SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3B723118
Module Leader Christina McColl
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Nursing
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Student of an undergraduate / post graduate professional or health related degree programme that has attained academic credits at a minimum of Level 2 / 8; Registered Nurse or AHPs, an individual who works in a health and social care area in a clinical or non clinical role .

Summary of Content

This module is designed to equip the practitioner with a relevant knowledge of the various causes of pain in patients with cancer and to prepare practitioners with the skills to recognise and effectively manage, within a team, the whole spectrum of cancer pain from simple to nociceptive pain through to total pain .


Introduction: The Nature of Cancer Pain (including epidemiology) The nursing role in providing holistic care to patients with cancer pain (to include audit and assessment tools) Cancer Pain Pathways and Mechanisms (including pathophysiology and clinical assessment) The WHO analgesic ladder for cancer pain management and the role of opioid analgesia Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and adjuvant analgesic treatments in cancer pain Spinals and epidurals technique and other useful local anaesthetic techniques for cancer pain management. Appropriate use of syringe drivers Total pain and how to recognise it The role of psychological and spiritual therapy Chemotherapy, radiotherapy and bisphosphonate therapy as analgesics in cancer pain management

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this moduel the student should be able to:1. Analyse cancer pain assessment and apply appropriately to practice2. Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms of cancer pain to inform pharmacological/non-pharmacological treatment options3. Reflect on the complexities of total pain4. Analyse and appraise the appropriateness of invasive methods of pain relief demonstrating indepth understanding of these methods5. Reflect on the use of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and bisphosphonate treatment in cancer pain management

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module offers only a blended delivery. A combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive discussions, workshops, directed and self-directed study will be utilised. The student will always obtain the equivalent of 36 hours of contact time with the module team, excluding individual academic support. The fundamental aim of the teaching and learning strategies, irrespective of delivery mode is to support the development of autonomous, independent problem solving and decision making within the parameters of their profession competence, role and employers agreed vicarious liability (or equivalent).

Indicative Reading

Abram, S., E., 2011 Cancer Pain , Springer-Verlag New York Inc, New York Bruera, E.D., Portenoy, R. K. (eds) 2009 Cancer pain , Cambridge University Press, Cambridge Davis, A. 2012 Cancer-related Breakthrough Pain , Oxford University Press, Oxford Hester, J., Sykes, N., Peat, S. 2011 Interventional Pain control in Cancer Pain Management , Oxford University Press, Oxford Davis, M., Glare, P., Hardy, J. (eds) 2005 Opioids in cancer pain , Oxford University Press, Oxford Patt, R. B., Lang, S. S. 2004 The complete guide to relieving cancer pain and suffering , Oxford Press, Oxford

Transferrable Skills

Develop independent learning by working in a self-directed manner Develop study and IT skills to underpin effective learning Develop critical thinking, decision making and communication skills Work effectively with others Underpin professional practice through reflection and the integration of theory and practice Appreciate the need for a high level of ethical and professional conduct

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (PT) 144.00
Practicals (PT) 4.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Tutorials (PT) 8.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 40% 4000 Word Case Study