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Airing Pain 51: At the Community Pain Management Programme

Prac­ti­cal insights and life-chang­ing expe­ri­ences at a com­mu­ni­ty pain man­age­ment course

[For a Welsh lan­guage tran­script please click here.]

This edi­tion has been fund­ed by the Big Lot­tery Fund’s Awards for All Pro­gramme in Wales.

In the pre­vi­ous edi­tion of Air­ing Pain we explored the pros and cons of tak­ing pain man­age­ment into the com­mu­ni­ty. This time Paul Evans trav­els to Powys – the most sparse­ly pop­u­lat­ed coun­ty in Wales – to see how com­mu­ni­ty pain man­age­ment works in prac­tice at the pro­gramme run by Ystradg­yn­lais Com­mu­ni­ty Hospital.

Course leader Geth­in Kemp explains that the com­mu­ni­ty approach makes pain man­age­ment tech­niques avail­able to peo­ple who are unable to under­take a res­i­den­tial pro­gramme. For peo­ple whose lives may have been com­plete­ly tak­en over by pain the course offers strate­gies for cop­ing with the emo­tion­al fall­out, increas­ing their activ­i­ty lev­els through pac­ing and get­ting a good night’s sleep.

Par­tic­i­pants on the pro­gramme Toni and Nia explain what they hope to get from it. We hear from them again at the end of the 8‑week course when they reflect on the progress they have made – from learn­ing to com­mu­ni­cate more effec­tive­ly to redis­cov­er­ing a love of painting.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Com­mu­ni­ty health­care, remote/rural com­mu­ni­ties, pac­ing, emo­tions, mood, sleep, paint­ing, art, activ­i­ty-rest cycle, relax­ation, fatigue, brain fog, mem­o­ry, depres­sion, insom­nia, rela­tion­ships, com­mu­ni­cat­ing pain and painkillers.


  • Geth­in Kemp, Phys­io­ther­a­pist and PMP pro­gramme leader
  • Toni Williams, participant
  • Nia, par­tic­i­pant.


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