Pain Concern supports the following press release from the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Faculty of Pain Medicine
“Response to recent news reports regarding fentanyl
“The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and The Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) are concerned with misinformation included in recent news reports regarding the drug fentanyl.
“The recreational use of fentanyl, often mixed with other illicit drugs, is a serious concern and we support all efforts to eliminate the misuse of this drug outside of a clinical setting.
2However, we want to reassure patients of the safety of fentanyl when prescribed by their doctor or administered by an anaesthetist in a hospital.
“Fentanyl is a unique and highly effective medication which is well-established in the management of complex pain problems. Fentanyl is also commonly used in anaesthetising patients undergoing a surgical procedure and in intensive care. Patients who have been prescribed fentanyl to manage pain or who are about to undergo surgery have no reason to be concerned.
“Any person who has questions about a fentanyl prescription should speak to their doctor.
Patient and clinician perspectives on living with Sickle Cell disease and the importance of a multidisciplinary approach
For a full transcript of this programme please click here.
This edition has been funded by donations from Pain Concern’s friends and supporters.
An estimated 15,000 people in the UK are living with Sickle Cell disease and at least 250,000 are carriers. Dr Elizabeth Rhodes explains the causes and symptoms of the genetic blood disorder, the areas where it is most prevalent and who is affected.
One such patient is Khadijat Jose, who describes her experiences growing up in Nigeria and why being a carrier of the disease is an advantage in countries with Malaria. For those with the condition however, each day can bring severe pain often requiring admission to hospital. Dr Oliver Seyfried highlights the life-limiting effects of this pain, especially on young people, and the challenges it poses in all spheres of life.
Self-management is therefore hugely important for those with Sickle cell disease, whether the pain experienced is mild or severe. Paul discusses the different approaches taken by the Red Cell Pain Management team at St George’s Hospital with clinical psychologist Dr Jenna Love and specialist physiotherapist Rebecca McLoughlin. Both emphasize the importance of being able to tackle sickle cell pain from an emotional and psychological perspective as well as a physical one.
Thanks to progress in medical training and increased awareness, the quality of life for Sickle Cell patients continues to improve. Dr Oliver Seyried and Dr Jenna Love mention the national sickle cell screening programme and parent education, on which more information can be found here: https://phescreening.blog.gov.uk/category/sct/
Dr Elizabeth Rhodes, Consultant Haematologist at St. George’s Hospital in London
Khadijat Jose, PhD student at Cardiff University
Dr Oliver Seyfried, Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia at St. George’s Hospital in London
Dr Jenna Love, Clinical Psychologist at St George’s Hospital in London
Rebecca McLoughlin, Specialist Physiotherapist at St George’s Hospital in London.
Pain Concern Research Workshop – supporting people with chronic pain develop self management approaches
14/12/2016 at 01:00pm
Pain Concern invite you to join them for an afternoon workshop exploring new ways to support people with chronic pain develop approaches to improved self management.
Pain Concern have recently received funding to undertake a pilot research project of a ‘navigator tool’ which could be used a by a number of primary healthcare professionals during their consultation with people with chronic pain.
This is a two year project which will test the tool at various primary care sites. However, prior to the pilot study Pain Concern intend to hold a consultation event where they present the navigator tool in it’s draft form and get feedback from both primary healthcare professionals (a mixture of GPs, physiotherapists, practice nurses and pharmacists) and people living with chronic pain.
This workshop will involve trying the new navigator tool within several small groups and reporting back to the wider team. Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided at the beginning.
Pain Concern’s collaboration with Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) NHS was a winner last night at the Alliance Scotland’s Self Management Awards. The project won in the Self Management Supporting Health and Social Care Partnership of the Year category.
The winning team!
The pilot project nominated for the award ‘West Dunbartonshire Chronic Pain Primary Care Service Development Project’ sought to find a new way to provide education sessions on pain to the public. Pain Concern and GGC NHS have now expanded the project to locations across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.
The pain education session is for anyone who has had pain for more than 12 weeks and people can self-refer or be referred by their GP, physiotherapist or other healthcare or social care professional. The sessions aim to give participants a better understanding of their pain to help them to manage their condition more effectively in the long term.
You can find out more about the Pain Education Session and how to book a place here and see the full list of award winners here.