Pain Management

The Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust Pain Management visiting professionals programme is designed to provide applicants with the opportunity to experience first-hand our Pain Management Service, which specialises in treating adults (over 18 years) with chronic pain. The programme offers a unique chance to be fully integrated within a service that is at the forefront of clinical management, training and research.

The programme has been designed by our clinical leads to provide a unique development experience that enables visiting professionals to broaden their clinical expertise and learn new skills that can be transferred back to their work place.

Download the Pain Management VPP brochure here (PDF 926KB)

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Programme aims

  • To increase engagement with important/ valued activities and not focussed on pain reduction. The courses are based on a mindfulness/ acceptance and commitment therapy approach. The core elements are outlined below:
  • Increasing attention and awareness of familiar responses to pain and habitual activity patterns
  • Clarifying what is personally important and setting small goals related this and acting upon them
  • Practicing an open and flexible approach to doing meaningful activities even when faced with difficult thoughts, sensations, emotions etc.
  • Re-committing to goals in the presence of difficulties and barriers
  • Education about the nature of persistent pain
  • Education about the long term use of pain medication and medication review with a specialist pain nurse

A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to visitors upon the end of their programme.

Download the Pain Management VPP brochure here (PDF 926KB)