Training and Curricula

Pain Medicine training is part of the Anaesthetics CCT.  You can read more about how to train in this section of the website.  This leaflet also provides a helpful summary of Pain Medicine training.

Training takes place in four stages: basic, intermediate, higher and advanced.  Scroll below to find more information on these stages.

Stages of training

This is a compulsory area of training during the early stages of the Anaesthetic CCT. The aims are to ensure trainees are competent in the assessment and effective management and of acute post-operative and acute non post-operative pain. They should also have the necessary knowledge to provide a basic understanding of the management of chronic pain in adults.

This is also another compulsory area of training in the Anaesthetic CCT and aims to build on the competencies gained during Basic Pain Training. The trainees should become fully competent in the assessment and management of acute surgical, non-surgical and acute on chronic pain in most patient groups and in most circumstances. Trainees should have a knowledge of the assessment, management and wider treatment for chronic and cancer pain patients as well as the need for multi-professional input in such cases. Trainees should also be an effective member of the acute pain team.


Please click here for the Intermediate Training in Pain Medicine leaflet.


A guide for trainers providing Intermediate Training can be found here.

Read about Higher Pain Training here.

Read about Advanced Pain Training here.

Read about Paediatric Pain training and retraining here.

Applications for Out of Programme Training should be undertaken using this form and discussed at the earliest opportunity with your local trainers and the Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine.

Trainees who are planning to undertake training in pain medicine in an overseas post are strongly advised to seek advice from their Regional Advisors in both Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at an early stage. At present it is likely that overseas training would still count towards Advanced Pain Training but it is absolutely essential that:

  • prospective approval is obtained;
  • a detailed logbook and portfolio is kept during the overseas period;
  • verification that the training has been completed successfully is obtained from the Head of Department in the overseas institution; and 
  • certification of competency to the standard of advanced pain training is obtained from the Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine in the UK.

Overseas training will be assessed against the criteria for competency based training as described in the CCT Training Documents. The criteria for competency based training are the same irrespective of where training is undertaken.

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