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  • 25 Jan 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 March 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 1st March 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.

    Features -  available from March 2018

    There will be a host of new features coming from the 1st of March 2018 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 a weekly newsletter from the 1st Feb 2018.

    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


  • 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.

  • 14 Dec 2017 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.

  • 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

  • 26 Apr 2017 1:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    'Train the Trainer'

    sports medic workshop

    As part of an ongoing commitment to training and delivery of effective medical care in sport, The Football Association, along with Galen, would like to invite you to attend a practical and educational workshop to learn about Penthrox®, the rapidly-acting inhaler for pain relief. 

    The workshop will take place at St George’s Park on the 15 May 2017. 

    The meeting is aimed at medics who have an interest/work in sports and will provide you with;

    • Examples of current use of Penthrox® and how it can improve the level of care we are able to deliver to our players and athletes
    • Education around identifying trauma injuries and pain scenarios where Penthrox® can be appropriately administered
    • Practical training on how to administer Penthrox® (methoxyflurane 3mL) to your teams
    • Certification to deliver Penthrox® training directly to your wider medical team

    For complete event details please see the invitation download and we look forward to receiving your registration 

    Click Here to register


  • 01 Mar 2017 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     FREE CPD West Midlands PHEM study day on 6th April 2017. 

    Please find attached the programme for the West Midlands PHEM study day on 6th April 2017

    As always, the day is free to attend and is worth 6 CPD points. Reservation details are at the bottom of the poster.

    Kind Regards


    Dr. Arun George

    Consultant in Emergency Medicine

    University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


  • 12 Feb 2017 9:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ID Medical Sponsor NEW 2017 Basic Members and New Automated CPDme Membership Certificate

    ID Medical have just sponsored CPDcloud to support the free Basic Membership and also the new Automated CPDme Membership Certificate.

    The Basic Membership allows users 5 entries of CPD or Reflection within their yearly CPD portfolio. They then need to unlock this, by upgrading for only £15.99 per year.

    The Users also now get a FREE CPD Membership Certificate that will be emailed to them and also automatically populate into their CPD dashboard prompting the user to reflect upon why they joined CPDme, and how this system will support them to record and maintain an accurate record of their continuing professional development (CPD).

    ID Medical also have a CPD school attached to their recruitment company and CPDme have agreed that we will support these great courses and learning opportunities using our website, mobile apps, CPD dashboard and social media #IDMEDICAL.

    Here is some of their great ID MEDICAL courses:

    Ultrasound and ECHO Level 1

    Ultrasound Practical course

    Chest Drain Insertion course

    Communication Skills with Social Styles & Versatility

    Teamwork, Development & Problem Solving

    Management and Leadership Programme

    Clinical Skills Workshop with Up2Speed

    IELTS English language online courses

    Advanced Communications Skills courses

    360 degree patient / colleague feedback facility

    12 month license to the market’s leading Revalidation portal

    Dedicated In-house Responsible Of cer reviewing all appraisal output forms

    Surviving Sepsis course

    IV Drug Administration and Therapy

    Clinical Interactions Online course

    Click and download the ID Medical School PDF and a list of their great ID Medical CPD Courses and NMC Revalidation Courses

  • 23 Jan 2017 12:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NEW CPDme Dashboard Features

    As you may know CPDme is a not for profit social enterprise and we are constantly looking to make things easier and better for our users. We even id some research with Salford University and took onboard their feedback and input.

    6 months previous, we did some research with 50 users on their experience with CPDme, user problems, featured present, features desired and we have come up with a simple easy to use dashboard that we hope people will love (or hate) Here's a rundown of some of the new features!

    1) Personal Profile - The core of your governing requirements HCPC boxes / NMC Sections / Or Personalisable. These will also have pop up guides for each section and also a word counter.

    2) Create my CPD Activity Log - Different Infographical Reports on your CPD Submissions (like skills log)

    3) Create my CPD Portfolio - A New Interactive CPD Portfolio Building (search for tags and other great features)

    4) CPD Diary Entries - All your CPD entries and auto archive. You can also search for titles and dates here.

    5) View Shared CPD Log - Log of shared CPD from other users and FOAM opportunities, you can save to your Stored CPD Evidence Folder with a reminder. You get rewarded for sharing valued CPD.

    6) Print CV - Formal a perfectly formed CV from your profile, diary entries and reflective practice. 

