording that could be accessed 24/7 on all devices but also allow the end user to purchase a CPD Certificate, with 100% of the profits going back to BASICS to support their good cause.

    Andrew Ormerod from CPDme said "BASICS have been supporting learning for as long as I have been involved in Emergency Medicine. I feel that its only right that we give our 100% support to our local team, and allow them in whole to support others in their learning journey"

    The event was facilitated by Andrew Carol (Rusty) who presented Trauma in Pregnancy and was supported by Consultant Paramedic Dan Smith, HEMS Paramedic Andrew Duncan and HEMS Doctor THEO.

    Domini Lawson, CPDme's project Director went along to the event and assisted with both the checking in of delegates and also issued CPD certificates at the presentation venue.

    CPDme continue to support BASICS NW and you can watch the recording of the CPD event and also purchase a certificate by following this link.

  • 17 Apr 2018 3:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Downloading or Updating the NEW 2018 CPDme CPD Portfolio Building Mobile App

    Welcome to the biggest change to CPDme in over 4 years. The New IOS Mobile App. To read more about the great features of this mobile app, simply click here to read the featured blog.

    OK having problems getting started or registering? Due to GDPR Data Legislation Changes in May 2018. We need to have everyone register for the new app and accept the new terms and conditions. Nothing to catch you out, just data law and terms.

    ALL Users must register as a new user and if you already use CPDme.com, You just simply register using the same email address and details. 


    To make things simple as always. Heres a beautiful guide video to help you get started. Simply click this image below

    Still need help? Click the floating support icon to the bottom right.

  • 15 Apr 2018 11:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Launching our new iOS app 

    The 7 Day Countdown - Great New Features

    To share with you some of the new great new app features and functionality, we are sending out a special countdown newsletter. Within the newsletter we cover a main app feature each day until we launch the app on Monday 16th April. Don't worry if you miss one of our newsletter editions as we will be sharing the main features via this blog post on a daily basis. 

    Day 1 (7 days to go...) - The Dashboard

    When you first log into the app, you will be taken to the Dashboard page. The page provides you with a great visual summary of your CPD stats including CPD hours logged and number of CPD entries. 

    Simply tap the top blue stats bar to customise your summary of CPD hours by month, year or lifetime!

    Below the blue CPD figures bar, a useful graph demonstrates your CPD entry trend for the past 12 months.

    You can also view and book onto upcoming CPD webinars. Simply swipe through the list, click to view a description of the webinar and select “Register”.

    Day 2 (6 days to go...) - CPD Entries Page

    The entries page provides with access to view, edit and delete all of your diary and reflective entries in one place. It's a great page to run through all of your CPD and to check the status of your entries.

    To the left of each entry, a traffic light colour system indicates the status of each entry. Green will indicate a complete entry whilst an amber or red status indicates further information is required.

    You can also easily see whether your entry is a diary or reflective account as well as the date of activity/event logged. 

    Tap any entry to preview it or simply swipe left on an entry to view, edit and delete. 

    Day 3 (5 days to go...) - Add Diary Entry

    The diary entry page will guide you step-by-step in completing your entry, providing you with guidance in completing each field to help you along the way. Simply tap the “?” button to view the pop-up guidance. 

    The page has the added ability to save an entry part way through completion, allowing you to come back to it later if required. This is particularly handy for those that are on the go! This will flag up with either an amber or red status on your CPD entries page to remind you that more information is needed.

    Why not use voice dictation to explain how the activity has benefited you? Just press the microphone button on the bottom right of your iOS device and hey presto, your spoken words will appear in the field. Otherwise, you can always type directly into the field. We have also embedded a useful word count feature here.

    Attaching multiple evidence items is now easier than ever from your phone. Adding files, images and voice recordings to your entry if required.

