After your assesment, you may be offered a place on our Pain Management Programme. This is based on group rehabilitation and inclues groups of around 8 to 10 people. The programme is designed to help you develop skills, techniques, and strategies to manage your persistent pain.
The programme explores the following topics:
- identifying and changing factors that may affect your pain
- goal setting
- improving your quality of life and movement
- understanding medication
Dates and times of the Pain Management Programme
The Pain Management Programme runs four times a year at Overdale.
The course takes place over a Monday and Tuesday from 8.30am to 3.30pm and runs over four weeks.
The Pain Clinic Team includes:
- Nursing Team
- Occupational Therapists
The Medical Team
The Pain Clinic Medical Team includes 3 medical doctors:
- Clinical Director and Lead Consultant for Pain Clinic: Dr Chad Taylor
- Associate Specialist
- assess your pain condition
- suggest appropriate investigations to rule out serious pathology
- offer medical treatments (e.g. medications and injections)
The Nursing Team
A member of the Nursing Team may review you in clinic if you:
- are attending your first assessment appointment
- start taking a new medication
- have had a medical intervention (such as a steroid injection)
- have attended the Explain Pain Session
- are re-referred
The Physiotherapy Team
In almost all cases involving persistent pain, reducing your activity can make your pain worse because muscles and joints must be used to remain healthy. The Physiotherapy Team support you in improving your levels of physical activity despite your pain.
The physiotherapy on offer at the Pain Clinic encourages an active self-management approach, which has proven to be the most effective form of treatment for persistent pain.
The Pain Clinic Physiotherapy Team includes:
- Consultant Physiotherapist
- Senior Physiotherapist
- Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Assistant
- Principal Physiotherapist, persistent pelvic pain
The Psychology Team
Our Psychology Team help you to understand your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, as a response to pain. They work with you to develop strategies and skills to improve your quality of life despite the pain.
The psychology approach used is based on the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy model and is used alongside mindfulness-based therapy.
The Pain Clinic Psychology Team includes:
- Clinical psychologist
- Psychology assistant
The Occupational Therapy Team
Our Occupational Therapy Team specialise in supporting you through difficulties at work. They work with you to help you remain in, or return back to work or your hobbies through vocational rehabilitation.
Examples of vocational rehabilitation include:
- negotiating return to work plans and providing advice on pain management in the workplace
- workplace visits and ergonomic assessments
- organising voluntary work placements
- providing computer skills training
- help with CV and interview preparation
- liaising with vocational support agencies such as Jersey Employment Trust and the Back to Work team
The Pain Clinic Occupational Therapy Team includes:
- Principal occupational therapist
- Vocational co-ordinator
Spinal Assessment Service
The Spinal Assessment Service asses people with acute, or chronic episodes of spinal pain, and pain thought to be of spinal origin.
They provide education and exercise for the long-term management of pain in the form of a 4 session Spinal Health Course which follows the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance.
The spinal assement service accept referrals from GPs and hospital teams.
They can refer you for:
- further investigations through discussion with Pain Clinic Lead Consultant
- spinal surgeons as necessary
- further assessment in the Pain Clinic when appropriate
Persistent Pelvic Pain Service
The Persistent Pelvic Pain Service assess people with persistent pelvic pain, especially related to bladder, bowel and sexual function. They also run a pelvic movement class.
They accept referrals from GPs, Specialist Nurses and Hospital teams and can refer you to the Pain Clinic when appropriate.
Pain Support Jersey (Charity)
The charity supports people who suffer from chronic pain and promotes the understanding of pain in the community. They offer things that can help with pain management: gentle exercise, vocational activities and social events. Annual membership costs £25.
To check appointment times or to change or cancel an appointment call our reception on +44 (0) 1534 444531
For repeat prescriptions and clinical queries (e.g. about medications, injections etc.) call the Nursing Team on +44 (0) 1534 444572 (answerphone service only) and leave a message.
To opt in to group programmes (Mindfulness, Pain Management Programme etc.), change or cancel an injection appointment, or for questions about your treatment pathway (e.g. who you are seeing next or what a certain course entails) call the Team Co-ordinator on +44 (0) 1534 445609