    7) Reflective Practice - Manage all your reflections and send a copy if needed to your seniors (when its gone wrong at work!) Also create your own personalised Reflective Model that you prefer to use.

    8) CPD Webinars - List of all the upcoming live webinars and recordings. One Click Register - After the recordings, you can use these as evidence of CPD too.

    9) Stored CPD Evidence - Here is a quick CPD Dump of all your evidence, voice recordings from the new app, video testimonials with tags, ready to turn them into CPD or Reflective entries. It will take you 15 secons via the new app to capture evidence and upload this to your CPD Storage for managing later. The app will also remind you if you forget to do something with the evidence.

    10) MY CPD Calendar - A digital searchable calendar that you can see all your CPD within, but also plan stuff for the future and invite friends to consider attending. The Calendar will also remind you via the app and smart watches to document your study and forward planned events. This will integrate with your own personal calendar.

    11) SETTINGS - Consider integrating the clinical skills log reports (premium members only) - Unlock CPD like the Trauma Care Recordings - REELdx - Health Care Videos

    New Dashboard Integration - Expected April 2016

    New CPDme Mobile Apps - Expected May/June 2016

    CPDme are dedicated to supporting our users, but recruiting new users to support our enterprise is important. Please help support and promote CPDme to your friends, colleagues or work buddies.

    Thank you for your support.

    Philip and the Team

  • 08 Jan 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Whats the fuss about! Just why do people LIKE to use CPDme to build a CPD Portfolio

    There are many CPD portfolio builders available online, however CPDme provides an interactive and simple and free online portfolio building platform. The concept of CPDme was the design of a University project which moved from a research project to an international business very quickly. Since the University project, CPDme has been developed and designed by a team of Health & Social Care professionals registered and currently employed in both NHS and local government sectors.

    This enables us to provide our members with development guidelines and relevant information on how to manage and record a range of CPD activities that are relevant to current practice. Our CPD mentors can assist with learning analysis such as reflective practice and our simple interactive development diary is designed to evolve as future practice changes.

    HCPC & NMC compliant format*

    The CPDme portfolio builder has been designed to enable the user to demonstrate compliance with both the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) requirements for CPD. One of the advantages is that you can combine portfolio standards or create a generic standard design. You can also select a specific period to include in your CPD Portfolio. This also allows you to select specific entries to include or exclude in your portfolio. This works well for duel registered professionals.

    Free Mobile Application

    Members benefit from being able to access and update their development portfolio on the move. The advantage of our mobile app is that you can capture and document your development as it happens. The app will automatically sync with your CPDme online profile creating a seamless experience for the user to access, download and print their portfolio in a professional format. Download here.

    Designed to be Simple

    CPDme is designed to simplify the formality of building a CPD portfolio by promoting an easy approach to planning and recording your personal development. It takes on average 15 minutes to document and update your personal development diary. Make a coffee, sit back and follow our easy to follow instructions.

    Evidence Summary & Analytical Report*

    One of the most popular CPDme features is the development activity report and summary of achieved standards. This enables members to view a breakdown of activities and supporting evidence for ensuring your learning is a variety of activities for planning future development.

    Access your files anywhere

    CPDme is cloud based meaning you are not restricted to your home computer for access to your CPD learning and development folder. Access your certificates, presentations and development evidence that is stored safely on the CPDme cloud anytime, anywhere. No more rummaging around looking for your old certificates and evidence.

    Update your CPD Diary & Reflection anywhere

    Our members can log in, access, record in their CPD diary, and upload supporting evidence of development from any location with internet access. The mobile app is also a great way to record reflective practice to show employers and governing bodies your analysis of an incident or reflection occurring in practice.

    Staff Management Cloud

    A great function for organisations to monitor staff development. This feature combines individual membership with management access for monitoring and assisting staff in maintaining a record of learning and development. It also provides an opportunity for creating a learning zone for a group or team of individuals to download updates and bulletins. Discover more.

    Your Print ready Portfolio in a click*

    You can quickly and easily create a complete print-ready portfolio with supporting evidence in the correct format required for interview, career appraisal or professional audit. Just a few clicks and all the sorting, filing and creating is done automatically by our system. You just simply print!

    * Some features are not available on the FREE Basic Plans. See Terms & Conditions for more details

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