Community Musculoskeletal Service Pain Management Service

The Community Musculoskeletal Service aims to develop and provide a high quality, accessible and pain management service to people with chronic musculoskeletal pain. This will be provided through direct individual and group-based treatment, delivered by physiotherapists and clinical psychology staff. The emphasis is to teach individuals the skills that will enable them to feel more in control of their pain, enhance their mood, relationships and lifestyle and ultimately their quality of life.

The team consists of:

  • clinical psychologists
  • assistant psychologist
  • physiotherapists


Group Patients assessed as suitable for treatment within the service are generally offered a place on the pain management group programme. Groups contain between 10 and 20 patients and are run over 8 weeks.

The Pain Management Programmes:
Mondays    13:00 – 16:00
Thursdays  09:30 – 12.30

The groups run on a rolling programme throughout the year, with a two week gap between each programme.

Bibliotherapy Those patients who do not require the intensity of a group pain management programme can be offered some individual or small group bibliotherapy (guided self-help). These patients may already have some coping strategies for their pain but require some guidance on how to apply these to their everyday lives and the space to review their progress. These sessions are held on Wednesdays and Fridays with the assistant psychologist. There are five appointment slots each week, each lasting 30-45 minutes. Bibliotherapy treatment comprises 8 sessions (weekly/fortnightly), or less where the patient only needs input on certain topics.

Psychological Therapy Individual sessions with one of our Clinical Psychologists may be offered to patients who are experiencing difficulties adjusting emotionally to their pain condition. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can be offered to these patients to help them to develop the psychological skills for more effectively managing feelings of depression and anxiety associated with their pain.

There are four appointment slots each Friday, each lasting one hour. Treatment comprises six sessions (weekly/fortnightly) in the first instance, after which progress is reviewed and treatment may be extended according to need.

Where Service is based

Pain Management Service (Community Musculoskeletal Service)
Chaul End Community Centre

Hours of Operation

The Service operates Monday to Friday
09:00 – 17:00

How to Contact Service

Tel: 01582 718686