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If you have a person who is living with pain under your care who may benefit from a referral to our service firstly please review our inclusion/exclusion criteria below. If you feel that they are appropriate then please signpost them to this website so they are able to watch the video and make an informed choice regarding self management.
In order to improve awareness of Chronic Pain amongst Health Care Professionals around the county, various tiers of training have been designed and are already being delivered:
Staff of the Dorset Pain Mangement Service provide training for:
Primary Care: for GPs and other Primary Care Staff at all the GP surgeries in Dorset
Secondary Care: staff working in Acute Hospitals, in Community Services and in Mental Health Services
Trainees: Trainees from the following specialities are offered placements within the service: GPs, Anaesthetic Registrars, Psychology, Nursing, OT and Physiotherapy. We have excellent links with the University of Southampton, Bournemouth University, University of Exeter have the continued oppportunity to train under the supervison of our specialist staff team.
Voluntary Sector: We provide regular updates to members of members of various voluntary sector organisations to learn from the 'lived' experiences of people living in pain and share relevant research with them.
External organisations: We have worked hard to develope link with Job Centres, with Exercise Referral Scheme staff and other organisations in order to improve awarenessof Chronic Pain.
Dorset Pain Management Service is currently developing a function through systemone where we will be able to provide advice and guidance to clinicians on all things chronic pain. If you as a clinician feel that you need some advice and guidance for a specific patient on such things as pain management, medication or anything else you will be able to refer in through systemone 'e consult'. This will enable you to access support from us if a referral for assessment or treatment is not deemed approapriate.
This function is currently in development and we will be communicating to all practices and services in due course.
Please download the PDF flow chart showing the referral pathway.
Please download the PDF to see the specific referral criteria.
Our online service provides the opportunity to:
Create your own Library of resources.
Set goals for yourself.
Join conversations in our online community.
Currently on hold due to Coronavirus
Please note the Time for Coffee mornings for Poole are currently on hold.
Please note the Time for Coffee mornings for Bournemouth are currently on hold.
Please note Coffee mornings for Dorcehster are currently on hold.
Please note Coffee mornings for Blandford are currently on hold.
Please note Coffee mornings for Shaftesbury are currently on hold.
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PainPals Helpline – 01202 858361
PLEASE NOTE the PainPals Helpline will be closed on the two upcoming bank holidays – 2nd and 3rd June 2022.
Mon-Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Wed 14:00 - 16:00 only
Would you like to speak with someone who truly understands what it’s like to live with chronic pain? Call our helpline, which is manned by volunteers who live with pain themselves.
To use this helpline, you should to be registered to a Dorset GP