Postgraduate Diploma Pain Management

Having a specialist knowledge in Pain Management is an increasingly important asset and extra responsibility of medical personnel. The online Diploma in Pain Management has a unique focus on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to pain management and service provision.

On completion of the Pain Management Diploma, you will be able to demonstrate a systematic understanding of the care of patients in Pain Management; critically evaluate current research in inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary Pain Management and demonstrate a critical understanding of self-care promotion for acute and chronic pain and deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients with pain conditions

Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Years March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Years September On Line 8

Module 1 - Mechanisms of pain

The aim of this module is todevelop an advanced understanding and knowledge of the underpinning causes and associated experiences of pain. It will cover:

  • History and epidemiology. Biopsychosocial model with gender consideration
  • Chronic versus acute pain e.g.distinctions
  • Pain science e.g. physiology of pain systems and syndromes; taxonomy of pain systems
  • Current evidence/research
  • Severe pain syndromes
  • Patient considerations (spiritual/social/ethical/occupational)
  • Global impact on a person in pain (spiritual/social/ethical/occupational)

On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate an application of the biopsychosocial model to the varied presentations of pain; apply knowledge of complex pain mechanisms to the differentiation between, and impact of, acute and chronic pain.

Module 2 - Types of pain

This module will enhance the knowledge and understanding of different types of pain with an emphasis on clinical importance. You will study:

  • ISP taxonomy of different types of pain
  • Importance of early recognition and prevention of chronicity
  • Clinically important aspects of acute and chronic pain; difference between nociceptive and neuropathic pain.
  • Understanding of pain changes in the light of new evidence

On completion of this module the student should be able to citically discriminate between different types of pain and demonstrate knowledge of the complex clinical considerations that need to be taken into account in different types of pain.

Module 3 – Principles of pain assessment and management

You will develop a critical knowledge of the clinical principles and practice of pain assessment and management. You will study assessment; measurement; diagnosis and prognosis; treatment modalities - Primary Care (British Society Guidance 26/8); alternative treatment modalities; clinical management (British Society Guidance 28/30) and roles, responsibilites and management

On completion, students should be able to citically analyse the assessment and treatment of patients with different pain presentations and critically appraise treatment modalities in different clinical scenarios.

Module 4 - Multi-disciplinary approaches to pain management

The aim of the module is to develop an understanding of different treatment approaches to pain within the context of overall approach to pain management.

You will study:

  • Physiology/Pharmacology /Medication; Psychology/Cognitive Behaviour
  • Manual therapies
  • Patient Education/Self-Management/ Preventative Education
  • Functional Rehabilitation
  • Surgery and Post Surgery Care
  • Deployment of different modalities for maximum effect

On completion of this module you should be able to critically analyse current evidence related to multi-disciplinary approach of treating different types of pain and critically evaluate the risk and benefits of different approaches to pain management.

Module 5 - Pain in specified populations

Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of pain across the life-span and experience. You will cover:

  • Older People
  • Infants and children
  • Disabilities including those with limited communication skills
  • Pregnancy
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Pain in individuals with substance abuse
  • Looking at how pain will present itself in all groups
  • Considering similarities and differences
  • Physical and psychological disorders
  • How pain changes
  • How to communicate in pain and cognitive impairment
  • Working with vulnerable populations (mental health issues, homelessness, learning disabilities, delirium, dementia)
  • Social aspects of pain (stigma, social isolation, labelling stigma, labelling isolations)
  • Enhancing communication with different social groups

On completion, students should be able to demonstrate ability to manage pain in a variety of complex situations and /or populations, and demonstrate an ability to communicate with populations who have complex/specific or changing needs.

Module 6 - Interdisciplinary service provision

This module will draw on the knowledge and understanding of previous modules to critically evaluate the development of inter-disciplinary pain services.

We will explore the evidence supporting inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary of pain; organisational services and the consequences and influence rising from organisations; the management team in a clinical setting; the role of evaluating organisations, clinical settings (the way care is organised); the realistic expectations of the practitioner and carer; emerging ideas of services and emerging updated guidelines and impact of services.

On completion of this module the student should be able to critically analyse the benefits of inter and multi-disciplinary pain management in a clinical setting and the consequences within healthcare schemes and expertise in organising approaches to pain management.

 

Teaching

The Pain Management course is delivered online and each module has the same format. Using an online platform and one tutor per 10-15 students, the self-directed distance learning is guided by tutor stimulated discussion based on clinically rich case scenarios. Group projects are undertaken alongside independent projects. Reflective practice is recorded in a reflective portfolio to help students consider how the learning can be translated into everyday work and practice.

Teaching starts with one day of introductory lectures. The lectures series give an opportunity to meet face to face with tutors/other students prior to the online course. The lecture series are delivered by the faculty and tutors, they are a pre-course organiser, giving students the tools required to undertake the online course such as scientific writing; levels of evidence; Harvard referencing and reflective writing.

Students are not required to attend the lectures however do benefit as they get a "jump start" to the course. Students who are not able to attend, should request a skype/telephone call to orientate them onto the course and are advised to review the lecture slides. In relation to study time, typically, we suggest aiming to login on to the course website daily. (Then when you miss a day it is less of an issue). High achieving students will typically spend one to two hours each night after work and then set aside additional time at the weekend. You should expect to spend a minimum of 10-15 hours on the course each week of the module.

The fees for this course are available from the Diploma MSc website.

Assessment

The Pain Management course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process. Each of the six modules has the same assessment format.

Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis). Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

  • Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group
  • Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module
  • Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities

Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion (40%); individual learning portfolio (10%); group/individual activity (20%); case based examination (30%).

Facilities

As part of your online studies you will have access to the Learning Resources Centre materials at the University of South Wales. FINDit is the University’s portal which allows you to search for over 13,000 full-text journal articles, news articles, conference proceedings and approximately 160 databases via one search box- the majority of these materials are accessible online. Interactive study skills modules are available to study via Blackboard to enable you to utilise the library services fully.

Admission to the course is typically through the following qualifications:

• First degree or equivalent (including international qualifications).
• Relevant professional healthcare (e.g. doctor, nurse) qualifications.

Those without recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account.

The RPL process is in line with the University of South Wales’ Regulations and students seeking to access this mechanism will submit evidence to the Course Director at Learna Ltd. The portfolio will subsequently be examined in liaison with the Course Link at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education.

Entry requirements for the Independent Prescribing module are different from the other modules. They are specifically defined by the IP module validation document and include:
• 3 years post registration experience
• 1 year in field of practice
• Support of Line manager
• Requirement of current role for IP status
• Availability of mentor
• UK Resident

Please see NMC/GPhC websites for further details.

Students who wish to apply to do the IP Module will be advised that they must adhere to entry requirements for the module and will be directed to the relevant department in the first instance.

RPL into the one-year top up MSc course will be considered on an individual basis dependent on students demonstrating that they have met the learning outcomes of the USW PG Diploma.

International Entry Requirements

In the case of EU and international applications we usually ask for written evidence of your capabilities including up-to-date IELTS scores, level 6.5, with a minimum 5.5 in each band.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

For students not at this level, a range of intensive English courses recognised by UKBA are available at USW. These must be completed prior to entry on the Award.

More Information on our intensive English courses is available at our Centre for International English web pages.

This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University if you are applying for a part-time, professional or postgraduate course, an Erasmus/Exchange programme, the Legal Practice (part-time) course, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution.    

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