Nurses: Specialists in Pain, Mental Health and Opioids

The nurse role within the pain management service is one of a generalised pain clinician. We teach people about the complexities of persistent pain, and the medical, social, physical and psychological impact that pain can have on an individual and support them to develop coping strategies.
The nurses help to bridge the gap between the medical and non-medical elements of pain management, explaining medical conditions, discussing the implications of medical investigations and the potential benefits and limitations of interventions. Nurses help clients to optimise their medication, giving advice about the types of medications available, their side effects, uses and limitations and help clients to reduce medication in a safe and appropriate manner if appropriate.