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  • 12 Sep 2015 6:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    3-year-old with difficulty breathing

    Signs and Symptomsrespiratory distress; wheezing; intercostal retractions; vomiting

    ReelDx Education and CPDme have announced a partnership to jointly offer ReelDx’s real patient video cases studies at a special discount for CPDme users.

    Take advantage of of discounted access to over 600 cases with new cases added each month. Subscribe today for only £19.99 per year.

    After subscription, we will email you the access code to ReelDx.

    Institutional licensing also available. Contact Andrew for more details and a personalised quote.
  • 04 Sep 2015 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A simple guide to structuring a CPD training course

    Structuring a CPD Training Course

    The basic structure of a training course:-

    1. Introduction
    2. Subject Matter
    3. Summary
    4. Feedback 

    Get the basics right.

    Before we can get too advanced, we need to cover the basics of course structure.

    To manage time efficiently and cover all of the valuable information, your training course must follow a clear and logical approach.

    You must first tell your audience what they are learning and why. Then cover your area of expertise, followed by the key facts that should be taken away from the session. The last phase is to find out how successful the course was and where it can be improved.

    Now lets look at course structure in more detail..

    Training Course Introduction

    Why intro?

    The purpose of the introduction is to create the optimum atmosphere to deliver your subject. The intro should provide an authoritative platform to state guidelines, durations and expectations in a positive & engaging manner.

    1. Introduction

    A good introduction should set the tone for the entire course and answer any questions your attendees may have.

    1. Introduce yourself and any colleagues helping you to run the course.
    2. Discuss the title of the course, explain the aims and key learning objectives.
    3. Explain the rationale of the course, its purpose and motivations; the 'why' the course exists.
    4. Present the training schedule, a statement on course duration, time-scales and how the course will be delivered.
    5. Introduction of the attendees to one another, if required or suitable.


    Your confidence in presenting, and your attention to detail become noticeable to people attending courses from many different training providers. What makes you stand out from competitors?

    2. Subject Matter

    The subject matter is your opportunity to showcase your expertise, talents, knowledge and skills. 

    Our recommendations include:-

    1. Take your time, explain everything coherently using the appropriate level language for the subject matter and audience.
    2. Start with lighter information and delve deeper. Ensure there is logic in the learning journey if there are multiple segments to deliver.
    3. Identify the industry problems which have led to the training being developed. Provide related examples and research to add context.
    4. Quality means everything, use up-to-date research data wherever possible to highlight the current relevance of the situation.
    5. Highlight the main issues and effects associated with the subject matter, including alternatives.
    6. Provide interactive opportunities for delegates to discuss and reflect. This will encourage further thinking and embed new knowledge with associated reasoning.
    7. Make practical recommendations and solutions. Use success stories, case studies and appropriate examples on how the subject matter solutions can help. 

    Any Feedback?

    Feedback provides an opportunity to see how effective the course was and what can be improved for next time. Make your feedback loop specific so it is usable data. Good or bad feedback, it's valuable, and nothing personal.

    3. Summary / Conclusion

    The summary is essential and cannot be missed from a training course. You have probably covered a lot of information, and now it needs to be prioritised for your audience. 

    Do not rush the summary, it is often the most remembered part of the training course.

    1. Re-highlight the key points from the course including the main purpose. Reiterate key findings and make conclusions.
    2. Summarise the original learning objectives, and engage with the audience to ensure all of their questions have been answered.
    3. Provide optional further learning with hand-outs, links to additional reading or research data if appropriate
    4. Help your audience to reflect on what from the course can be applied into real life day-to-day activities.

    Credit for article to CPDuk Sept 2015
    For more information on CPDuk visit their website
    The CPD Certification Service, Coach House, Ealing Green, London W5 5ER, United Kingdom

  • 03 Sep 2015 12:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Life Connections 2015 - 

    5 conferences plus 8 workshops

    Something For Everyone

    Over 500 delegates have now registered for the various Conferences and Workshops taking place at Life Connections 2015 on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 October at The Kettering Conference Centre, Kettering, Northants.

    We are again running, in individual rooms, the following Conferences, ATACC - Decoding the future, Paramedic Practice, Community First Responder, Resuscitation Today, and First Aid Forward. Those reserving delegate places on our Paramedic Practice Conference or Resuscitation Conference will also receive Ambulance UK or Resuscitation Today free of charge for a twelve month period (value £24).

