Pain Management

The pain team in Plymouth is a multi-disciplinary professional group comprising of physiotherapists, Psychologists, nurses and doctors.  We work with acute(inpatient), chronic and cancer pain.

Our integrated multidisciplinary team promotes and provides person centred specialist advice, management and rehabilitation for adults with complex long term pain.

Often in long term pain there is no way to stop this and we work with people to help them manage better.
The links to the left provide more information on:

  • Who and where we are.
  • Our referral process
  • Rehabilitation options with our team
  • Body Reprogramming which can be used to help treat Fibromyalgia Syndrome, amongst other conditions
  • Medication and intervention information
  • The specialist services we run
  • Ideas on how I can help myself

Managing people's pain is a vital part of the care that any hospital provides. There are 3 broad groups of pain – acute, chronic and cancer pain.

Acute Pain

Pain as a result of a sudden painful event, such as an operation or an accident, is called "acute pain". At Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust there is a dedicated team of doctors and nurses who visit patients around the hospital (the acute care team) ensuring that all patient's acute pain is well managed. Acute pain can be managed through medications or specific local anaesthetic injections.

Chronic Pain Management

Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Chronic pain is pain that persists over a period of time, usually more than 3 months. 

People with long term, persistent or chronic pain that is refractory to usual pain care are seen in outpatient facilities by specialist pain services. Chronic pain can have a significant and devastating impact on patient’s lives. Chronic pain is associated with a number of negative outcomes including depression, job loss, reduced quality of life and reduced daily functioning.

The Plymouth Pain Management Centre offers a full range of chronic pain management services skilled at dealing with all aspects of chronic pain and the consequences of chronic pain. The pain management team consists of physiotherapists, doctors, nurses and psychologists trained in dealing with all types of chronic pain conditions. 

Cancer Pain Management

The team collaborates with the Palliative care service at St Luke’s Hospice to provide essential pain management skills to patients suffering from intractable cancer related chronic pain.

Body Reprogramming Course for health professionals

Two day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course

Thursday 18 and Friday 19 of April 2024

This course is designed for doctors, physiotherapists, psychologists, occupational therapists and other health care professionals who manage patients with Fibromyalgia/Central Sensitivity Syndromes (CSS) both in Primary and Secondary care setting. It provides an in-depth and novel approach.


Day one, Online Webinar (Zoom)

Thursday 18 April 2024, 9.30am to 4pm


  • Diagnosis and management of Fibromyalgia/CSS
  • Explanation of the theoretical underpinning and evidence base of the BR approach


Day two, Face to Face Workshop

Friday 19 April 2024, 10am to 4pm


  • Exploration of the therapeutic aspects of the BR approach including practical strategies
  • Practical application of the BR approach


Plymouth Post Grad Medical Centre, Seminar Room 3 and 4

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8DH



Early Bird Discount for bookings before 31 January 2024:

  • £60 day one and £100 day two.

After 31 January 2024:

  • £75 day one and £120 day two


Contact for bookings

Rubie Holloway:

Mia Rounsfull:

Contact Us

The Pain Management team are located in Rowan House:

Pain Management Service
Rowan House
Derriford Road


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