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  • 31 Mar 2015 10:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPD Portfolio Building Android App set to Appear early May 2015




    Our development team are hoping to have the Android App Version 1.0 in the Google Play store by the end of May 2015.

     

    This long awaited app will allow you to:

    Submit a Diary entry

    Submit a Reflective Entry

    Contact Support

    Watch a guide video

    Access Our Social Media

    Update you to log in and update if you don't use the app for 30 days.

     

    Future planned upgrades are already being developed, but we are excited to at last have the Android App prepared for distribution.

    The CPDme IT Team


    DOWNLOAD NOW ON GOOGLE PLAY



  • 19 Mar 2015 8:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    West Midlands Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine

    FREE Study Day - 27th April 2015




    West Midlands Pre-Hosiptal Emergency Medicine are holding a FREE CPD Study Dat. Please let your pre-hospital colleagues know about this free PHEM study day held at UHCW, Coventry on 27th April. 

    Venue: 2nd floor, Clinical Sciences Building, UHCW NHS Trust, Coventry. CV2 2DX.

    Awarded 6 CPD points by FPHC, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

    To reserve a place please email belinda.harrison@uhcw.nhs.ukand tell her you found this on CPDme.

    Details of the event are on the flyer. Download Here

    Please share this on social media or via the links below for a chance to win a Philips Tracking Locator worth £29.99

    Winner announced here on the 27th April 2015. Share Away !

  • 15 Mar 2015 10:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Plan your future learning and development with our NEW CPD Diary 




    Our new CPD Diary form lets you easily upload your planned learning and development events and then later populate what you learned and attach evidence like certificates, handouts and power points.

    You can forward diary entries as far as 5 years into the future which you can then populate when it comes closer to the time of the event.

    You simply just need to include:

    • The Date of the Event
    • Title of the event

    Perhaps upload the invite or pre-course learning material which you can then access anywhere you can access your CPDme account. 

    This great new Diary Form allows lots of other features like planned reminder emails, which means that we will let you know when your evidence is about to expire. This allows you plenty of time to make arrangements for a renewal or refresher of the original course.

    Each week we have a FREE Webinar planned to demonstrate the system. Simply Click here and book onto one today.

    Ready to join CPDme and make Portfolio building simple and accessible? Click here to join us now.
  • 03 Mar 2015 11:19 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Crashed Reflective Model designed for Pre Hospital Practitioners and Paramedic




    The “CRASHED” model is a purpose designed pre-hospital reflective care model acronym which stands for Communications, Response, Actions, Subsequent Actions, Hospital, Evaluation and Ethics and Discussion. It was created by a group of pre-hospital care students and influenced by the works of nursing theorist Patricia Benner and medical author Christopher Johns.

    These students wanted to create a model that was not only intended to be used by nurse practitioners but one that also focused on the specific and unique needs of pre-hospital care staff. 

    Most pre-hospital care providers have a tendency to not want to remember particular experiences and this model encourages and motivates them to do so in order to learn through a reflective practice. Believe it or not, using a structured reflection method such as the CRASHED model is essential to the professional development of your pre-hospital care career and on-going education.

    If you're a pre-hospital professional, or studying to be one, there are quite a few ways you can utilise the CRASHED model to your advantage, but before you take a look at the model, there are a few phrases and terms you need to get familiar with. 

    When using the CRASHED model, keep in mind that being directly involved with an experience or situation and having to quickly think prior to acting is known as “reflection-in-action”. When a participant is removed from the situation but still gaining knowledge from it, this is known as “reflection-on-action”. Lastly, reflecting on an occurrence after is has happened is known as “reflection upon reflection” and is key to knowing exactly what to do if a similar situation arises in the future. 

    The model itself is extremely simple and composed of a few questions for each category in a logical sequence making it easy for students to recall in order to assess a certain educational experience and share occurrences with various levels of staff. For example, the first category, communications, includes questions pertaining to the communication ability of yourself as well as those who gave you direction and worked with you. 

    When it comes to response, there are four different questions to be answered to note how you were able to handle and respond to any issue that you may have run into. There are also questions regarding transportation and pre-hospital care techniques along with information pertaining to the events that happened once you reached the hospital. 

    Lastly, there are questions that are meant to evaluate the overall ethics of your care and then a few to evoke discussion among both your peers and management. 

    By answering these questions you're able to reflect and identify which professional areas you may need to work on to advance your skill set and further your career. Some of the inquiries you might feel only need one word answers while others might require you to explore the situation more in depth. Both are totally acceptable. 

