Module Catalogue

ONC8012 : Managing Pain (E-learning)

  • Offered for Year: 2017/18
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Victoria Hewitt
  • Owning School: FMS Graduate School
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module looks at how pain affects not only the patients but the families, carers and healthcare professionals involved in the patient’s management.
This includes many of the practical issues that face healthcare professionals in their interaction with cancer patients, including the impact on the multidisciplinary team. Students will be given the opportunity to consider how practice influences the approaches to managing pain. The wider context of pain and the influence of society, ethnicity, age with be evaluated
This module tries to make sense of many of the political changes that have taken place in the health service and considers how they have impacted on modern cancer practice. This will include the influence of guidelines on our own practice.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module will cover the following topics:
•What is pain and how can it be assessed?
•Neurobiology of pain      
•Multidisciplinary aspects of care
•The dying patient
•Pharmacology of pain
•Using opioid analgesia
•Managing pain in practice 1
•Managing pain in practice 2
•Non pharmacological approaches
•Social aspects of pain
•Difficult issues in managing patients with pain
•Multidisciplinary approach to pain management

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:0036:00Online content
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity101:0010:00eJournal and blogs
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study101:0010:00Supplemental reading
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion122:0024:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Through a series of online tutorials and weekly activities as well as private study (including directed reading) students will gain a detailed knowledge of pain management. Students are encouraged to participate in online collaborative discussions via the discussion boards to help consolidate their understanding of the curricular and relate the theory to their own practice.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A90Critique an existing guideline for an aspect of pain management. (2000 Words)
Portfolio2M10Participation in collaborative e-learning activities throughout the module.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MCritique of an example guideline
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written formative assessments allows students to review literature and pain guidelines, and critically appraise and review each other’s work via online discussion tools. Formative feedback given at this stage will directly feed into their summative assessments.
The summative assessment requires students to use the understanding of how pain is managed to critique a relevant guideline for the management of pain. Justifying the reasons for this choice and discussing its application requires the students to relate it to their own area of practice. This will be reflective in nature and facilitate the critical application of relevant research to the chosen title.

A participation grade is included to encourage and reward the student's engagement with the
collaborative activities.

Should a student fail the participation assessment and have to undertake a re-sit they will have to
complete a different form of assessment. The student will be asked to look at 2 participation
activities as identified by the module leader/team and submit a 500 word written summary (approx. 250 words per activity).

Reading Lists