Everyone suffers from pain now and again, it is a normal sensation that tells us that we might have an injury. Chronic pain is very different. Chronic pain is defined as pain that lasts for more than 12 weeks. It can have a devastating impact on people’s physical and mental health. Chronic pain often cannot be cured, but it can be managed effectively.
What are we planning to do?
Before you share your views with us please watch this video to find out more about our plans.
This engagement outlines changes we are planning to make to chronic pain services in Leeds. Evidence tells us that the level and impact of people’s pain improves when they are supported to understand and manage their condition. These changes to chronic pain services in Leeds will move to a more evidence-based model of supported self-management, where patients are more involved in their own care. Supported self-management is NOT about you being left to manage alone. Supported self-management is about providing you with the skills, knowledge and tools to actively manage your pain. Qualified clinicians will support you to manage your care, in most cases, this clinician will be your GP. Your clinician will also be responsible for referring you onto more specialist services if the need arises.
Why we need your views?
We are seeking the views of service users, their carers, and the wider public around the proposed changes. This will help us understand what people think of current pain services and help us make sure that the new services meet the needs of patients and their carers.