    It's up to you to only share what you feel comfortable sharing, but it's best to be completely honest to allow those you work with to grasp the entirety of the situation and come to terms with it yourself. 

    We all know that the best way to learn in our industry is through experiences and that's exactly what the CRASHED model focuses on. 

    Remember this acronym to perform a retrospective analysis on Communications, Response, Actions, Subsequent Actions, Hospital, Evaluation and Ethics and Discussion, all of the aspects that will make you a better pre-hospital professional and team member. 



    The electronic CRASHED model on www.CPDme.com has a simple but effective guide that assists you to document the model by highlighting key components. Take a look yourself by visiting the reflective model submission.

    References and Further Reading:

    With a special thank-you to the authors:
    Jamie Todd
    Steve Holland
    Faye Kinsella
    for their valued and dedicated contribution through the crashed model of reflection and application to pre-hospital education and development.

    It was originally
    published in June 2001 (Holland, Todd, Kinsella: Ambulance UK)

  • 14 Feb 2015 12:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is a CPDme Webinar and How Does it Work?




    A CPDme webinar is an online event that is hosted by our support team or management and broadcast to an invited group of individuals or members through their computers, tablets or mobile devices via the Internet.  (A webinar is sometimes also referred to as a “social webcast”, “online event” or “web seminar”.)

    A CPDme webinar allows a speaker from CPDme to share PowerPoint presentations, videos, web pages or other multimedia content with members and groups that can be located anywhere.   This is great if we launch a new feature and would like to demonstrate this with you.

    Our CPDme Webinars typically have audio and visual components.  The visual component of a webinar is shared through a web conferencing tool or Internet browser.  The audio portion of a webinar is usually broadcast through the audience’s computers (through speakers and media players) or through the telephone. It may be useful for you to grab some headphones.

    A webinar also allows the CPDme team to interact with the audience.  The audience can ask the speaker or moderator (who is leading the webinar) questions in real-time through an instant messaging tool or e-mail. We also have polls and questions that you can vote and see the majority answers. 

    When you register for a webinar, you will be emailed all the instructions of the time date and a calender icon you can click to create a reminder. You will also be emailed the link that you click to join the planned session.

    You sometimes need to download a small secure piece of software from our webinar company. This is safe and will not cause you any problems.


    There are two planned webinars for the launch of the new website on the 16th Feb 2015:


    Webinar - How to use the NEW Website 16/02/15 7pm

    Webinar - How to use the NEW Website 25/02/15 8pm


    Please click onto one of these links and join the team who will demonstrate the new system and its great new features. Don't worry if you cant make it, we will email you a link to watch the video later.



  • 09 Feb 2015 3:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Using an Online CPD Portfolio builder to record and document your training, learning and  future development





    Some people such as medical professionals, safety experts, and lawyers are encouraged to participate in continuing professional development (CPD) and training throughout their careers to sharpen their skills, stay current on trends and stay updated on information in their industry. 

    If you're going to take the time to work hard and enrich your career, of course you want to track and document your progress and that why we developed CPDme.

    Organizing and maintaining a professional portfolio that documents your on going education and development is highly recommended for any skilled individual for many reasons, but thanks to technology long gone are the days of stuffing tons of paperwork, receipts and certificates in a filing cabinet.

    The advanced technology of today is now providing effortless ways to go about recording your continued development, skills and education while making the information more easily accessible than ever before. 

    If you're a career minded individual, having this kind of information right at your fingertips is helpful if you need it for an interview or even an audit. These days you can keep track of any special training certificates or awards you've received, activities or conferences you've attended, and anything other information relevant to your progress, learning and development secured in our online CPDme cloud folder. 

    Not only does creating an online professional development portfolio record the growth of your career, but being able to look at this material in an organised online folder can also assist you in making decisions when it comes to your professional and personal development plan for the future. 

    Believe it or not, you don't even need to be at your computer to record information for your CPD portfolio. Our new website will allow a responsive design to your mobile device or smartphone. Our iPhone APP also let users capture evidence that is related to their development or training such as images and audio files while on the go and with ease and allows you to seamlessly record activities on the move and then continue to work on them at your desktop. 

    Join CPDme today and maintain your "Development for Life" at www.CPDme.com 


  • 06 Feb 2015 12:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Great New Features and a New Look Website


    Firstly a Happy New Year for 2015 and what a Great 2015 we have planned. Since 2009 we have run along side a research project that has helped us steer our CPD Portfolio building services. From this research we are now ready to make the biggest changes we have made in over 5 years. This is all thank-you to our members and our academic team who have worked to bring you some of these great new features. Some of the great new features that CPDme Version 2.0 will now include are:

    • Ability to Edit and Amend previous Diary entries live
    • Ability to Edit and Amend previous Reflective entries live
    • Ability to Upload Multiple pieces of supporting Evidence
    • Auto Save function - Ensures you don't lose your hard work
    • Choose a design for your printed portfolio from our new templates
    • Auto Log Out - Stops those nosey folk and saves your entry!
    • Add tags to your entries for easy reporting
    • Access and Share FREE CPD websites shared by others
    • New Reporting tool to see a snapshot of your CPD Portfolio
    • Simple Step process to creating your portfolio
    • New Faster Storage solution with added security
    • FREE monthly member CPD webinars
    • Ability to share useful CPD Websites
    • New Look responsive website allowing easy access on mobile platforms
    • New Guide Videos for Every step of the process


    These are just some of the features but others will be released closer to the launch. We are expecting that this will be a smooth transition with little disruption but may involve the site being unavailable for a short time between the 15th and 16th of Feb 2015.

    The Mobile Apps are also being upgraded and will allow you to benefit from a great selection of new functionality. We are of course working on our android app too.

    As we are a social enterprise, we don't intent to make money from our members, however as our costs are increasing, so will our membership costs. As an existing or new member before the 15th Feb, you can benefit from a fixed price cost that means that you will continue to pay your annual subscription rate. However, new members will have a price increase from the 16th of Feb.

    Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information on our new features that will be released closer to the launch of our new website.

    Existing members can set up a recurring payment by visiting our secure payment portal at https://www.cpdme.com/payment/

    NEW members can Click to join today here and benefit from our fixed price offer of £15.99 for two years. Price will increase in Feb 2015 to £15.99 for one years subscription membership.

    Thank-you for all your continued support and we can't wait to show you our new responsive website.


    The CPD Management Team



  • 03 Feb 2015 5:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What makes CPDme Different to other companies offering CPD Portfolio Building ?



    Here at CPDme we know that customer engagement is at the forefront of conversation everyday in our virtual office. In 2015 our staff will continue to be challenged to innovate and engage with our customers across all support channels including emails, text messages, voice calls and social media. In fact, today’s 95 questions were all answered within 2 hours. Thats impressive for a team of 3 office staff in separate parts of the country!

    All the team here at CPDme work full time in Health and Social care roles in the NHS. So how do we answer questions so quick?

    The answer is the ability to manage members, questions and comments from smart phones and tablets whenever and wherever we are. This allows the team to keep communications digital, paper free and environmentally friendly. 

    The launch of our new website will also being a whole new method of communication with the team and include:

    • Live Chat Sessions
    • New Email Support Tickets
    • New Website HELP Interface
    • Live Webinar Demonstrations
    • NEW FAQ Section

    The CPDme team are always expanding and looking for enthusiastic people to join our team of professionals. These key professionals help with answering questions from other members, posting to our social media channels and attending college and university lectures, workshops and conferences around the UK. No one here at CPDme gets a salary as we are a not for profit organisation that invests back into our business to ensure that you, as our valued customer, feel part of a growing team and gets a support service and product thats perfect for tofays demanding practice.

    Fancy joining our team? drop me an email with some details about yourself and why you would like to join our team.

    Thank-you for all your continued support and we are looking forward to launching the great new website on the 16th Feb!




  • 31 Jan 2015 3:48 PM | Deleted user

    Helen Victoria Prout

    38 Francis Close, Ditton, Widnes, North West WA8 8SU

    Home: 0151 510 2139 Mobile: 07527829527

    helenvprout9@gmail.com

    About me:

    I am a confident and practical woman who likes to work in environments that are challenging, changing and rewarding. I have the communication skills needed to work in jobs involving contact with a variety of people on a daily bases. Team work is how I work best but I also contain the characteristics enabling me to work as an individual, taking the lead and commanding the situation when required. Patience, open-mindedness, tolerance, empathy, sympathy, focus and initiative are a few more of the characteristics I contain. I believe in making the most of every experience.   

