Pain Management – Learn Online From RCoA & HEE

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Last Update August 10, 2022
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Course Prerequisites

  • Please note that this course has the following prerequisites which must be completed before it can be accessed

About This Course

Pain Management – Learn Online & Get Certification by the Faculty of Pain Medicine, of the RCoA, the British Pain Society & HEE

e-Pain is designed to help healthcare professionals diagnose and safely manage pain. It is aimed at practitioners who are not pain specialists but who care for patients suffering from acute, chronic and cancer pain. The content is relevant globally.

High-quality pain management training 

This programme specifically enables you to:

  • improve your recognition of unrelieved acute and chronic pain amongst patients
  • provide appropriate assessment
  • manage pain effectively
  • ensure patient safety

Relevant to healthcare professionals globally

Using the programme, you can explore the physical, psychological and social dimensions of pain. The content is packed with interactive elements, including case studies, animations and self-assessment exercises, to embed learning and understanding.

e-Pain has been developed in the UK by the Faculty of Pain Medicine, of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the British Pain Society and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

This programme is a versatile resource and our learners include hospital doctors, medical students, nurses, paramedics, clinical psychologists and primary care practitioners.

e-Pain features more than 60 e-learning sessions. Each session takes around 30 minutes to complete.

The sessions are clustered into learning modules, supported by external resources and an e-library of relevant articles.

Please note: e-Pain covers substantial aspects of pain management. The course is still evolving and further modules will be added periodically.

Easy online access

You can access e-Pain via the Internet so you can study in the workplace, at home or on the move.

Learning Objectives

By Faculty of Pain Medicine, of the RCoA, the British Pain Society & HEE
For all healthcare professionals
60+ e-learning sessions
Online Certification Course


Introducing Pain Management

1. Epidemiology and the Burden of Pain 2. Definitions and Mechanisms of Pain 3. History, Examination and Assessment of Pain 4. Common Medications and Therapies for Pain 5. Acute Pain Management

Acute Pain

1. History, Organisation and Objectives of Acute Pain Teams 2. History, Examination and Simple Uni-dimensional Tools 3. Perioperative Management of Chronic Pain Patients, including those on Pre-existing Opioid Therapy 4. Preventative versus Pre-emptive Analgesia 5. Chronic Post-surgical Pain 6. Step III: Administration Techniques, Bolus, PRN (as needed), Infusion 7. Step III: Administration Techniques, Intravenous Patient-Controlled Analgesia 8. Step III: Administration Techniques – Oral, Intramuscular, Subcutaneous, Rectal, Sublingual and Inhaled

Pain as a Long-Term Condition

1. Chronic Pain Management 2. Predictors for Chronic Pain 3. Biopsychosocial Model in Pain Management

Treatment and Therapies

1. Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs 2. Paracetamol 3. Opioids – Basic Principles 4. Commonly Used Opioids 5. Local Anaesthetics 6. Multimodal Analgesia 7. Assessing Treatment Effectiveness 8. Antidepressants and Anticonvulsants 9. Multidisciplinary Management of Chronic Pain 10. Psychological Assessment and Approach to Treatment 11. Interventional Procedures for Pain Relief 12. TENS, Acupuncture and Alternative Treatments

Pain Conditions Around the Body

1. Primary Headache 2. Secondary Headache 3. Facial pain - principles and management 4. Pelvic Pain - Male and Female 5. Visceral Pain 6. Central and Widespread Pain 7. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Musculoskeletal Pain

1. The Assessment and Management of Osteoarthritis 2. Stratified Care of Low Back Pain 3. Supporting People to Stay at Work or Return to Work 4. Pain Management in Inflammatory Arthritis 5. The Assessment and Management of Vertebral Fractures in Osteoporosis 6. Low Back Pain in Sciatica

Neuropathic Pain

1. Diagnosis and Evaluation of Neuropathic Pain 2. Common Chronic Pain Conditions 1 Postherpetic Neuralgia, Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Pain in Children

1. Pain in Children is Different 2. Assessment of Children's Pain 3. Acute Pain in Children 4. Chronic Pain in Children 5. Musculoskeletal Pain in Children

Pain in Older People

1. Assessment of Pain in Older Adults 2. Common Pain Conditions in Older People 3. Medications and Older Adults 4. Non-pharmacological Approaches to the Management of Chronic Pain in Older People

Special Populations

1. Pain and Analgesia in Pregnancy 2. Sickle Cell Pain 3. Drug Addiction, Dependency and Pain – Introduction 4. Drug Addiction, Dependency and Pain – Management 5. Assessment of Pain in Older Adults 6. Common Pain Conditions in Older People

Cancer Pain

1. Causes and Aetiology of Pain in Cancer 2. Pharmacological Cancer Pain Management 3. Non-Pharmacological Cancer Pain Management 4. Pain in Cancer Survivors

Basic Science

1. Anatomy of the Ascending Pain Pathway 2. Innervation of the Trunk 3. Physiology of Pain Transmission 4. Modulation and Plasticity in the Nociceptive System 5. Pain and the Peripheral Nervous System 6. Pain and the Central Nervous System 7. Nociceptive Pain 8. Visceral Pain 9. Neuropathic Pain 10. Psychology Aspects of Acute Pain 11. Imaging and Pain

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