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  • 20 Oct 2012 6:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme to look at Helping 
    Fire and Rescue Services Build 
    and Maintain a Portfolio of Development

    CPDme are looking for some help and input from UK Fire and Rescue services to create the first UK online CPD portfolio builder for Fire and Rescue providers. The development team at CPDme already help many Health & Social care professions both developing and document their continuing learning with us, but due to requests from other emergency services, we have decided to look into fire fighters documenting their development using our unique and dedicated website.

    The development team are looking for aspirational fire fighters to lead a steering group to decide how best to structure the forms and site to enable staff to utilise the site and help them maintain a portfolio of their training and development.

    If you are interested, please email the development team at or use the Contact Form.
  • 13 Oct 2012 7:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Managing your staff and ensure they document and 
    learn from CPD activities, learning and other development.

    CPDme gets lots of emails from employers, training organisations and voluntary sector asking how they can effectively manage their staff and ensure that they both take part and document continuing professional development. The answer is simple. 

    CPDme provide an online secure 128bit encrypted portal that management and senior staff can access and monitor their staffs development. It works simple and most important its safe and secure. Watch our demo video HERE.

    The way it works is simple: The CPDme Learning Circle

    1. Staff are provided with learning activity or update in practice material from employer.
    2. Staff are then asked to document using CPDme what they have learned and how this will improve their practice. The CPDme platform helps and guides these questions easily.
    3. Management can then review the staffs development diary and ensure the learning circle has taken place.
    4. Staff can revisit their profile in the future and use uploaded evidence as return learning materiel i.e power-points, practice guidelines and skill updates.

    For more information about management packages or for a live demo. Complete this online form
  • 11 Oct 2012 6:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Design the NEW CPDme Mobile App Button and grab yourself 5 Years free membership

    CPDme have started the final design stages for the NEW CPDme Portfolio Building App. We are now looking for a budding designer to create us a perfect ICON for the ITunes Store / Application. The designer that we choose will get a 5 years complimentary membership to our portfolio building website. We will also include a selection of goodies worth over £50.

    The APP Button must meet these requirements:
    • No more than 512 x 512 px
    • Feature at least one of the six core colours of CPDme Website (codes available on req)
    The final choice will be contacted by email before publication.

    Send all entries to us using the form using the Competition Entry selection. This allows you to upload the image / document.

    Good Luck - The CPDme Development Team 
  • 09 Oct 2012 10:22 PM | Anonymous member

       EXMED - Fundamentals of Airway Management Course

    For full details of this course please follow this link

    Details of other courses from Exmed can be found on their website

    CPDme have negotiated a discount of some of EXMED's specialist courses. Our members can now benefit from 10% off*:

    The Discount codes for courses are available in the Members' Section of the CPDme website.
  • 02 Oct 2012 8:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CPDme Looking for Sponsor of Mobile 
    Application (Due to launch soon)

    CPDme have just given the final instructions for the design of the new mobile app that will be available in the Apple ITunes store and Android Market. To help promote the New application and keep the app from being a paid app, CPDme are looking for business sponsors.

    There are two sponsor packages available. The first package will be for 6 months and the second package will be a 12 month venture.

    Businesses that advertise their courses on CPDme will have the benefit of sending out Notifications to fill spaces on their courses or offer discounts and other incentives.

    If you have a business that you think would benefit from sponsoring our New App. Send an email of interest to or contact Andrew using our Contact Us form.
  • 25 Sep 2012 6:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Paramedics: From Street to Emergency Department Case Book                      

    This great new resource from Bob & Sarah Fellows is a great addition to any practicing front line emergency practitioner from EMT to Advanced Paramedic. 

    This accessible book will help both practising and student paramedics prepare to deal with 25 of the most commonly seen pre-hospital care scenarios, as well as to revise for practical exams.

    Part of a new Case Book series, the book starts with a description of the patient history and examination, then challenges you to spot important signs, determine a likely diagnosis and make important management decisions. This technique helps to cement prior knowledge and teach both scientific and practical knowledge, both vital for today’s paramedic.

    By looking at the journey of the patient and paramedic, the authors provide a more complete understanding of the care pathway, helping you to be aware of signs of severe illness and develop safe practice. In addition, the book:

    • Encourages you to develop knowledge of pathophysiology, pharmacology and out of hospital emergency treatment plans to point of handover at definitive care
    • Covers a wide range of scenarios, from everyday situations to more complex
    • Contains practical cases, checklists, clinical tools, key information boxes and clear answers to clinical questions
    Chapters & Study Cases Include: 

    Chapter 1 - Assessment of Scene and Patient
    Case Study 1 - Child Collapsed in Store
    Case Study 2 - Home is Where the Heart Is
    Case Study 3 - Breath of Life
    Case Study 4 - Huffin' and Puffin'
    Case Study 5 - Crown Hotel
    Case Study 6 - On the Job Training
    Case Study 7 - Cold Comfort
    Case Study 8 - I Kid You Not
    Case Study 9 - A Bump in the Night
    Case Study 10 - Fast and Furious
    Case Study 11 - A Pain in the Stomach
    Case Study 12 - Cut and Run
    Case Study 13 - Knowing Your Limits
    Case Study 14 - Slips, Trips and Falls
    Case Study 15 - Abominable Abdominal
    Case Study 16 - Hot and Cold
    Case Study 17 - Back to School
    Case Study 18 - On Your Own
    Case Study 19 - Market Forces
    Case Study 20 - Typically Topical
    Case Study 21 - To Be or Not To Be
    Case Study 22 - The Rise and Fall of Gladys Jones
    Case Study 23 - Road Traffic Collision
    Case Study 24 - Attempted Suicide
    Case Study 25 - Sickly Sweet

    HCPC Registered Paramedics can study the cases and complete the required standards using a reflective account on each chapter showing what they have learned and how that would impact on their practice. This would make a very acceptable HCPC Continuing Professional Development activity for next years re-registration (Paramedic Audit 2013)

    CPDme are offering a great opportunity for buyers of this book. Send photo / proof of purchase to and get half price CPDme membership. Offer ends 31st October 2012.

    From only £14
  • 19 Sep 2012 4:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    HCPC Publish New Renewal Poster for all UK Social Workers to remind them about renewing
    their professional registration.

    The Health and Care Professions Council have today published and printed a renewal leaflet to remind social workers in England to renew their HCPC before the deadline of Friday 30 November 2012.

    The A5 leaflet is available for all social work employers or organisations to spread the word to social workers in England about how to renew their registration with HCPC.

    All social workers in England must renew their HCPC registration before 6pm Friday 30 November 2012 to prevent lapsing off the Register and being unable to practice using the title ‘social worker’.

    Visit the HCPC Website for more information at

    Download and Distribute the HCPC Leaflet by clicking below to download the PDF 

  • 23 Aug 2012 9:41 PM | Anonymous member

    Secondary Survey

    By Tony Clough

    Once you have verified a casualty has the ability to breathe on their own, whether responsive or unresponsive, using the Danger Response Airway Breathing (DRAB) method (Primary Survey) described in my earlier article ‘Airway Management’, it is time to continue to the secondary survey. Thorough practice of the Primary Survey will satisfy first aiders’ that the casualty is not in immediate state of dying. The secondary survey is a further priority list; a systematically examination to discover any injuries a casualty may have, life-threatening or otherwise. 

    Following on from DRAB;

    Circulation - once it has been confirmed that the casualty can breathe without assistance, a few seconds should be spent giving a full visual examination of the casualty, looking in particular for severe bleeds and severe burns. Anywhere that cannot be immediately seen, such as the natural hollows behind the knees and beneath the lower back, should be quickly examined; checking their gloves for fresh blood. Anywhere that may absorb or mask the blood such as hair and clothing should also be examined. Nevertheless, the examination should be brief with time only spent treating any discovered severe bleeding and burns.

    Blood transports oxygen around the body and having wounds or injuries that produce heavy blood loss can quickly bring on ‘Hypovolaemic Shock’ and death. Likewise, burns produce a natural defence mechanism in the form of blisters. Blisters are filled with plasma – the fluid constituent of blood - sizeable burns whether partial thickness or full thickness will produce large volumes of plasma and if this is lost through burst or leaking blisters, blood will lose its fluidity, its ability to transport oxygen and the likelihood of ‘Hypovolaemic Shock’ increases.

