• e-Pain: pain management training
    e-Pain: pain management training
    e-Pain: pain management training
    • Covers the assessment and management of acute, chronic and cancer pain
    • Interactive content with case studies, animations and self-assessment
    • Suitable for all healthcare professionals

Improving the early diagnosis and management of pain

This interactive e-learning programme is suitable for all healthcare providers who are not pain specialists but who deal with patients suffering from acute, chronic and cancer pain.

The course is divided into e-learning sessions that cover the physical, psychological and social aspects of pain management. During the programme, you'll access case studies, animations and self-assessment exercises, which help to embed learning and understanding.

During the programme, you'll explore a wide range of themes, including:

  • improving the recognition of unrelieved acute and chronic pain
  • assessing pain
  • managing pain
  • ensuring patient safety

The e-Pain curriculum has been developed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine, of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, and the British Pain Society. The content has been written by leading clinical experts in pain management and related areas - so you can rest assured that the training is of the highest quality.

This essential resource can be used both for training and continuing professional development. Our users include hospital doctors, medical students, midwives, clinical psychologists, nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and many others.

You can access e-Pain via the Internet so you can study in the workplace, at home or on the move.

Any questions?

If you have any further queries on our programmes, please take a look at our frequently asked questions or contact us.

Course Content

e-Pain features more than 60 e-learning sessions. Each session takes around 30 minutes to complete. The sessions are clustered into learning modules, supported by external resources and an e-library of relevant articles. A full list of the modules and sessions can be viewed in the list of programmes .

Introducing Pain Management

  • Epidemiology and the Burden of Pain
  • Definitions and Mechanisms of Pain
  • History, Examination and Assessment of Pain
  • Common Medications and Therapies for Pain
  • Acute Pain Management

Acute Pain

  • History, Organisation and Objectives of Acute Pain Teams
  • History, Examination and Simple Uni-dimensional Tools
  • Perioperative Management of Chronic Pain Patients, including those on Pre-existing Opioid Therapy
  • Preventative versus Pre-emptive Analgesia
  • Chronic Post-surgical Pain
  • Step III: Administration Techniques, Bolus, PRN (as needed), Infusion
  • Step III: Administration Techniques, Intravenous Patient-Controlled Analgesia
  • Step III: Administration Techniques – Oral, Intramuscular, Subcutaneous, Rectal, Sublingual and Inhaled

Pain as a Long-Term Condition

  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Predictors for Chronic Pain
  • Biopsychosocial Model in Pain Management


  • Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs
  • Paracetamol
  • Opioids – Basic Principles
  • Commonly Used Opioids
  • Local Anaesthetics
  • Multimodal Analgesia
  • Assessing Treatment Effectiveness
  • Antidepressants and Anticonvulsants
  • Multidisciplinary Management of Chronic Pain
  • Psychological Assessment and Approach to Treatment
  • Interventional Procedures for Pain Relief
  • TENS, Acupuncture and Alternative Treatments

Other Chronic Pain

  • Primary Headache
  • Secondary Headache
  • Facial Pain Principles and Management
  • Pelvic Pain – Male and Female
  • Visceral Pain – Gastrointestinal, Oesophageal, Non-cardiac Chest Pain
  • Common Chronic Pain Conditions – Central and Widespread Pain
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Neuropathic Pain

  • Diagnosis and Evaluation of Neuropathic Pain
  • Common Chronic Pain Conditions 1 Postherpetic Neuralgia, Painful Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Trigeminal Neuralgia

Paediatric Pain

  • Pain in Children is Different
  • Assessment of Children's Pain
  • Acute Pain in Children
  • Chronic Pain in Children
  • Musculoskeletal Pain in Children

Special Populations

  • Pain and Analgesia in Pregnancy
  • Sickle Cell Pain
  • Drug Addiction, Dependency and Pain – Introduction
  • Drug Addiction, Dependency and Pain – Management
  • Assessment of Pain in Older Adults
  • Common Pain Conditions in Older People

Cancer Pain

  • Causes and Aetiology of Pain in Cancer
  • Pharmacological Cancer Pain Management
  • Non-Pharmacological Cancer Pain Management
  • Pain in Cancer Survivors

Basic Science

  • Anatomy of the Ascending Pain Pathway
  • Innervation of the Trunk
  • Physiology of Pain Transmission
  • Modulation and Plasticity in the Nociceptive System
  • Pain and the Peripheral Nervous System
  • Pain and the Central Nervous System
  • Nociceptive Pain
  • Visceral Pain
  • Neuropathic Pain
  • Psychology Aspects of Acute Pain
  • Imaging and Pain


e-Pain is the perfect educational resource to help the whole multiprofessional team develop their knowledge in pain management, whether they are on the path to specialisation or want to develop their knowledge about pain, the most common concern our patients have.
Barry Miller, Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists

The success of the award-winning e-learning suite, e-LA, e-ICM and e-Pain, is truly remarkable. These resources are now a cornerstone of lifelong learning for all professionals in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine in the UK and increasingly around the world
Dr Liam Brennan, President, Royal College of Anaesthetists.

The e-Pain programme should deliver a step change in the quality, safety, efficacy and patient experience of care in the community and hospital setting.
Dr Douglas Justins, Past Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia

Developed by clinical experts in the UK, these interactive programmes deliver exceptionally high-quality training for anaesthesia, critical care and pain management specialists. This can only help to improve the quality and safety of patient care.
Dr Julia Moore OBE FRCA, Consultant Anaesthetist


Purchasing the full programme

Single-user access to the e-Pain modules currently available (Modules 1 to 4 and 6 to 9) for 12 months costs £90 (excluding VAT where applicable).

Interested in purchasing selected modules only?

If you do not need access to the full programme, you can purchase selected modules covering specific areas. Just click on the relevant links below. Further modules can be purchased at any time.

How to purchase a licence

To purchase a licence, please click on the ‘Register’ button below.

Once you have submitted your details and your payment has been processed, your account details (user name and password) will be emailed to you within two to three working days.

All prices are for a single-user licence for 12 months. We can also arrange for multiple or multi-year licences. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.


Prices for individual modules (excluding VAT where applicable):

e-Pain - Introducing Pain Management £20
e-Pain - Acute Pain £20
e-Pain - Pain as a Long Term Condition £20
e-Pain - Treatment £20
e-Pain - Other Chronic Pain £20
e-Pain - Neuropathic Pain £20
e-Pain - Paediatric Pain £20
e-Pain - Special Populations £20
e-Pain - Cancer Pain £20
e-Pain - Basic Science £20