Chronic Pain Self Management Team (CPSMT)
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Medical management of chronic pain can be successful. However, for some patients, the benefits of medical help can be limited. In situations like this, people can be offered support to help them cope with living with chronic pain. The Chronic Pain Self Management Team aim to work with people to –
- improve ability to manage pain and related problems
- increase levels of physical activity
- use medication effectively
- improve mood and reduce worries about activity and pain
- achieve goals and return to daily activities
We run group based Pain Management Programmes and we offer individual support, where appropriate.
Referral to the Chronic Pain Self Management Team is by letter only. If a direct referral is made to the Chronic Pain Self Management Team this must be done by a medical doctor or extended scope practitioner physiotherapist only. Referrers will need to ensure that medical management has been optimised prior to referral to the Chronic Pain Self Management Team. Please see the Chronic Pain Self Management Team referrer leaflet.
Referrals to the Chronic Pain Self Management Team must include information regarding|:
- comprehensive pain history
- previous treatments and their outcome
- current and past pharmacology
- relevant past medical history
- Social and occupational impact of pain
- Patient’s expectations / objectives for intervention
Referrals that do not contain this information cannot be accepted.
For appointment bookings, cancellations, referrals and all other queries, please contact the team co-ordinator –
- Telephone: 020 8266 6545
- email: CPSMT@stgeorges.nhs.uk
The Phoenix Centre
St George’s Hospital
London, SW17 0QT
Most people referred to the Chronic Pain Self Management Team will first be invited to attend an Introduction Session. In this session we will present information on chronic pain and why it is not always possible to reduce or control pain. We will explain how chronic pain commonly impacts on people and we will describe various strategies that can help people to improve how they cope with the impact of chronic pain. We will explain the type of support that can be offered by the Chronic Pain Self Management Team and ask you to decide whether you feel this type of support is right for you. You will be offered the opportunity to book an assessment appointment with the team. In the assessment appointment you will meet with members of the team including a clinical psychologist, nurse and physiotherapist. We will review your individual needs and work with you to develop a care plan that helps you to feel more confident about coping with your pain.