    Damage – This, head-to-toe-Survey is a further examination of your casualty to find anything you may have missed previously. It should be thorough but done in a firm and gentle way as not to move and exasperate any yet undiscovered injuries. You are now looking and feeling for any deformities, open wounds, tenderness to the casualty and swelling. Many discoveries may be beyond first aid care but the information gained and passed to the arriving definitive medical care can help and speed up the casualty’s on going treatment.

    Head; your brain lives in a very tight box – the skull – and like any other muscle when injured, can swell. It literally has no room to swell into but can start appearing at the natural openings of the skull; eye sockets, ears, nasal and mouth. Your brain is also bathed in straw coloured cerebral fluid and if the skull is fractured this fluid may also leak into these areas.

    Start by gently cupping your hands around the back of the casualty’s skull and then running your fingers down the back of the neck. The skull should feel like your own skull and the neck like your own neck – simplified; like a stack of polo’s with jelly tots between them. The nape of your neck is where the spine starts its journey down your back; protected within it runs your internet super highway – the spinal cord. If you suspect anything is not quite right, make a note and start treating your casualty as if the ‘C’ spine is injured; in other words immobilise by holding the head still and do not move them unless they stop breathing and are in need of CPR – which will take precedence over a neck injury.

    Now look at the face noting the colour and temperature. Run your fingers along the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, then along the cheek bones pausing to open and look in the eyes. The pupils should react to light normally – the more light there is the smaller the pupils react – making a note any abnormalities. While looking in the eyes also look for the straw coloured fluid and look to see if the capillaries in the bottom of the eye area are a nice healthy bright pink, hinting at good oxygenated circulated blood arriving where it should. Continue your facial examination by feeling the jaw bone.

    Neck and throat; any damage to this bodily area can cause severe breathing problems; look at the front of the neck for any ‘tracheotomy’. Also look to see if the casualty is wearing a ‘Medic-alert’ necklace. Medic alert is a charity based organisation that has access to the medical records of patients who have opted to have them made available to emergency services in need of medical emergency. The necklace has the symbol of first aid on one side – a cross with a snake wrapped around it – and on the other it will have a unique patient number to access a data file and a brief description of any medical problems. If one is discovered, never remove it but make a note of it and make its presence known to the emergency services. Some younger patients may wear them around the wrist or around the ankles.

    Chest; you can imagine under the human chest it is rather busy. Several vital organs are within the torso and it is to here we now divert our attention. Damage to these organs can quickly become life-threatening and it is for this reason it is known as ‘the kill zone’.

    We do not possess x-ray eyes and cannot see inside the chest so visually and physically we need to examine it. Start by feeling the rib cage; we all have one and it should feel like our own.

    Tip: Broken ribs can be extremely painful so on conscious casualties, if you suspect broken ribs ask the casualty first; be patient led.

    Press on the four quadrants of the ‘six-pack’ (tummy). Even the best athletes of this world, with abs to die for (Jessica Ennis), should have a soft springy tummy when pressed. If any of the four areas feel rigid it could be the sign of an internal bleed. Muscle is naturally soft and spongy and will soak blood up readily; once blood soaks into the muscle it will change its texture and will become noticeably rigid when touched.

    Tip: When touching a casualty during an examination, especially of the opposite sex; if you use your thumbs during the examination it can be misconstrued as a grope. Using the palm of your hand or just the outstretched fingers of your hand on the casualty will gain the results you are searching for and give the correct impression to the patient.

    Hips; fractured hips can very quickly become life-threatening, especially if it has become complicated with an internal bleed. Fatal blood loss in excess of 40% can occur before noticeable swelling can be seen. It is because of this dangerous consequence only a visual examination of the hips should be made by the first aider. Slight movement during a physical examination could accelerate blood loss so it is extremely important to only visually examine the casualty for hip/pelvic injuries. Nevertheless, there can be visual clues to pelvic fractures; the casualty will want to sit on the uninjured side, while the leg on the injured side can look shortened and slightly rotated. If the casualty is conscious encourage them to sit still.