    For those looking for something different, this year's Workshops include: Paramedics in Hazardous Environments,  Difficult Airway Course, Motorsport Medicine CPD Workshop, Cardiac Based Study on ECG Interpretation, Minor Injuries Workshop, Paediatric Workshop, NAEMT Trauma First Responder Course and an ALSG Facilitation Course. Delegates booking on to these Workshops are also being offered a free place on our Paramedic or Resuscitation Today Conferences.

    Once again, delegates will also have the opportunity to visit over 50 trade stands during the break out sessions and, with delegate rates starting from just £36.00 to include lunch, tea/coffee, etc., we believe Life Connections 2015 offers tremendous value for money.

    For full details, visit www.lifeconnections.uk.com

    CPDme will be there to demonstrate how to turn these conferences and workshops into an effective CPD Portfolio fit for practice. There will also be a special offer at the event for membership to CPDme and access to over 1000 educational clinical videos via our new partners at ReelDx.

    We look forward to receiving your registration online via the above website or, by calling the Organisers on: 01322 660434.

  • 24 Jun 2015 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FREE CPD Opportunity

    West Midlands PHEM Study Day 


    Spaces are limited so to reserve a place on this study day, email belinda.harrison@uhcw.nhs.uk 

    Download the PDF here

  • 18 Jun 2015 5:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Effective feedback:
    "shared reflection on experience"

    Dr Mike Davis

    "Dr Mike Davis is a freelance consultant in continuing medical education with wide experience of working with doctors and other health professionals in a variety of settings including medical education charities and medical Royal Colleges. 

    With a background in university based higher education, he is involved in developing effective medical educators and in that role is lead educator for Advanced Life Support Group and also works on ATLS and PHTLS programmes. From its inception, he led education input into the European Trauma Course. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators and an author of a number of books on medical education. 

    He is particularly interested in learning from experience and in overcoming barriers to reflection - an essential ingredient of effective dialogic feedback." 

    Watch the recorded webinar here:

    Remember you can use this video as evidence within your CPDme Diary Entry. Simply copy the web address above and use this in the CPD Diary Form.

  • 05 Jun 2015 4:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is the importance of Continued Professional Development to healthcare professionals?

    Continuing Professional Development (CPD) plays a fundamental part to being a successful practising doctor, nurse or allied health professional and its importance should never be underestimated. 

    Along with ‘on the job learning’, CPD demonstrates competency over the course of a career. It is widely recognised that regular formal education and training is necessary to supplement and enhance on-the-job training. 

    Although this is already in place for doctors, in spring 2016, it will also be mandatory for nurses to be revalidated. With this, healthcare professionals will need to reflect and provide supporting information which includes CPD evidence, clinical audit, complaints, feedback from colleagues and patients and outcome data.

    Through collaborative working with a number of prestigious and established medical education focused organisations, ID Medical School strives to enrich the careers of health professionals, presenting various educational strands to its registered doctors, nurses and allied health professionals. ID Medical School continues to add to its offering which now includes CPDme, an online website and mobile app that allows healthcare professionals to build, record and maintain an accurate record of their continuing professional development.

    So why is this important? Documented reflection is regarded as one of the key inputs into appraisal by the NHS Revalidation Support Team, as detailed in their ‘Medical Appraisal Guide’.  It is seen to lead to the identification of areas for improvement and professional development which will directly benefit patients. [Source: NHS RST, London 2012]

    If you are a doctor, nurse or allied health professional, CPD helps you evolve with change and update or refresh existing skills and knowledge. There is always a need to learn and develop – age, seniority, expertise and unemployment are not barriers to undertaking CPD. Using the CPDme’s structured online cloud portfolio builder is a simple, manageable way of maintaining an accurate record of your professional development.

    Caryn Cooper, head of ID Medical School discusses the new collaboration and importance of maintaining CPD records, “When ID Medical School was founded in 2014, it was established with three key pledges. One of these is focussed on helping to alleviate increasing staffing pressures in the NHS by equipping healthcare professionals with relevant and up to date medical training with CPD credits for Continued Professional Development portfolio and required Revalidation. The other two are based on access to the NHS supporting International professionals, and attracting medical students to the healthy option of locum or agency working.

