Physiotherapist – You may have already seen a physiotherapist but because our physiotherapists have specialist training in pain management a different approach will be used.
The main aim is often not to reduce or relieve pain as there is good evidence that increasing what you are able to do is an important step in empowering self-management. This is achieved through developing the skills and building the confidence required to help improve your physical ability, general level of fitness, quality of life and mental wellbeing. This may still involve hands on therapy or exercise.
Pain Consultant – Are able to perform medical assessments and request further tests if required. They can review any medication you take to help optimise its effectiveness whilst reducing any side effects. Where appropriate injection techniques or other interventions may also be considered.
Psychologist – Living with pain can often affect how we think and feel. For example not being able to do the things you enjoy in your life can lead to feeling depressed, anxious, tense or worried. This affects some people more than others and makes pain more difficult to manage which is where our psychologist can help.
Occupational Therapist – Living with pain is stressful and research has shown that the body’s pain system and stress reactions do affect each other. Our OT will help you to understand this and provide you with opportunities to learn skills and strategies to re-regulate the body’s stress reaction allowing you to manage pain in the most effective way.
Groups – we also offer evidenced based groups. These enable you to understand chronic pain, stress and the impact this has on your life helping to improve your health and sense of wellbeing.
Referral to the group will be discussed with you on an individual basis and can be made by any member of the team.
Alan Bennett – Pain Consultant and Anaesthetist
Alison Beard – Medical Secretary
David Beard – Pain Consultant, Anaesthetist and Acute Pain Lead
David Sanders – Specialist Physiotherapist
Gerri De Vries –Specialist Occupational Therapist
Kate Pearson –Clinical Psychologist
Lucy Miller – Pain Consultant, Anaesthetist and Persistent Pain Lead
Matthew Lund – Specialist Physiotherapist and Therapy Team Lead
Sharon Cloak – Medical Secretary
Rebecca Smith – Medical Secretary