A Complex Co-Morbid Conundrum

Pain Management for Patients Presenting with a Substance Use Disorder

1 day 
(Up to 35 delegates)

This is in-house training – we come to your organisation and deliver to your staff on an agreed date at a venue chosen and arranged by you. All participants will be receive training materials and certificates of attendance.

The Course Aim
To provide participants with a range of knowledge which will enable them to not only understand the complex relationship between pain and substance use disorders but also understand how to manage patients in an appropriate manner who present to them.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the session participants should be able to:
• Understand the key diagnostic criteria for substance use disorders.
• Understand the basic principles of pain management and explain the current models that underpin prescribing and pain management interventions.
• Challenge their own pre-conceptions of pain management in patients with substance use disorders.
• Recognise the presentation of misuse or dependency to illicit, OTC and prescription medication.
• Prescribe in a safe and evidence-based way to patients with a Co-Morbid presentation.
• Understand what non-pharmacological interventions are available to support these patients.

Course content
• Introduction to substance use disorder
• Overview of Pain Management Models
• Common misconceptions when dealing with the co-morbid presentation.
• Recognising symptoms of a co-morbid presentation.
• Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological options for patients with pain and substance use disorder
• Review the clinical management strategy or care plan.
• The role of the multi-disciplinary team in the management of co-morbid substance use and pain presentations.

Our trainer Graham Parsons, has been a pharmacist for 19 years and has an interest in Substance Use disorders. In 2003 Graham was invited to work alongside a GP Specialist in Substance Misuse and undertook the RCGP Certificate in the Management of Substance Misuse and a Diploma in Community Pharmacy at Cardiff University. Graham joined NHS Plymouth in 2005 as a specialist medicines management advisor in substance misuse. In April 2007 Graham became a prescriber. In July 2010 Graham was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.