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Website aims to ease the pain of learning

18 October 2010

Pain management experts looking to develop their professional skills are being urged to sign-up with a new website, launched by Cardiff University this week (Wednesday 20th October).

The Pain Community Centre website is a new dedicated site developed by Cardiff University’s School of Medicine offering professional development education to healthcare professionals, patients and members of the public.

Registered healthcare professionals can register for the website – providing access to professional courses, articles, information about local events and contact with other practitioners from across the UK.

Members of the public and non-qualified healthcare professionals will also be able to take the courses and access articles, making the website a useful tool for both patients and relatives wishing to improve their own knowledge of pain management.

Once the site launches, users can access it by registering at www.paincommunitycentre.org.

The website is part of a wider initiative launched as part of chronic pain directives in Wales. Ann Taylor, one of the project leaders and the main author of the directives, said: "One of the directives set out was to make e-learning pain education available free of charge to all healthcare professionals, healthcare support workers, and undergraduate students in Wales. Not only are we now able to achieve this, but we are also able to roll it out to all UK practitioners and to the wider public."

The website will be officially launched at the ‘Village Underground’ venue in Shoreditch, London on Wednesday 20th October, where there will be a demonstration of the site and its functions. Anyone wishing to attend will need to RSVP to Ann Taylor on 029 2074 3109 or TaylorAM@cardiff.ac.uk.

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Notes to editors:

1. For further information, please contact:

Ann Taylor

School of Medicine

Cardiff University

029 2074 3109

TaylorAM@cardiff.ac.uk

Jessica Kelly

Public Relations Office

Cardiff University

029 2087 0298

KellyJA@cardiff.ac.uk

2. Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning.

Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.

Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk