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Advanced Pain Management

MSc Advanced Pain Management
This programme was developed in collaboration with Mater Miserciordiae University Hospital (MMUH) and the specialist pain modules will be facilitated by Dr Laserina O’Connor (Loconnor@mater.ie) and colleagues in the Department of Pain Medicine, MMUH.

The programme is about learning opportunities in the delivery of high quality pain care across a variety of multifaceted clinical contexts. The MSc has been developed as a result of close partnership and collaboration with a variety of health service providers, including pain experts.

Who is the programme for?
This programme is for health care professionals who wish to provide the highest quality of care by deepening and broadening their knowledge base in the field of pain management across communities. The MSc Advanced Pain Management programme builds on appropriate undergraduate level study to progress the student’s power of understanding for becoming more effectively, skilfully and humanely engaged in pain practice across a variety of complex environments.

What is the programme about?
The programme is about learning opportunities in the delivery of high quality pain care across a variety of multifaceted clinical contexts. The MSc has been developed as a result of close partnership and collaboration with a variety of health service providers, including pain experts.

The American Society Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) has awarded international affiliate to this programme. The Irish Pain Society (Chapter IASP) has provided a scholarship for the student with the highest academic achievement.

Programme aims
To foster leadership in pain practice.
To enable practitioners develop their skills not just of emerging scholarship within the field of pain management but also of the wider academic, technological and intricate environments in which pain care takes place.

What will I learn?
You will develop a sophisticated questioning approach and practical experience of the scientific method in the context of diagnostic challenges pertinent to acute, chronic and cancer pain and pain survivorship.

How will I benefit?
This programme will support individuals who wish to make pain care an advanced part of their portfolio and in addition, plot their career development across various trajectories of care.

Teaching methods/Information technology
A wide range of diverse and student-centered learning processes are used to create an exciting interactive environment of thinking and learning. Blackboard a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching is used. Students attend multidisciplinary lectures, problem-solving discussion groups, seminars, and peer group presentations. The clinical practicums will ground students in actual pain practice across a variety of multifaceted environments.

Programme structure
This is a two year programme, with two semesters in year one and three semesters in year two. Assessments are varied (Algorithm, Case Study, MCQ, OSLER, Action Research (AR) Dissertation) throughout the programme. In addition, students complete a pain placement [shadowing experience] in Limerick Regional Hospital and St Vincent's University Hospital as part of their Advanced Clinical Practicum in year two.

Entry requirements

General Requirements
• Applicants must be an active registered health care professional
• Applicants must have acquired a level 8 academic award in health or allied health care discipline
• Applicants must have at least one year's post registration experience
• Applicants must be currently engaged in clinical practice with patients/clients
• The APEL process can be considered for those applicants who do not have a level 8 qualification.

Documents to be submitted with your application
• Academic Transcripts including date and grading of Degree award (non UCD only)
• Applicants must be entered on the live register of nurses maintained by An Bord Altranais (Nurses only)
• Other health care professionals must be registered with a recognised professional body
• Copy of Birth Cert or Personal Pages of Passport (non UCD only)
• Professional Reference Form (form available on School website at www.ucd.ie/nmhs/taughtgraduateprogrammes/howtoapply
• Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English).

Duration

2 years part-time

Number of credits

Year 1 60
Year 2 45

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Bernadette Manley
Senior Executive Assistant
B213, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6499

Bernadette.Manley@ucd.ie
Academic Enquiries:
Professor Laserina O' Connor
Lecturer
B115, CD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6460
Laserina.OConnor@ucd.ie

Subjects taught

Programme structure

This is a two year programme, with two semesters in year one and two semesters in year two. Assessments are varied (Algorithm, Case Study, MCQ, OSLER, Action Research (AR) Dissertation) throughout the programme. In addition, students complete a pain placement [shadowing experience] in Limerick Regional Hospital and St Vincent's University Hospital as part of their Advanced Clinical Practicum in year two.

Year One
Leadership & Organisational Dynamics Semester 1)
Pain Management (Semester 1)
Acute and Persistent Pain: Mechanisms to Treatment (Semester 1)
Advanced Health Assessment (Semester 2)
Pharmacology and Pain Therapies (Semester 2)
Research Methods applied to Healthcare

Year Two
Advanced Clinical Pain Practicum (Semester 1)
Implementation Science & Researching change in own Organisation
AR Dissertation (Semester 1-2)

Comment

The American Society Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) has awarded international affiliate to this programme. The Irish Pain Society (Chapter IASP) has provided a scholarship for the student with the highest academic achievement.

Assessment method

Assessments are varied (Algorithm, Case Study, MCQ, OSLER, Action Research (AR) Dissertation) throughout the programme.

Application date

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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