A Complex Co-Morbid Conundrum
Pain Management for Patients Presenting with a Substance Use Disorder
Up to 35 delegates
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.
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.
Recognisethe 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.
- Introduction to substance use disorder
- Overview of Pain Management Models
- Common misconceptions when dealing with the co-morbid presentation.
Recognisingsymptoms 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.
Graham Parsons has been a practicing pharmacist since 1991 after graduating from the University of Bath in 1990. After working in a variety of community pharmacy roles, Graham started working in the Plymouth Substance Misuse Service in 2003 and joined NHS Plymouth in 2005 as a specialist substance misuse medicines management advisor. In 2007 Graham became a prescriber within the Plymouth Addiction Service after completing his prescribing certificate and was appointed a Pharmacist with Special Interest in Substance Misuse by Plymouth teaching Primary Care Trust in 2009.
In 2010 Graham was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) for a three-year term. After a brief period of time between 2013 and 2015 working as a clinical pharmacist and prescriber in a number of GP Practices and a medicines
Since 2015 Graham has worked on the medicines
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