Pain management


Pain management

The focus of this module is the clinical application of current concepts of pain. Pain is considered a multi-dimensional experience and there is increasing amounts of quality literature to support the efficacy of adopting a biopsychosocial approach to pain management. This approach requires an in-depth understanding of the neurophysiology of pain and also the adoption of cognitive-behavioural principles, the foundation of which is sound communication.

This module provides a high level of knowledge and skills that will enable you to effectively assist patients in managing complex pain experiences.

The module aims to enable students to develop an evidence-based approach that equips them in assisting individuals with painful conditions to optimise participation in life situations.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Evaluate the skills required for interpreting and managing complex human experiences of pain.
  2. Critically analyse the literature relating to pain physiology and pain as a multidimensional experience.
  3. Critically discuss the management of pain within contemporary healthcare systems.
  4. Critically discuss the challenges to effective pain management.
  5. Critically reflect upon learning experiences and how they influence the student’s own social/clinical/educational practice.

Who is the module for? Suitable for all practitioners working in health and social care including nurses, doctors, occupational therapist, physiotherapists, social workers and speech and language therapists.

Module code: ER712X

Entry criteria:
Applicants should normally have, or be expected to achieve, a first degree in a relevant professional area (or an equivalent overseas qualification). Recent Level 6 or 7 study will also be considered.

Non-standard applicants

  • Qualified health and social care practitioners (without first degrees) that can demonstrate evidence of either a contribution to the development of practice, or appropriate other study, are also encouraged to apply. Alternative qualifications may be considered and applicants holding these qualifications are encouraged to submit an application form. Candidates may be required to submit supplementary details (e.g. transcripts) and asked to complete a short qualifying essay.
  • If you are an international student, you will also need an English Language qualification such as IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in each section) or other equivalent recognised language qualification.

Number of credits and level of study: 15 credits at level 7

Assessment: 2500 word written assignment

Location: St George’s, University of London

Pattern of Delivery: 6 days

Module dates:*

Thursdays AM

  • 19, 26 April, 3, 10, 24, 31 May 2018

*Dates may change

Fee: £800

Programme: This module is part of Applied Exercise for Health PgCert/PgDip/MSc and Rehabilitation PgDip/MSc