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The prestigious award recognises individuals who generously give their free time, enthusiasm and energy to help improve NHS services. Without volunteers many of our services would not be able to function in the way that they do. Those within this category have gone above and beyond with their commitment to Dorset HealthCare. The award was presented by Steve Cole, Chair - Friends of Blandford Community Hospital
Pain Service Volunteers win Trust Heroes Award – Sept 2017
Pete Vesey - Specialist Occupational Therapist told us “the five who were nominated, shortlisted and won, represent all of our extremely generous and faithful volunteers who together, as well as individually are really making a difference to the lives of patients and how the service runs and develops”
Meherzin Das - Clinical Lead, Dorset Community Pain Service said “This award is so richly deserved and echoes the immense sense of gratitude we always feel for the excellent work our volunteers do with the Pain Service.”
John Hurley Pete Vesey (standing) with Lynda Lane (left), Mike Forte and Barbie Hooper Carol Calf
The Pain Service Lynda Lane, John Hurley, Mike Forte, Barbie Hooper, Carol Calf
These volunteers have put so much back into this service. They are exceptional in the support they provide, time invested into helping other people in the service despite their own ill health. They use their own experience in order to help others in a similar situation learn how to manage their pain. They do make a difference to people's lives and work with dedication to do so and are so invaluable to the service.
The Recovery Education Centre (REC) is a fabulous community resource for people who are on their own personal journey of recovery. The REC offers educational courses that are co-designed and co-delivered by an NHS staff member and a peer trainer who has lived experience.Click on the link for the SPRING 2017 prospectus for courses being run by the REC!
In recent years, there has been growing interest in what neuroscience can tell us about how our mind and body experience pain. Click on the link to find out about more about current research being conducted in this fascincating area!
The Recovery Education Centre (REC) is a fabulous community resource for people who are on their own personal journey of recovery. The REC offers educational courses that are co-designed and co-delivered by an NHS staff member and a peer trainer who has lived experience.The success of our last 'Pain Management Course' delivered in partnership with the REC in 2016 has given us the drive to do it all over again in 2017. Click on the link for the full annual prospectus for courses being run by the REC!
The 'Blurt Foundation' is set up to offer a supportive, helping hand for people living with depression and other emotional difficulties. This is a FANTASTIC website about how we can manage our emotions and maintain our wellbeing. Click on the link which will take you to their website
Today is the day when milions of people around the world are celebrating their love for one another... But how often do we take time to ensure that we are loving ourselves? Developing self compassion and self-love has many benefits for boosting mood, confidence and adjustment to living with chronic pain. Please click on the link to find 26 top tips for developing this extremely valuable skill!
Celebrating valentines day with your significant other can feel like a struggle when you are living with chronic pain. This link has some helpful ideas that combines pain management with romance!
Click on the link to read about how music can help with chronic pain
Click on the link to find out some great ways to help beat those winter blues.
Click on the link for advice on how to beat insomnia - tonnes of practical strategies for you to use to help retrain your body into getting a better night's sleep
Looking to set some pain management goals for 2017? Click on the link for some helpful guidance!
At the Pain Service, we are preparing for winter....brrrr.....Join us by clicking on the link for pain management techniques to use in the cold winter weather!
Please click on the link to listen to a fascinating and helpful podcast about living with Arthritis, with a particular focus on what Arthritis is and the tools to help you manage it so you can live life to the full!
Fibromyalgia Support Group
Dorset Community Pain Service are holding a Fibromyalgia Support Group exclusively for people with Fibromyalgia:
On : Monday 7th November 2016 10.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
At: : Littledown Youth Centre, Chaseside, Littledown, Bournemouth,
Tea/coffee will be provided!
We look forward to seeing you there,
The Dorset Community Pain Service Team
This blog is a REALLY inspiring, honest and helpful read for anyone living with pain.
Life can feel stressful..... Here are some ideas from 'Rethink' about how you can help yourself when you are feeling the pressure.
Click on the link to view videos of peoples' experiences of trying different relaxation techniques for pain management - Try them yourself and see which one works for you!
Our lovely patients have been busy organising informal social meetings for anyone who has/is accessing support from Dorset Community Pain Service. See more details about these coffee mornings by clicking on the poster... Hope to see you there!
Click on the link for 10 top tips which you can use to help you self-manage your pain....onwards and upwards!