Foundation in Primary Care Pain Management

This module aims to provide students with an appreciation of the biopsychosocial principles involved in the experience of pain and an opportunity to evaluate clinical pain management options.

It also aims to provide them with the knowledge and skills that are required to be able to evidence the competencies required for the ‘special interest’ title within their profession. However, it is appropriate for any community and primary health care professionals, that want to advance their pain knowledge.

Module description

A standalone 20 credit-masters (level 7) module for GPs and Pharmacists with a special interest in pain and primary and community health care professionals will be available for entry on two occasions in each academic year.

Whilst the course was initially designed for Pharmacists and GPs with a special interest in pain in accordance with the Department of Health document, we welcome applicants from any health care profession in a primary care environment. We have a multi-professional, primary care based faculty to support other professionals. It is an e-Learning module with an integrated method of teaching and a range of different media to present key knowledge.

Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which facilitates the delivery of the module. This is accessible via desktop / laptop / tablet.

Student views

I found the module to be a good introduction to the principles of managing chronic pain, and specifically the biopsychosocial approach. Having undertaken the module certainly affected my practice; I took on the pain management lead role in my surgery and following on from this, have set up a pain management clinic with our practice psychologist. My increasing involvement in managing pain has further spurred me on to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Pain Management.

GP, 2012-13 cohort

How to apply

Download a postgraduate application form and all related forms, such as the referee template.

Please note: only paper based applications can be received for this standalone module. Please ensure that you quote the module number MET275 and the module name ‘Foundation in Primary Care Pain Management’ on your application, and ensure that you specify which intake you are applying for.

Please contact the Admissions Team for further information on: pgtmedadmissions@cardiff.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Applicants must:

  • be a qualified healthcare professional or be working in a healthcare setting
  • AND hold a UK higher education qualification from a UK institution with relevant degree awarding powers as detailed by the Department of Education and Skills
  • OR be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the module of study in question and be approved as such by the Head of School or his/her nominee.

Entry is open to EU and non EU applicants who:

  • satisfy the above or hold a non-UK qualification equivalent to CQFW credit level 6 or above as defined and detailed by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (NARIC)
  • OR who are able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the module of study in question and be approved as such by the Head of School or his/her nominee;
  • AND satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements as detailed in the Cardiff University Senate Regulations. Please see our English language requirements for further information.

Please note: All students enrolling for this module must be in relevant paid employment in a primary care setting.

Applicants who do not meet the English language qualification criteria should contact the course team to discuss whether alternative evidence of English language competence may be sufficient (e.g. evidence of successful completion of a first or subsequent degree entirely in the medium of English, for a minimum of one year).

Available funding

We have been very fortunate in obtaining substantial bursaries from Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited. To find out more information about Napp sponsored bursaries, please contact education@napp.co.uk.

Tuition fees

Check our fee pages for information about tuition fees for postgraduate taught programmes.

Contacts

Evan Wilkins, Beverley Fleming, Ruth Williams

School of Medicine