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Pain Management Centre (PMC)

About the Pain Management Centre (P​MC)

The Pain Management Centre (PMC), based at Overdale hospital, helps you manage persistent pain (pain that continues for more than three months).

We also run:

  • a Pain Education Day (PED)
  • community gym sessions
  • mindfulness practice
  • an intensive eight day Pain Management Programme (PMP)

The multidisciplinary team is made up of:

  • doctors
  • nurses & practitioner
  • physiotherapists
  • psychologists
  • occupational therapists

Your first appointment​​

On your first visit, one of the doctors will assess you to help determine which members of the team or treatments may be of most help to you.

This is your opportunity to ask questions about any difficulties or concerns you have about with your pain.

You'll also be given the details of a member of the nursing team who will be your point of contact while you are under the care of the PMC.

Pain Education Day (PED)

At a Pain Education Day (PED), you can:

  • learn more about science of pain
  • ask different members of the team questions
  • find out what we can do to support you
  • learn about how your body can cause and maintain pain
  • find out about the centre's other services

The course is based on scientific understanding of pain and is evidence based.

Topics covered on the PED​​​

The topics covered during the day are:

  • differences between acute and persistent pain
  • role of medicine in pain management
  • medical terminology
  • pain conditions
  • vicious cycles of persistent pain
  • benefits of keeping moving despite pain
  • pain and emotions

Dates and times of the PED​​

The next available course is on ???

The course runs from 8.30am to 2.30pm with a break for lunch.

To find out more, email the Pain Management Centre.

Email Pain Management Centre 

Pain Management Programme (PMP)

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.

The next course is on ???

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)
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