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Chronic Pain in Children course for Allied Health

Speciality Classification
Allied Health
Subject matter expert
e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Pain Medicine RCA, British Pain Society

This session describes the assessment, diagnosis, formulation and management of children who have chronic pain.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • Describe the multidimensional nature of chronic pain in children
  • Explain how the biopsychosocial model of pain underpins the assessment, diagnosis, formulation and management of children's chronic pain
  • List the components of multidisciplinary chronic pain management
  • Describe appropriate management pathways to meet the needs of children with chronic pain and their families

Chronic pain is pain that persists beyond the expected time of healing or beyond 3 months. It can be due to injury, may be disease-related or the cause may not be known, i.e. idiopathic or functional.

Instructors / Speakers
Christina Liossi,
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, University of Southampton, Southampton and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Psychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London

Christina is a paediatric psychologist who has worked as an academic and clinician in the UK and abroad.

Her research and clinical practice dovetail and focus on three intertwined themes:

a) The cognitive and affective neuroscience of pain

b) The development of theory driven psychological interventions for the management of acute and chronic pain in young people

c) The evaluation of the efficacy and effectiveness of psychological interventions in young people’s pain management.

Christina’s randomized controlled clinical trials have been critical to the establishment of hypnosis as an evidenced-based intervention in the care of children with cancer. Christina has cared for children with various chronic medical conditions including cancer, cystic fibrosis, chronic kidney disease, epidermolysis bullosa, and sickle cell disease.

Christina has contributed to evidence-based guidelines on acute and chronic paediatric pain, pain in epidermolysis bullosa and sedation in children.

Christina has written a book on procedure-related cancer pain in children, and is a content author on the e-PAIN project.

Dilini Rajapakse,
Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dilini trained in paediatrics in London with specialty posts in paediatric haematology/oncology at The Royal Marsden Hospital and palliative care medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She has an MSc. in clinical neuroscience from University College, London, a diploma in palliative medicine from Cardiff University and a postgraduate certificate in pain medicine from Edinburgh University.

Dilini is one of only eight consultants in the UK specializing in paediatric palliative medicine since 2007 and has specialized in paediatric pain medicine at Great Ormond Street Hospital, providing paediatric support to the chronic pain service there since 2005.

Her research interests are pain and symptom management in life-limited children and young people.

Dilini is a content author for the e-PAIN project.

Chronic Pain in Children course for Allied Health
Speciality Classification
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Chronic Conditions and Disease Management, Pain management, Pain Management and Palliative Care
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