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  • 31 Jan 2013 8:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Great British Care Shows tour the UK

    Brought to you by the organisers of the Great British Care Awards; who are supported by the Department of Health, the English Community Care Association (ECCA), Ceretas, the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the National Skills Academy for Social Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

    Local care shows with a difference. Not just a trade exhibition, we are appealing to everyone in the care sector from the service user living in the community to commissioners of local authorities and care associations, fellow traders, managers and directors.

    Here is where the show will be touring in the UK

    Delegates will come from all areas of the sector; private, statutory and voluntary. Commissioners, directors of adult social services, care providers, owner, managers, care workers, unpaid carers and service users from the community.

    For more information on what you can expect to find at The Great British Care Shows visit the website

    Keep up to date with the latest conferences, exhibitions, seminars and other events that are relevant to social care.

    CPDme will be exhibiting at the Great British Care Show in Manchester and Newcastle. Here we will be offering the chance to discuss Social and Health Care development and managing staff and developing their portfolios. 

  • 25 Jan 2013 8:36 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme offer weekly #CPDChat every Thursday Night in February 2013

    CPDme are offering Health and Social Care professionals the chance to discuss CPD with Course, Event and Conference Providers every Thursday night between 8pm and 9pm on or click onto Simply log in with your twitter account and join in the conversation using hashtag #CPDChat

    CPDme will also give you the opportunity to download the free CPDme Document Template that will help you document your Social Media Learning as evidence of your Continuing Professional Development. Simply join us on the below dates and take part in the UK's First CPDChat designed for Health and Social Care Professionals and Development Providers.

    February 2013 schedule:

    Thursday 14th February @ 8PM (subjects to be confirmed)

    Thursday 21st February @ 8PM (subjects to be confirmed) 

    Thursday 28th February @ 8PM (subjects to be confirmed) 

    Please Tweet and Share this to friends, family and other health and social care colleagues.
  • 24 Jan 2013 11:54 PM | Anonymous member

          Introduction of

          First Intervention Ghana (FIG)

          and Request for Partnership

    I bring to you warm greetings from the First Intervention Ghana (FIG), a Ghana originated volunteer based and non-profit registered in Ghana and working to assist in the improvement of the lot of the vulnerable and deprived in society through volunteer programs and projects, include: music, drumming and dancing, EMS, children education, healthcare/medical assistance in hospitals, and clinics, remote area medical mission and community initiated projects such as painting of schools, hospitals, building washrooms, libraries, playgrounds and other integrated rural development projects. 

    Established under the Companies Code 1963, Act 179 with the Registrar General’s Department and Social Welfare Departments, Ghana, the above named organization has been in existing since 2009 with high academic and dedication personalities as executive members. In our quest to achieve our aims and objectives, and be among the world, we always like to associate with best and therefore wish to introduce First Intervention Ghana to you. 

    We acknowledge your high status and success stories over the years, so we would like to have your rich and most cherished experiences for our organizational development. 

    Considering the goals, aspirations and activities of your pass success of which are enormous importance and, we would be therefore be grateful if partnership in this area HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE PUBLICITY could be extended to us. This will facilitate our long term partnership; and enable us reach-out to potential donors and investors to build our capacity in emergency service delivery in Ghana. Any assistance to enable us achieves our objective are welcomed. 

    I would like to introduce the official website of First Intervention Ghana to you for your perusal and action…. or Our 

    I court on your anticipated co-operation and acceptance of our request. 

    Thank you 

    Jonathan Hope||Chief Executive Officer||Founder 
    First Intervention Ghana 
    P.O.Box ct 360 
    Cape Coast, Ghana 

    mobilephone: +233(0) 246469484 

  • 23 Jan 2013 11:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme confirmed to exhibit at The Expo Social Health Care Event


    The CPDme Team have confirmed that they will be attending and exhibiting at The Expo Social Health Care Sector Event in Wales. The event will take place at the Cardiff City Stadium and is open to all Social and Health care workers both Private and NHS. CPDme will be sending a Social Care worker and Health Care staff to discuss how CPDme can help manage and motivate staff and management to both take part in and document their learning using our website.

    Andrew Ormerod from our management team said "this popular Expo will be a great opportunity for CPDme to both network and demonstrate that we are focused towards working with other professionals across the Health and Social care sectors".

    CPDme will be exhibiting in spaces A3 & A4. Please come along and say hello to our team at this event.

    To register and attend the event, please follow this link or follow us on our social media channels.
  • 23 Jan 2013 12:05 PM | Anonymous member

    Always Safety First!

    by Geoffrey Del Mundo Panganiban, RN

    Field Medic 542

    “The number one priority for me when I start a shift is to be able to finish my job for the day and go home safely… that’s why my first thought is scene safety… and ONLY then… all other issues.”

    Scene safety for medics requires us to think 2-3 steps ahead of ourselves at all times and consider all “what if” scenarios and their possible solutions. During our training we called it Scene Size up, or Stop-Look-Listen-Think-Re-assess.

    For example, when I arrive at a scene, I’m checking if the ambulance is parked in such a way that I know if things go wrong at the scene, we can drive out forwards and easily if we have to make a quick “get away.” When we walk into a house, I’m constantly assessing where I can move, or what I can do if the patient becomes violent, or if someone else comes into the house. I always try to stay together with my partner or the driver – often it takes more than one pair of eyes to pick up on a problem.

    One afternoon shift, we were called to the construction site of now renowned sports hub in the Middle East. We had a male adult with leg trauma from a query fall. With the heightened nerves, we rapidly approached the patient’s workplace and my partner was just about to commence a rapid assessment to a lying conscious patient, when I suddenly stopped my partner. I noticed an uncovered electrical cord dangling from the wall socket. We needed to pull the plug first, and then move the patient carefully to a safer place for treatment. In the history taking we found out that the patient had accidentally come into contact with the open wire connected to the main grid, causing a hard fall from the ladder he was using, resulting in minor abrasions and a sprain. An early lesson for us on scene safety and its importance.

    All scenes can turn bad

    More often than not, we are allowed to do our job mainly unhindered, and I don’t go to every job being paranoid that I’m going to be attacked. But, as you build up experience, and skills in the area of risk management, you develop an ability to have a subconscious thought process in the back of your mind, that constantly assesses and re-assesses the scene for safety problems, so you don’t get caught out unaware. This way, when only subtle changes occur, something triggers in your mind, to make you realise when the scene is going downhill.

    Let me share with you a story from my shift. The crew were summoned to the villa for a possible suicide, a male adult patient. The dispatch channel told them that it was just body weakness – a simple medical house call perhaps. When they arrived on scene, the medic sitting in the front of the ambulance immediately got out and proceeded directly to the door of the villa, whilst the medic in the back prepared the response bag and other equipment. The second medic was about to open the locked door of the rig, when suddenly he saw his partner running from a man with a long sword. It was the patient, who had become violent and paranoid after hearing the sirens and seeing the flashing lights of the ambulance. It may sound a funny story to others, but lessons of safety and security should be taken from it. Assess the Hazards!

    Don’t get caught unprotected

    Always wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). This refers to the use of gloves, mask, goggles, helmet and protective clothing, which includes shoes. We don’t constantly have to use all these things, but come to your shift prepared for anything. It is a misconception to some, that PPE consists only of gloves, mask and goggles for Body Substance Isolation (BSI). We have to always remember that our shoes, belt, vest and jackets are an integral part of it. The clothing is made with high-visibility material, and the shoes should have toe caps and penetration-resistant features. Like soldiers on the battlefield we are exposed and should be protected against harsh environments to complete our duty.

    Do some mathematics 

    The 9/11 attack in New York created many revisions of safety books and emergency text. As part of being safe, we have to calculate time, distance, directions and durations. It is part of our job to assess and re-assess the scene. Sometimes, we have to differentiate toxic fumes from ordinary smoke, and fluids or water to hazardous chemicals. In some cases, we need to be aware of exposure limits, wind directions and the type of incidents. To do this, we don’t have to be an engineer or a chemist, what we do need to have is common sense and presence of mind with the right time, distance and shielding.