    Legs; the Femur is the largest bone in the body and once again can warrant enough blood loss if blood vessels are damaged to be fatal. So before moving onto the arms check the legs for deformities, open wounds, tenderness and swelling; not forgetting to look for ‘medic-alerts’ around the ankles.

    Arms; the final examination of the secondary survey should be the arms. Visual and physical examination should be completed. Competent pulse checkers may also take a pulse at this point but it isn’t necessary for the lay first aider. Unless you take regular pulses this exercise can be quite difficult and daunting; a pulse can be difficult to find. A person breathing and with good colour will have a pulse. A good test to see if the casualty has circulation problems in their arms is the ‘cuticle refill test’. Pressing the bed of the thumb nails – or just beneath if they are wearing nail polish – for five seconds, this pushes blood out and makes the nail pale in colour. When you release the nail a person with good perfusion will see it regain its natural pink colour and should refill within two seconds.

    Tip: If you do take a pulse the paramedic not only likes to know the pace of the heart beat but likes to know what it felt like. If you take your own pulse now you will know how a regular pulse feels and can use the phrase ‘regular pulse’ to describe a normal pulse. Other description are ‘fast and weak’ or ‘Slow and bounding’.

    Once the arms have been checked you have completed the ‘Secondary Survey’ and should be in a position to tell the emergency services the complete state of your casualty and injuries they may have. If help is at hand you can send them to the telephone to call for medical help but if there is no one you may have to do this yourself. Most people these days carry a mobile phone and will be able to make this call from the side of the patient but, in the worst case scenario and you don’t have one you will have leave your patient to make the call. If this situation arises and the casualty is unresponsive but breathing you will have to place them in the recovery position. Attending a first aid course will teach you how to do this.

    Until next time

    Tony Clough

    Tony Clough FIRST AID TRAINING Ltd

  • 22 Aug 2012 8:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

          CPDme Negotiate 10% 
                Discount off EXMED Courses*

    CPDme have negotiated a discount of some of EXMED's specialist courses. Our members can now benefit from 10% off*:

    (click the courses for more details - external links)

    Our Membership team are delighted to have created a fantastic opportunity for our members to benefit from the professionalism and expertise that EXMED have to offer. The Discount codes for the courses will feature in the Members Section of CPDme. If you have any questions about the courses, please contact:

    Jamie Todd  BSc (Hons) MCPara NAEMT PA 2298

    Education Manager

    Office:              +44 (0) 1432 355964 Ext: 207

    Mobile/Cell:       +44 (0) 7808 776876




    Twitter:            @ExmedGlobal

  • 21 Aug 2012 4:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Managing Multiple Staff ensuring they                   participate and document CPD

    Motivating and getting staff to document CPD can sometime seems like an endless and difficult task to manage. Staff usually prefer to collate evidence last minute sometimes not understanding the "continuing" or "continuous" element of professional development. The continuous process allows information to be evenly distributed across a period of time and allows for two things to happen:

    Easy Absorption - If information is learned too quickly it can easily be lost or forgot. Continuing Professional Development and Learning allows the consumer to choose elements that are both of interest and easily learned over a period of time.

    Reflection in Practice - This allows the news skill or knowledge to be applied to their practice benefitting the professional, the profession and the service user.

    The advantage of multiple membership management is that it allows two things:

    1) The member of staff can easily document and access their CPD, which allows for easy reviewing and discussion with colleagues and students. Updating is easy and can take as little as 10mins per month.

    2) As a Manager, you can access the staffs CPD diary and ensure that learning is taking place and also direct the member of staff during mentorship or reviews such as Knowledge and Skills Frameworks. This encourages the staff to identify their individual learning needs.

    For more information on how CPDme can help you manage your staff and simplifying documenting their CPD, CLICK HERE to be directed to our dedicated membership form. 


    Or alternatively WATCH OUR VIDEO DEMO which will give you a better indight to just how simple this solution can be for your business.

    If you have any questions, please fill out our contact form.

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