New ‘patient centered’ Pain Service goes live

Pain service
New ‘patient centered’ Pain Service goes live
22 May 2015

A NEW integrated community Pain Service that puts the emphasis on people to manage their own pain is being launched across Oldham in June.

The new joined up ‘patient centred’ service goes live on 1st June and will be delivered by a partnership that includes The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Pennine MSK Partnership and the Psychological Medicine Service at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

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.

The new three tier service will help patients develop strategies for coping with their pain and reduce the distress that can sometimes go along with it. Interventions on offer include one to one appointments and group work.

Persistent pain may never be cured, but there are options to help people cope with pain better and live more fulfilled lives. The three tier approach addresses the physical, social and psychological effects of pain to give patients the best outcomes.

Paula Bragg, Lead Pain Nurse at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“It has been a pleasure to work with our colleagues from Pennine MSK Partnership and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust to develop this new service for people with persistent pain in Oldham. It has been a longstanding vision and we are all very excited to be part of a new way of working that will have such positive impact on people’s quality of life.”

Dr Hugh Sturgess, Executive Director at Pennine MSK Partnership said:

"The development of this new integrated pathway with our partners at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has been a very exciting project, but the most important partnership will be with each patient who suffers from persistent pain. The service is now designed to deliver the support for each patient that is tailored to help them to reduce the impact on the quality of their lives of the pain that they live with 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year."

Dawn Robinson, Directorate Manager for Pain at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“The collaborative partnership working between The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Pennine MSK Partnership and Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust has been a great success. It is very rewarding to know that the new Pain Service will provide an evidenced based, innovative, multi-disciplinary and integrated service, for people and their families who have to live with persistent pain.”

Pictured: Jayne Braithwaite, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pain Management Service, The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust with patient.

Notes to Editors

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust serves the communities of North Manchester, Bury, Rochdale and Oldham, along with the surrounding towns and villages. This area is collectively known as the North-East sector of Greater Manchester and has a population of around 820,000.

It is a large Trust with a total operating budget of over half a billion pounds. Its main commissioners are NHS Bury, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale, NHS Oldham and NHS Manchester.

The Trust provides a range of elective emergency, district general services, some specialist services and operates from four sites:

Pennine MSK Partnership is a service commissioned by Oldham CCG to provide care for the patients of Oldham in orthopaedics, rheumatology and chronic pain in a community setting across several sites in and around Oldham.

Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust is a mental health and community services provider, delivering care in Oldham, Bury, Tameside, Stockport, Trafford and Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. For more information about Pennine Care visit