This CPD certified course is aimed at medicines optimisation teams, GPs, practice nurses, practice pharmacists and non-medical prescribers.
The course is broken down into eight modules including:
1. Background to chronic pain
2. Opioid efficacy and trial of treatment
3. Choice of strong opioid
4. Adverse effects of opioids
5. Duration of opioid therapy and review
6. Tapering and stopping opioids
7. Prescription opioid dependence
8. Specialist services
The course also includes four short case studies about patients who have successfully reduced their opioid use and 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 we recommend that it is taken in stages and not in a single sitting.
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.