About the pain service

  • Our team

    Our multi-disciplinary team of pain specialists include:

    • Consultants in Pain Medicine
    • Psychologists and Psychological Therapists
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Physical Therapists
    • Nurses: Specialists in Pain, Mental Health and Opioids
    • Therapy Assistants

    Together, we provide a range of services so that we can tailor what we offer to match your clinical and personal needs.

    We will support you to develop new skills to understand your body and deal with pain with greater knowledge and confidence. This will help you come to terms with your pain and adopt effective strategies for living life meaningfully.

    Please note: as we are a non-prescribing service we cannot provide prescriptions for medicines.

    • Consultants in Pain Medicine

      Our medical team who specialise in pain will work with you to achieve an understanding of your pain. They will help to ensure that conditions which can be treated are not overlooked, although this may not always be possible, because pain science doesn't always have the answers. Once you understand the complexity of your pain condition you will be able to adopt strategies to engage with pain management techniques and continue living a meaningful life.

      Our pain consultants provide medication advice in clinic and spinal and other injections in our theatres, as a holistic package of care. The national thinking around spinal injections has changed radically due to lack of substantial evidence for the injection of steroids. To learn more about this, please read the Dorset Spinal Injection Policy.

    • Psychologists and Psychological Assistants

      How can psychology help with pain management, you may well ask?! Do they think the pain's in my mind?

      As the field of pain has moved from a purely medical model to a bio-psycho-social approach, the role of psychologists has been vital in helping people come to terms with the impact of their pain and the losses it imposes. Being in constant pain is exhausting. It interferes with every aspect of our life and we often lose our sense of who we are. Relationships change, work becomes harder to carry out, we become less fit and mobile and well-being is elusive as we lose control and slip into the downward spiral of chronic pain.

      Psychological therapy helps people deal with the anxiety, fear, low mood, anger, hopelessness, frustration and regain a sense of control over pain in particular and life in general. The psychologists and counsellors on our Team have a spectrum of therapies to offer, based on rigorous training. The models we offer include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Relaxation, to name a few.

    • Occupational Therapists

      An Occupational Therapist uses their professional expertise in understanding how the body works when doing everyday tasks. As part of your pain management, an occupational therapist may work with you to explore ways to find solutions to help with daily activities, work needs, leisure or learning. The following are examples:

      • Advice on planning, pacing and prioritising your activities
      • Suggest techniques to conserve energy and care for your body
      • Advise on aids and equipment to enable independence
      • Explore coping strategies such as distraction techniques and relaxation
      • Manage leisure activities you enjoy or may want to try as part of your pain management
      • Support you to remain in work or find ways to help you return to work
    • Physical Therapists

      Physical Therapy is a vital part of pain management. Research shows that improving our fitness has a beneficial effect not only on our levels of pain, but also on our general health and well-being. Our bodies like to move, so gradually moving stiff joints, tight ligaments and muscles will be helpful when we try to carry out any activity. Of course, if these tissues have been painful for a long time and fitness and activity levels have decreased, all physical exercise has to be approached gently and a "bit at a time". This is why advice and support from physiotherapists who have an understanding of chronic pain is vital in enabling you to increase your levels of activity and overall fitness gradually and in a sustainable manner.

    • Nurses: Specialists in Pain, Mental Health and Opioids
      The nurse role within the pain management service is one of a generalised pain clinician. We teach people about the complexities of persistent pain, and the medical, social, physical and psychological impact that pain can have on an individual and support them to develop coping strategies.
      The nurses help to bridge the gap between the medical and non-medical elements of pain management, explaining medical conditions, discussing the implications of medical investigations and the potential benefits and limitations of interventions. Nurses help clients to optimise their medication, giving advice about the types of medications available, their side effects, uses and limitations and help clients to reduce medication in a safe and appropriate manner if appropriate.
    • Therapy Assistants

      Our Therapy Assistants play a vital role in supporting people get back to some sort of normality in their lives. This could be anything ranging from gently introducing you back to movement at a local gym or swimming pool, to  helping you regain some social activities to assisting you to make daily tasks around the home are manageable.

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  • Request Online Platform access

    Our online service provides the opportunity to:
    ​Create your own Library of resources.
    Set goals for yourself.
    Join conversations in our online community.
    ...and more

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  • Regular support groups imageRegular support groups

    • Bournemouth Last Friday of every month 1pm

      Time for Coffee - BOURNEMOUTH

      Please note the Time for Coffee mornings for Bournemouth are currently on hold. 

      There will be no meetings in September and October 2019.

    • Poole last Thursday of the month 10:30am

      Time for Coffee - POOLE

      Fed up? Want to chat? Need to laugh?

      Come and join the monthly coffee mornings at The Lighthouse Cafe 21 Kingland Rd, Poole Bh15, run by our fabulous Pain Service Volunteers.

      These are run as a drop in from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Stay for as long or as little as you like.

      The coffee group runs every last Thursday in the month.

      We look forward to seeing you there!

    • Wareham every Thursday 10:30am

      Purbeck Support Group:

      When: Group meeting every Thursday.

      Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm.

      Where: In the upstairs bar area, Purbeck Sports Centre, Worgret Road, Wareham, BH20 4PH. There is a lift available.

      Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and a chat. Any queries please call 01305 814015.

    • Weymouth every Tuesday 10:30am

      Weymouth Support Group:

      When: Meeting up every Tuesday.

      Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm.

      Where: Springhead pub in Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth, DT3 6LW. 

      Please feel free to attend for a coffee and a chat. Please contact Mr David Wilson should you require any further information about the support group - 07858 510513.

    • Dorchester 3rd Friday of month 10:30am

      VIVO Lounge Support Group:

      When: Meeting up on the third Friday of every month.

      Time: 10.30am -12.30pm

      Where: 23 Weymouth Avenue, Brewery Square, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1QR

      Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and a chat. The group will be facilitated by a volunteer of the community pain service. Any queries please call 01305 814015.

  • One-to-one peer support imageOne-to-one peer support

    Would you like phone or online support from a Pain Chain Coach?

    A Pain Chain Coach is somebody who has chronic pain and therefore understands the challenge of living with daily pain.

    We are very sorry but due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to offer any new pain coaches at the moment but will endeavour to get this back up and running as soon as possible.

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