Chronic Pain Project

The Neighbourhood & Wellbeing Delivery Alliance aims to improve the health & wellbeing of adults living in Lambeth whilst also collaborating within a partnership of voluntary & community organisations and health and social care to reduce health inequalities, provide better access and improve services to all residents.

Chronic pain is classified as pain that lasts more than 3 months despite medication or treatment. In Lambeth, pain is the second most-common long term condition amongst residents, affecting 13% of the population. Chronic pain is best treated as a bio-psycho-social condition. It is closely related to mental and physical health, mood, social circumstances and behaviours. NICE recommends non-pharmacological management of chronic primary pain, such as exercise programmes and physical activity, psychological therapy and acupuncture.

 

What are we trying to achieve?

To co-produce new community models in order to improve care & support to those suffering from chronic pain, focusing on mind & body, inequality, the impact of unemployment, exercise, and prescribing.

 

Why are we focusing on chronic pain?

  • In Lambeth, pain is the second most-common long term condition amongst residents, affecting 13% of the population
  • Black people are almost twice as likely to supper from chronic pain as White or Asian people
  • Females are 1.5 times more likely to suffer from chronic pain than males
  • People living in deprived areas are more likely to suffer from chronic pain

 

How will we get there?

  • Produce asset map of all community services in Lambeth
  • Make the case to invest in community-based services 
  • Work with multiple partners to explore how to provide culturally appropriate community-based pain services in local neighbourhoods to those with (& at risk) of the poor health outcomes
  • Potential to establish or update the referral pathways from Primary care into Secondary care and Community Services

 

Wider Projects

  • Hospital Clinics
  • Online Pain Management Pilot
  • IMPARTS Programme in Primary Care
  • RTW Plus – Living Well with Pain

 

More details and evaluation to follow.

 

To find out more about our Chronic Pain project, please get in touch with eche.anakor@gstt.nhs.uk 

 

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