This multidisciplinary e-learning programme in pain responds to the need for improved knowledge, skills and attitudes of all staff in the NHS who deal with patients who have acute or chronic pain. The development of this programme is a joint initiative undertaken by the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the British Pain Society.
Effective and safe management of pain is a priority for clinicians, patients and carers. However, there is considerable evidence indicating that the quality and safety of pain management in many clinical situations is often below the standard expected in the NHS. This programme will rectify many well documented deficiencies in generic pain training for all appropriate healthcare professionals in the NHS. Its ambition is to translate this into a step change in the quality, safety, efficacy and patient experience of care in the community and hospital setting.
The specific issues addressed by the programme’s 30-minute sessions include:
(i) improving the recognition of unrelieved acute and chronic pain in all patients groups;
(ii) appropriate assessment of pain;
(iii) first-class management of pain; and
(iv) ensuring patient safety.
Most of the material is written by the e-learning pain team; however, the programme will utilise other content on the e-LfH e-learning system as appropriate, including e-learning sessions and further reading material. Self-assessment is integral to the user experience and certification of use and assessments are available. Modules are tailored to the experience and training of the user so that all healthcare professionals can:
(i) consolidate core knowledge required for their role; and
(ii) significantly advance their knowledge to aid improved understanding, attitudes, clinical practice and outcomes.
The development of this educational initiative in pain management utilises the knowledge and skills of the team at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine and its partners who successfully delivered the award winning e-Learning Anaesthesia programme and, on behalf of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Academic Medicine module. Authors and editors are also drawn from the executive and membership of the multidisciplinary British Pain Society who have considerable experience in multi-professional educational initiatives.