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Veterans’ Pain Management Programme

We help veterans enjoy a greater quality of life by teaching them how to manage pain. The Veterans PMP is the only Pain Management Programme in the UK exclusively offered for Veterans.

What is the Pain Management Programme?

“I’ve seen the benefit of the course and it’s well worth putting some funds into it.”

Hear from John about the life-changing medical treatment you can expect:

The Pain Management Programme is a ten day virtual programme run by the Centre for Veterans’ Health. The Programme is specifically designed to help Veterans who have been suffering with chronic pain to get the correct assessment, diagnosis, and treatment as quickly as possible. It is offered free of charge to Veterans from all Services and aims to help you feel empowered to return to life as you knew it, pre-trauma.

The Programme benefits from the expertise of an inter-disciplinary team of consultants in pain medicine, psychology and psychiatry, with the complimentary expertise of a specialist pain nurse and pain physiotherapist. The team are leaders in their field with extensive experience helping people with persistent pain to improve their lives.

What are the potential benefits of the Programme?

If the programme is right for you, it could result in a range of improvements which may include:

  • Improvement to physical function and ability
  • Improvement to individual understanding of persistent pain conditions and beliefs, thoughts and behaviours that may be increasing and maintaining distress and difficulties
  • Reduced pain related distress
  • Reviewed medication, which may reduce debilitating side effects
  • Development of ways to manage flare up of pain
  • Start, return to or increase meaningful activities in day-to-day life
  • Increased confidence to try new activities/hobbies, and to minimise the impact of pain on lifestyle
  • Reducing the ‘bothersomeness’ of pain so one feels more in control and more able to manage feelings such as distress, anger, fear or sadness

Apply for the next virtual Pain Management Programme

The virtual Pain Management Programme delivers the same content as the face-to-face programme, without the need for you to travel or stay in London, or come into contact with your clinicians during this time.

If you would like to apply to take part in the next virtual Pain Management Programme free of charge, complete and submit the online application form.

You must provide a copy of your proof of service. This could include (but is not limited to):

  • Certificate of Service
  • Pension Entitlement Letter
  • Medical Discharge Letter
  • A copy of your Red/Blue Book
  • A copy of your ID Card

Please note, in order to attend the virtual Programme, you must have access to the internet and a computer/laptop with video and audio functions.

If you have any questions about the application process contact our Programme Administrator, Caroline Dunne, on:

Support from the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch

We’re thrilled that we’ve received support for the Programme through the Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the national charity of the British Army. The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch helps to raise awareness of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, as well as the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund.

The Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch is one of the City of London’s largest fundraisers for all veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Lunch is hosted by the Lord Mayor and attended by a Royal Guest of Honour each year.

Since 2019, the Lunch has been associated with the Civic and Mayoral theme of ‘employment and employability’. As part of a grant given by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the Lunch has very generously agreed to fund up to 18 veterans on the Programme between 2019-21, at a cost up to £120,000 each year (£6,500 per individual).


We've been nominated for a HSJ award

We are delighted to announce that the Pain Management Programme has been shortlisted in the Military and Civilian Health Partnership category at the HSJ Awards 2020, despite tough competition from over 1,000 entries.

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.

Read more about our nomination

See the full list of finalists

How To Apply

To take part in the Programme you will first need to complete the application form and provide proof of service. We will then email you a GP referral form to pass on to your GP, for them to complete and return to us.

Your application will then be assessed by our specialist pain team who will make sure the course is right for you. If it is agreed that the course will benefit you, you will receive an invitation to attend the next Programme.

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