    “Our recent collaboration with CPDme has demonstrated how ID Medical School provides healthcare professionals with training which enhances their portfolio, but also how we assist them by offering additional resources to reduce the stress of associated with creating a comprehensive portfolio and maintaining it to a high standard.

    With their first-hand experience, a team of Health and Social Care professionals set up CPDme  as they identified the need for a centralised platform for busy healthcare professionals to use between shifts.”

    Andrew Ormerod, founder of CPDme commented, “It’s great to exclusively collaborate with ID Medical. The principle of understanding the importance of maintaining a record of your Continuing Professional Development is at the heart of everything we do as health and social care professionals.

    Using CPDme will make documenting and keeping a record of your professional development simple and easy to manage. No longer will you need to worry about demonstrating your professional practice or carry out extensive searches for that evidence from your last course. CPDme will keep it safe, secure and accessible whenever you need it.”

    The affiliation with CPDme allows ID Medical to provide added benefits such as discounted memberships, step by step user videos, searchable CPD blogs and more to all healthcare professionals. All of which are extremely helpful in preparing for required Revalidation and keeping track of achievements to date.

    For more information on CPDme and to sign up for the exclusive discount, click here.   

    About 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.

    From its headquarters in Milton Keynes as well as its Central London office, ID Medical provides practical, cost-effective and innovative workforce solutions, supplying over 3 million hours to the NHS per annum. Crown Commercial Service (CCS), HealthTrust Europe (HTE) and London Procurement Partnership (LPP) framework approved, ID Medical receives over 38,000 available shifts per month in hospitals nationwide.

    Since its foundation, the company has earned itself industry-wide accreditation and success with an amounting collection of accolades. These include the Recruiter FAST 50, Real Business Hot 100, Recruitment International Top 250 and The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100. Most notably, through an abiding focus on employee satisfaction, ID Medical was crowned Recruitment International’s ‘Best Recruitment Company to Work for 2013’ and made its debut in The Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for 2014 at list position 33.

    For more information please visit our website at http://goo.gl/cfWsLg, view our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @IDMedical. You can also contact ID Medical’s head of marketing Caryn Cooper direct on:

    Caryn Cooper

    head of marketing


    ID House - 1 Mill Square - Wolverton Mill South - Milton Keynes - MK12 5ZD

    t: +44 (0) 1908 555 498   f: +44 (0)1908 552 825

    w: id-medical.com       e: caryn.cooper@id-medical.com

  • 13 May 2015 11:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme launch new refer a friend program that rewards £5 for each new referred member.

    CPDme have today published that they will launch the new £5 refer a friend scheme from Friday the 15th March 2015. This new scheme will reward new and existing members who refer new users to join our CPD Portfolio building website to record and maintain an accurate record of the CPD.

    The idea behind the scheme is to ensure that we reward our proactive customers with vouchers from amazon and Paypal credits to spend on courses, books and other learning materiel that will encourage CPD and self directed learning.

    You can become an CPDme Referring Partner if you:

    • Are a existing individual member of CPDme
    • Have your own business where you could promote CPDme
    • Want to make money for simply referring friends

    Individual CPDme members involved in the Referral Program will get:

    • £ 5 per customer you refer to www.CPDme.com who joins a paid level
    • Live statistics on referrals emailed each month if you have earned a credit
    • Paypal credit or amazon voucher emailed to you monthly
    • Custom designed banner on request to promote CPDme on social media

    If you wish to join the Referral Partner Programme, all you need to do is refer your friends and colleagues and request that they enter your details (full name or email address) when joining in the box highlighted as below.

    If you are a business and wish to resell our CPD Portfolio services. Please look at the affiliate scheme which offers a yearly reward for members. contact us for more details about this scheme.

    for more information about the scheme, email andrew.ormerod@cpdme.com

  • 10 May 2015 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme make planning your future CPD Simple, Quick and Easy to update using our CPD Portfolio Builder

    The CPD team have made using the CPD Diary even more intuitive and integrated into your everyday technology by allowing the diary form to save a reminder to your local calendar.

