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Nursing Practice (BSc/CPD units)

Our Level 6 CPD units in Nursing Practice for qualified nurses can be taken individually or built up to achieve a BSc award.

BSc Nursing Practice (CPD) / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Pain Management

Unit code NURS30192
Credit rating 20
Unit level Cont Education/Prof Developmen
Teaching period(s) Variable teaching patterns
Offered by Nursing & Midwifery
Available as a free choice unit? No


You may undertake this course unit as part of your diploma/degree pathway, or you may undertake the unit as a ‘stand-alone’ course unit. This unit provides an introduction to pain management in the clinical setting. It is designed to increase the practitioner’s awareness of the process of pain and the methods available to control it.
The method of delivery is a blended 50:50 approach where the content is delivered face to face and on-line.  It consists of three individualised scenarios designed to give an appreciation of all areas of pain and pain management. Classroom sessions and online resources are available specific to each scenario to help facilitate and aid student exploration. These include guest lectures, reference lists, links to recognised websites and all course materials
The three online EBL scenarios (Acute pain, Chronic Non-Malignant pain and Chronic Malignant pain) are investigated stepwise using triggers within each theme, Preparation, Assessment, Intervention and Normalisation (PAIN). These triggers allow the student to comprehensively identify and solve the problems associated with each PBL scenario. The classroom activities are designed to facilitate and expand exploration of the subject and its application to clinical practice.


  • To provide the practicing nurse with a comprehensive evaluative overview of the physiological, behavioural and sociocultural aspects of caring for patients in pain.
  • To increase the practitioner’s awareness of the process of pain and critically evaluate the importance of pain assessment and available methods of assessing pain.
  • To critically analyse current issues in pain management using a theoretical approach.
  • To enhance the practitioners use of research evidence to develop and improve pain management practice within their clinical environment 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Critically analyse the physiological, psychological, behavioural and sociological aspects of pain and their potential influence on pain and pain perception.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the different types of pain and how management may differ in each situation.
  • Critically analyse the different treatment strategies pharmacological and non-pharmacological available and their application in clinical practice.

Intellectual skills

  • Critically evaluate and analyse pertinent topical issues associated with pain management.
  • Demonstrate a critical analysis of the research in this specialty and discuss opportunities for innovation in practice.
  • Examine critically models of change and/or quality improvement strategies to identify ways of developing pain management practice 

Practical skills

  • Refer to theory and literature to demonstrate the ability to assess, plan implement and evaluate the care of the adult in pain, taking into account physical, psychological, sociocultural and environmental factors.
  • Identify aspects of own practice where improvement and enhancement could be made in light of the review and analysis of evidence based practice.
  • Identify one area of pain management practice where currently best evidence may not be used adequately and develop a strategy for a practice development or innovation in relation to these areas and how these change may be disseminated.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop information technology skills.
  • Participate in collaborative learning and peer support.
  • Foster autonomous and independent learning.
  • Understand the role of leadership and developing or changing practice in relation to managing pain 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 100%

Feedback methods

Students will normally have the opportunity to receive feedback on formative work submitted prior to the summative assessment. Other feedback opportunities will also be available in class and online discussion boards. Online feedback is provided in Grademark. Provisional feedback based on internal marking will be made available prior to the Exam Board on the basis that these marks are yet to be ratified at the Exam Board and therefore may be subject to change. A standard feedback mechanism in Grademark is utilised across all postgraduate programmes within the School which provides detailed and constructive feedback on each component and aspect of assessment and identifies areas of strength and those aspects which could be enhanced.

Student feedback is obtained through open discussion forums on blackboard, in class discussions, via formal University unit evaluation forms and also qualitative, in house evaluations at the end of the unit. 

Recommended reading

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 38
Tutorials 2
Independent study hours
Independent study 160

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Clifford Richardson Unit coordinator

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