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e-PAIN is the place to start for anyone working in the NHS who wishes to better understand and manage pain. e-PAIN is a multidisciplinary programme based on the International Association for the Study of Pain's recommended multidisciplinary curriculum for healthcare professionals learning about pain management. Registration to the programme is free to all NHS staff members, those with OpenAthens accounts and students.

Pain touches everyone. It is a universal human experience and one of the most common reasons to seek medical advice. Pain is more than just suffering, it can impact on individuals and affect their day-to-day physical activity, emotional wellbeing and sometimes that of their family. Pain can affect an individual's ability to work and as a consequence impact on both their community and society as a whole.  

e-PAIN uniquely distills the knowledge of a range of professionals into 12 Modules made up of interactive sessions to meet the needs of a multidisciplinary audience.  e-PAIN  is current, up to date and presented in an interactive way to make both basic and specialist knowledge accessible.  Any module can be completed stand alone and you can download a certificate upon completion of each module.  Sessions take on average 30 minutes to complete and modules have on average 5 sessions.

e-PAIN is a collaboration between the Faculty of Pain Medicine, the British Pain Society and e-Learning for Healthcare. It is provided by Health Education England.

The following modules are available:

This module provides an overview and introduction for non-specialists to the topic of Pain Management.

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Module 2 takes a more detailed look at acute pain.

The first session, Pharmacology for Acute Pain begins by considering the mechanisms of acute pain and how this can be managed pharmacologically.  The difference between nociceptive and neuropathic pain are then covered.  Finally, the three main treatments for nociceptive pain are discussed.

The second session, Pain Assessment and Basic Principles of Prescribing, looks at the assessment of pain, including the commonly used pain assessment tools and the siutations in which they may be used.  The management of background and breakthrough pain, including the use of opioids, is then considered.

The third session, Acute Pain Management of Special Populations - Renal, Hepatic and Sickle Cell, covers the initial management of acute pain in patients with chronic kidney disease, liver dysfunction and sickle cell disease.

The fourth session, Adjuvant Analgesics and Regional Anaesthesia, explores adjuvantanalgesic including the mechanisms, side effects, pharmakinetics and routes.  It also covers regional anaesthesia, specifically wound infusion, spinal block and epidurals.  

Introduction to Acute Pain

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The module editor is Dr Jane Quinlan.

This module explores persisting or chronic pain and what can be done to help people learn self-management skills.

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The module editor is Dr Paul Wilkinson.

This Module covers important persisting pain conditions that together make up a significant proportion of the burden of pain.

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The module editor is Dr John Hughes

This module deals with the diagnosis and evaluation of neuropathic pain and then looks at various instances of neuropathic pain and practical issues with the use of neuropathic pain medicines.

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The module editor is Lesley Colvin

This module will raise awareness of developmental, family, therapeutic and organisational issues that all need to be addressed in order to better manage pain in children.

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The module editor is Dr Richard Howard.

This module examines pain in cancer patients and looks at the causes and aetiology of that pain and its management via both drug and non-drug therapies.

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The module editor is Paul Farquhar-Smith

This module explains the physiological and anatomical aspects of pain and pain management and makes use of a number of existing sessions drawn from the award winning e-Learning Anaesthesia programme.

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There are two sample sessions available to try that can be completed without the need to logon to e-Learning for Healthcare:


BJA Education (formerly CEACCP) is a joint venture between the British Journal of Anaesthesia and the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Together, they have produced many articles related to Pain which can now be found in the e-PAIN eLibrary module. 

Click here for a full list of e-Library articles that are available on e-PAIN.

If you have already registered with e-Learning for Healthcare, please add e-PAIN to your programmes. This can be done by ticking e-PAIN in the 'My Programmes' section (please note, it can take 24 hours for the programme to become available to you).

See the videos below for an introduction/overview to the updated e-PAIN programme and the new Acute Pain module:

e-Learning Anaesthesia (e-LA)

For information on the e-LA e-learning programme click here to go to the Royal College of Anaesthetists website.