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


LEVEL:Short Course / CPD

STUDY MODE: Part time



SCHOOL: School of Sport and Health Sciences

PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College

CAMPUS: Preston

START DATE: 2020 dates: 3 March | 17 March | 31 March | 14 April | 28 April |15 May

Entry Requirements:

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

DBS Checks:

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Course Content

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.

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.

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

You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

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

For Further Information:

Module information: Gillian Warwick, Senior Lecturer, +44 (0) 1772 89 3611

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

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