Changes to visiting arrangements and a number of services are in place. For more details visit our Coronavirus page
Pain self-management service
The service remains open despite the pandemic offering 1:1 and group appointments. We can currently offer a choice of telephone or video call appointments. We hope to be offer face to face appointments from June 2021.
Our Pain Self-Management Clinics are run at Sarum House in St Ethelbert Street, Hereford. The team includes a pain management nurse prescriber, physiotherapist, and clinical psychologist and is supported by the Pain Clinic Consultants in Wye Valley NHS Trust and Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust.
For more information about managing persistent pain
I’ve been referred to the Pain Self-Management Service. What’s going to happen next?
The first step is to meet with you. We can discuss your pain problem and make a plan together.
• Meet other people who understand what it is like to live with long term pain
• Understand the pain and why it becomes long-term
• Learn new ways of managing everyday activities
• Improve balance, fitness, strength and flexibility
• Make better use of medication
• Communicate more clearly about pain
• Learn skills for coping with the sadness, worry or anger associated with chronic pain
• Prepare a plan for times when pain flares up
• Manage work issues
You have three main options
1. Pain Self-Management Programme
These group programmes are currently run over a video platform which you can access with a laptop, tablet or smartphone from home. The course has eight weekly sessions, each lasting around 2.5 hours. There is a mix of information, group discussion, and a chance to compare experiences with others with pain. You can find out what other people have said about attending an NHS Pain Management Programme
2. Mindfulness for pain programme
These group programmes are currently run over a video platform which you can access with a laptop, tablet or smartphone from home. The course has eight weekly sessions, each lasting around 2.5 hours. Our course is based on the book Mindfulness for Health by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Penman. If you want to find out more about mindfulness please visit our mindfulness page
3. 1:1 appointments
Some people choose to have a few one-to-one sessions with a member of our team. This is usually when a person wants to focus on a particular issue, for example, meeting with the nurse to discuss how to manage their medication more effectively. We may send you a Pain Plan workbook through the post and give you some support in choosing goals to suit you. You can buy a copy of the Pain Management Plan
3 St Ethelbert Street
Admin team direct line
0300 422 8469
- What is long term pain?
- Exercise and pacing
- Managing good days and bad days
- Sex and persistent pain
- Acceptance and committment