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Foundation in Primary Care Pain Management (Standalone 20 credit module)

n/a (Full-time) / n/a (Part-time) / 12 weeks (Distance / E-Learning)

Module Aims

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 stand-alone 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.

While 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 (or VLE) which facilitates the delivery of the module. This is accessible via all forms of computer (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

You can download a Postgraduate application form and all related forms, such as the referee template, from our website.

N.B. Only paper based applications can be received for this stand alone 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.

There will be two intakes of this module in each academic year. The next intake will be:

  • 3rd November 2014 (deadline for applications: 20th October 2014)
  • The subsequent intake will be 13th April 2015

Please contact the module team for further information on

Entry Requirements

This module is designed for all healthcare professionals working in / who has an interest in pain management, delivered within primary care. The module was originally designed to go towards the specialist interest award for pharmacists and GPs however as development progressed it became clear that the content would also be appropriate for any other health professional working in primary care.

Applicants should hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution with relevant degree awarding powers as detailed by the Department of Education and Skills;

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 Be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study in question and be approved as such by the Head of School;

AND have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme; i.e. have been a qualified healthcare professional for a minimum of two years before entry to the programme

AND satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements as detailed in the Cardiff University Senate regulations – please see the Cardiff University website Senate Regulations for further detail (briefly detailed below).

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

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must satisfy the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements* including the English Language requirements. Please see our English language requirments webpages for further information:

*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. Therefore, if you would like to enrol on the course please contact or to find out more information about Napp sponsored bursaries, please contact

Tuition Fees

For the November 2014 and April 2015 intakes, the fees will be £1166.67 for UK/EU students or £1366.67 for international students.

Next intake: April and November each year

School Contact

Name: Miss Alex Payne / Mrs Sue Jenkins  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 3215 



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