    Skills:

    • ·         Basic level at using computers
    • ·         Organised
    • ·         Working as a team or individual
    • ·         Problem Solving
    • ·         Practical - hands on
    • ·         Communication

    Employment History:

    Employer:North West Ambulance Service

    Location:Warrington Ambulance Station, Merseyside and Cheshire, North West

    Employment date:April 2013 – Ongoing

    Job Title:Paramedic

    As a paramedic my job is to deliver the right care/treatment at the right time using all resources and services available to me. The main aspect of my job is to deliver immediate care and treatment to medical and life-threating injuries and illnesses. Although the ambulance service has the persona of only dealing/attending such jobs, as a paramedic my job has expanded to being more than just that. A paramedic is now a combination of more than one job; we are midwives, social workers/carers, GP’s, mental health nurses, paediatricians and even teachers. Therefore my role also includes referring patients to the correct service e.g GP’s as not to take anyone unsuitable to A&E when they can be treated in the comfort of their own home and not take up a bed that could be given to someone who requires it more. I’m a teacher; I educate the public on self-care, resources e.g. pharmacists, walk-in-centres, 111, on medication and how and when to take it and on general information about the human body. Another aspect of the job, which surprisingly is one of the largest aspects, is the social worker. A large number of our 999 calls are to the elderly who have fallen, are generally unwell or simply can’t cope; my job as a paramedic is not only to pick these patients up, transport them to the hospital or ignore their true needs but to go further in my job and help with prevention as well as cure. I can help and put referrals such as falls referral and social service referrals in for the elderly to help them in the long run to hopefully end the end for ambulance due to falling or being left all alone to cope.  Alongside the particular, hands on part of the job there other such aspects which also require time and attention e.g. drugs check (including use by dates), equipment checks and vehicle checks. As well as that there is also an importance of a paramedic to continue their job as a developing student of education and research. To keep all skills, information and protocols up to date and renewed.              

    Employer:Tread the Bored Theatre Company

    Location: Stratford-upon-Avon

    Employment dates:June 2009 – on going (as and when I can return to the midlands)

    Job Title: Volunteer

    • ·         Back Stage Manager
    • ·         Lighting/ music Technician
    • ·         Box office/ ticket seller

    Tread the Bored is a relatively new, semi-professional theatre company formed to give people, actors and people of other interests for example lighting, back stage manager etc a chance to learn, grow and perform.

    Back stage manager– prepare/ set up sets and props before and after show, changing scenery during performance, co-ordinating backstage crew.

    Lighting and music Technician– setting up lights and music, working to strict timings, problem solving

    Box office/ ticket seller -handling money, selling tickets, keeping records, speaking and interacting with the public, providing information on the productions or any questions asked.

    Education:

                      11 GCSE’s all at grades A-C including Maths, English and Science - 2007

                       P.E AS level at a grade C - 2008

                        Drama A level at grade C - 2009

                        BTEC Sports at Distinction, Distinction, Distinction - 2009

                       Paramedic Science Foundation Degree from Coventry University – 2012

    Interests and hobbies:

    • ·         Sports – I enjoy playing all sports; in particular badminton but I’m more than happy to participate in any. I’m also a keen supporter of my home town Coventry’s Rugby Union team and watch them whenever I can. I find it all a great way to make friends, keep sociable and continue to build of communication skills.
    • ·         Music – I use music as a motivator but I also use it to ‘switch off’. I very much like a wide spread of music.

    • ·         Theatre – As scared as I am on stage, which I don’t really do, I love the many different tasks available to do behind the scenes. Endless changing tasks for example the different sets, props, costumes for each play, and the changes of choreography for the change of scenes. There are also plenty of opportunities to learn new skills e.g. setting of the lightening, directing or producing.  
  • 18 Dec 2014 3:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    National Association of Community First Responders (NACFR)




    An organisation called the National Association of Community First Responders (NACFR) has recently been formed. It was a concept that has been thought about and discussed by several people for several months. The non-profit making organisations aim is to help bring about consistency to CFRs across the UK.

    Why do we need a national standard/consistency? CFR training, usage and support varies massively across the UK. This rarely happens in any other large organisation of a similar kind, for example Police Specials, Retained Fire Fighters, Search and Rescue, BASICS Doctors, Mountain Rescue, RNLI. They all work to a national standard with some local modifications as required. 

    A Healthcare Commission report in 2007 recommended that an appropriate body should be set up to develop national guidance for ambulance services in the use of CFRs, to ensure that a more consistent approach is taken in the management, governance and development of this valuable service. This was 7 years ago, with no progress appearing to be made. A national standard exists for voluntary firefighters and voluntary police, why not the ambulance service.

    The team behind the newly formed National Association of Community First Responders (NACFR) come from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, particularly in the CFR and medical sector as well as the business sector.

    The organisation is still in its infancy at the moment. We have been in talks with some very influential people and have gained the support of several organisations and people that understand the need for consistency with CFRs and have the ability to aid in the development of this concept.

    We at CPDme are excited by this concept and offer our support to the team at NACFR.



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