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Provide support to manage pain and discomfort
Provide support to manage pain and discomfort
Provide support to manage pain and discomfort
Provide support to manage pain and discomfort
Provide support to manage pain and discomfort
Provide support to manage pain and discomfort


This course looks at how pain and discomfort are common experiences during our lives. It is important to recognise the difference between the two within the healthcare sector, to ensure that individuals receive appropriate support and treatment.

The concept is illustrated with case studies and definitions of acute and chronic pain, which are further broken down into six categories. Clear diagrams describe the pain perception process (pain pathway) and how the impact of untreated pain can lead to debilitating conditions.

How are the signs and symptoms of pain described by individuals? What is the practitioner’s role in deciding how to best support the individual? Two tools to achieve this are reviewed: the pain rating scale and the pain management plan and the pain clinic is also described.

Finally the course reviews different pain management treatments in detail and the use of a pain and discomfort management diary.

Learning Objectives

On completion of this course, learners will have a good understanding of and be able to:

  • Identify the reasons why individuals may experience pain and discomfort
  • Describe an individual’s experience of pain and discomfort
  • Describe how to record and report an individual’s pain and discomfort
  • Explain the importance of monitoring an individual’s pain and discomfort


The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


On successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a Virtual College certificate which you will be able to download and print immediately on completion.


With approximately 30 interactive screens with multiple components, it is anticipated this course will take approximately 45 minutes-1 hour to complete, depending on learning speed.

Target Audience

The target audience are staff working directly with patients in the health and social care sector.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

How It Works

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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