You may be able to attend our Pain Management Programme (PMP) after being assessed by the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT).
The PMP is based on group rehabilitation, with groups of around 8 to 10 people. It helps develop your skills, techniques and strategies to manage your persistent pain.
You will learn about:
- increasing your physical fitness and flexibility
- improving your quality of life and movement
- understanding medication
- pain physiology and psychology
- identifying and changing factors that may affect your ability to manage pain
Dates and times of the PMP
The PMP runs four to five times a year at Overdale.
The course takes place on a Monday and Tuesday from 8.30am to 3.30pm over four weeks.
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To find out more, email the Pain Management Centre.
Email Pain Management Centre
About the medical team
The Pain Management Centre medical team has four doctors:
- Dr Chad Taylor (consultant in pain medicine)
- Dr Calum McClymont (consultant in anaesthesia and pain medicine)
- Dr John Miller (associate specialist in anaesthesia)
- Dr Regina Thomsen (staff grade in anaesthesia)
About the nursing team
A member of the nursing team may review you in clinic if you:
- start taking a new medication
- have had a medical intervention (such as a steroid injection)
- have attended the Pain Education Day
The PMC nursing team is:
- Darren O'Sullivan (pain specialist practitioner)
- Michelle Barrow (pain specialist nurse)
- Heidi Davies (pain specialist nurse)
You can contact the nursing team on + 44 (0) 1534 444572 from Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm, if you need any advice about your pain or have questions about your care.
About the physiotherapy team
The physiotherapy team look how they can support you in improving your levels of activity despite your pain.
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 on offer at the PMC encourages an active self-management approach, which has proven to be the most effective form of treatment for persistent pain.
The PMC physiotherapy team is:
- Dr Julia Morris (consultant physiotherapist)
- Mike Du Feu (senior physiotherapist)
- Orla Nugent (physiotherapy rehabilitation assistant)
About the psychology team
We help you to understand your thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, as a response to pain.
We to work with you to develop strategies and skills to help improve your quality of life despite the pain.
The psychology approach we use is based on the Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) model alongside mindfulness-based therapy.
The PMC psychology team:
- Dr Alessio Agostinis (clinical psychologist)
- Stuart Smith (psychology assistant)
About the occupational therapy team
We specialise in supporting you through difficulties at work by working with you to make sure 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 Back to Work team
The OT team:
- Rosy O'Doherty (senior occupational therapist)
- Ingrid Ferguson (vocational co-ordinator)