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e-PAIN: first two modules now online

Thousands of people are affected by acute or chronic pain every year in the UK. For some this is short term due to illness or injury, for others chronic pain is a way of life. The National Pain Audit highlighted the inconsistencies with which pain is managed across primary and secondary care and, despite recent advances in both areas, patients are often referred too late for these services to make any significant difference.
e-PAIN is a multi-disciplinary programme designed to improve the early diagnosis and management of pain. The 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. Staff will learn to:

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

The programme consists of engaging and highly interactive 30 minute e-learning sessions and assessments. All training is recorded in the learning management system and can be used as evidence of continuing professional development.
The programme includes training modules on: Basic Pain Management, Basic Science, Pharmacological and Nonpharmacological Treatment, Acute Pain, Neuropathic/Nerve Pain and Cancer Pain. The first two modules ‘Basic Pain Management’ and ‘Basic Science’ are now online, with the remaining modules being released over the next six months.

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.’

The e-PAIN programme has been developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine in partnership with the British Pain Society and e-Learning for Healthcare. The official launch will be held on Tuesday 3rd December at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. The launch event will demonstrate the programme’s benefits to patients and health professionals and will
provide an opportunity for hands-on experience.

For more information please see the following website:
e-Learning for Healthcare http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/projects/pain-management

Notes to Editors:
The Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists is the professional body responsible for the training, assessment, practice and continuing professional development of specialist medical practitioners in the management of pain in the UK. It supports a multi-disciplinary approach to pain management informed by evidence-based practice and research. For more information, please visit: http://www.fpm.ac.uk

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) is a Health Education England programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies, providing high quality e-learning content for the training of the healthcare workforce across the UK. For more information, please visit

The British Pain Society is the largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain within the UK and aims to promote education, training, research and development in all fields of pain. It endeavours to increase both professional and public awareness of the prevalence of pain and the facilities that are available for its management. For more information, please visit: http://www.britishpainsociety.org/

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To view the pathway please click here

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines
The BPS is a registered stakeholder of NICE and is called upon from time to time to feedback comments on particular initiatives.
The British Pain Society formal feedback

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You can read the full response by clicking here

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You can read the full article by clicking here.

NHS Connecting for Health: Do Once and Share (DOaS) Project on Pain Assessment - June 2007
The British Pain Society Newsletter, Summer 2007, pg 16

DOaS is an exciting initiative run under the auspices of NHS Connecting for Health. Their current project is the development of a new national set of guidance about the use of instruments and other methods to assess pain. In particular, the project is about assessment of chronic pain in adults and older children.

You can find out more about the national DOaS programme by clicking the link below:

Download a full copy of the invitation letter here

Download a copy of the reply slip here

The Management of Chronic Pain: Pain Management Programmes and Other Sef-help Programmes - October 2006
The British Pain Society Newsletter, Winter 2007, pg 21-22

You can read the full article by clicking here.




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