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Pulse Learning is a website from Pulse that provides CPD content for GPs. Our CPD modules cover a wide range of clinical, practice business and commissioning topics. You can earn CPD credits for the modules you complete and your certificates and learning points will be automatically stored in your Pulse Learning CPD log. With Pulse Learning, you can identify your weak spots, fill your knowledge gaps -; and record all your learning in your CPD log.

The content on Pulse Learning is tailored to meet the learning needs of UK GPs. We aim to make all our modules concise, up-to-date and relevant to everyday general practice. You can use Pulse Learning as a tool to stay on top of all the latest developments in clinical practice, business and finance and GP commissioning. Our modules are useful evidence-based refreshers for general use -; or you may want to link your learning to the PDP goals that you have agreed with your appraiser. Every time you take a Pulse Learning module, you will earn CPD credits in preparation for your annual appraisal.

Yes, you will earn CPD credits for every module you complete and this will be recorded on a certificate that will appear automatically in your Pulse Learning CPD log. Each module has a suggested number of CPD hours. This is an estimate of the maximum time it will take to complete the module, explore the associated references and reflect on your learning as you go. But this suggested number of hours is just intended as a guide - once you have completed the module you will be asked how many CPD credits you wish to claim (based on the principle that one CPD credit = one hour's learning). This is the number of credits that will appear on your module certificate. You can also claim 'double CPD credits' (immediately or at a later date) by providing evidence that your learning has had an impact on your patients or your practice. You need to go to the relevant module listing in your CPD log to claim impact credits.

You'll need to register as a free member and log in to get access to:

·         a selection of up to 10 free modules -; the free modules will change every week and will always include modules based on clinical articles published in Pulse in the previous fortnight and so are bang up to date.

·         your personal Pulse Learning CPD log, which will automatically keep a record of all your completed CPD modules and certificates, complete with learning points and impact credits claimed. • our Knowledge test -; a fun and easy way to find out your weaker and stronger clinical knowledge areas (and how your knowledge rates against your peers') For all these benefits, join now to become a member of Pulse Learning.

No, if you have joined as a member of PulseToday you can activate your free Pulse Learning membership by simply logging in to Pulse Learning with your PulseToday log-in details, as they are part of the same family of Pulse websites.

Go to the sign in box on the right of the Pulse Learning home page and click 'Join now for free modules'. Or click here to join now.

You will need to complete a short online registration form, including an email address and password of your choice -; it will only take a few minutes.

Your privacy is important to us and we are committed to protecting it. We will not share your information with others or pass on your personal details without your prior consent. You will not receive unsolicited emails from us or from third parties unless you have agreed to this.

We collect personal information when you join Pulse Learning or opt to tell a friend about our service. This is to help us provide a better service. We may use aggregate anonymous details about our users to sell relevant advertising space. You can read our terms and conditions for more information.

Go to the sign in box on the Pulse Learning home page and click 'Forgotten password?' You will receive an email instructing you on how to reset your password.

You can add or change personal information, professional information (such as special interest areas) and your email newsletter subscriptions at any time.

When you are signed in to Pulse Learning, go to the welcome box on the home page and click 'Edit profile'. Or click here to go to your profile.

t any one time, there will be a selection of around 10 free modules available for all registered members of Pulse Learning. However, to get full access to all the modules (almost 400) - covering a huge range of clinical, commissioning and practice business topics -; you will need to subscribe to premium membership. This will mean you always have access to the module you need, whenever you want it. This can help you to meet your PDP objectives, build up your CPD credits for appraisal -; or just take a refresher on a rusty topic.

Premium members will also have exclusive access to our interactive Case-Based Learning modules [hyperlink to page listing all NB modules], in which you learn as you work through typical primary care patient scenarios, making management decisions as you go. These modules are full of take-home points and practical tips to update you on all the latest practice-changing guidelines, studies and other developments in all the big clinical areas -; and our pre- and post-module assessment test enables you to gauge how your knowledge has improved. Case-Based Learning modules also offer practical tips and ideas for claiming double bonus impact CPD credits. Because these modules involve more in-depth learning, they are also worth more CPD credits. You can try a free sample Case-Based Learning module on Polymyalgia rheumatica by clicking here.

Premium members will also get full access to more than 15 new modules every month, covering all the clinical, business and commissioning hot topics.

A year's full premium membership to Pulse Learning costs just £79 (plus VAT). Don't forget that this is a legitimate tax-deductible expense for GPs so the true cost to you is significantly less (especially if you are a higher-rate taxpayer).

