COVID-19 restrictions to remain in place at The Walton Centre

Restrictions remain in place across the NHS in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. The safety measures in place over the 18 months therefore remain in place at The Walton Centre - and in our other clinic settings within the community – until further notice.

Due to the increased transmission risk posed by the Omicron variant, visiting has been suspended within The Walton Centre except for exceptional circumstances.

Pain Management Programme FAQ

Below are the frequently asked questions about our Pain Management Programme

Where is the Pain Management Programme (PMP) based?

We are based in the Sid Watkins building which is a part of the Walton Centre. The Walton Centre itself is based on the Aintree Hospital site in north Liverpool. 

How do I get referred to the Pain Management Programme?

Most of our referrals come either from a GP or a healthcare professional involved in treating pain conditions.

What happens after I have been referred?

Once you have been referred, we will contact you and offer an appointment for our assessment clinic. During the assessment you will be seen by a Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, and Specialist Pain Consultant. Each member of the team will ask you different questions about your pain and how it has affected you, in order to understand all your needs. It is also an opportunity for you to ask the team any questions you might have about our service. At the end of the clinic we will let you know whether we think you are suited to one of our pain management programmes, or if we can support you in any way.

I have hearing / visual / mobility / reading difficulties, can I still attend the programme?

Where possible, we are happy to make reasonable adjustments for people with additional needs. It is helpful if you can inform us in advance if any additional support is required by ringing 0151 556 3161.

The Trust provides a hearing loop system for those who are hearing impaired.

What is the difference between the programmes you offer?

  • Timescale: The 16 day and Young Adult PMP’s run for four full days a week for two weeks (Monday to Thursday), then two full days a week for four weeks (either Tuesday and Wednesday or Thursday and Friday). Our 5 day and Pelvic PMP’s both run for a full day on a Monday over a 5 or 6 week period respectively. The facial PMP runs for half a day on Wednesday morning for an 8 week period. Finally, our online programmes run for 3 half days a week for a 6 week period (the specific days this programme runs can vary).
  • Content: Specialised PMP’s have been developed where additional or different content is beneficial. The core themes of pain management remain central in these specialised programmes with the additional material providing a more tailored approach to best meet the needs of our patients.

Hotel accommodation and transport

Patients attending a PMP who live a significant distance from The Walton Centre are provided with accommodation in a local hotel. Patients staying in the hotel are self-caring or have their carer staying with them. The accommodation has three fully disabled access rooms. Other rooms are accessible for those with restricted mobility. Breakfast and evening meal is provided. Transport to and from The Walton Centre is available.

What happens after I have completed the Pain Management Programme?

We aim to provide you with the skills and understanding to manage pain in the long-term and to enable you to lead a more active and fulfilled life. You will benefit most from aPMP if you continue to put into practice what you have found helpful. Similarly, the skills and techniques we cover can be used in a variety of situations to aid effective pain management. Recognising the flexibility of these skills and their applicability to many circumstances in life is important.

However, whilst we aim to promote skills in long-term pain management, we will arrange to see you again after six months to find out how you are doing. This will also give you an opportunity to ask us any questions you have about how you have managed since the programme ended.

Page last updated: 13 August 2021