INPUT pain management

Referrals

We accept referrals from consultants and GPs.

Patients referred to us must:

  • be over 18
  • have been in pain for more than 6 months
  • have pain that is severe enough to prevent them working or taking part in other daily activities
  • not need or have surgery and other treatments planned that might impact their ability to take part
  • be open and committed to the programme and willing to take part in a group

We do not accept referrals for patients:

  • who are under 18
  • whose pain has no significant impact on their functioning
  • who cannot control their use of injectable analgesia, medicated lollies or oral liquid opioids
  • with addiction or substance abuse problems (including alcohol and cannabis)
  • with moderate to severe cognitive impairment
  • who cannot move around on their own or fully self-care, a case management service is available for patients who need tests done before attending

We also do not accept referrals for patients with complexities that would make it difficult to take part on our courses. These complexities may need addressing before or instead of our courses. This can include:

  • severe depression
  • suicidal behaviour
  • psychosis
  • interpersonal difficulties
  • social circumstances
  • people who cannot take part in English, we may offer individual sessions instead 

Last updated: March 2022

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