Persistent Pain and Mental Health: Improving care and wellbeing

The Health Innovation Network (HIN) was one of four national test sites selected by the Q Improvement Lab (part of the Health Foundation) to test ideas in practice to improve care for people with mental health problems and persistent back and neck pain.

Project overview

As a result of this work, further funding was awarded from the Health Foundation and NHS England/Improvement to progress projects from ideas to practice and consider how the work can be scaled.

Psychologically informed physiotherapy skills training:
Working in partnership with the Physiotherapy Pain Association (PPA) and St Georges  and Kingston hospital’s Chronic Pain Services teams, we have designed a Therapeutic Interactions and Person centred care Skills (TIPS) training package for out-patient physiotherapists to:

  • increase awareness of the relationship between mental health and persistent pain,
  • increase confidence in starting conversations relating to psychological wellbeing
  • establish a mentoring and support structure for complex cases.

The pilot ends March 2021 when we aim to share our learning to a wider range of healthcare professionals once the course is evaluated.

Supporting people with chronic joint pain to self-manage in mental health settings:
This project is now moving into its second phase which will continue to test whether Joint Pain Advice can support people with mental health conditions who are also experiencing chronic hip, knee and/or back pain to more effectively self-manage their condition in a variety of mental health settings.

Our partners include:

If you have any questions or would like more information about the following projects, please contact:

TIPS Training and Supervision Programme – Amy Semple, Project Lead

Supporting people with chronic joint pain to self-manage in mental health settings (Joint Pain Advice) – Sally Irwin, Project Manager

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Key achievements

  • Phase 1 of the Joint Pain Advice approach enabled the HIN to work in partnership with Sydenham Garden to train four staff members to deliver JPA appointments. Staff reported feeling more confident in their ability to talk to people and support them with the chronic joint pain.

By Rita Mogaiji