BMJ Learning: Pain – June 10 2014

You see a 28 year old tennis player who has pain in his right knee. This started during a match four days ago. He twisted to hit a ball but his foot remained in the same position. What is most likely to be going on? And what tests would you do? If you are not sure then this module will help. Click on the link to complete it today:

Knee examination

And here are our most popular modules on pain:

Map of Medicine: 5 new pathways for pain


The British Pain Society has launched five new pathways on the Map of Medicine to support commissioning and educate clinicians. The pathways may go on to inform the new NICE Quality Standard in pain.

The pathways are:

  • Initial assessment and early management of pain
  • Spinal pain
  • Chronic widespread pain, including fibromyalgia
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Pelvic pain
“Referral rates and quality of care for patients with pain problems show a concerning variation. For the first time, commissioners, providers and patients now have access to evidence-based and high-quality pain pathways through the Map of Medicine.  This is the first step in driving down variation in care, whilst enabling providers and commissioners to be able to negotiate and influence pain services in the best possible way to support patient care”

The pathways are available to healthcare professionals and can be adapted for local clinical use using Map of Medicine’s unique localising software tools available to clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). To take advantage of the high-quality, peer-reviewed pathways visit the Map of Medicine.

Community pain staff move to a new location

Extract from The Staff Communications Bulletin

The Community Pain Service are moving on 20 January 2012
The Community Pain Service are moving from Weston Clinic on Friday 20 January 2012 to Waters Green Medical Centre on Monday 23 January 2012.

New address and contact details:
PCT Room 3, 3rd Floor, Waters Green Medical Centre
Sunderland Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6JL

01625 264181

News from NHS Networks: 14 October

This report sets out guidance to help people consider the ethical acceptibility of various ways of encouraging people to donate, both for treatment of others and for scientific research.
A year on from a ministerial review that confirmed the importance of summary care records in supporting urgent and emergency care, patient groups are advocating their use to improve care for millions of people with long term conditions.
On Tuesday, 22 November 2011, the Pain Summit 2011 is being held at Central Hall, Westminster. This is a joint initiative by the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (CPPC), the British Pain Society, the Faculty of Pain Medicine and the Royal College of General Practitioners.
New guidance from the Department of Health sets out how NHS providers will have to accept all clinically appropriate referrals made by clinicians to named hospital consultant led teams. The guidance supports providers and commissioners to implement the choice of named consultant led team for a first consultant led outpatient appointment for elective care where clinically appropriate.
The public wants more say and greater choice over their NHS healthcare according to a new patient survey carried out by an independent research company on behalf of the Department of Health.
The NHS will become more transparent under proposals set out by health secretary Andrew Lansley.
The revalidation support team has published three pieces of draft information management guidance to support revalidation.