    Day 4 (4 days to go...) - Add Reflective Entry

    The reflective entry page will guide you step-by-step in completing an entry depending on the reflective model that you have selected. Useful guidance points help you to complete your reflective account from beginning to end, asking you questions that will help you to fill in a particular section as best as possible.

    You have a choice of up to three great reflective models, suitable for a range of different reflective accounts. This means you will be able to select an appropriate model that best meets your needs. The three models are the Gibbs, CRASHED and Johns reflective models. 

    You can still take advantage of the voice dictation feature in completing your reflection. Simply press the microphone button on the bottom right of your iOS device and your spoken words will appear in the field. 

    The reflective entries page is a premium feature. Therefore if you are an existing premium member of CPDme or if you have previously paid in the app to unlock this feature, you will be able to access this.

    Day 5 (3 days to go...) - Video Libraries

    Within the app you can access a range of high quality video content, which is a great way to develop your knowledge and skills whilst on the go. The video libraries covers a range of topics including health and social care, human factors, leadership and much more. 

    The library includes free and premium video content so that all members can benefit from this feature. Useful guidance videos are available to all our members in completing their CPD portfolio. Premium members can access all video topics as well as certified recorded webinars. 

    Missed some of our past webinars? Don’t worry, you can find this in our video library to watch at your convenience. All of our webinars are presented by experts in their profession who are passionate about the topic of discussion. 

    We always add new content to our library that will be of benefit to you as a member, so keep a look out.

    Day 6 (2 days to go...) - Account Profile

    The account page is a great new addition to the app, providing you with the ability to update your details as well as being able to add a photo of yourself to personalise your profile. 

    You can now create your portfolio directly from the app, pulling together all of your diary and reflective entries into a single e-document. Simply complete the date range you wish your portfolio to cover and hey presto, your e-portfolio is produced. 

    Viewing your dashboard can also be completed directly from the app, providing you with a summary of your entries as well as some useful infographics that demonstrate your CPD activity trends. 

    The video libraries mentioned as part of yesterday’s newsletter can also be accessed via your profile, selecting the relevant video content that will support your professional development. 

    Day 7 (1 days to go...) - Help and Support

    Help and support is available at your fingertips with the new iOS app, with guidance available in a number of difference formats to suit your preference as well as support through our contact centre.

    From you dashboard page, there is a “?” to the top left of the screen. Clicking on this option will provide you with the ability to select our FAQs page or our contact centre. 

    Our FAQs page is split into 6 sections, covering the main areas of the app as well as a full user guide. Each area will provide you with answers to common questions including “how do I add a new diary entry” and “how to a contact support”. 

    If the answer you are looking for isn’t within our FAQs, don’t worry. You can simply message our contact centre to receive advice and support on all aspects of CPDme at any time. Some one from our support team will be assigned to help you.

  • 01 Apr 2018 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Member

    It's been a while since we made any big changes to our website and mobile apps, but now is the time for change. From April 2018 we will be making two of the biggest changes that we have made in the last 5 years. The two significant changes will be to the features and cost.

    Cost - Let's get this out of the way first!

    As a social enterprise, CPDme makes no profit and has no shareholders. All the money is invested back in our members and development opportunities like our Free CPD webinars and development innovations.

    Our member database is increasing at a rate far greater than we ever expected with over 39 entries made per hour, and the storage space increasing by over 4.5GB per day. That's a lot of submissions!

    As you will know, we have never lost anyones CPD entry as data protection and storage is our platform for success. Sadly this comes at a premium, as we use the most expensive servers in the world (Amazons). Why? Simply because they are reliable and safe.

    The membership cost for NEW members will be increasing to £19.99 from the 16th April 2018. This will also affect people who are not on a recurring payment plan such as direct debit. 

    However, you will have the option to pay either monthly or yearly. The cost Monthly will be £1.99 or yearly will be £19.99. 

    If you already have a direct debit (GoCardless) set up, your price will not be increasing and this will remain the same as long as your direct debit is active. If it is cancelled or fails, you will be required to go onto the new plan.

