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INPUT pain unit referrals

Helping people with ongoing pain reach their goals

Coronavirus: pain service update

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, please read our advice and information before sending any referrals.

Referral contacts

How to refer

We accept referrals from consultants and GPs.

Referral criteria

Our inclusion and exclusion criteria are based on the British Pain Society’s Guidelines for Pain Management Programmes for adults (2013) (PDF, 812Kb). Please refer to our criteria prior to referring a patient to our service. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • Inclusion criteria

    • The person has had pain for more than six months
    • There is no need or plan for surgical or medical treatments that might impact their participation on the pain management programme
    • The pain is significantly disabling or distressing

      - work is impaired by pain (eg unable to work because of pain)
      - other activities impaired by pain (eg daily tasks, leisure and/ or social activities)

    • The person is open to the treatment approach, willing to participate in a group and able to make a commitment to the methods and goals of treatment
  • Exclusion criteria 

    Any one of the following provided that it is expected to interfere with the person's capacity to participate and benefit from treatment:

    • no significant impact of pain on functioning
    • intractable use of injectable analgesia, medicated lollies or oral liquid opioids
    • addiction or substance abuse (including alcohol and cannabis)
    • unable to meet physical requirement of the programme (including mobilising independently around the unit) or unable to fully self-care - a case management service is available for patients who require a 'work up' prior to attending
    • overriding complexities that will make engagement on a programme difficult. This can include severe depression, suicidal behaviour, psychosis, interpersonal difficulties, and social circumstances. These may need addressing either before or instead of a programme
    • moderate to severe cognitive impairment
    • capacity to participate in English, individual sessions may be offered instead
    • under 18