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  • How to access the service

    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.


  • Pain Training

    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.

  • Advice and Guidance

    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.

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  • Request Online Platform access

    Our online service provides the opportunity to:
    ​Create your own Library of resources.
    Set goals for yourself.
    Join conversations in our online community.
    ...and more

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  • Regular support groups imageRegular support groups

    • Poole last Thursday of the month 10:30am

      Time for Coffee - POOLE

      Fed up? Want to chat? Need to laugh?

      Come and join the monthly coffee mornings every last Thursday in the month at

      The Lighthouse Cafe,

      21 Kingland Rd, 

      Poole BH15  1UG

      Run by our fabulous Pain Service Volunteers.

      These are run as a drop in from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Stay for as long or as little as you like.

      We look forward to seeing you there!

    • Bournemouth Last Friday of every month 1pm

      Time for Coffee - BOURNEMOUTH

      Please note the Time for Coffee mornings for Bournemouth are currently on hold. 

      There will be no meetings in November and December 2019.

    • Dorchester 3rd Friday of month 10:30am

      VIVO Lounge Support Group:


      Meeting up on the third Friday of every month.


      23 Weymouth Avenue,

      Brewery Square,



      DT1 1QR


      10.30am -12.30pm

      Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and a chat. The group will be facilitated by a volunteer of the community pain service. Any queries please call 01305 814015.

    • Blandford first Thursday of the month 1:30pm

      Every first Thursday of the month at


      Crown Hotel,
      Blandford Forum,
      West St, Blandford Forum,
      DT11 7AJ

      1.30pm – 3.30pm

      Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and a chat.

      We look forward to seeing you there!

    • Shaftesbury fourth Thursday of the month 11am

      Every fourth Thursday of the month at

      Half Moon pub,
      Salisbury Rd, 
      Shaftesbury, SP7 8BS

      11.00am -1.00pm

      Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and a chat.

      We look forward to seeing you there!

    • Sherborne second Thursday of the month 2:00pm

      Every second Thursday of the month at


      Plume of Feathers,
      Half Moon St,
      DT9 3LN

      2.00pm - 4.00pm

      Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and a chat.

      We look forward to seeing you there!

  • One-to-one peer support imageOne-to-one peer support

    Would you like phone or online support from a Pain Chain Coach?

    A Pain Chain Coach is somebody who has chronic pain and therefore understands the challenge of living with daily pain.

    We are very sorry but due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to offer any new pain coaches at the moment but will endeavour to get this back up and running as soon as possible.

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