Patients with pain to benefit from new service

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Patients with pain to benefit from new service
11 October 2016

Thousands of chronic pain sufferers in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale will be able to access a new innovative pain service from this month which encourages patients to try a range of measures to manage their pain.

Persistent pain - lasting longer than three months, is estimated to affect one in eight people which equates to approximately 27,500 people in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.  Sometimes the underlying cause for persistent pain is unknown and in other cases, the cause of the pain is identifiable. Common examples include back and joint pain, headaches, abdominal pain, pelvic pain and nerve pain.

The plan for the new service was drawn up by Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) using evidence based best practice from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), British Pain Society, Persistent Pain Policy Coalition, Faculty of Pain Medicine and the Royal College of General Practitioners about the best ways to treat chronic pain. The providers of the new service are Pain Management Solutions (PMS) who have a proven track record of delivering pain services in other areas of the country, including north Manchester, and who offer many different types of ways, in addition to traditional ones, for patients to cope with their chronic pain. 

Dr Chris Duffy, Chair of the CCG said; “We are seeing more and more patients having their lives blighted by persistent pain because the population is ageing and there are increasing levels of obesity and less physical activity. Traditional methods of pain management have tended to focus on killing the pain by medicines or through injections, which can provide effective short-term relief for some people, but there is much more that can be done to help manage pain in the longer-term by working with patients to identify the causes and triggers for their pain and then to work together to avoid, alleviate and overcome this to improve their lives.  The clinical and psychological methods that will be available to patients who are referred in to this service  have proven results and examples include exploring options such as pain management courses, exercise, pain education and advice, psychological therapy and looking at other elements of the person’s lifestyle, such as seeing if weight loss would help with their problems.”

“If we can help to improve the quality of life for people with chronic pain evidence tells us we can help to avoid depression, poor sleep, help people to keep their jobs and avoid disability. The benefits are enormous. To do this we need patients to understand the wider determinants of their pain and for them to understand how it can be managed. Pain relief including joint injections will continue to be delivered in the new service however only to patients who the evidence tells us will benefit from it, and patients will be encouraged to explore other options alongside these.”

Access to the new service will be from community locations across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. Initially these will include  Nye Bevan House and  Croft Shifa Health Centre  in Rochdale and the Phoenix Centre in Heywood. Once the service is established PMS will be looking to expand the service to other locations including Littleborough and Middleton. The service will be led by consultants in pain medicine and delivered by a multi-disciplinary group of healthcare professionals allowing patients to be seen by the right person, in the right place and at the right time so that the service is tailored to meet their needs.

The current pain management service is provided by Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (PAHT) from Rochdale Infirmary. This service will continue to see existing patients until April 2017, at which point all existing patients will be gradually transitioned into the new service at a community venue that is convenient to them.

More information about the service is available at 

Patients who have any queries can contact the Patient Services Team on: 0161 212 6270 (9am – 5pm Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays) By email: By post: St James's House, Pendleton Way, Salford M6 5FW