This CPD certified course is designed for medicines management teams, GPs, practice nurses, practice pharmacists and non-medical prescribers.
The course should take around 2.5 hours in total to complete, although we recommend that it is done in short sections rather than the whole course at once, to allow sufficient time to read the accompanying references for the particular module.
The introductory module covers the statistics around the use of dependence forming medications, followed by individual modules on opioids, benzodiazepines & z-drugs and gabapentin & pregabalin. It offers practical advice regarding the initiation of these medicines and how long-term use can be reviewed and managed.
Case studies and advice from two GPs with a special interest in this area support the learning.
Quizzes at the end of each module will test understanding and recap on key learning points, and a pass mark of 70% is required in the final assessment to complete the course and receive a certificate.