Module Acute Pain Management

Course details

Direct Entry

September (TBC)

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NB: This module is not scheduled to run in 2016/17. To express your interest, please contact 

To develop enhanced knowledge to meet the needs of the patient experiencing acute pain.

You will need to complete an induction prior to commencement of your first module. We have a comprehensive online induction package to welcome you to both the university and your programme of study. Alternatively, classroom-based induction days take place at our Lancaster and Carlisle campuses and are usually scheduled for the first week of each semester.

  • Anatomy and physiology relating to acute pain
  • Pain assessment / management
  • WHO pain ladder
  • Non-pharmacological interventions
  • Pre-emptive and preventative analgesia
  • Adverse effects of opioids
  • Patient factors and concurrent drug therapies in relation to opioid prescribing

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate detailed understanding of the mechanisms for pain transmission and modulation in patients experiencing acute pain
  • Critically appraise the world health organisation pain ladder and its use in pain assessment and management
  • Discuss benefits of pre emptive and preventive analgesia being aware that acute pain management is not restricted to the treatment of postsurgical patients.
  • Discuss common adverse effects of opioids including predisposing patient factors and concurrent drug therapies (e.g, anticholinergics, benzodiazepines)
  • Acknowledge the special problems associated with opioid prescribing / administration in older patients, or patients with either opioid tolerance or substance abuse
  • Debate psychosocial and spiritual approaches to pain assessment and management

Indicative Core Bibliography

  • Carr E, Layzell M, Cjristensen M (2010) Advancing nursing practice in pain management. Wiley-Blackwell
  • MacLellan K (2006) Management of pain: a practical approach for health care professionals. Nelson Thornes
  • McCleane G (2008) Pain management: expanding the pharmacological options. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Schofield P (2007) The management of pain in older people. Wiley-Blackwell
  • Sinatra R, DeLeon-Cassasola O, Viscusi E, Ginsberg B (2009) Acute Pain Management. Cambridge University Press
Programme specification (PDF)

Evidence of prior successful study at underpinning level.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to study this module students should be able to benefit from its study and commit to attempting the assessment items.

Where this module is accessed as part of a specific award, students should focus the assessments towards that award. Successful completion of this module will confer eligibility for a Certificate of Achievement. Students must participate in the formative components of the module in order to successfully pass the module.

Expressions of interest in the module are welcome for 2016/7; please email

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