NEW Medicine Safety app from CPPE

Our thanks to Ciaran Friel of Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust for this news.

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPmedsafetyE) has launched the Medicines Safety app. This is free and funded by Health Education North West. It offers short quizzes for any healthcare professional to test their knowledge on high-risk areas for medicines safety incidents. The topics so far include: Insulin, Allergies, Opioids, Anticoagulation and Medicines safety.

It stimulates further learning so it can be used to generate ideas for CPD portfolios and to improve practice. You can also use it in group learning situations as a starting point for discussion on key safety issues.

Download the app free of charge from the App Store for iPhone/iPad users and from Google Play Store for Android devices.  More topics will be released soon. 

You can also keep up to date with developments at CPPE and get in touch via the following media: or via Twitter at

FREE medical exam resources

Thanks to Ian Wilkes (Warner Library) and Susan Smith of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust for this list of free exam resources.

Postgraduate Examination Resources: Warner Library subscribed / free

Medical Masterclass

  • Exams covered: MRCP Part 1 and 2
  • Online practice examinations and question bank – ask Warner Library staff for login details.


MRCPass       mrcp

  • Exam covered: MRCP Part 1
  • 100+ free MCQs
  • Free MRCPASS notes


  • Exams covered: MRCP
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  • Exams covered: MRCP, MRCGP, DipGerMed, PLAB
  • Free registration for 2 days access to 1800+ 5-part questions


  • Exam covered: MRCP
  • Free registration for best of 5 multiple choice format

Exam Doctor       

  • Exams covered: MRCP, MRCPCH, FRCR, MRCS Part 2/Part A:2, MRCOG, DRCOG, MRCGP, MRCPsych, FRCA, MCEM Part A, PLAB Part 1, FRCPath Haem Part 1: Paper 2
  • Free 7 day trial available


Exam Consult

  • Exams covered: Medical Finals, MRCP Part 2
  • 50 free questions for Basic Science, medical finals, MRCP Part 2


Further information from Warner Library ext 4708

New CPD offer from Radcliffe Health

Radcliffe Health and Continuing Professional Development are making a number of their books available FREE online to achieve CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points through directed reading. The only stipulation is that you register with them and complete an online form to document your learning by adding notes. Upon submission of the form they will send you a copy via email and provide a CPD certificate for you to print out and add to your professional record. The form contains 8 questions and is best done whilst the knowledge you have gained is still fresh.

Examples of CPD questions are:

  • What is the most important action you need to undertake as a result of your learning activity?
  • How will your learning influence (or change) your current way of working/thinking?
  • How has this learning enhanced your understanding and way of working?

Sample titles include:

radcliffe titles

Lucas, A; Continuing professional development, friend or foe?


Published in British Journal of Midwifery, Vol. 20, Iss. 8, 02 Aug 2012, pp 576 – 581

This article demonstrates processes used by managers to identify learning needs including the attainment of competencies, self assessment and appraisal. 

Adamson et al (1998) suggests that a career is not just about what one does for a living, but about what one has done in the past, does now and might do in the future. Sennett (1998) concurs, relating a career to a ladder to be climbed to reach a desire for status and fulfilment. It is also believed that the learning process should be prominent in career planning (Mumford, 1990)—indeed acquiring new skills has enabled me to develop into my current role as a ‘functional‘ manager (Charan et al, 2001).learning methods are reviewed as the author reflects on the importance of continuous professional development within her organisation.

My career pathway has changed from being purely clinical as a Labour Ward lead, to containing increased elements of management especially after my promotion to Deputy Head of Midwifery. The change in direction was the result of choices which involved self-awareness and self-efficacy, and were consistent with where I saw my role in the future.  …… Full article requires Athens account 

Amanda Lucas
Deputy Head of Midwifery and Women’s Services/Supervisor of Midwives,
Macclesfield Hospital,
East Cheshire NHS Trust

Guidance from GMC and RCN

General Medical Council (GMC)

Continuing professional development: guidance for all doctors
This guidance was published to help doctors across the UK keep their knowledge and skills up to date throughout their working life. It is aimed at helping doctors as they reflect on their practice, prepare for their annual appraisal, and ultimately for their revalidation. It was developed in co-operation with doctors, medical Royal Colleges, employers, patients and the public, following widespread public consultation earlier this year and emphasises that doctors must take account of the needs of their patients and their healthcare teams when considering the learning they may need to undertake.

Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

Advice for RCN members during British Medical Association (BMA) industrial action
This guidance is for nursing staff who may be affected when members of the BMA take industrial action on Thursday 21st June. The RCN is not involved in the dispute and members will be working as normal on that day.

TRIP database video topics: Cardiology

For your information: within the TRIP databases there are a number of   which may prove useful for CPD.