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Online course set to improve pain treatment

December sees the launch of a new e-PAIN programme designed to improve early diagnosis and management of pain. The multi-disciplinary programme is aimed at all NHS healthcare professionals who do not specialise in pain medicine, but regularly encounter patients suffering from acute or chronic pain. Dr Douglas Justins, Clinical Lead for e-PAIN, says: ‘This exciting and important project will help improve the recognition, assessment and safe treatment of unrelieved pain resulting in the significant improvement of patient care.’

e-PAIN consists of engaging and highly interactive learning sessions and assessments that cover how to:

  • recognise unrelieved acute and chronic pain
  • assess pain
  • manage pain
  • recognise and manage patient safety issues in relation to pain relieving techniques.

Also included within the programme are training modules on: basic pain management, basic pain science, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment, acute pain, neuropathic/nerve pain and cancer pain. All training is recorded in the learning management system and can be used as evidence of continuing professional development.

E-pain was developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine, in partnership with the British Pain Society and e-Learning for Healthcare, and the official launch will be held on Tuesday 3rd December at the Royal College of Anaesthetists.  This launch will include demonstrations of the programme’s benefits to patients and health professionals, plus an opportunity for hands-on experience.

For more information please see the e-PAIN website.

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