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Airing Pain 121: Living with Persistent Pain in Wales

Dis­cussing the future of chron­ic pain ser­vices across Wales

This edi­tion of Air­ing Pain has been par­tial­ly fund­ed by an edu­ca­tion­al grant from Grü­nen­thal Lim­it­ed, donat­ed for this pur­pose.

In April 2019, the Min­is­ter for Health and Social Ser­vices in Wales launched the guid­ance doc­u­ment Liv­ing with Per­sis­tent Pain in Wales. Lat­er, in Decem­ber, the Chron­ic Pain Pol­i­cy Coali­tion brought togeth­er some of Wales’s lead­ing pain experts at the home of the Welsh par­lia­ment (or Senedd Cym­ru) in Cardiff, at an event chaired by Neil Bet­teridge, co-chair of the Chron­ic Pain Pol­i­cy Coali­tion, a group which brings togeth­er a wide range of chron­ic pain stake­hold­ers includ­ing pro­fes­sion­al bod­ies, patient organ­i­sa­tions, par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and indus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives from across the UK.

This edi­tion of Air­ing Pain was record­ed live at the event, where clin­i­cians, aca­d­e­mics, pol­i­cy-mak­ers and peo­ple liv­ing with pain came togeth­er to dis­cuss both the new doc­u­ment and the future of chron­ic pain ser­vices across the region.

With thanks to the Chron­ic Pain Pol­i­cy Coali­tion, the Welsh Gov­ern­ment and the con­fer­ence organ­is­ers for facil­i­tat­ing the record­ing of this event.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Arthri­tis, avail­abil­i­ty of pain ser­vices, edu­ca­tion, equal­i­ty, exer­cise, fatigue, fibromyal­gia, chron­ic pri­ma­ry pain, fund­ing of pain ser­vices, GP, opi­oids, osteoarthri­tis, phys­io­ther­a­py, pol­i­cy, refer­ral scheme, rheuma­tol­ogy, soci­ety, pol­i­cy, vis­i­bil­i­ty and Welsh government.


  • Neil Bet­teridge, Co-Chair, Chron­ic Pain Pol­i­cy Coalition
  • Dr Paul Cameron, Spe­cial­ty Advi­sor to the Chief Med­ical Offi­cer for Scotland
  • Pro­fes­sor Ernest Choy, Head of Rheuma­tol­ogy, Cardiff University
  • Mary Cow­ern, Wales Direc­tor, Ver­sus Arthritis
  • David Eas­t­on, Phys­io­ther­a­pist, Hywel Da NHS Trust
  • Dr Lucy Mor­ris, GP part­ner, Belle­vue Prac­tice, Newport
  • Pro­fes­sor Ann Tay­lor, Pro­fes­sor in Med­ical Edu­ca­tion, Cardiff University.

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Hel­lo my name is mar­i­an DAr­cy, i have cron­ic pain every day and every night, i have it now 3years i feel now men­tal­ly I’m burn­ing out now i am in tears dai­ly and night­ly, i need help and my life has end­ed. I live in belfast ire­land, i am bed rid­den and don’t walk any­more. Can any­one please help me.

Hi Mar­i­an. I am sor­ry to hear about your sit­u­a­tion. I’m afraid we can­not give you any advice relat­ed to your spe­cif­ic case here, that can only come from your health­care pro­fes­sion­al. How­ev­er, please do con­tact our helpline , where our trained vol­un­teers will be able to lis­ten to you and advise you appro­pri­ate­ly. The tele­phone num­ber and email address is on our helpline page.

James, Pain Concern

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