The PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) is an inter-professional, e-learning course intended for any health care professional with an interest in and/or a wish to specialise in the field of pain management, within the area of Primary and Community Care.
The aim is to help 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 inter-professional practice and Pain Management as a whole.
Every applicant has to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate year first. Once they have completed and passed this, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate award or they can apply to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma. The same applies for the Postgraduate Diploma to MSc.
Each course runs over nine months. The Postgraduate Certificate course starts with a two-week introductory period to enable you to familiarise yourself with the course and e-learning. The course team offer support Monday – Friday (9-5pm) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums.
Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and as such needs to be managed through multidisciplinary initiatives. These initiatives must be based on specialist knowledge, rigorous research and an advanced understanding of the physiological and behavioural concepts involved.
• Inter-professional plus e-learning
• Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.
All students must register initially for the Postgraduate Certificate (Pg Cert) in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care).
There is one stage to the Postgraduate Certificate course: T1. This stage lasts for nine months and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7.
After successfully completing this stage, you may leave with a Postgraduate Certificate, or apply to progress to the Postgraduate Diploma stage.
Foundation in Primary Care Pain Management
Research, Statistics and Evidence Based Practice: Assessment & Screening
Biopsychosocial Pain Management: Fundamentals of Care in a Primary/Community Setting
There are two stages to the Postgraduate Diploma course: T1, the first taught stage, and T2, second taught stage.
Stage T1 - This stage lasts for nine months and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7. This is the Postgraduate Certificate in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) required in order to progress to stage T2.
Stage T2 - This stage lasts for nine months and consists of a further three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7, to give a combined total for stages T1 & T2 of 120 credits.
At the end of stage T2, students who have obtained a minimum of 120 credits at Level 7 will be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma, or they may apply to enter the MSc course.
Same core modules as PgCert PLUS
Primary and Community Care Management
Patient Case Studies: Approaches to Managing Complex Cases in Primary and Community Care
Professional Issues: Application to Primary and Community Care
The MSc consists of one further stage – stage R (research dissertation).
Stage R continues for a further nine months after the Postgraduate Diploma, making a total of 27 months for the full MSc (stages T1, T2 from Postgraduate Diploma and MSc stage R), and includes a 20,000-word dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a total of at least 180 credits at Level 7 to complete the MSc programme.
The dissertation is worth 60 credits and, in combination with the postgraduate diploma taught stage(s), is weighted 50% for the purpose of calculating the final mark.
A wide range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the course, which are delivered via e-learning format through Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Learning Central. The course consists of a number of compulsory modules and sub-topics where the student has a choice. A variety of media is used to deliver the content:
Voice over PowerPoint presentations
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
The MSc dissertation stage will be wholly assessed based on the final dissertation. Expectations for the format, submission and marking of the dissertation will follow the current Senate Assessment Regulations, supplemented where appropriate with additional requirements of the Programme/School/College and any specific requirements arising from the nature of the project undertaken.