Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) (PgDip)
These are interprofessional, e-Learning courses intended for any healthcare professional who has an interest in and/or wants to specialise in the field of pain management in primary and community care.
Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and as such needs to be managed through multidisciplinary initiatives. These initiatives must be based on specialist knowledge, rigorous research and an advanced understanding of the physiological and behavioural concepts involved.
Some of our modules can be studied on a stand-alone basis to provide any healthcare professional with an introduction to Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Practice, a Foundation in Primary Care Pain Management and / or Quality and Safety. Details for these are provided within the Stand Alone module information area (MET257, MET500 and MET275).
The Diploma aims to help you develop your knowledge to an advanced level in their area of expertise and or interest within the field of Pain Assessment and Management in the Primary and Community Care setting. This is however, undertaken within a broader context, which allows the student to understand their level of expertise and knowledge base and how it fits into inter-professional practice and Pain Management as a whole.
Every applicant has to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate year first. Once they have completed and passed this, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate award or they can apply to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma. The same applies for the Postgraduate Diploma to MSc.
Each course runs over nine months. The Postgraduate Certificate course starts with a two-week introductory period to enable you to familiarise yourself with the course and e-learning. The course team offer support Monday – Friday (9-5) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums.
- Flexible, inter-professional learning
- Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach
- Online format allows you to balance your studies with your professional responsibilities
|Next intake||October 2020|
|Mode||Part-time - distance learning|
|Other ways to study this course|
In addition to satisfying the University’s general entrance requirement, including English language requirements, applicants must have been awarded the Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) from Cardiff University not more than three years prior to the year they are intending to start the Diploma.
- Be working in a clinical area that is relevant to the programme they are undertaking for the full duration of their studies. (During their studies, if the student's relevant clinical employment ceases or where they are unable to attend work in the necessary clinical setting for any period of time (exceeding 3 months), then they are required to notify the programme team immediately in order that appropriate arrangements can be made. In the case of temporary absence but continued relevant clinical employment, leave of absence (Interruption of Studies) and/or extensions shall be considered. In the event that a student's relevant clinical employment ceases then the University reserves the right to withdraw the student from the programme. Please refer to the University regulations on 'Fitness to Practise’ for further information.)
Find out more about English language requirements.
Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements
All students must register initially for the Postgraduate Certificate (Pg Cert) in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) and successfully complete this state in order to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma.
There are two stages to the Postgraduate Diploma course: T1, the first taught stage, and T2, second taught stage.
- Stage T1
This stage lasts for nine months and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7. This is the Postgraduate Certificate in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) required in order to progress to stage T2.
- Stage T2
This stage lasts for nine months and consists of a further three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7, to give a combined total for stages T1 & T2 of 120 credits.
At the end of stage T2, students who have obtained a minimum of 120 credits at Level 7 will be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma, or they may apply to enter the MSc course.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Primary and Community Care Management - OPTIONS||MET292||20 credits|
|Patient Case Studies: Approaches to Managing Complex Cases in Primary and Community Care - OPTIONS||MET293||20 credits|
|Professional Issues: Application to Primary and Community Care - OPTIONS||MET294||20 credits|
How will I be taught?
A wide range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the course, which are delivered via e-learning format through our virtual learning environment Learning Central. The course consists of a number of compulsory modules and sub-topics where the student has a choice. A variety of media is used to deliver the content:
- Written modules
- Voice over PowerPoint presentations
- Talking heads
- Video presentations
- Interactive modules
How will I be supported?
The course is delivered entirely as distance-learning via Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Learning Central, where you will find course materials, links to related materials, assessments and discussion boards.
Group and individual video tutorials are available to support you throughout your studies.
Students are encouraged to make regular contribution through the discussion boards on Learning Central, where they will be supported by the programme team and a panel of experts. Students will be able to plan and reflect on their learning through their own personal blog.
Formative feedback will be communicated to the students through electronic and written means in a timely manner. Summative feedback on assessment will be delivered within the timeframe set by the University.
How will I be assessed?
The assessment methods are written assignments, online assessments (individual and group work). There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes.
What skills will I practise and develop?
By fully engaging in this course, you will have the opportunity to develop a wealth of skills and abilities you can apply to any professional setting. In addition to greater conceptual understanding of current knowledge, issues and methods, you will practise and develop abilities in critical analysis, the application of evidence based medicine and in dealing with complex issues systematically and creatively. Your studies should also help you develop your problem-solving and decision-making abilities by enabling you to utilise evidence effectively and communicate important concepts to colleagues and others. Through any research focused elements you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in literature review, critical evaluation, research design, research methodologies, data collection, data analysis and research principles.
The course aims to facilitate students to develop their knowledge to an advanced level in their area of expertise and or interest within the field of pain assessment and management in the primary and community care setting. This is however, undertaken within a broader context, which allows the student to understand their level of expertise and knowledge base and how it fits into inter-professional practice and pain management as a whole.
After fully engaging in the course, you should have:
- Developed a critical approach to pain management in primary care and community setting
- Integrated knowledge of pain from different disciplines in order to approach pain management from a multidimensional perspective, reflecting on the complexities of managing pain outside a secondary or tertiary care setting
- Challenged traditional approaches to conceptualising pain in primary care and community setting
- Examined current practice and evaluated traditional methods and attitudes to pain and its management commencing with rigorous screening and assessment in primary and community care, reflecting on the management approaches within this setting and when referral is required
- Developed an inter-professional knowledge base of pain to support any educational initiatives
- Consolidated and considered extending current practice through research activities
This programme is aimed at those who have completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care).
This programme is particularly suitable for those who wish to improve their knowledge of pain management in order to help improve patient care, in the primary and community care setting. Successful completion of this programme will add value to your CV. Graduates have reported that it led directly to new job opportunities in pain management.
“Having come to understand the importance of early intervention to prevent chronic pain, I feel particularly concerned about how GPs in my locality are managing pain, and the lack of resources to help them with this task. This is currently under discussion and I have been able to contribute to this. I was involved in the drawing up of local management guidelines for neuropathic pain. The material I studied in the course has been very helpful, almost every day. My colleagues send any pain patients to see me in the practice so I feel I am still managing to use some of my new skills.”
Helen, GP, PG Diploma Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) alumna
"The diploma year built upon the skills and theoretical knowledge gained during the previous year, looking at the management of the more complex patient as well as gaining insight and appreciation into the political, national and local drivers that impact on the provision of chronic pain services. The course, and the assignments themselves, allowed me to demonstrate how this new knowledge gained was applied to my clinical practice, bridging the theory-practice gap and benefiting patient care. The assignments allowed me to select patients from my own clinical caseload ensured that the knowledge and educations obtained was relevant. I hope that the application of this new knowledge will have improved both patient outcome and satisfaction rates, both of which are audited on an on-going basis within the service that I work for."
Clinical Nurse Specialist, chronic pain, PG Diploma Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) alumna
UK and EU students (2020/21)
Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.
Students from outside the EU (2020/21)
Fees for entry 2020/21 are not yet available.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?
You will need a reliable computer with high speed Internet access (and up-to-date virus and malware protection) and appropriate software.