The requirements for training in Pain Medicine for those trainees still on the 2007 curriculum are detailed in the CCT in Anaesthetics 2007, I, II, III, and IV documents which are available in the “For professionals” section of the RCoA Website. The 2010 curriculum started in August 2010 (with a phased transfer for trainees at different levels of training) and the requirements for training in Pain Medicine are detailed in Annex B, C, D, and E. The following sections explain how it is intended that this training should be delivered and recorded for anaesthetic trainees in the Mersey Deanery
Foundation Year Two
This stage of training is not covered by College documents. Not all doctors who occupy FY2 posts will continue to pursue careers in anaesthesia. The foundation curriculum includes a section “Uses common analgesic drugs safely and effectively”. The competencies detailed in this section should be achieved during an anaesthetic attachment. Many of the generic competencies relating to approach to patients and communication skills are achievable in acute and chronic pain settings. The focus should be on acute pain work but it is recommended that the trainee attend at least one chronic pain clinic and one pain theatre session to appreciate the full scope of the specialty
A suitable form for recording pain training is “Foundation Year 2 Pain Medicine Experience” which can be incorporated into the training portfolio.