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Living Well with Pain: Supporting Self-Management in Everyday Clinical Practice


3 September 2020


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Presented on 3 September 2020

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Dr Frances Cole MB BS MRCGP (Retired)

Frances Cole was a GP and pain rehabilitation specialist. She trained in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) at Newcastle Cognitive Therapy Centre in 1993-4. In 1996, she started the first UK multidisciplinary primary care pain rehabilitation service in Bradford based on CBT principles. She worked in clinical health psychology at Bradford Teaching Hospitals using CBT in a wide range of mental and physical health problems until 2012. She developed a pain health needs assessment tool that won a regional NHS Modernisation award in 2005 and was a finalist in the 2011 NHS National Clinical Leaders Network leadership awards.

She is a co-author of a CBT self help guide “Overcoming Chronic Pain”, part of the CBT based self-help guides published by Little Brown. This patient resource was chosen as a UK Reading Well Agency Books on prescription for GP’s in NHS England from June 2017. A second edition published in February 2020 and joined alongside “ Living Well with Pain” self help book published in 2018.

She is past chair of the British Pain Society Pain Management Programme (PMP) Special Interest Group with focus on patient outcomes and PMP Guidelines review. In 2008/9 she worked with BPS team Joan Hester, Cathy Stannard, Gill Chumbley and others on the then emerging issue of safe prescribing opioids. She was awarded an honorary membership of the British Pain Society in May 2019 and continues to work with the BPS PMP guidelines group for the UK.

In 2017 she started a web resource with colleagues, Emma Davies and Eve Jenner designed to support clinicians in primary care management of pain, www.livewellwithpain.co.uk. This resource is for GP’s, physiotherapists, pharmacists and psychologists to understand more about chronic pain and become confident to support self-management and reduce opioid prescribing.  Then www.my.livewellwithpain.co.uk emerged for people with pain to explore a wide range of free trusted resources to guide their self-management and safe use of prescribed opioids.

She currently supports UK, GP Red Whale training programmes to reach numerous primary care clinicians about ways to manage chronic pain confidently and safely. She co-producing training programmes with University of Durham GOTT project to enable primary care clinicians be confident supporters of self management and safe use of medication including reduction of opioids.

She is wilding 10 acres with over 4000 trees and shrubs planted and is watching mother nature grow in abundance despite the exponential journey to climate change.

Eve Jenner MSc MCSP

Since 2018 Eve Jenner has worked as a member of the clinical group who run a not for profit web-based resource Live Well with Pain, acting in a clinical advisory and teaching role.  Live Well with Pain is a practical clinical resource for frontline clinicians dealing with chronic pain, such as GP, pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses and psychologists. www.livewellwithpain.co.uk/

She has undertaken several activities in her role as specialist physiotherapist in pain management with myself in frontline clinician workshops, webinar and web-based resources on person centred pain management.

Eve contributes to the development and delivery of self-care workshops for primary care clinicians. She is very knowledgeable about the area of pain management, keeps up to date on emerging evidence which we often include within workshop content. She is an excellent teacher on pain management using a range of skills to create presentations and engage clinicians. She creates a confident, safe atmosphere for clinicians to learn in.

She has led in the development of written resources for the website on core self-care skills, such as pacing, goal setting and others as well as articles for our Live Well with Pain newsletter.

She is currently on the British Pain Society Pain Management Programme Guidelines group and actively involved in development of updating guidelines for clinical practice and commissioning.


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