Chronic pain can be debilitating for many

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education (CPPE) has announced launch of the new e-learning programme on controlled drugs in chronic pain to support patients.

The programme launched on Monday (January 17), aims to support pharmacy professionals to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors to support patients to use prescribed controlled drugs safely with a focus on chronic pain.

The new programme will open new opportunities for pharmacy professionals to improve patient care, in relation to the safe prescribing and use of controlled drugs.

The e-learning programme contains sections, designed to help professionals to:

  • describe the risks, challenges and consequences associated with a growing use of prescribed controlled drugs
  • identify people who may benefit from support with their use of controlled drugs
  • support patients with chronic pain to consider alternative options to controlled drugs use
  • develop your professional network to support you to deliver personalized care for people taking controlled drugs
  • apply a shared decision making approach to discussions involving controlled drugs
  • apply your learning to make changes to your practice to improve the safe and effective use of controlled drugs.

The programme, which is accessible for all pharmacy professionals in the NHS, covers a range of care settings, and the learning can be applied across all sectors of practice.

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