This course is designed for medicines management teams, GPs, practice nurses, practice pharmacists and non-medical prescribers.
There has been a marked and progressive rise in prescribing of opioid drugs in the UK over the past decade and the trend to increased prescribing continues. The increase in prescribing has been predominantly for the treatment of non-cancer pain.
Opioids have demonstrable effectiveness in the treatment of acute pain and pain related to cancer but there is little evidence for the effectiveness of opioids for the treatment of chronic pain.
The e-learning course will help equip healthcare professionals to tackle this growth in use and to improve care for patients with chronic pain.
The course also includes contributions from Ruth Bastable, a GP with experience of working in health care of patients who are homeless and at risk of homelessness and health care of patients in secure environments. She has an interest in substance misuse, and an interest in prescription drug misuse.
The course should take around 3 hours in total to complete, but please note that it is designed to be completed in stages and not finished in one sitting.