Understanding and Assessing Pain
This CPD module is for healthcare professionals who are looking to develop their practice and understanding of pain.
The module is suitable for nurses, allied healthcare professionals
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS Academic or UKVI 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub-skill.
- Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with a minimum of 59 in each sub-skill.
- IBT TOEFL 78 overall with a minimum of 17 in listening, 18 in reading, 20 in speaking and 17 in writing.
See our information on English language requirements for more details on the language tests we accept and options to waive these requirements.
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To enable you to:
- Describe pain pathways
- Demonstrate an understanding of the subjective nature of the pain experience
- Explore the philosophical issues associated with pain perception and communication
- Critically examine contemporary approaches to pain assessment.
Structure and content
This module is delivered online. The resources are extensive and a series of discussion boards provides opportunity for sharing of ideas, learning and feedback.
The module will start with an in-depth examination of the various theories of pain, which will extend your understanding of the social, psychological and physiological basis of acute and chronic pain.
The complex sequelae of pain, especially chronic pain will be discussed. This will draw on pain patients' reports, case studies and the empirical literature.
Discussions will allow the students to critically examine attitudes to pain in society and in healthcare settings, which are formed (or misinformed) by various theoretical positions.
Delivery and assessment
This is a fully online module that combines the use of:
- Online learning through Canvas, our virtual learning environment
- Asynchronous and synchronous lectures
- Open and facilitated discussion fora
- Independent directed study and open office hours
There is an opportunity to connect with and interact with fellow students from other health care sectors to explore the individual experience of pain.
Mrs Agnieszka Burns
The learning from this module will enhance your evidence based knowledge and understanding to inform your practice and can be used as part of your academic and professional development.