Pain Management Postgraduate Diploma

The online Pain Management Postgraduate Diploma covers the wide range of conditions pertinent to pain management and meets the educational needs of primary and secondary healthcare professionals. Course Code: QPDP014

Next Intake: 2020 March

Course Overview

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive a Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management.

Having a specialist knowledge in pain management is an increasingly important asset and extra responsibility of medical personnel. Our Pain Management Postgraduate Diploma is designed to help healthcare professionals specialise in their career and aid the need for more pain management professionals.

The course has been developed 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.

On completion of the Pain Management Postgraduate Diploma, 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.

Course Structure

Our 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.

Module Aims
  • To develop an advanced understanding and knowledge of the underpinning causes and associated experiences of pain.
Module Content
  • 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)
Learning Outcomes
  1. Application of the biopsychosocial model to the varied presentations of pain
  2. Apply knowledge of complex pain mechanisms to the differentiation between, and impact of, acute and chronic pain
Module Aims
  • Enhance the knowledge and understanding of different types of pain with an emphasis on clinical importance.
Module Content
  • 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.
  • Cancer/Visceral
  • Headache/Neuropathic
  • Fibromyalia/musculoskeletal
  • Understanding of pain changes in the light of new evidence
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically discriminate between different types of pain
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the complex clinical considerations that need to be taken into account in different types of pain
Module Aims
  • To develop a critical knowledge of the clinical principles and practice of pain assessment and management.
Module Content
  • Assessment
  • Measurement
  • Diagnosis and Prognosis
  • Treatment modalities - Primary Care (British Society Guidance 26/8)
  • Alternative treatment modalities
  • Clinical management (British Society Guidance 28/30)
  • Roles, responsibilites and management
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse the assessment and treatment of patients with different pain presentations.
  2. Critically appraise treatment modalities in different clinical scenarios
Module Aims
  • To develop an understanding of different treatment approaches to pain within the context of overall approach to pain management.
Module Content
  • 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
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse current evidence related to multi-disciplinary approach of treating different types of pain
  2. Critically evaluate the risk and benefits of different approaches to pain management
Module Aims
  • Students will have an understanding and appreciation of pain across the life-span and experience.
Module Content
  • Older People
  • Infants and children
  • Disabilities including those with limited communication skills
  • Pregnancy
  • 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
Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate ability to manage pain in a variety of complex situations and /or populations
  2. Demonstrate ability to communicate with populations who have complex/specific or changing needs
Module Aims
  • To draw on the knowledge and understanding of previous modules to critically evaluate the development of inter-disciplinary pain services
Module Content
  • Evidence supporting inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary 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.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse the benefits of inter and multi-disciplinary pain management in a clinical setting and the consequences within healthcare schemes
  2. Demonstrate expertise in organising approaches to pain management

Entry Requirements

Since our courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

To secure your place on the course, applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree. Registered healthcare professionals 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.


English Language Requirements

Proficiency in the Engish 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 [email protected] for more information on the qualifications we accept.


Teaching Methods

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts. Find out more about our world-class tutors on the Pain Management Team Page.

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 10-15 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependant on the module. These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice.

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.


Assessments

The Pain Management course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. 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.

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.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor 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.

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.

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.
  • 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.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2020:
£3,900

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Application deadline - February 10th 2020

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Up-Front Payments Instalments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £650
1st May 2020 £3,250 £650
1st July 2020 £650
1st September 2020 £650
1st November 2020 £650
1st January 2021 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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