Challenges in Pain Management

Key information

Start date: To be confirmed

Attendance dates:

To be confirmed


Distance learning

Contact details:

  • Level
    7 (postgraduate)
  • Credits
  • Module code

Module aims

This module will enable you to evaluate pain assessment and management skills, and implement effective strategies to prevent,and manage patients’ pain in the context of local and national policies in relation to pain.


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of theories of pain.
  • Critically reflect on biological, psychosocial and cultural approaches to pain.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of pharmacokinetic principles in order to provide high quality and effective care.
  • Critically analyse and appraise barriers in pain management.
  • Demonstrate self direction in taking a pain history, evaluating the findings and suggest suitable evidence based pain assessment tools.
  • Critically reflect upon and analyse the ability to assess and manage complex pain from a multidimensional approach.

Course content

Indicative module content includes:

  • Physiology of pain
  • Multi-dimensional aspects of pain
  • Psychological and socio-cultural approaches
  • Pain prevention strategies
  • Pain assessment strategies
  • Complementary therapies
  • Pharmacokinetic principles
  • Opioid and non-opioid drugs
  • Complex pain syndromes, eg phantom limb pain, referred pain
  • Implement pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches
  • Barriers to pain management
  • Pain and cognitive changes/ disabilities.

Learning and teaching methods

Please note: due to the ongoing coronavirus situation we are working to deliver this module online. As a result of this aspects of our module delivery may change. Please check back for further updates.

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Usual learning and teaching methods include:

  • Group discussions and presentation
  • Case studies/narratives
  • Lectures and discussion
  • E-learning.


Reflection on pain management practice using a case study approach.

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    Course leader

    Entry requirements

    • Ability to study at level 7
    • Professional registration as a healthcare professional:
      • Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
      • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
    • Working in health and social care.

    This module is aimed at clinicians managing patient pain, this may be in an acute, primary, palliative, urgent or emergency setting.

    Fees and funding


    How to apply

    Please download and fill in an application form.

    It is important to ensure that you complete all sections and answer all questions, incomplete forms will cause a delay and may result in you missing out on an available place.

    Send your completed application back to us at the address or email included on the form.

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    If your sponsoring healthcare provider is funding you for this module, by submitting an application you agree to allow all information regarding your module (for example your exam results) to be shared with the sponsoring provider.

    Cancellation policy

    If you withdraw less than seven days before the module commences or do not attend on the first day (without informing the module administrator) the full cost of the module will be charged. Withdrawals after the module commences will also be charged.

    Module availability

    Places are confirmed approximately one month before the module start date. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 


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