5 Resources All Health Professionals Should Know About
A lot of resources that are available for healthcare professionals (HCPs) are outdated, too commercial, and lack trust from the HCP community. But there are some hidden gems however, especially concerning the fields of modern health conditions, that we believe will be beneficial for those who utilise them.
Have you ever wanted somewhere other than Facebook to communicate with fellow health professionals?
Professr is UK based digital startup with a dedicated platform for health professionals to communicate and network with one another.
The platform is provided as a free resource to health professionals, with the intention of encouraging multidisciplinary communication and helping health professionals to support each other in an increasingly high pressure healthcare environment. This is particularly important for those who are newer to their field of practice (i.e. junior doctors), or those who work in remote or isolated conditions (i.e. outreach workers).
Professr’s forum-like features allow members to upvote and downvote answers to questions relating to healthcare, creating a repository of community-rated information. Having an opportunity to gain insights with professionals from multiple disciplines enriches the perspective of a health professional and can aid in providing better outcomes for patients.
2. CCH Toolkits
The College of Contemporary Health (CCH) is renowned as the leading global educator for obesity. They offer a range of course types including postgraduate courses and modules, short courses and on-demand courses. The short courses and on-demand courses both offer continuing professional development (CPD) credits which can be used to build professional standing, while the postgraduate options are ideal for healthcare professionals who are looking to further develop their skills and understanding in weight management and obesity care.
Besides a full range postgraduate and short courses, CCH has developed an ever growing range of toolkits. CCH toolkits are designed to be used as handouts for health professionals who can use them for themselves, or distribute to their patients.
These toolkits are easily available, open for the public, and completely free. Here you will find resources associated with health, weight management, nutrition, sleep, fatigue, mental health and many other contemporary health issues that you can refer to, and use, both personally and professionally.
The CCH Team are committed to building a comprehensive library of resources, and are constantly updating their website with new toolkits, so be sure to come back frequently or subscribe to CCH’s mailing list and have new toolkits delivered to your mailbox monthly.
You can sign up here: https://www.contemporaryhealth.co.uk/preferences
3. Conferences (Diabetes Professional Care)
Conferences are an excellent resource for health professionals that are often not utilised enough. They provide a great place to network, learn from industry leaders, and build relationships with those who share a passion for the same field of health you practise in.
Although conferences can sometimes be rather pricey to attend, some of the best ones, are in fact, free. An example of a great free-to-attend conference is Diabetes Professional Care (DPC). DPC is the is a unique, free-to-attend, CPD-accredited event for healthcare professionals (HCPs) involved in the prevention, treatment and management of diabetes, and its related conditions. Launched in 2015, DPC meets a real and increasing need for accessible education among HCPs by arming them with the skills and knowledge to provide better care for their patients.
DPC2017 attracted a record attendance of 3,235 visitors – and DPC2018 promises to be even bigger and better. So, if you’re a professional responsible for delivering diabetes care pathways at any level, it is the one event you can’t afford to miss.
This year’s DPC is on the 14th and 15th of November in London’s Kensington Olympia.
You can find more information here: https://www.diabetesprofessionalcare.com/
4. BMJ Best Practice
Healthtech is a constantly growing field and isn’t just limited to our two previously mentioned healthtech innovators such as great social platforms like Professr, and forward thinking online education institution, the College of Contemporary Health.
Instead, there has been an emergence of tools that help personal performance as a health professional and aid practice. One such tool is BMJ Best Practice.
BMJ Best Practice is ranked one of the best clinical decision support tools for health professionals worldwide. It takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information, whenever and wherever you need it. They provide a step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention that is updated daily using robust evidence based methodology and expert opinion. Their goal is to support you in implementing good practice.
You can find more information on BMJ Best Practice here: https://bestpractice.bmj.com/info/
5. Podcasts. (Dr Chatterjee’s Feel Better, Live More)
In the field of health, there are always new developments and information that health professionals are constantly being bombarded with, and in many cases, just don’t have the time to read, watch, or catch up with. Podcasts are an excellent way of keeping up-to-date with the latest information without having to invest a huge amount of time or focus doing so. Podcasts can be listened to passively while you’re commuting, doing the washing up, or whatever mundane task you may be performing.
Our podcast pick is Dr Chatterjee’s Feel Better, Live More. It covers a range of topical issues in health, usually with highly influential guests who are experts in the area being covered. Topics have ranged from childhood obesity with Jamie Oliver, to brain nourishing foods with neuroscientist, Dr Lisa Mosconi.
The podcast is usually released on a weekly basis so it can fit into your busy schedule, perhaps your Monday morning commute.
For more information please click here: drchatterjee.com/blog/category/podcast/