Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management
Having specialist knowledge in pain management is an increasingly important asset and extra responsibility of healthcare professionals. It's a broad and complex area of medicine and as such this flexible postgraduate diploma has a unique focus on interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to pain management and service provision.
Our distance learning online postgraduate pain management courses covers the wide range of the conditions pertinent to pain management and meets the educational needs of both primary and secondary healthcare professionals. This very practical and affordable diploma in pain management focuses on direct application to current topics, case studies and processes relevant to the student’s own remit and country of practice.
Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts
Our online course in pain management works to fit around your schedule and is ideal for for Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses and those with related undergraduate degrees (such as Clinical Nurse Specialists, Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Dentists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Podiatrists and Rehabilitation Specialists) or equivalent professional qualifications and background experience who wish to gain specialist knowledge in the field of chronic pain management.
You’ll work with students from all over the world from a range of disciplines. This will give you clinically accurate and relevant information you can take straight into your clinical practice while expanding your network and broadening career prospects.
University of South Wales
The University of South Wales (USW) is a modern, industry focused University located in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd in South Wales, UK. It was rated best in the UK for the Health Professions in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and, in the latest Complete University Guide 2022, is in the top 10 in the UK for Health Studies. USW is one of Britain’s largest and most exciting new universities attracting a cosmopolitan mix of students from across the globe.
Dr. Tzvetanka Ivanova-Stoilova, MD PhD FRCA FFPMRCA
Current post: Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
- 40 years of experience in the field of Pain Management...
Patricia as one of the first pain specialist nurses in the UK and set up the acute and chronic pain services. She has worked in a number of Universities across the UK, and is now currently working part-time in Sheffield.
Accreditors and Endorsers
UEMS - European Union of Medical Specialists
This postgraduate course has also been accredited by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts
Why Study a Pain Management Postgraduate Diploma with Learna
We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.
Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.
Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
No physical campus means we can offer world-leading programmes at the most competitive prices.
Get a PgDip from £3,900 or an MSc from £7,500 - the most affordable courses of their kind in the UK.
Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.
40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.
Who is this course for?
There are a large number and range of conditions associated with pain and pain management (both acute and chronic). Due to advancing technology and understanding of physical illness, life expectancy is increasing every year. With that there is also an increase in the number of patients presenting with debilitating pain-centred conditions.
Having a specialist knowledge in pain management is therefore an increasingly important asset and extra responsibility of medical personnel.
On completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the care of patients in pain management.
- Critically evaluate current research in interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary pain management.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of self-care promotion for acute and chronic pain.
- Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients with pain conditions.
How Will I Learn?
You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.
Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.
These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.
CurriculumOur online Pain Management Postgraduate Diploma allows you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.
To develop an advanced understanding and knowledge of the underpinning causes and associated experiences of pain.
- 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)
- 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
Enhance the knowledge and understanding of different types of pain with an emphasis on clinical importance.
- ISP taxonomy of different types of pain
- Acute vs. chronic. 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
- Critically discriminate between different types of pain
- Demonstrate knowledge of the complex clinical considerations that need to be taken into account in different types of pain
To develop a critical knowledge of the clinical principles and practice of pain assessment and management.
- Diagnosis and Prognosis
- Treatment modalities - Primary Care (British Society Guidance 26/8)
- Alternative treatment modalities
- Clinical management (British Society Guidance 28/30)
- Roles, responsibilities and management
- Critically analyse the assessment and treatment of patients with different pain presentations.
- Critically appraise treatment modalities in different clinical scenarios
To develop an understanding of different treatment approaches to pain within the context of overall approach to pain management.
- 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
- Critically analyse current evidence related to multi-disciplinary approach of treating different types of pain
- Critically evaluate the risk and benefits of different approaches to pain management
Students will have an understanding and appreciation of pain across the life-span and experience.
- Older People
- Infants and children
- Disabilities including those with limited communication skills
- 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
- Demonstrate ability to manage pain in a variety of complex situations and /or populations
- Demonstrate ability to communicate with populations who have complex/specific or changing needs
To draw on the knowledge and understanding of previous modules to critically evaluate the development of interdisciplinary pain services
- Evidence supporting interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary of pain
- Organisational services 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
- How emerging updated guidelines and impact of services.
- Critically analyse the benefits of inter and multidisciplinary pain management in a clinical setting and the consequences within healthcare schemes
- Demonstrate expertise in organising approaches to pain management
The Pain Management online course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.
The six modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.
These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.
- Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
- Tutors will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
- These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.
For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.
- Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
- Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets and essays.
The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:
- Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
- Module and/or personal learning objectives.
- Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
- Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
- A description of what has been learned during the module.
- Students are provided with case-based problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination.
- The exam consists of 30 'Single Best Answer' questions.
- Students are required to complete the exam online within the set time.
Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals providing all who join the course with flexibility to learn whenever and wherever they are.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.
Registered healthcare professionals or experienced managers working in the healthcare field, without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.
- A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
- A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
- The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
- A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
- A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).
English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.
If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the qualifications we accept.