    If your employer or organisation pay for your membership or access to our systems, then this will not affect you whilst you are under their umbrella.

    People on a Direct Debit or Recurring payment plan will have all the new premium features unlocked in both our website and the upcoming mobile app.

    Upcoming Features

    There will be a host of new features coming from April 2018 onwards including:

    New IOS Mobile App (Android shortly after ext 4 months)

    • Edit Entries
    • See if your entries need more information (colour coded)
    • Store Evidence
    • Voice Recording/Reflections as evidence
    • Generate Infographics Reports
    • Register for Webinar / CPD
    • Access CPD Videos / Trauma Care Videos * / Recorded Webinars

    New CPD Dashboard (Manage all your CPD entries)

    • Manage your Entries more intuitively
    • Store CPD Evidence in a simple CPDstorage solution
    • Access shared CPD shared by other users
    • Register for a Webinar and see your CPD calendar
    • Plan upcoming CPD events
    • Monthly CPD Portfolio Building Webinar
    • Get a Monthly update on your CPD progress

    Premium Certified CPD Webinar Each Month 

    • Access to Key speakers from around the UK
    • Certificate for attending the live event
    • Access to the recording if you miss the live event 

    Access to Premium CPD Recordings (Certificate for recordings)

    • All the previous recorded webinars will be available with a reflective Q&A that will generate a certificate and link to the recording that drops into your personal CPD dashboard

    We will tell you more about each of these upgraded features, in particularly during our app launch campaign. 

    To check your subscription to www.CPDme.com. Follow this simple guide.

    Log In > Personal Profile > Membership Details

    Here you will see that you are subscribed to a yearly plan. If you wish, you can move onto the new Direct Debit system and secure your renewal for £15.99 per year. We will then calculate and refund any credit that is due back to your account. 

    You can set up a Direct Debit by clicking here. We will then link this to your account and send you a refund for each full remaining month that you are in credit. 

    If you need help, simply drop us a support ticket by clicking the HELP icon in the bottom right of the website.

    We know that you will love all the new functionality and featured that we are about to release to you.

    Thank you as always for your valued membership to CPDme.

    Domini Lawson

    CPDme Project Director


  • 20 Feb 2018 5:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEW CPD Portfolio Building Mobile App about to Launch.

    The New CPDme App is about to launch and will make recording, managing and storing evidence of CPD easier than ever. The long awaited new APP allows you to quickly record a CPD diary entry or record a structured reflection using one of our three models. You can also just capture evidence, store, tag and attach this to a CPD entry at a later date from your CPDcloud storage.

    The New APP will also remind you if your CPD entries are incomplete and send you a monthly summary to ensure that you keep on top of recording your CPD. 

    The APP will also feature monthly FREE CPD for our premium/corporate members. This can be accessed from the home screen and booked onto with a single click.

    Take part in the listed CPD and the certificate and a copy of the recording will drop directly into your CPDme Portfolio.

    Some of the great new features include:

    • Ability to edit, delete and send portfolio from the app
    • Track Hours, Activity and CPD from the front of the App
    • Ability to share your CPD and access free / paid CPD resources
    • Add your own titles/categories into the CPDme Activity
    • Record a verbal reflective discussion and use this to support your CPD
    • Scan and capture evidence and store this for later use
    • Create a personalised Infographic report on your learning and development
    • Send your CPD portfolio for evaluation, inspection or audit
    • Watch recorded webinars and other learning and development videos

    You can also access your portfolio management dashboard from the New App allowing you to edit, print and build a complete CPDme Portfolio without accessing the website.

    The APP will also compliment the upcoming release of the NEW Dashboard that will replace the existing one used since 2012. 

    Andrew Ormerod the founder of CPDme back in 2009 said " This exciting new update is the result of some research and feedback from two UK universities, and has enabled us to streamline some changes that will make accurately recording and maintaining an accurate record of your CPD simple, quick and accessible"

    Anyone who already has the APP on their mobile devices will be upgraded automatically. If you have not downloaded the app, download today from the links at the bottom of the website. 

