INPUT is a pain management centre at St Thomas' where patients from all over the country come to learn better ways of coping with their pain.
The centre offers residential pain management programmes, which run throughout the year for up to 10 patients at a time. The aim of these programmes is to:
reduce the emotional impact of pain
improve patients' mobility
educate and help patients reduce their use of medicines
help patients learn self-management skills so they don't need to use health services as often.
The programme does not aim to cure or reduce pain, but to help patients return to a better quality of life despite the pain.
Before joining the programme, patients are assessed in clinic by a doctor and psychologist. We also hold a clinic to assess patients' suitability for our residential pre-neuromodulation programme.
The unit was opened in 1989 and has an ongoing research programme.