Principles and Practice of Pain Management, NU3127 Short Course

Principles and Practice of Pain Management, NU3127 Short Course

At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

This module is aimed at healthcare professionals who are involved in the assessment, care or treatment of people who experience pain in their clinical practice. It takes a holistic approach, focusing on all aspects of the pain experience, and seeks to develop practitioners’ responses to the needs of patients and their carers across a range of settings.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Ancillary Award:



Short Course / CPD

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

1 module

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College

Start Date:

March 2017 - Tuesdays: March 14, 21, 28; April 04, 11, 25; May 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; June 06. From 9am-12noon.

Entry Requirements:

Students must be working in a clinical area relevant to the module content.

DBS Checks:

Throughout this course you will be working with vulnerable groups of individuals including children. In order to ensure that the College of Health and Wellbeing offers places on their programmes to the most suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). The College of Health and Wellbeing will be able to guide you through this process once you have been successfully offered a conditional place at the University. It is important to note that any unsatisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance may result in the offer of your place being withdrawn even if you have already started your course.

Course Content

Course Outline:

This module addresses a range of issues related to pain management in patient care. Key themes in the module are physiology of pain; pain classification; psycho-social responses to pain; service-user and carer perspectives; pain assessment; pharmacology/pharmacokinetics; non-pharmacological methods of pain management; practical pain management skills.

Learning Environment & Assessment:

Assessment for this module is through a 3000 word written assignment.

Academic Expertise

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Learning outcome & aims

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Discuss the physiological, psychological and social aspects of pain
  • Critically examine the different aspects of acute, chronic and malignant pain
  • Review the pharmacological approaches to pain control
  • Debate the application of different pain assessment techniques
  • Demonstrate critical understanding of the role of the healthcare practitioner in the safe and effective management of non-pharmacological techniques of pain control
  • Discuss the ethical, legal and professional issues surrounding effective pain management

The aim of this module is to enhance the role of the healthcare practitioner in the assessment and management of pain. The module will provide an opportunity for qualified healthcare practitioners to develop evidence-based approaches to practice with the overall aim of producing a reflective practitioner, skilled in pain management who has proactive and reactive skills that are exercised to the maximum benefit of the patient in pain.

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Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

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Progression Routes

You can study this module on a stand-alone basis for continuing professional development, or as an option module on BSc (Hons) Professional Practice.

Fees & Funding

For further information contact UCLan
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

Part time fee of £760 per 20 credit module

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.

Post-registration Recruitment
NHS Contracts Unit
College of Health & Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
01772 893836/893839

For Further Information:

Module information: Colin Thain, Senior Lecturer, 01772 893622

Course information: Lisa Broadley, Lecturer, 01772 895190,

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

College of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839