To join as a premium member of Pulse Learning you can click on any of the 'membership' links on our site or click here.

This link will take you to a page where you can complete a secure payment transaction. If you have any specific questions on the subscription process please call + (44) 207 214 0621.

The modules on Pulse Learning are tailored to meet the learning needs of UK GPs. But anyone can become a member, and all the content is based on current, evidence-based clinical guidance, both UK and international and will be relevant to any clinician working in primary health care.

You can access free modules, our learning needs assessment test and your CPD log as soon as you have registered as a member of Pulse Learning. To access premium member-only content, click here to become a premium member.

You may find it helpful to take our knowledge test - begin by clicking here. This will help you to identify your stronger and weaker areas of clinical knowledge, and will suggest useful clinical modules to help you fill your knowledge gaps.

You may also want to think about taking the modules that are most relevant to the PDP objectives that you agreed with your appraiser at your most recent appraisal.

Alternatively you can see the latest clinical modules displayed on the home page, or you can search for a particular module by topic or keyword. Or you may want to look at the modules in a particular clinical area by clicking on the relevant topic in the Browse Topics list that appears on the homepage.

Yes. You can watch a 10 minute video on the basics of the site. From how to change your password and contact details, to where to find the latest modules and print of your cpd certificate. Watch the video here.

 

Some of the modules are interactive and involve you working through typical patient scenarios, making management decisions and building your knowledge as you go. In these modules, you will complete a set of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) before you start and again at the end. This will help you to gauge how your knowledge has improved.

Others involve reading articles that review all the latest evidence on the topic in question and then taking a CPD assessment that consists of answering MCQs. You will be given feedback on correct and incorrect answers together with a brief summary of the evidence base behind the correct answer. In many cases, the articles on which these modules are based have been published in Pulse magazine -; meaning that you can come to Pulse Learning to earn CPD credits for your weekly reading in Pulse.

Some modules include video links and pictures.

Whichever type of module format you choose, you will be asked to record your learning points after completing your post-module MCQs and these will be included in your module certificate. This is necessary to enable you to claim CPD credits in line with the RCGP guidance.

Each module has a suggested number of CPD hours -; the modules vary from a suggested 0.5 hours to a suggested 3 hours. This is an estimate of the maximum time it will take to complete the module, explore the associated references and reflect on your learning as you go. But this suggested number of hours is just intended as a guide - once you have completed the module you will be asked how many CPD credits you wish to claim (based on the principle that one CPD credit = one hour's learning). This is the number of credits that will appear on your module certificate.

You don't have to complete the whole module in one sitting. You can break off at any point mid-module and that module will be automatically saved in your CPD log. You can pick up again where you left off by pressing the Resume Module button alongside the module title in your Pulse Learning CPD log. Click here to go to your CPD log

The three latest modules are displayed on the Pulse Learning home page. You can also sort the modules by latest, most popular or highest rated in any of the CPD topic sections (see the left hand side of the homepage).

Each Pulse Learning module that you complete is automatically recorded in your CPD log. The CPD log listing includes the date that you completed the module, the number of CPD credits that you have claimed, the learning points you entered after completing the module and a PDF copy of your module certificate.

You can print your certificate at any time by returning to your CPD log and clicking on the PDF icon next to the relevant module.

Your certificate is automatically generated and stored in your CPD log. You can print the certificate off at any time, or save it to your computer by clicking on the PDF icon next to the relevant module listing in your CPD log.

You don't need to do anything, all modules that you take on Pulse Learning will automatically be saved in your CPD log -; whether you have completed them or not. You can return to your CPD log at any time to see an overview of your completed modules and any modules in progress, to print your certificates, claim impact credits and upload evidence of impact documents.

Your Pulse Learning CPD log automatically records all your learning activity on the site and allows you to link it to the specific learning objectives you have set for yourself or that you agreed with your appraiser at your last appraisal.

The 'My CPD activity' tab of your Pulse Learning CPD log automatically stores details of all your completed modules - together with date completed, learning points recorded, number of credits claimed and whether you have claimed double impact credits.

Your CPD log also automatically stores:

·         all your certificates for modules that you have completed (in PDF format, so that you can print them or save them to your own computer).

·         any modules that you have started but not completed.

·         any modules that you have added to your log without starting because you want to do them at a later date.

·         the results of any learning needs assessment tests that you have completed.

·         a tally of the total number of hours of CPD activity you have completed on Pulse Learning. You can also pick your own start and end dates (eg. the period since your last appraisal) and find out how many hours' CPD you have completed on the site during that specified period.

