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There's an HCPC audit coming...

First of all, Happy New Year!
Now that the festive period is over, it is time for the paramedics among you to start dusting off your portfolios and getting them ready for the Health and Care Professions Council bi-annual audit. The letters will go out in June 2013 and you will have until the 31st August to submit a profile, if you are asked for one.

Now is the time to start, particularly if you have been a little ... relaxed ... about keeping up with recording your CPD! I am keen to do my bit and so need some advice about what you like about the site and what needs improving. I have had some feedback about the exporting of entries and so will look at that in the next few months.

What changes would you like to see on the site? Please be specific. You can contact me using the Contact Form

I will be sending a copy of my CPD profile to the HCPC, to ensure that the PDF form generated by the site is still up to scratch, as I have done on two previous occasions. Of course, the actual content within the CPD profile is down to you.

On a completely separate note, I am also after a favour from the registered paramedics out there. In addition to managing the site, I am also undertaking an MSc in clinical research and it's dissertation time! For my research topic, I want to see what effect the computer interpretation messages have on paramedic's diagnosis of STEMI. I have created a website which hosts a quiz. This will show you 12 ECGs and all you have to do is decided whether each one shows a STEMI or not. After 2 weeks off, you will see the same 12 ECGs again, but with a twist. If the interpretation message was visible the first time you saw it, it will be hidden the second, and vice versa. You can find out more by visiting the RESPECT study website. I will contact paramedics by email once the study is ready to go inviting you to take part, but it is entirely voluntary and anonymous, and your use of this site will be unaffected whether you decide to take part or not.

All the best for 2013!

Standby CPD: Sepsis - suits you SIRS!

You have a confused, septic patient and a big-nosed colleague to contend with. The question is, can you recognise SIRS when it presents in your patient?

This issue explores the pathophysiology, recognition and management of the septic patient. Sepsis is the third biggest killer of your patients and yet it still seems a relatively unknown phenomenon. Let's change that, Standby CPD style.

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Event Date: 21st November 2012

Emergency Services Show 2012

I'm going to be attending the Emergency Services Show on the 21st and 22nd of November at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. It's always good fun and the College of Paramedics are going to be hosting some CPD Workshops, which are free although you need to book on arrival at the show.

You will be able to find me chatting about Standby CPD on the Class Professional stand, which is located in Hall 2, Stand 167 (just opposite the VW Group stand). A floor plan can be downloaded from here.

Standby CPD iPhone app updated

Standby CPD is a monthly CPD booklet for ambulance staff, ideal for passing the time on standby. Written by a working paramedic and peer reviewed, it is certificated and evidence-based.

The app has been updated and includes support for the iPhone 5. No dedicated version for the iPad yet (I know, I know), but that is the next thing on my to do list.

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Download the app from the AppStore

Standby CPD: The Glasgow coma scale - plain sailing?

A capsized dinghy and a swinging boom leads to a head injury for your next patient. Luckily, her husband has fished her out of the water!

This issue examines one of the key assessment tools for determining a patient's level of consciousness - the Glasgow coma scale. After reading this, you'll be able to confidently state a GCS, rather than, "somewhere between 3 and 15!"

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