Advanced Training in Pain
The Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine is available to advise trainees at any level, and especially those wishing to participate in advanced training. The overall objective of advanced training is to achieve competence in the key aspects of pain so that the trainee can take up a consultant post with a major interest in pain medicine. In the Mersey Deanery, pain fellowship posts at Walton, Arrowe Park/Walton and at RLBH can provide a core of experience which when combined with visits to other units within the Deanery will allow completion of the requirements for advanced pain training.
The Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine must approve competency and completion of advanced training. There is a programme of assessment methods which must be completed if the trainee is to be eligible to apply for recognition of advanced pain training and also to sit the FFPMRCA examination. Discussion with the Regional Advisor should take place at an early stage when taking up an appointment with the intention of completing advanced pain training. Trainees undertaking advanced pain training are expected to register with the Faculty of Pain Medicine, unless they have already done so for higher pain training. The registration form requires countersignature by the Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine.