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A Proposed Model for Improving Battlefield Analgesia Training: Post-Graduate Medical Officer Pain Management Day
  1. Dr Colette Davey, GPStR c/o1,
  2. KE Mieville1,
  3. R Simpson, Professor General Practice2 and
  4. D Aldington, Defence Medical Services Pain Specialist3
  1. 1ST1 GPVTS, Frimley Park Hospital, Portsmouth Road, Frimley, Hampshire
  2. 2RCDM, ICT Centre, Vincent Drive, Birmingham
  3. 3Department of Anaesthetics, Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester Hants.
  1. Department of General Practice, Royal Centre of Defence Medicine, ICT Centre, Vincent Drive, Birmingham B15 2SQ 07825255219 colettedavey{at}


In response to increasing awareness of the need to improve Post Graduate Medical Officers training in the use of analgesics when on Operations and exercises, a new “Pain Day” format has been realised and included in the Post Graduate Medical Officers Course. This article discusses the format of the Pain Day; gives evidence of the feedback received; explores areas where further training may be required and suggests mechanisms through which improved training could be provided throughout the armed forces medical community.

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