You can also use your CPD log to record details of any reading you have done on other websites that you want to include in your CPD record. Simply click on 'Add new' in the 'Education articles read on other sites' section of your log.

You can claim double impact credits for any piece of learning if you can show that it has had an impact on your patients or your practice. To record your claim of impact credits, click the 'Claim Impact Credits' button alongside the relevant module or article listing in your Pulse Learning log. You can upload documents (eg. patient case studies, clinical audit report, prescribing review) to your Pulse Learning log. The 'My learning needs/PDP goals' tab of your Pulse Learning log allows you to link learning that you have done to a particular learning objective or PDP goal. If you click on this tab you can input a new learning need -; this might be an objective that you have set yourself to improve your knowledge in a particular area or it could be one of the PDP goals that you agreed with your appraiser at your last appraisal. To assign a particular module that you have completed as being relevant to that learning need, click 'Assign to existing learning need' alongside that module in the 'My CPD activity' tab.

You can export all the information included in your CPD log into a spreadsheet, allowing you to easily save this for your records, or email it to your appraiser. To do this, go to the section headed 'Create spreadsheet of all information in my Pulse Learning log'. This appears right at the very bottom of your CPD log. You can specify the start and end dates for the CPD activity that you export.

One of the major reasons for launching Pulse Learning was to respond to Pulse reader requests for a way to store CPD certificates and print them out when needed. Our main website www.pulsetoday.co.uk didn't have that functionality. So unfortunately it has not been possible to transfer certificates and records of CPD activity completed before July 2011. But any new modules completed on Pulse Learning will be stored in your CPD log.

Once you have completed a module, you can claim double CPD credits if you can show that your learning has had an impact on your patients or your practice. You can do this straight after you have completed the module or at any time in the future (once the evidence of impact has built up). The RCGP guidelines on CPD credits highlight the importance of storing supporting information to back up your claim of impact credits.

To claim double impact credits, go to Pulse Learning CPD log and click 'Claim impact credits' alongside the relevant module -; your CPD certificate and CPD credits tally will be automatically updated to reflect your claim of impact credits.

You can then upload a document as supporting evidence for your impact credits claim (examples might include patient case studies, a prescribing review or a clinical audit report). To do this, click the 'Upload' button alongside the relevant module in your CPD log.

Yes, in your Pulse Learning CPD log there is an option to include links to education article read on PulseToday or any other site. You simply click on 'Add new' in the 'Education articles read on other sites' section and paste in the URL of the webpage, along with a short description of the article.

The knowledge test is a free tool that we have developed to help you identify your areas of stronger and weaker clinical knowledge, and to focus your learning appropriately.

It comprises 100 questions randomly selected from our database, covering the 20 big clinical specialty areas. It will take you around one hour to complete, and is worth 1 CPD credit. Once completed, you will be able to see how you scored on each of the 20 clinical topics. This information will also be recorded on your knowledge test certificate, which will appear automatically in your Pulse Learning CPD log.

Click here to begin the knowledge test.

Yes, don't worry, your place in the knowledge test will be automatically saved. When you want to resume your test just click back on the knowledge test tab in the yellow navigation bar at the top of Pulse Learning.

Every month, at least 15 brand new modules will be added to Pulse Learning.

All of our clinical modules are authored by UK clinicians with the needs of UK GPs in mind. Our authors may be primary care experts in the relevant field (eg. GPSIs or GP members of NICE guideline groups) or they may be hospital consultants. Each module lists the author and their credentials at the start.

All the modules on Pulse Learning have been peer reviewed by Pulse's GP advisers. Our aim is to ensure that we always provide you with modules that are practical, relevant, evidence-based and up-to-date.

Any module that is sponsored is clearly marked as such (with a 'Sponsored by' tag above its title) and the sponsor's name is stated. Sponsored modules are required to meet minimum standards of accuracy and relevance and are also peer reviewed by Pulse's GP advisers.

All other modules are commissioned by the Pulse editorial team from independent expert authors without any input or influence from any outside company or agency.

Pulse Learning CPD modules that are based on clinical articles published in Pulse will be free for an initial period after publication, giving you the opportunity to complete the CPD assessment and earn CPD credits during the free period. This period (usually two weeks) will be clearly stated at the end of the relevant article in Pulse.

 

Once the free period is over, the full module will be available only to premium members of Pulse Learning. However, the article on which it is based will still be available to view free. To view an article free once the module has become available only to premium members, just go to www.pulsetoday.co.uk and click on the 'Article only' link.