Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshops – Unpaid Carers

Following the popularity of the Association’s workshops at the Carers Conference we’re pleased to announce that two additional workshops are being made available, one in Perth and one in Blairgowrie.

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The workshop are being delivered in partnership with PKAVS Carers Hub on the following dates:

Tuesday, 5th March 1pm – 4pm
PKAVS, The Gateway
North Methven Street
Perth PH1 5PP

Tuesday, 9th April 10am – 1pm
Rattray @ Community Connect
High Street
Blairgowrie PH10 7DG

The timing includes a coffee break and refreshments will be provided.

Places are limited so please book your space by contacting Marlena on 01738 567076 or

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Oban Group (January) Change of Venue

Due to the refurbishment of the Oban Bay Hotel, Thursday’s group (24 January) will now take place at the Lorn & Islands District General Hospital, Oban, PA34 4HH.

The group will still run between 1 and 3pm and will be held in the Clinical Skills Room, Nelson Ward on Floor 2 (there is an elevator).



Veteran’s Foundation

We are delighted announce that the Veteran’s Foundation has awarded the Pain Association a grant. Preparations to develop a one to one Skype / telephone based service in self-management are underway.


It will be a privilege to provide this service and we look forward to going live and receiving our first referrals.

Progress will be reported here and the launch date will be announced in due course.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the grant application!

Promotional Videos

The Director is delighted to announce that two promotional videos have been made in collaboration with Solo Films, a Scottish based production company.

The final versions are now available.

Video 1

The first film gives an overview of the work of Pain Association Scotland by the people who are most closely involved with it. Personal stories illustrate how attending the Association’s courses and monthly groups have helped them manage their pain experience and improve their quality of life

Pain Association Scotland – Overview from Pain Association Scotland on Vimeo.

Video 2

The second film develop’s the key messages outlined in the first film as Peter shares his experiences of living with chronic pain.

Pain Association Scotland – Peter’s Story (1) from Pain Association Scotland on Vimeo.


Sonia Cottom, Director, has set herself the challenge of running The Lurig Challenge Run in Northern Ireland on Saturday 18th August 2018 to raise funds for Pain Association Scotland.  

The funds raised will enable the Association to continue delivering supported self-management to people living with chronic pain and enable them to lead a better quality of life.

Not being a runner herself and never having done anything like this before; she has been in training and not being content with taking part, she has set herself the additional pressure of completing the run within 1 hour!!

  • The Lurig Challenge Run is part of The Heart of the Glens Festival held in Cushendall, Northern Ireland each year.
  • It is a run up Lurig (1073 feet) followed by a sharp descent and a sprint (hopefully!!) to the finish.

If you would like to sponsor the Director, please use the crowdfunding link below:

NHS Fife Medication Review

NHS Fife Medication Review

The medication review commences April 2017 and some Fife Group Members may be invited to attend.  There is nothing to fear from attending, as the whole aim is to ensure the safe and effective use of medication and NHS Fife want to improve pain control and minimise side effects.  Some of the patient groups involved are patients on Nefopam/Lidocaine Plasters/Tramadol MR Nortriptyline/Dual Opioids and some anti-inflammatories.  Although anyone on pain medication could be invited.

See attached poster for information on self-management of chronic pain and also some useful useful website links.

Fife Poster

Chronic Pain Document

Read all about some Chronic Pain facts


Chronic Pain in Scotland Background Paper Version 1.3


New Service in NHS Wales

Wales – March 2017

We are delighted to be introducing intensive self-management courses and local monthly self-management groups in Prestatyn and Rhyl, commencing March 2017.  Teaching the Self-Management skills needed to manage long-term painful conditions.  The venues for these sessions will be at:-

  • Kings Hall, Kings Avenue, Prestatyn, LL19 9AA
  • Rhyl Golf Club, Rhyl Coast Road, Rhyl, LL18 3RE

 Why Self- Management

Self- Management is an important approach to health that explores the things that you can do to improve the quality of your life despite a painful condition.

It is not a replacement for medicine and does not necessarily provide direct pain relief, however it does help a lot of people to cope better with their difficult health situation.

The focus is on having a better understanding and finding positive ways to manage your health, so that you are in control rather than your pain being in control of you.

Intensive Self-Management Course

A course delivered over 1 or 2 days – learn about Chronic Pain and techniques to help with Stress, Sleep, Pacing, Dealing with Flare-ups and Relaxation.

Prestatyn                Monday 6th March 2017 – 10am-4pm

Rhyl                         Monday 7th and Tuesday 8th August 2017


Monthly Self-Management Groups

After the course there will be a group meeting every month. This programme follows more in-depth Self-Management topics throughout the year.  You are welcome to attend this group at any time regardless of whether or not you have attended the intensive course.  The groups commence in April 2017, see attached posters for details:

Prestatyn Programme 2017

Rhyl Programme 2017

What to do now: For a place on the intensive course or for a list of dates for the monthly group meetings, please contact Pain Association on our Freephone number:

0800 7836059 or email:



Charity Song Release

HOPE IS TRUE - Charity song released on 1st September 2016 by the International Pain Foundation and Music Moves Awareness campaign.

Hoping to raise public awareness and improve services for people living with chronic pain.

For more details see website below:

Looking for low back pain participants for exciting exercise study!

- Do you have low back pain?

- Would you like to be involved in a study investigating aquatic and land rehabilitation exercises?

- Then you may be eligible to take part in the exciting: ‘The WATER study: Which AquaTic ExeRcises work best?’


Recruitment has started for the WATER study, an externally funded research project investigating aquatic and land exercises used for rehabilitation and strengthening of people with low back pain as well as for healthy participants.


At this moment we are looking for participants with low back pain. So if you have low back pain and are interested in doing some exercise sessions through our study, please get in touch!


For more details and eligibility, see info below. I am also attaching a short flyer, so feel free to distribute to others and to student groups too if appropriate.


Many thanks in advance,






Dr Stelios Psycharakis

Lecturer in Biomechanics

Depute Director (PGR) of the Graduate School of Education


The University of Edinburgh

St Leonard’s Land

Holyrood Road

Edinburgh, EH8 8AQ


Tel:      +44 (0) 131 651 6587