Latest learning modules from BMJ Learning





BMJ Learning set this scenario:

You see a 40 year old woman with a two day history of left knee pain. She is unable to stand on the left leg due to this. Her knee is warm, swollen, and tender on examination. What is the most likely diagnosis? And what would you do? If you would like to learn more about this topic, then click on the link to complete this module today.

Knee pain in rheumatology

Additional emergency medicine for you to complete. They give an important update on a range of common dilemmas. 

Chest pain of recent origin – assessment and diagnosis: in association with NICE

Early management of adults with an uncomplicated first generalised seizure 

Epilepsy – in association with NICE

Prevention of Falls Network (ProFouND)

The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) is a new EC funded initiative dedicated to bring about the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe.

ProFouND comprises 21 partners from 12 countries, associate members from a further 10 countries. ProFouND aims to influence policy to increase awareness of falls and innovative prevention programmes amongst health and social care authorities, the commercial sector, NGOs and the general public so as to facilitate communities of interest and disseminate the work of the network to target groups across EU.

More specifically ProFouND’s objective is to embed evidence based fall prevention programmes for elderly people at risk of falls by using novel ICT and effective training programmes in at least 10 countries/15 regions by 2015 so as to facilitate widespread implementation. ProFouND will achieve this in three main ways.

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BMJ Learning Modules: May

Simply register to complete the following modules for free


Sexual health: postnatal and emergency contraception in women 

There are popular modules in cardiology available too.

Chronic heart failure: a guide to management – in association with NICE

Chest pain – assessment and diagnosis: in association with NICE

Antimicrobial prophylaxis against infective endocarditis – in association with NICE

Peripheral arterial disease: an update on management

Prescribing antihypertensives: what the patient is thinking

News from NHS Networks

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has released a multimedia package of social media guidance for pharmacists.
Doctors and nurses are to get better information about patients so people get safer care thanks to a new £260 million NHS technology fund, announced by NHS England today.
Department of Health request to NHS England on long-term conditions.
This guide aims to enable people who want to die at home to do so while improving the quality of care they receive.

Moving care in the community

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Moving care to the community: an international perspective
Moving care out of hospitals and into the community has been a UK wide priority for over a decade; however despite the government’s commitment to invest in the community, there is a mismatch between reality and rhetoric. This report sets out the current policies and initiative in the above-mentioned countries to move care closer to home; outlines the impact of these reforms on the nursing workforce; and offers recommendations for key stakeholders in the UK.

Health Technology Assessment bulletin – May 2013

Effectiveness of biofeedback for managing stress incontinence in women

A new study funded by the HTA Programme will find out whether the use of biofeedback can help to improve the results of teaching pelvic floor exercises for women with stress or mixed urinary incontinence. [more…]

SMILE to help those with poorly controlled epilepsy

A new study funded by the HTA Programme will look at how effective a programme called Self-Management education for adults with poorly controlled epilepsy (SMILE) is in helping those with poorly controlled seizures to become ‘experts’ in dealing with their epilepsy. [more…]

Exercise ineffective against depression in care home residents finds HTA research published in The Lancet

Exercise is not effective in reducing rates of depression among elderly care home residents, according to the findings of an HTA Programme study. [more…]

Latest news articles from BMJ

bmj logoRescue boards are set up in England to deal with “significant deterioration” in A&E departments

  1. Italian government sets up a stem cell trial to assuage public demands
  2. Doctors call for countries to step up the fight against rheumatic heart disease
  3. High dose NSAIDs may double the risk of heart attacks and heart failure, says new study
  4. Indian generics manufacturer Ranbaxy agrees to pay $500m to settle US fraud and drug safety charges
  5. Governments must agree unified approach to use of e-cigarettes, report says
  6. Dutch doctors to receive more clarity over use of advance euthanasia directives for patients with dementia
  7. Spend less on drug enforcement and more on treating hepatitis C, say campaigners
  8. WHO agrees to set up body to act on non-communicable diseases
  9. Number, type, and availability of new drugs are on the increase in Europe
  10. WHA calls for five demonstration projects on health research relevant to the developing world
  11. Government to increase number of GPs and emergency medicine doctors
  12. Workplace wellness programs show little benefit, US report says
  13. Critical care patients have major health and financial problems 12 months after discharge, finds study
  14. WHO to probe claims that Dutch scientists restricted access to novel coronavirus

Arthroplasty: critical review.

Provisional PDF file published in Open Access Orthopaedics


[PDF] arthroplasty: A critical review. OA Orthopaedics 2013 Jun 01; 1 (1): 4.

SG Kini, SS Sathappan
Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) is an effective surgical treatment for unicompartmental arthritis. Although results can be optimized with careful patient selection and use of a sound implant design, the most important determinants of success of UKA is 

NICE guidance: newly published or updated. June 2013

The following topics are included in this month’s alerts from NICE

Cystic fibrosis (pseudomonas lung infection) – colistimethate sodium and tobramycin

Diabetic macular oedema – fluocinolone acetonide intravitreal implant

Disability, dementia and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to prevention

Endoscopic saphenous vein harvest for coronary artery bypass grafting

Gastric electrical stimulation for gastroparesis

Laparoscopic gastric plication for the treatment of severe obesity

Long-acting reversible contraception

MAGEC system for spinal lengthening in children with early onset scoliosis

Melanoma (BRAF V600 mutation positive, unresectable metastatic) – vemurafenib

Melanoma (stage III or IV) – ipilimumab


Percutaneous laser atherectomy as an adjunct to balloon angioplasty (with or without stenting) for peripheral arterial disease

Radiofrequency cold ablation for respiratory papillomatosis

Urothelial tract carcinoma (transitional cell, advanced, metastatic) – vinflunine