Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)
n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / via e-Learning: each stage is 9 months in length (distance / e-Learning)
The aim is 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 interprofessional practice and pain management as a whole.
The Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of Science Degree in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) are interprofessional, e-Learning courses intended for any health care professional with an interest in and/or want to specialise in the field of pain management, within the area of Primary and Community Care.
Every applicant has to apply for the Certificate year first. Once they have completed and passed this, they can either choose to exit with the Certificate award or they can apply to undertake the Diploma. The same applies for the Diploma to MSc.
Each course runs over a 9 month period. The Certificate course starts with a 2 week introductory period to enable to the student to familiarise themselves with the course and e-Learning. The course team offer support Mon – Friday (9-5) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums. 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.
Certificate in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care):
- Foundation in Primary Care Pain Management
- Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Practice: Assessment and Screening
- Biopsychosocial Pain Management: Fundamentals of Care in a Primary and Community Setting
Diploma in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care):
- Primary and Community Care Management
- Patient Case Studies: Approaches to Managing Complex Cases in Primary and Community Care
- Professional Issues: Applications to Primary and Community Care
MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care):
- 20,000-word written Dissertation
- The Certificate stage begins in October each year.
- The Diploma stage begins in October each year.
- The Certificate stage must be applied for and achieved before entry to the Diploma stage will be permitted.
- The first intake of the MSc will be in October 2015.
Please note that if you wish to enter this programme it is necessary for you to apply for and complete the Certificate year before applying for the Diploma year. It is not possible to directly enter the Diploma phase without having completed and achieved the Certificate in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care).
“Similarly, candidates wishing to apply for the MSc phase of the programme must have first passed the Diploma in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care).
Graduates of the PgCert & PgDip programme will 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 biopsychosocial 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 interprofessional knowledge base of pain to support any educational initiatives;
- consolidated and considered extending current practice through research activities.
Additionally, graduates of the MSc programme will be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake a piece of research, an audit, or a critical review of an aspect of clinical practice.
The syllabus adheres to the curriculum suggested by the International Association for the Study of Pain and aligns to the Department of Health Practitioners with Special Interest in Pain Competencies.
In addition to satisfying the English Language requirements, at the discretion of the relevant Board of Studies, applicants will:
- hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (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, to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee, equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study in question; AND
- be able to demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Head of School or nominee, that they have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme. The student has to be working in a clinical area, that is relevant to programme they are undertaking. If the student's relevant clinical employment ceases or where he/she is 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 Practice" for further information.
If you wish to apply for this course please use Cardiff University's Online Application Service.
Further general information can be found via the course pages on the School website.
In recent years we have been very fortunate in obtaining substantial bursaries from Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited. If you would like to enrol on the course please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or to find out more information re. the possibility of a Napp sponsored bursary, please contact email@example.com.
Tuition Fees 2016/17
Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.
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Next intake: October each year
Name: Sue Jenkins
Telephone: +44(0)29 2074 3215