First do no harm; Baroness Cumberledge Report 2020 Valproate

Sodium Valproate
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Students will continue their learning of the 'First do no harm' report, that was produced by Baroness Cumberledge and her review team
This continuation covers Chapter 4, Sodium Valproate.


  • Students only require a computer with speakers, internet and time



Welcome back to first do no harm, we continue into 'The report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review' which reviewed two medicines and a medical device; medical mesh, sodium valproate and primodos.  These three medical treatments were investigated by Baroness Cumberledge and her team across a two year period.  They heard the experiences of women harmed and of babies damaged by medical devices and medicines.

This independent review came about due to campaigns by women who suffered injury and harm from medical mesh, women whose babies suffered harms as a result of medicines side effects.  The review unearthed many issues named 'themes' and with each theme various recommendations were provided; to date the current health minister, Matthew Hancock, has had various actions taken however he has rejected the recommendation of redress. 

As we go into this next session of learning, simply through a verbatim reading, we look at further themes, and recommendations and interwoven are the voices of the victims of medical harms.  Note that the Baroness emphasised this report was not a blame game, but a matter of learning, making changes and addressing the suffering of those involved.

As we move through this learning consider what we each take away and onboard into personal professional practice in the care of patients whom we are responsible for.  Let us be moved to 'Do no harm...'

This course is a continuation and provided as is so as to be 'fee free', vital information for all people - internationally.  This course is provided in short recorded segments, a verbatim reading so you can click play and listen along, or if your first language is not English will support you reading the report as you listen, and for those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia. 

I hope this course is enjoyable to you, and that you find the information as invaluable as I have... let's dive in.  In this course we continue our journey of reading the Independent medicines and medical devices review report, the report that was published by Baroness Cumberledge in July 2020 and Chapter 4 Sodium Valproate.

Who this course is for:

  • Students who are interested in health and social care, students who are employed in health and social care, those who have caring duties for a loved family member will benefit from the valuable information in this course.

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Deborah Casey
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Deborah is a holistic therapist, course creator and instructor and retired health mental health nurse with experience of working in many care settings.  She has experienced the in-house training in the UK; an often rushed and hurried process with little time to digest the information and often no supporting manuals or materials to take home and read at leisure and support the learning experience. 

The courses she plans to create, along with those already available, are a good will gesture to all health care workers out in the wider world to help fill the gaps in their training.  Students have life time access to their chosen courses and with free updates will never need to keep repaying the cost of yearly training fees.  And of course you may be eligible for tax refund on your training fees so worthwhile checking that out too and making it all the more worthwhile taking these courses that support your employment.