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Pain Management

Pain management clinic

Service operating at reduced capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please refer as normal. 


The MDPS aims to provide a multidisciplinary community service for people with chronic or long term back pain, which includes;

1. Comprehensive assessment of need.

2. Provision of a range of effective, evidence based treatments.

3. Self management education, skills training and support.

Who is it for?

The service treats anyone over 18 who have had spinal pain for more than 3 months and who would otherwise be referred to a hospital pain clinic.

The service is available to anyone registered with a GP in Birmingham.

Who Provides it?

This is a clinically led service and comprises a team which includes Specialist Physiotherapy, Clinical Health Psychology, and Specialist Medical Consultants. 

The service provides a multidisciplinary assessment for people referred with (chronic) back pain.

 A range of self management and support is available to ensure that access is not restricted by the location of the service.

  • Follow up pain physiotherapy is provided from four facilities; Richmond PCC, Washwood Heath Health and Wellbeing centre, Dove PCC and Sutton Cottage Hospital.
  • There are two Pain Management Programmes, at Stechford Cascades and Perry Common Community Centre.
  • Active for Life (AfL) groups provide training for patients in the self management of their condition on an on going basis. They are provided in a variety of localities.

Hours of service for appointments are between 08.30 and 16.00. Clinics run between 08.30 and 17.30.

What happens at your appointment?

Patients receive a multidisciplinary first assessment, with specialist physiotherapist, clinical health psychologist and Pain Consultant; where a personal programme of care is planned with each patient.

The service can access a range of investigations/diagnostics i.e. blood tests, MRI scans if required and patients that need further medical intervention i.e. facet joint injection or epidural are referred directly into secondary care where, subject to choice they can be followed up by the same Pain consultant.

Who delivers it?

Assessment is available by a range of specialists, including physiotherapists, doctors and psychologists, depending on individual needs. If hospital care is necessary, patients may be offered a choice of hospitals. The service is currently run at:

  • Dove Primary Care Centre
  • Richmond Centre
  • Sutton Cottage Hospital
  • Washwood Heath Health and Wellbeing Centre

Information for Carers/family members

It is recommended you seek initially the advice of your GP.  A referral needs to be made by your GP to access the service.

NHS Choices support on managing long term pain: NHS Choices.

Se lf help guide for patients:   The Pain Tool Kit

The The British Pain Society provides a wealth of information for both patients, carers and professionals.

Contact Us

Referral is normally via GPs via fax or post.

Alternatively other BCHC services can make referrals

The Pain Service
1 Priestley Wharf
Holt Street
B7 4BN

Tel: 0121 466 7600 Option 2

Fax: 01162 273 086

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