Accessing Pain Clinic Services

Pain clinic can be accessed by a referral from your GP, physiotherapist, your local Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service and the spinal surgery services at Southmead Hospital Bristol.

Back Pack can be accessed by a referral from your GP, physiotherapist, your local Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service (MATS), the spinal surgery services at Southmead Hospital Bristol, and the Pain Clinic at Southmead Hospital Bristol.
Once we have received your referral, we will invite you to attend an Introductory Meeting so that you can find out more about Back Pack. Once you have attended an Introductory Meeting, we will offer you an individual assessment with the specialist physiotherapist prior to starting the group.

Pain Management Programme Groups (PMP) are accessed only from the Pain Clinic, because these groups are only available to people with pain that cannot be relieved by the treatments that are currently available. Before somebody joins one of our PMP groups, it is important that they have had this assessment within the Pain Clinic, so that any possible options for pain relief can be explored. You will also need to have an initial assessment, with a psychologist specialising in chronic pain, and then attend an information meeting

A Self-Management Programme (SMP) can be accessed by a referral from your GP, physiotherapist, your local Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service (MATS), the spinal surgery services at Southmead Hospital Bristol, and the Pain Clinic at Southmead Hospital Bristol.
Once we have received your referral, we will invite you to attend an Introductory Meeting so that you can find out more about the course. Once you have attended an Introductory Meeting, we will offer you a place on a course. These courses run in different venues around Bristol, and we will try to offer you a place on the most convenient course for you.