Training Centres: Approval & Review

The Hospital Review Form has been re-designed by the Faculty of Pain Medicine Quality Assurance and Workforce Working Party to ensure all centres which provide Advanced Pain Training are able to meet the requirements of the training programme.

As part of the new quality assurance procedures, the FPM will ask RAPMs to review the APT centres in their region on a triennial basis. The information collected should also show prospective trainees, trainees and consultants the opportunities available in each region.

The process encompasses the documents below and is explained fully in the Guidance Notes:

  • The Hospital Review Form: this needs to be sent to the Local Pain Medicine Educational Supervisor in each hospital/centre providing APT in your region. They then need to be returned to you for summarising.
  • The Approval Checklist: this is for you to complete as RAPM for each of the review forms within your region.
  • The APT Post summary: this is for you to complete for your region. This form will show prospective trainees what is available within each region.
  • Guidance Notesthis explains the process in more details and suggests how to review the forms.

Becoming an Advanced Pain Training Centre

This process is also designed to be used by centres wishing to be recognised as an Advanced Pain Training provider.

  • The Hospital Review Form: should be completed the Educational Supervisor/Clinical Director and submitted to the RAPM for review.
  • The Approval Checklist: the RAPM should complete this in order to demonstrate if the centre is of the required standard for Advanced Pain Training.

Advice can be sought from the Faculty if you have any queries.

This process was recently piloted in the North Thames region resulting in a re-organisation of the Advanced Pain Training programme. Summaries for each of the centres can be found below in the ‘related downloads’ section.

A guidance document for pain management units or training programmes that wish to provide higher and advanced training of anaesthetists in Pain Medicine can be found here