    Think and think again! Always Safety First! These are our best friends in the field, for us to be effective and efficient healthcare providers in the pre-hospital setting. We are responding to provide care and solutions, not to be part of the problem.

    By: Geoffrey Del Mundo Panganiban, RN

    Field Medic 542


  • 23 Jan 2013 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    CPDme Website and Mobile APP Tech REPORT
    June 4th 2013
    System Check - No Reported Problems

    No reported system problems - APP Testing Successful 


    January 22nd & 23rd 2013
    CPD Reports not viewing

    There have been a couple of members who have been unable to view reports in their personal portfolio. If you are struggling loading your report, simply contact us using the Members Support Email and we will update your report. This will cause minimal disruption and all your information is safe.


    October 25th & 26th 2012
    New Members Navigation Page

    We are currently upgrading the members page to include the new 5 step guide to creating an online portfolio. There will be minimal disruption to the site and members and visitors will not be effected. If you spot any errors or mistakes, please report them on our Members Contact Form. All members reporting errors will receive 6 months complimentary membership.


    October 21st & 22nd 2012

    Current Downtime for Some Users 

    We are in the process of restarting a database server because of a technical issue that popped-up earlier today. This is taking a little time, but effected forms and accounts should be accessible again in the very near future. Stay tuned for updates.



    RED - Problem still ongoing

    AMBER - Temporary issue, quickly resolved

    GREEN - No issues identified

  • 22 Jan 2013 11:22 PM | Anonymous member

    AED's in Public Places

    by Ian Best

    AED's in public places.

    I have set this page ( up to promote the use of AED's in public places, such as shopping centres, and sports halls, and to get the message across to as many people as I possibly can, just how easy and safe to use the AED is.

    The reason I feel so passionately about AED's being placed in public places is due to a personal experience - In January 2011 whilst enjoying a stay in Blackpool, I had a cardiac arrest. My wife was with me at the time but was completely unaware of what to do to help me other than to shout out and get help! Fortunately the staff at the hotel we were staying at had been trained to use an AED and brought the amazing piece of equipment to my aid immediately! This undoubtedly saved my life! I was admitted to hospital where I had an ICD (mini defibrillator) fitted to my heart and 10 days later returned home to the South West. On returning home I was amazed to discover that here in the South West there were no AED's for public use and very few in hotels, shopping centres, on beaches or in gyms either.

    I have now taken up the campaign to introduce these machines to the South West, and around the UK to make members of the public aware of them and how easy and safe they are to use.




    Ian Best
  • 08 Jan 2013 4:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPD opportunity - Post case studies on our Facebook page to share your knowledge.

    CPDme are looking for health & social professionals and volunteers to help motivate our followers and members by posting (anonymised or post your details if you wish) evidence-based healthcare / social care case studies on our Facebook page. We have observed that these types of small studies motivate and encourage our followers and CPDme members to expand their reading and carry out a development activity. 

    Evidence suggests that health and social care professionals regularly visit social media sites. CPDme believe that this medium is a good place to try and encourage personal development. 

    One thing that is important to remember when posting on social media sites is that the information including pictures has no patient identifiable data and that consideration for Caldicott guidelines is always paramount when posting to popular social media sites.

    If you are interested in helping encourage others to both engage in case studies and social discussion and carrying out a CPD activity for your own diary, simply contact us using our online form quoting 'Social Media CPD Case Studies'.

    Everyone who is selected to post content on our Social Media channels will receive complimentary CPDme Membership for life and a welcome pack from our Marketing Team after the first month.
  • 05 Jan 2013 10:12 PM | Anonymous member

    A Celebration of Scotland – Malawi Youth Links

    Progression towards an International Scotland

    Janine Ewen, MSc Health Improvement/Health Promotion

    MSP Humza Yousaf , International Development Minister for the Scottish Government and Janine Ewen, Policy Development Member for First Aid Africa and Volunteer Development for St. Andrew’s First Aid.

    On the eve of the 7th of November a celebration event took place at the Scottish Parliament to acknowledge the existing relationship between Malawi and Scotland. The evening was organised by the Scotland Malawi Partnership. The relationship exists through the help of volunteers and thanks to the superb work of Dr David Livingstone many years ago, who must be mentioned in this article. Determined Scots have worked with the people of Malawi for 150 years, in doing so they’ve helped them to develop and maintain fundamental services for a rightful and adequate standard of living. These rights include things that we all take for granted; such as basic education and health care.

    Around 200 people attended what was an insightful and inspiring event; they included MSPs, young Scots and Malawians, and youth organisations. Many asked questions and the room was filled with energy from those organisations who have worked and built fantastic opportunities in the developing world, in particular Malawi. The panel, consisting of young politicians, those from Malawi and MSPS was chaired by, Sam Abraham, who has worked extensively to build the charity First Aid Africa. Sam helped to turn the night into an opportunity to discuss and the being undertaken by the Scottish Government and to network with others present.

    On the same day Humza Yousaf, International Development Minister for the Scottish Government, announced £1.2m in funding to projects aimed at helping poor people in Malawi International. Humza is encouraging invitations from Scottish-based organisations to bid for the money. From a health and wellbeing perspective, combating global challenges is so much more than finding the right people, but also developing the right way of working. The Scottish Government is working well to develop support and build alliances. As long as aid is monitored and investments go towards sustainable projects, The Scottish Government will be helping to secure a better future for people in Africa. There is always room for improvement and I believe that, doing the “good” can be done better in terms of giving aid and providing humanitarian assistance. Humanitarian aid organisations that touch down on war or disaster – ravaged countries, are helping with the best of intentions, driven by the eagerness to help in anyway. The main problem with the aid from these organisations is that the outcomes of its impact are “invisible” to us, because nothing sustainable in the longer term is produced - no built water delivery systems, housing that will not last, and poor infrastructure for program delivery, but the aid is used by many in the developing world. It is used mainly to keep people alive through medical treatment. First Aid Africa is a great example of a rural healthcare project teaching overseas sustainable First Aid, standing by strong principles that First Aid should never be about the resources you don't have around you, but the ones you do, encouraging use of sanitary towels and natural resources An effective way of combating the huge number of minor and major injuries now overtaking the huge rates of tropical diseases. In many ways, the NGO community has created an “alternate economy”, and much of the money is spent on the delivery of emergency services, which are also needed. The emergency aid acts as a means of rapid assistance to those in immediate disastrous environments to relieve suffering; this will help to answer the question of those who ask, “Where did all the money go? The very term "humanitarian" denotes caring and compassion. It's intrinsic to our nature that many of us will want to help those less fortunate this is why organisations applying for the 1.2 m fund are crucial for further enhancement of the developing world countries. These organisations are heavily involved in supporting education and community development both of which can help to improve long term prospects for all. 

    No other investment has such a lasting effect as education. For most of Africa's children, education represents the only way out of a life of entrenched poverty. Community development has its role in building confidence, cohesiveness and community resilience. Inequalities exist in Africa, just as much as they exist in the UK. This needs to be remembered, particularly by, Justine Greening, International Development Secretary for the UK Government, who has recently cut the financial aid to India in 2015. Despite a “booming” economy, this still leaves those in poverty, in poverty and the rich, very rich. The UK government should be complemented for ring-fencing the foreign aid budget; however, many charities are understandably worried as India is home to a third of the world's extreme poor. Despite the strain on resources polling consistently shows that the public would rather governments cut aid budgets rather than domestic ones, so it's fantastic that the Scottish Government haven’t cut their commitment to Malawi. It is exciting to see how the funding will develop over the next few years. I believe it will make a huge difference.                                  

    Why does Scotland play such a recognised role in International Development? The Scottish Government's International Development Policy sees Scotland's place in the world as that of a small nation, committed to addressing the challenges faced by the world. The government gives a sense of strong unity in combating the troubles faced by other countries, and hopes to actively engage with this global agenda. Most of all the policy hopes to build upon both the relationships that exist between Scotland and the developing world.

