Pain Management - e-Learning for Healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Faculty of Pain Medicine
  • British Pain Society

About the Pain Management programme

e-PAIN from e-Learning for Healthcare is the place to start for anyone working in the NHS who wishes to better understand and manage pain. e-PAIN is a multidisciplinary programme based on the global organisation, the International Association for the Study of Pain’s recommended multidisciplinary curriculum for healthcare professionals learning about pain management. Registration to the programme is free to all NHS staff members.

Pain touches everyone. It is a universal human experience and one of the most common reasons to seek medical advice. Pain is more than just suffering, it can impact on individuals and affect their day-to-day physical activity, emotional wellbeing and sometimes that of their family. Pain can affect any individual’s ability to work and as a consequence impact on both their community and society as a whole. Pain touches not only individuals – healthcare professionals in many areas understand the impact of poorly managed pain in their everyday work.

e-PAIN uniquely distills the knowledge of a range of professionals into 11 Modules made up of interactive sessions to meet the needs of a multidisciplinary audience. The modules cover knowledge ranging from how to managing acute pain well, through to learning in depth about common pain conditions and moves on to cover how to manage pain in specialist areas, like pain in cancer or pain in childhood. e-PAIN  is current, up to date and presented in an interactive way to make both basic and specialist knowledge accessible.

Any e-PAIN module can be completed stand alone and a downloadable certificate is available upon completion of each module; you can view a certificate template by clicking here. Most sessions take on average 30 minutes to complete and each module has on average 5 sessions.

e-PAIN is a collaboration between the The Faculty of Pain Medicine, the British Pain Society and e-Learning for Healthcare. It is provided by Health Education England.

Session content

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.

Background and approach

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:

  • consolidate core knowledge required for their role; and
  • 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.

Project structure

The following modules are available on e-PAIN

Executive Group

  • Doug Natusch FRCA

    Doug Natusch FRCA

    Clinical Project Lead
  • Rhian Lewis

    Rhian Lewis FRCA

    Deputy Clinical Project Lead
  • Profile picture of programme director Martin Sinclair

    Martin Sinclair

    National Programme Director, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Mike Grocott

    Mike Grocott FRCA

    Chair, RCoA Education Committee
  • Russell Ampofo

    Russell Ampofo

    Director of Education and Research, RCoA
  • Daniel Waeland

    Daniel Waeland

    Head of Faculties, RCoA
  • Nick Cleary

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

Project Team

  • Doug Natusch FRCA

    Doug Natusch FRCA

    Clinical Project Lead
  • Rhian Lewis

    Rhian Lewis FRCA

    Deputy Clinical Project Lead
  • Nick Cleary

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Lynne Perry

    Lynne Perry

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Alan Campbell

    Alan Campbell

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Pain Management programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Pain Management programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.

For more information on the licensing options available for the Pain Management programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Pain Management Programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies