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In January 2021, the NHSBSA reported that over a million individuals in England were prescribed opioids for durations exceeding three months. Rigorous efforts were put in place to reduce opioid prescribing and notably, within less than three years, there has been an 8% reduction in the prescription of opioid painkillers, resulting in an estimated prevention of around 350 fatalities and over 2,100 incidents of patient harm, as highlighted by NHS England. A key ambition of the National Medicines Safety Improvement Programme is to reduce harm from opioid medicines by reducing high dose prescribing (>120mg oral Morphine equivalent), for non-cancer pain by 50%, by March 2024.
This conference brings together distinguished experts in the field of pain management and offers a comprehensive and practical guide for enhancing opioid safety and ensuring the safeguarding of patient well-being in clinical practice. Attendees will gain valuable insights into the latest trends, evidence-based practices, and strategies to optimize patient outcomes within the NHS. The conference delves into patient stories highlighting the challenges of chronic pain, insights into opioid pharmacology, guidelines, patient-centred pain management, identifying and managing opioid misuse and dependence, opioid abuse and diversion by staff, digital solutions, and non-opioid pain management approaches. Throughout the day, there will be interactive sessions, small breakout groups, and collaborative exercises, fostering a dynamic learning experience.
“There are estimated to be more than 360,000 total prevalent cases of opioid addiction in the UK in 2023”
“The problems seen in patients taking opioids for pain vary considerably from difficulty in reducing opioid dose because of withdrawal effects or re-emergence of pain to much more complex presentations characterised by many of the more difficult behaviours and complex psychosocial of continued opioid use”
Faculty of Pain Medicine
This conference will enable you to:
Network with colleagues who are working to ensure opioid safety
Learn about the latest updates on evidence-based practices and national treatment guidelines to improve patient outcomes
Gain insights from patient stories and develop strategies for patient-centred pain management
Understand the fundamentals of opioid pharmacology, including mechanisms of action and their effects on the body
Meet the National Ambition to reduce harm from opioid use
Implement best practices for initiating, titrating, discontinuing opioid therapy, and explore evidence-based approaches to achieve optimal pain relief
Apply interactive case studies to enhance practical understanding and application of opioid management strategies
Learn to identify signs of opioid misuse and dependence in patients, and explore harm reduction initiatives and interventions
Gain insights into the scale of opioid abuse and diversion by healthcare staff, identifying warning signs and potential interventions
Explore digital solutions for opioid monitoring and adverse event prevention, exploring electronic systems and predictive models
Integrate physiotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, interventional procedures, and other non-opioid approaches into pain management plans
This conference supports CPD professional development and acts as revalidation evidence. This course provides 5 Hrs training for CPD subject to peer group approval for revalidation purposes.