Practice educators and mentors are now expected to have the skills and techniques needed to implement a ‘learning skills through simulation’ program into established curricula, yet using simulation to teach while of huge importance – requires careful and time-consuming planning. This valuable resource takes away some of that burden by providing clear, ready-made activities and guidance from leading practitioners in a range of fields, which healthcare and practice educators and mentors can use to enhance their teaching of all the essential and commonly-taught clinical and management skills and knowledge.

Dedicated chapters, which all follow a defined step-by-step format, provide simulation scenarios, alongside facilitator guidance, which will help develop confidence in the teaching of key skills such as:

Drug administration; Conflict management; Infection control; Breaking bad news; Catheter and bowel care

These scenarios and accompanying guidance can be used as a framework for teaching, promoting a greater understanding of the skill being taught, and providing a risk-free opportunity for the student to practice their clinical and managerial skills and judgment.

Pain Assessment

Pain assessment


The aim of this chapter is to equip the reader with the knowledge required to undertake effective pain assessment for their patients.


On completion of this chapter the reader will be able to:

  • Discuss and recognise the importance of undertaking pain assessment
  • Describe the effects on the patient of under-treated pain
  • Identify instances when pain assessment should be performed
  • Practise the skill of assessing pain.


For many people pain is a part of everyday life, for others it is a fleeting encounter. Its effects can be long lasting and life changing.

The International Association for the Study of Pain Montreal Declaration (IASP) (2010) states that it is ‘the right of all people to have access to pain management without discrimination’; however, evidence suggests that frequently the management of pain ...

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