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Musculoskeletal and chronic pain update: Primary care pathways

  • Released: 03/2018
  • Reviewed: N/A
  • Study time: 10h:0m
  • Standard price: £250.00
  • NHS HEE funded price: £0.00

This study day is delivered by Red Whale in partnership with CPPE. Red Whale is one of the leading providers of primary care medical education in the UK with over 13,000 primary care practitioners attending our courses each year.

More than one third of our consultations in primary care are about musculoskeletal problems and associated pain. After cardiovascular disease, musculoskeletal problems account for the most missed days from work, disability and morbidity. Persistent pain is a huge challenge for clinicians and patients alike and the UK has not escaped the opiate prescribing epidemic. We know that many of you, as clinical pharmacists, are being asked to proactively start to address this issue. Red Whale want to help. The presenters will use fully interactive lectures and you will discuss case studies to address these issues.



Learning objectives

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:

  • assess pain, in the context of the whole biopsychosocial model and construct a clear narrative to discuss this with patients
  • identify patients at risk of developing persistent pain early in their journey and offer ideas of how to steer them away from this path
  • apply a strategy for identifying problem opiate prescribing and discuss how to address this
  • identify and manage patients with low back pain, osteoarthritis and inflammatory arthritis and involve them in shared decision making about their treatment.

How to use this programme

When you book onto this workshop you will be able to access the resources that you need to complete your learning. If there is a pre-workshop book associated with your workshop, then this will be sent to you in the post and you will also be able to download it in PDF form.

At the workshop your facilitator will provide any materials for you to refer to and complete during the event.

Learning intended for

  • Pharmacists
  • Pharmacy technicians