    Follow us on Social Media for the upcoming dates for release and some video snippets coming soon.

  • 01 Jan 2018 5:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Happy New Year to our Valued Members and Followers.

    CPDme is Launching January 2018 as Self Directed Learning Month. A New Subject every day for you to learn about or improve your current knowledge. 

    Then simply share your evidence on our twitter / facebook post using #CPDme and document how this NEW knowledge will improve your current practice using CPDme.com 

    January 2018 - Self Directed Learning Month

    1st - Addison's disease

    2nd - Meniere's disease

    3rd - Chemotherapy 

    4th - Breech Birth 

    5th - Hyperkalemia 

    6th - Cranial Nerves

    7th - Graves Disease

    8th - Von Willebrand disease

    9th - Mallory Weiss Syndrome

    10th - TBC

    Please research the subject online and then share your useful learning links using hashtag #CPDme

    We have some exciting things planned for 2018 and sharing your learning and development is just one of the new featured that's coming soon via our New App and Dashboard.

    Not a member of CPDme? Don't worry, you can try our Basic Membership for FREE @ www.CPDme.com


    Dom and the team 


    Thank you to @Jorge Muniz for his kind permission to share these visual learning tools with our followers. Please visit his website for more information.

    Thank you to the professional associations that we copied into the tweets/posts. Please note we don't have any professional affiliation, but their address may be a useful source for good quality continuing professional development.

  • 25 Sep 2017 11:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Managing CPD Certificates made simple!

    The CPDme Team were proud to support The Emergency Services Show 2017 with issuing their CPD Certificates after attending the seminars at this great event.

    The Event took place on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st September 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham.

    Delegates were given a Seminar Passport that they could have stamped attending the learning and development event.

    Once the passports were stamped and the delegate had finished attending the seminars, they simply popped along to the CPDme stand at the show and collected their CPD Certificates digitally using our State of the Art Touch Screen CPD Station.

    The CPD Stations issued over 4500 certificates over the two days. Watch this 1 min video and see how fast the system issued over 3000 self service CPD certificates.

    Andrew Ormerod from CPDme said " This New Technology and ability to work with great organisations such as The Emergency Services Show, will allow us to change the way people manage the evidence and certificates from learning events. This Simple and easy system allows you not only to receive a certificate, but also drops it directly into your digital record of CPD. This takes away the hassle of having to scan and manage your evidence at home"

    The Team are already looking at how to make the certificates and evidence more interactive for next years event and looking forward to #ESS2018 @emergencyukshow or www.emergencyuk.com

    If you are looking to organise a conference or CPD event. CPDme will be happy to support you with your evidence and certificates. Drop us a call or email to andrew.ormerod@cpdme.com 

  • 15 Sep 2017 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme are proud to support a great local charity walk raising money to support Blue Light Workers.

    The team at CPDme have decided to support the great cause after being approached by one of our customers who is a patron of the charity.

    ourbluelight.com aims to bring #OurBlueLight services together as an emergency & essential services family, to improve mental health & reduce the stigma surrounding it - whilst also raising awareness of health and wellbeing and how we can improve this​. 

    CPDme have also sponsored the walking kit that the charity walkers will be using them to protect them during the charity walk.

    We plan on organising events around the country to achive our aspirations, whilst also working closely with all emergency service employers and their champions to ensure a productive and healthy future for all.

    The CPDme Team will be arranging a Fajita Night on one of the evenings after the walk to feed the walkers and supporters. 

    You can make donations by visiting the website or perhaps book a table at the Annual Charity Ball by clicking here. The CPDme team will be at the Charity Ball supporting this great event.

    Photograph  - Paul Atherton and Mandy Jenkinson of Pazoot Photography

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