Pain Management Programme
The first Pain Management Programme (PMP) in the UK was developed at The Walton Centre in 1983. Since then, we have continued to develop our service and remain at the forefront of pain management treatment. The Walton Centre offers a variety of pain management programmes tailored to individual needs. The programmes we offer are group-based rehabilitation treatments that enable an understanding of chronic pain and its wider impact on life. We offer support and guidance to help people with chronic pain manage pain more effectively, and in doing so, help improve their overall quality of life.
We run a five-day programme which is available both online and in a face-to-face format. We offer a more intensive 15-day programme which runs for three days per week for a five week period. We also run specialised programmes for chronic pelvic pain and facial pain, as well as programmes tailored to older or younger adults with chronic pain conditions. Additionally, we have several options to help people with pain management advice who may be unable to attend a group programme.
The Walton Centre offers a specialist fibromyalgia/chronic widespread pain assessment service, that links with rheumatology as well as specialist pelvic pain and endometriosis clinics, run together with gynaecology services.
The Walton Centre also runs a Pain Transition Service, together with Alder Hey Hospital’s Pain and Rheumatology Services, to help support our younger patients who are moving into adult care and ensure they have access and information about the support options available.
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Sid Watkins Building
This building hosts our Complex Rehabilitation Unit, some outpatients services, pain management services, corporate services and more.
Ensuring the time is right for any individual to attend a pain management programme involves consideration of a range of factors.
This complexity is evidenced by the comprehensive nature of our assessment clinics. For example, it is desirable for individuals who wish to come on a PMP to have a range of clearly defined goals and aims in terms of what they would like to achieve or change in their life. Similarly, individuals who have some forms of mental health difficulties may be unsuited to the programme. In these cases, it may be helpful to receive support for these difficulties first.
However, it is not always the case that a lack of clearly defined aims and goals, or an existing mental health difficulty, represent a good reason not to come on the Pain Management Programme. We would not expect referrers to make their own judgements on these issues. If you or the potential patient are unsure, it is usually best to refer to the programme and our experienced multidisciplinary team will help decide.
Finally, some people who attend our assessment clinic also have concerns around engaging in group work and this is something we are happy to discuss, and problem solve with individuals to try to best meet their needs.
Referrals can be sent to:
Sid Watkins Building
The Walton Centre
Page last updated: 10 June 202164