    This great new addition to our CPD Portfolio builder will allow you to make a diary entry relating to future learning plans. For example:

    You are planning to attend a conference in three months time. You can make a quick entry to the CPD Diary which includes only:

    The Title of the Event: 

    Attending a conference in November 15

    The Date of the Event: 

    November 22nd 2015

    And thats it! 

    Click the add to calendar option and click submit:

    You can even attach the pre-learning materiel to the brief diary entry so that you always have access to this when required.

    The idea of this great new feature is that the system will remind you the day after the event to document what you have learned from the activity and prompts you via app notification, pop up calendar reminder or  text message (future update).

    This will help you maintain an accurate record of your CPD and ensure that you never forget what you have done and when you have done it!

    Another great reason to join www.CPDme.com.

  • 24 Apr 2015 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Innovation for Pre-Hospital Care Conference

    IPHEC Conference 2015

    South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is to host its first international pre-hospital emergency care conference.

    Innovation for Pre Hospital Emergency Care (IPHEC 2015) will take place over two days on Wednesday 20 May and Thursday 21 May at the Amex Stadium in Brighton, birth place of the UK paramedic profession. The conference will be open to 1,000 delegates and is set to be one of the biggest of its kind.

    Supported by pharmaceutical firm, AstraZeneca and medical device provider, Teleflex, the conference is aimed at anyone with an interest in pre-hospital care and those working in the fields of emergency and cardiac care.

    Key note speaker at the conference is Freddy Lippert, Chief Executive Officer of Emergency Medical Services in Denmark’s Capital Region. Mr Lippert, who is considered to be the driving force behind Denmark’s success in improving outcomes for cardiac patients, will be one of 12 speakers across the two days.IPHEC poster

    Topics to be covered at the conference include:

    • Advance ECG Recognition
    • Advantages of PCI Treatment
    • The Critical and Complex Patient
    • Airway Management and the Advantages of Supraglottic Airways
    • Improving Cardiac Arrests Outcomes Nationally
    • Advanced Workshop in EZ-IO insertions
    • Advancements in Traumatic Cardiac Arrests

    Download the full agenda for both days.


    Tickets are £50 per day or £90 for both days (booking fees apply). The Quality Improvement Team have teamed up with the College of Paramedics to enable this to be accredited as one of their CPD events as well as securing external CPD accreditation. For your chance to meet experts in the field of cardiac care book your tickets by visiting https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/iphec2015

    Click image to download the Student Discount Offer

    This special discounted rate has been arranged for students who are studying a nursing or paramedic course. Simply Email the events team at IPHEC@SECamb.nhs.uk for an application form 


    For guests wishing to stay during the conference, accommodation is available at preferential rates via the Visit Brighton website. There is parking available for those travelling by car.

    If you need any assistance with accommodation, email delegates@visitbrighton.com or call 01273 292626.

    For further information about the conference, please email IPHEC@secamb.nhs.uk or call 01273 484839 or 01273 484777.

  • 17 Apr 2015 5:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme welcome our new CPD course and Training Supplier Peritorum

    CPDme are proud to be associated with our new CPD course and training provider Peritorum.

    Peritorum is a bespoke education and training provider operating in both the Security and Healthcare Sector. Peritorum provide courses led by Security experts and Registered Health Care Professionals with formal teaching qualifications and experience. This ensures a student centred approach which will enhance the individual’s occupational and educational mobility. The company prides itself on making education and training as inclusive as possible by utilising a variety of delivery modes, including Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). This gives students’ the flexibility to study in a manner that suits their needs. 

    To this end Peritorum are delighted to announce the collaboration with Class Professional Publications in the provision of a variety of education packages. We are also currently in discussions regarding the use of VLE in our security courses.

    The Peritorum vision is the ability for individuals to gain formal qualifications outside of the usual restrictive employment environments. These qualifications are to be of a recognised standard using well known accrediting and awarding bodies. Alongside this, Peritorum are piloting and pioneering the development of bespoke courses that will be accredited by the Open Colleges Network. This provides our clients with flexibility in course objectives whilst having the courses awarded at a nationally recognised level.

    We are currently developing and delivering courses for the Maritime security industry, independent ambulance providers, NHS Trusts, CCG’s as well as local and central government bodies.

    Please click here to see all available courses on the Peritorum website, from medical to academic support. 

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