    In 2004, Malawi’s health system was described as ‘dangerously close to collapse’ due to inequitable distribution of health workers and an inappropriate mix of different skills. The Malawian Ministry of Health embarked on a six-year plan to revive it, with funds from the UK Department for International Development. I believe with Scotland’s close links we can play a huge a role in protecting these vital systems in order for the people of Malawi to maintain healthy lives. Out with health care, education has also been recognised as a fundamental right that needs continued support on. This year 50,000 books went to schoolchildren in the Eastern Cape of South Africa – all part of the international celebrations to mark Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday.

    Malawi has a lot to offer. The name Malawi means ‘reflected light of bright haze’, a most apt description of this country whose area is one fifth covered by water. Besides the magnificent Lake, Malawi has five National Parks, beautiful scenery and sunshine all year round. It is a great country for anyone to go and embrace its beauty and culture. The Scottish Government also supports projects in Tanzania, Zambia and Rwanda within Africa and in Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in South Asia.

    The Scottish Government has a lot to be proud of.

    Janine Ewen

  • 05 Jan 2013 9:44 PM | Anonymous member

    First Aid Africa


    Janine Ewen, MSc Health Improvement at the Robert Gordon University

    In June of this year, I left my home in Aberdeen to travel to Kenya, to complete a 5-6 week expedition with First Aid Africa. First Aid Africa is a non-profit organisation that has set up a number of projects to teach first aid, currently in Malawi, Tanzania and Kenya. Next year, the charity is hoping to expand into Uganda. Having done volunteering with the Red Cross, and after being inspired by stories about Africa, I chose to work with First Aid Africa.

    The World Health Organisation has recently identified that, in Africa, there are more minor/major injuries than there are tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV put together. That is why I wanted to help First Aid Africa in particular. First aid education and equality in emergency care is one of the biggest public health issues facing the world today, and I hope to organise a big push and lobby support from everyone to get first aid education on the national curriculum in the UK. I plan to spread the word by targeting my local radio health show, and organising meetings with parliamentary figures in the Scottish government and across the UK.

    “The children took the teaching really well, as did everyone else who we taught in the rural towns.”

    African education is characterised by a very strict education regime; education is highly valued in the hope that one day the continent can evolve and become a nation rich in good health, good opportunities and with governments which listen to the people. However, even in strict schools, teachers know the value of first aid, so they allowed us to teach lessons. Sometimes we did not get as much time as we wanted, but by making a good first impression, this allowed us to develop a positive working relationship with the schools, which meant that we were asked to come back and teach. The children took the teaching really well, as did everyone else who we taught in the rural towns. One of the main things that excited me about this particular project was the sustainable resources we teach with for first aid. Even being back in the UK, I believe that Sanitary towels are one of the most important inventions ever. We encouraged people to use them, instead of western bandages. Although we were giving out some first aid kits, they were of limited supply. The sole purpose of sanitary towels is to absorb blood, so there is no reason why they cannot be used to help treat blood related injuries. In Africa they are accessible, cheap and just as effective. According to research, the towels are ,in fact, more effective than first aid western bandages, which makes me wonder why we cannot use them for similar reasons in the UK.

    Some of the resources, I feel, are things we can all use, even the Red Cross and St Johns Ambulance, or even hospitals! It is possible that we are spending too much money on fancy bandages when we have life necessities around us, which can work just as well or even better. Why can’t we use a jumper or a t-shirt to improvise a triangular bandage for an arm sling? Why can’t we treat burn related injuries with soda, if the burn has a plastic covering around it, if at that point in time we don’t have clean water, but a bottle of coke in our bags? I think we need to start looking on where we could make life easier for ourselves; it is not just about the money, but finding the things that are nearest to us in an emergency situation.Everyone, especially the children, really enjoyed first aid, and I think that is because of the practical element that learning about it can bring. Education should be fun and interactive, with practical aspects that help to keep childr en motivated, and help them to learn better. First aid has to be supported by practical demonstrations, so we encouraged the children to volunteer in scenarios on the role of the first aider and what the first aider should do to treat an unconscious casualty, for example. I had a fantastic time, and I will continue to campaign and teach about this issue and others.

    To find out more about First Aid Africa, follow the link below to their website

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