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CPD / Current Awareness
We know how difficult it can be to keep up to date as our knowledge about the human body and medicine increases and policies, guidance and procedures can change rapidly. Here we’ve attempted to put together some exciting and stimulating resources and ideas that hopefully, you will find useful both for your current work and to help further your career.
It is always worth checking the website of your own
Professional Organisationsor society for CPD courses and activities.
Keeping up to Date
One way of finding out what has been published in your area is to set up TOCs (table of contents) alerts. This means that every time an issue of a relevant journal comes out you will get an email listing the table of contents, so you can see at a glance exactly what subjects are currently being written about.
Click to access the TOC guide
Email Alerts Guides:
CASH (Current Awareness Service for Health) aims to keep health professionals up-to-date with new developments for the benefit of patient care and improved decision making. It is a collaborative service provided by librarians from around England who monitor and capture content from across 3 broad sectors - Primary Care, Secondary Care and Mental Health.
You can also sign up for CASH - Current Awareness Bulletins
These cover all major areas in healthcare including…
- Anaesthesia & Critical Care
- Infection Control
- Nursing and Allied Health
- Primary Care
- …and many others
The Horizon Scanning Bulletins
The Horizon Scanning Bulletins support the commissioning process and service redesign, bringing together new and emerging information on best practice, innovation and future risk factors.
AMEDEO has been created to serve the needs of healthcare professionals, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, other members of the health professions, and patients and their friends. They can easily access timely, relevant information within their respective fields.
NHS England Bulletins
NHS England Bulletins
produces a series of bulletins to help staff to communicate in an accessible and engaging manner, including...
- NHS News
- Allied Health Professionals Bulletin
- CCG Bulletin
- Chief Nursing Officer Bulletin
- GP & Practice Team Bulletin
There are further bulletins and newsletters detailed in the relevant sections of the Helpful Websites list.
BTUH Learning Development Team offer a wide range of in house and externally validated courses for all Basildon staff. Courses are often open to staff from other Trusts. Click here for more information.
Health News and News Feeds
A web feed
(or news feed
) is a data format used for providing users with frequently updated content. Need a reminder of what RSS is? Try this great video
Below is a selection of good quality feeds available. There are also useful sites on our Helpful Websites page.
- MedWorm: keep up to date using news feeds. MedWorm collects updates from over 6000 authoritative data sources (growing each day) via RSS feeds. From the data collected, MedWorm provides new outgoing RSS feeds on various medical/healthcare categories that you can subscribe to, via the free MedWorm online service.
- World Health Organisation News Feeds
- Nice- Newsletters and Alerts: Newsletters and bulletins including information for Primary Care, NICE Eyes on Evidence, Medicine and Prescribing Alerts.
- British Medical Journal News Feeds
- Medicine.Net An online, healthcare media publishing company. We provide easy-to-read, in-depth, authoritative medical information for consumers via its robust, user-friendly, interactive website.
- BBC News/ Health
- The Guardian/ Health
Possible RSS readers include:
is a service that enables you to automatically collect new information from your favorite pages on the Internet. You select which pages to monitor, and WatchThatPage will find which pages have changed, and collect all the new content for you. The new information is presented to you in an email and/or a personal web page. You can specify when the changes will be collected, so they are fresh when you want to read them.
introduced revalidation of licensed doctors
across the UK in December 2012 and want to revalidate the majority of licensed doctors for the first time by the end of March 2016. Licensed doctors will have to revalidate, usually every five years, by having regular appraisals that are based on our core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice.
Online learning modules and podcasts are available to support appraisal and revalidation. They are freely available for all doctors. The resources are aimed at supporting both appraisees and appraisers by providing guidance, tips and useful information about the appraisal process. They are accessible via the London Deanery webpage
and take about 45 - 60 minutes to complete and cover a range of key topics helpful for both appraisees and appraisers.
Disclaimer Basildon Healthcare Library is not responsible for the content of external sites. No responsibility can be accepted for any action taken on the basis of information found on these sites.