Training and Assessment

Pain Medicine is a specialist area of Anaesthetics.  We recommend visiting the RCoA webpages on 'Considering a Career in Anaesthetics'  for further information on our parent specialty. Basic and Intermediate training in Pain Medicine happens as part of your wider Anaesthetics training programme.

Please click on the boxes below for information on each stage of Pain Training.

The Faculty has published a leaflet on training in pain medicine which can be downloaded by clicking here.


The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) ensure that trainees, members and fellows are provided with an appropriate breakdown of costs of supporting trainees and in the provision of the examinations that form part of the relevant training programmes.  For the purposes of this analysis, the income and expenditure for FRCA, FFICM and FFPMRCA examinations have been combined, as the vast majority of the functions are managed centrally by the RCoA examinations department to improve economies of scale.

Each department within the College and each Faculty has its own budget which is managed by the relevant head of function and the overall directorate budget is the responsibility of the relevant director.

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Curriculums, contacts and logbooks.
Curriculum, assessments and logbooks.
Curriculum, assessments, logbooks and recruitment.
Register for Faculty updates as a core, foundation and intermediate trainee
Retraining, Paediatric Pain Medicine, Overseas Training and Out of Programme Training (OOPT)
This step by step guide is aimed at helping you get the most out of your year while accomplishing all the college requir
Assessments required during and to complete Advanced Pain Training
Please click here for the FPM Consultant Feedback form.
Guidance, marking criteria and plagiarism information
Find out more information about your RAPM and LPMESs
How to be recognised as an Advanced Pain Training Centre and how to review existing centres
For more information about training opportunities in each region
The Faculty publish a quarterly newsletter to keep trainees updated on Faculty news
A list of regions where sub-specialty modules are available