Our aim is to support you and work with you to find ways to improve your quality of life and in spite of your persistent pain, to live as independent a life as you would wish. 

An introduction to the service is detailed in this leaflet.

All the available service options from the Somerset Community Pain Management Service can be found in this download.

  • Body Reprogramming Eight-Week Group Course
  • Four-Week Online Mindfulness Course

    What does this involve?

    • Mind and body approach to life experiences and learning to live with pain. It can help in managing difficult situations.

    When is this appropriate?

    • You may prefer working online rather than one-to-one

    • When you feel confident to work on your own.

    What do I need to consider?

    • Do I have access to a computer and an email address?

    • Do I enjoy/prefer learning on line?

    • Am I really motivated to work in this way?

    How many sessions does this involve?

    • This is 4-week course programme.

  • One-to-One appointment with a specialist

    What does this involve?

    • Meeting member of the team to understand your needs
    • Looking at the information you have brought with you.
    • Further appointments to find ways to improve your quality of life despite your persistent pain.
    • Support to manage your pain.

    When is this appropriate?

    • When you have spoken with your GP and have completed all tests as appropriate.
    • When you are thinking about how to move forward in life despite your pain.

    What do I need to consider?

    • Do I have transport to get the places where we hold appointments?
    • Am I committed to making a plan of action to achieve the things that are important to me?
    • Am I prepared to work on my plan between sessions?

    How many sessions does this involve?

    • This can vary; you and your clinician will decide between you how many sessions are appropriate.
  • Seven-week Pain Management Group Programme

    An eight week course facilitated by Pain Management Specialists, covering a number of themes.

    Ask your specialist for more information and a leaflet. 

    You will find this course useful if you need more information to help you understand your long-term pain and to develop your confidence and skills to move forward with your life. If you value working with other people living with long-term pain in a group format and if you feel ready to make changes in your lifestyle and approach to living with pain. 

    You will need to be able to travel to the location and commit to all 8 sessions in order to gain maximum benefit from the programme.

  • KYOH Patients Online

    What does this involve?

    • This can be used alongside your meetings with your pain specialist or any of the other services we offer. It provides online information, self-management tools and the ability to communicate with others in the Somerset Community Pain Management Service who are managing persistent pain.

    When is this appropriate?

    • At any time but especially when you feel confident to work on your own.

    What do I need to consider?

    • Do I have access to a computer and an email address?

    • Do I enjoy/prefer learning on line?

    • Am I really motivated to work in this way?

    How many sessions does this involve?

    • This is open ended; you can use it during the sessions with us and after you have been discharged.

     

  • Mindfulness-based stress reduction eight-week group programme
  • Online Pain Management Programme

    What does this involve?

    • A package of 24 steps supporting you to manage your pain.

    When is this appropriate?

    • You may prefer working online rather than one-to-one

    • When you feel confident to work on your own.

    What do I need to consider?

    • Do I have access to a computer and an email address?

    • Do I enjoy/prefer learning on line?

    • Am I really motivated to work in this way?

    How many sessions does this involve?

    • A 24-step programme to be completed within 6-8 weeks.

     

  • How to find us and meet our team

    PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE MOVED

    Our bookings and admin team are now based at:

    Dene Barton Community Hospital 
    Dene Rd, Cotford St Luke, 
    Taunton 
    Somerset
    TA4 1DD

    For appointment enquires please call: 01823 343151
    For administration enquiries please call: 01823 344147

    Meet the team

    • PortraitKirti Leitch

      Specialist in Pain Management

    • PortraitSarah Priddle

      Specialist in Pain Management

    • PortraitDr Suzanne Carty

      Consultant Anaesthetist

    • PortraitDr Amanda McDonald

      Clinical Psychologist

    • PortraitRyan Snell

      Specialist Practitioner

    • PortraitDr Edward Keevil

       

  • Physical Activities

    What does this involve?

    • An appointment with a Physiotherapist to review your current activity levels and develop a goal directed plan.
    • Integrated Lifestyle Service includes Proactive
    • Seeing a health trainer or attending a gym based programme; referral will be required by your Specialist or GP.
    • Back Rehabilitation classes.
    • Falls and Balance classes.
    • Your personal goals supported by your clinician

    When is this appropriate?

    • When you would like to work towards a specific physical activity.
    • When you feel you would like more confidence with physical activity.
    • When you have tried increasing your activity levels and think you may benefit from more support.

    What do I need to consider?

    • What goal am I working towards?
    • What form of physical activity and support is most likely to help me to continue this over the longer term?
    • Do I want to do this on my own or in a group?

    How many sessions does this involve?

    • These can vary with individuals.
    • The Back Rehabilitation group classes consist of 6 weekly sessions.
  • Psychology Services

    What does this involve?

    • Meeting with a clinical psychologist who is a member of the pain team.
    • Being willing to talk about the impact of pain and other aspects of your life during an assessment process.
    • Assessment appointment/s.
    • Deciding with the psychologist whether you go on to work together

    When is this appropriate?

    • After one to one meetings with a pain specialist and discussions about other things in my life that really impact on my pain.
    • When you have completed any specialist appointments/investigations or seeking other treatment for pain.
    • If you have are working with any other members of a mental health team/counsellors this option would not be appropriate right now.

    What do I need to consider?

    • Am I ready to talk to the psychologist knowing that often people get upset during the assessment?
    • Am I willing to commit to regular attendance?
    • Might I be better supported by other services for example, alcohol/drug services, community mental health teams, and local counselling services?

    How many sessions does this involve?

    • There are usually 3 assessment meetings.
    • If you go on to work with the psychologist you may meet between 12-16 times.
  • Our approach to supporting you

    Have a look at the links below for information about the service and the way it operates. 

  • Understanding icon Read patient stories
  • Setbacks icon Information for GP's
  • Video icon Video: Understanding pain in 5 minutes
  • Understanding icon General factsheets

Your Appointment

You will have up to 20 minutes on your first appointment. You are welcome to bring a family member or a friend with you.

During your first appointment we will:

  • Ask to look at the questionnaires you have filled in so we can focus on the things you want to talk about
  • Spend time listening to you so we can have a better understanding of how pain is affecting you
  • Listen to how you have tried to manage your pain so far
  • Help you begin to develop a plan that may help with goals that are important to you
  • Look at how best to support you in moving forward, through one-to-one review sessions or by discussion with you referral to another member of the Somerset Community Pain Management Service

What happens after the appointment?

A further appointment, if required, will be made by the receptionist on the day or sent to you by post. Any other outcomes/referral to other members of the team will be discussed at that appointment. We will send you a letter outlining what was discussed and a copy will be sent to your Doctor.

What do we know?

  • There are rarely any simple explanations for persistent pain or short term solutions
  • Pain is unique to each person
  • Pain affects many activities people value the most
  • Pain does not necessarily mean that your body is ‘damaged’

People tell us about the different ways pain affects their lives. Some of these Include:

  • Their occupation or being out of work
  • Their social life
  • How they feel
  • Their relationships with friends and family
  • Their activities and hobbies