Pain Assessment, Physiology and Pharmacology - 20 credits - Module

  • Course Code: LBR6572, LBR7523
  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: January 2020
  • Study mode: Short Course (6 weeks)
  • Location: City South

If you are a registered practitioner with a passion for pain management then this module will provide you with an excellent grounding in the importance of assessment plus the physiological and pharmacological aspects of pain. Improving your understanding will help your practice further and make a difference to those in your care.

BCU is one of only a handful of universities to provide a dedicated pathway addressing pain management.

What's covered in the course?

Pain does not discriminate and therefore all ages and all walks of life are effected. For pain to be adequately addressed health practitioners need to have appropriate knowledge and understanding relating to pain and its management and this module can help.

When you have successfully passed this module you will have an improved understanding of pain assessment and physiology. It will also enhance your level of evidence based pharmacological practice within the specialised area of pain management and it will enable you to apply theory into practice in the treatment of patients in pain to ensure a safe and effective delivery of care.

You will experience taught sessions, group discussions, online resources and specialised guest lecturers from clinical practice. You will also have the guidance of the pathway leader who has over 20 years of pain management experience. 

You will be based at city South campus and benefit from new and improved facilities including open learning spaces and a large clinically focused library. 

Why Choose Us?

  • Only one of a handful of universities providing dedicated pain management modules. 
  • Explicitly linked to clinical  practice
  • Open to multi-professionals allowing networking opportunities.
  • Module has been mapped to relevant International Association for the Study of Pain core curricula.
  • Module can help facilitate learning related to the RCN (2015) Pain Knowledge and Skills Framework for the Nursing Team 

Credits

This course is worth...

20 credits

This course is open to International students

  • UK/EU students
  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £680 per 20-credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Jan 2020

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 6 weeks
  • £680 per 20-credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for any qualified health professional e.g. nurse, physiotherapist, operating department practitioner, paramedic, psychologist. 

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

This module is aimed at all health care practitioners who want to make a difference to those in your care. It is relevant to all professionals who may care for people with pain. It is ideal if you have already studied at level 6 or have expertise in pain management.

Pain does not discriminate and therefore all ages and all walks of life are effected. For pain to be adequately addressed health practitioners need to have appropriate knowledge and understanding relating to pain and its management.

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to explore the assessment of pain, the physiology associated with pain plus analgesic and adjuvant pharmacological agents and how they can be clinically applied. Some specific diseases and conditions will be studied together with how the pain from these conditions can be addressed.

When you have successfully passed this module you will have an improved understanding of pain assessment and physiology. It will also enhance your level of evidence based pharmacological practice within the specialised area of pain management and it will enable you to apply theory into practice in the treatment of patients in pain to ensure a safe and effective delivery of care.

This module aligns with the Professional Practice Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A variety of learning methods will be utilised in this module including face to face teaching, group work, directed tasks, seminars and tutorials. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed-forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

This module is aimed at all health care practitioners who want to make a difference to those in your care. It is relevant to all professionals who may care for people with pain. It is ideal as an introduction to pain management.

Pain does not discriminate and therefore all ages and all walks of life are effected. For pain to be adequately addressed health practitioners need to have appropriate knowledge and understanding relating to pain and its management.

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to explore the assessment of pain, the physiology associated with pain plus analgesic and adjuvant pharmacological agents and how they can be clinically applied. Some specific diseases and conditions will be studied together with how the pain from these conditions can be addressed.

When you have successfully passed this module you will have an improved understanding of pain assessment and physiology. It will also enhance your level of evidence based pharmacological practice within the specialised area of pain management and it will enable you to apply theory into practice in the treatment of patients in pain to ensure a safe and effective delivery of care.

This module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. A variety of learning methods will be utilised in this module including face to face teaching, group work, directed tasks, seminars and tutorials. A blended learning approach is taken (incorporating both classroom and online activities via Moodle) in line with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and share practice experiences with your fellow students, as well as engaging in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feed-forward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module team.

Course structure

A variety of teaching and learning methods are used throughout the module. Both online and face to face resources are used to enhance your learning experience.

You will be expected to interact within the module which may include participating in classroom discussions and seminars, along with on-line activities and self-study. Attendance at taught sessions is expected to help ensure a fully rounded learning experience. 

This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to explore the assessment of pain, the physiology associated with pain plus analgesic and adjuvant pharmacological agents and how they can be clinically applied. Some specific diseases and conditions will be studied together with how the pain from these conditions can be addressed.  

Assessment

  • Oral presentation 

Course dates

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Meriel Swann

Senior Lecturer – Practice Development and Support (Adult Nursing)

Meriel’s first few staff nurse roles following qualification were in Ear Nose and Throat (ENT), Maxillofacial and plastic surgery and general surgery. She changed areas to breast and gynaecological surgical oncology and went on from there into Pain Management which has become her speciality.

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