‘I’ve got this terrible pain, nurse’ – free health talk

pain presentation
‘I’ve got this terrible pain, nurse’ – free health talk
23 November 2015

On Friday 11th December, Paula Bragg,  Lead Pain Nurse from The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust will be hosting a free public talk on, The Integrated Persistent Pain Service, to be held at The Royal Oldham Hospital, Education Centre (2 – 3 pm).

Chronic, or persistent pain, affects many people and can have a devastating effect on the lives of the people, their families and friends.   Very often, a person may have no evident cause for their pain, or the cause may have resolved some time ago, and they are left with pain. This may be very difficult for them and their loved ones to accept and live with, and often there is no ‘cure’ to some types of pain.

Evidence gathered over the years from people who suffer with chronic pain, is now very clear that although pain may not be ‘cured’, a person can be helped to manage their pain with changes to their lifestyle and the way they think.

The new Integrated Community Persistent Pain Service that puts the emphasis on people to manage their own pain was launched across Oldham in June.

People suffering from persistent pain that is hard to manage despite treatment will benefit the most from the new Pain Service, which has an emphasis on supporting people to make informed decisions, manage their care and have an improved quality of life.

The new three tier service is run by a highly experienced multi-disciplinary team of health professionals who are all specialists in pain, including Pain Specialist Nurses, Pain Specialist Physiotherapists, Cognitive Behaviour Therapists, and Clinical Psychologists supported by Pain Consultants and Liaison Psychiatrists where necessary.

Tier one will be coordinated by the patient's GP practice and patients will see Community Physiotherapists and Psychological Therapists.

Tier two will be delivered by Pennine MSK Partnership at the Integrated Care Centre in Oldham town centre and at Oldham Community Leisure gymnasiums. All patients will be assessed by a Pain Specialist clinician and a self help care plan will be developed in partnership with each patient.

The team in tier two comprises Pain Specialist Physiotherapists, Pain Specialist Nurses, Psychological Therapists and a GP with a special interest in pain. This team is integrated with the community rheumatology service and the community orthopaedic service within Pennine MSK Partnership.

Paula Bragg, Lead Pain Nurse said “Most patients with persistent pain will receive their care in either tier one or tier two in the community, but those with the most complex needs will receive additional care from tier three at The Royal Oldham Hospital, where they will be assessed by a Clinical Psychologist, Liaison Psychiatrist, Pain Consultant and Pain Specialist Nurse.   Since the service was launched in June we have seen 300 patients

The talk will be held on Friday 11th December, 2 – 3 pm in the Education Centre, The Royal Oldham Hospital. The event is free and open to the public, staff and the Trust’s  members.  

‘Medicine for Members’ events are free and are held regularly at our four hospital sites, to give the public, staff and members the opportunity to learn more about the services at PAHNT.   So far, nearly 12,000 people have signed up to become members.   To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk