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

Service contact information

Fax: 0151 529 5503

Service detail

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 and a 16-day programme as well as an online programme which runs for three half days per week for a six-week period. We also run specialised programmes for chronic pelvic pain, facial pain, and young 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 also 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 gynecology 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. 


Pain Management Programme FAQ

View the most asked answers to questions from patients


What happens on a pain management programme?

Find out exactly what happens on our programmes


Patient experiences and common concerns

Read what past patients thought about our programmes


What are the different pain management programmes?

Find out more about our different programmes



Getting here

Sid Watkins Building

Sid Watkins Building

This building hosts our Complex Rehabilitation Unit, some outpatients services, pain management services, corporate services and more.


Lower Lane,Liverpool, L9 7BB

Directions and map

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Referral information

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: 

PMP Department

1st Floor

Sid Watkins Building

The Walton Centre

Lower Lane


L9 7BB

Patient leaflets

Capsaicin 8% Patch Application

The 8% capsaicin patch is a patch for use on your skin. 

Cervical Cordotomy

This is a specialised pain control procedure. Pain is transmitted by nerves so it may be possible to reduce pain by blocking signals from affected nerves. 

Dorsal root ganglion block

The dorsal root ganglion is nerve root which exits your spinal cord. It is located in a small area in your spine.

Facet Joint Denervation

Facet joint denervation involves heating the nerves supplying the joints with a special needle with a tip that could be heated.

High frequency stimulation

Pain messages are sent along special pain pathways and up the spinal cord, to the brain. Although we may feel the pain in a particular place, such as a joint, nerve or muscle, we only recognise the sensation as pain once it reaches the brain.

Lumbar sympathetic block

A sympathetic nerve block involves injecting medicine around the sympathetic nerves in your lower back. By doing this, the sympathetic system is temporarily blocked in the hope of reducing or eliminating pain.

Opioids for chronic pain

Opioids are strong pain medications

Reducing and switching opioid drugs

Opioids are strong pain medications

Saddle neurolytic block

Using saddle neurolytic block for pain relief

Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) - Information for patients being considered

Information for patients being considered for spinal cord stimulation (SCS)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for chronic pain

Transcranial magnetic stimulation for chronic pain

Trigger point injections

Trigger point injections - what they are

View all related Patient leaflets

Pain Management Programme Consultants

Dr Manish Gupta

Dr Manish Gupta is a Consultant Anaesthetist with a special interest in Pain Medicine.

Dr Manohar Sharma

Dr Manohar Sharma is a Consultant in Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation. 

Dr John Wiles

Dr John Wiles specialises in pain medicine from an anaesthetic background.

Dr Sumit Gulati

Dr Sumit Gulati is a Consultant in Pain Medicine at The Walton Centre.

Page last updated: 10 June 2021