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"e-PAIN" from e-Learning for Healthcare is the place to start for anyone working in the NHS who wishes to better understand and manage pain. e-PAIN is a multidisciplinary programme based on the global organisation, the International Association for the Study of Pain's  recommended multidisciplinary curriculum for healthcare professionals learning about pain management. Registration to the programme is free to all NHS staff members.

Pain touches everyone. It is a universal human experience and one of the most common reasons to seek medical advice. Pain is more than just suffering, it can impact on individuals and affect their day-to-day physical activity,  emotional wellbeing and sometimes that of their family. Pain can affect any individual's ability to work and as a consequence impact on both their community and society as a whole. Pain touches not only individuals - healthcare professionals in many areas understand the impact of poorly managed pain in their everyday work. 

e-PAIN uniquely distills the knowledge of a range of professionals into 11 Modules made up of interactive sessions to meet the needs of a multidisciplinary audience. The modules cover knowledge ranging from how to managing acute pain well, through to learning in depth about common pain conditions and moves on to cover how to manage pain in specialist areas, like pain in cancer or pain in childhood. e-PAIN  is current, up to date and presented in an interactive way to make both basic and specialist knowledge accessible.

Any e-PAIN module can be completed stand alone and a downloadable certificate is available upon completion of each module. Most sessions take on average 30 minutes to complete and each module has on average 5 sessions. Click here for more info.

e-PAIN is a collaboration between the The Faculty of Pain Medicine, the British Pain Society and e-Learning for Healthcare. It is provided by Health Education England.

The following modules are available on e-PAIN:

  • Module 01: Introducing Pain Management
  • Module 02: Acute Pain
  • Module 03: Pain as a Long Term Condition
  • Module 04: Treatments and Therapies
  • Module 05: Pain Conditions Around the Body
  • Module 06: Musculoskeletal
  • Module 07: Neuropathic Pain
  • Module 08: Pain in Children
  • Module 09: Pain in Older People
  • Module 10: Special Populations
  • Module 11: Cancer Pain
  • Module 12: Basic Science


Click here for a full list of modules and sessions that are available on e-PAIN. 

There are two sample sessions available to try that can be completed without the need to logon to e-Learning for Healthcare:

Assessing Treatment Effectiveness
Pain in Children is Different

BJA Education (formerly CEACCP) is a joint venture between the British Journal of Anaesthesia and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Together, they have produced many articles related to Pain which can now be found in the e-PAIN eLibrary module. 

Click here for a full list of e-Library articles that are available on e-PAIN.


If you have already registered with e-Learning for Healthcare, please add e-PAIN to your programmes. This can be done by ticking e-PAIN in the 'My Programmes' section (please note, it can take 24 hours for the programme to become available to you).


e-Learning Anaesthesia (e-LA)

For information on the e-LA e-learning programme click here to go to the Royal College of Anaesthetists website.