Pain Clinic Useful Links

www.arthritiscare.org.uk Arthritis Care exists to support people with arthritis. It is the UK’s largest organization working with and for all people who have arthritis. It is a user led organization which means people with arthritis are at the heart of the work – they form the membership, are involved in all of the organisation’s activities and directs it does.

www.arthritisresearchuk.org The website is provided by the Arthritis Research Campaign, and has information on current research, treatments, developments, news and opportunities to get involved.

www.backcare.org.uk BackCare is a registered charity that aims to reduce the burden of back pain by providing information and support, promoting good practice and funding research. The charity acts as the hub between patients, (healthcare) professionals, employers, policy makers, researchers and all others with an interest in back pain.

www.fibromyalgia-associationuk.org Fibromyalgia Association UK is a registered charity administered by unpaid volunteers. FMA UK was established in order to provide information and support to sufferers and their families. In addition, the Association provides medical information for professionals and operates a national helpline.

www.healthtalkonline.org Healthtalkonline, an award-winning charity, lets you share in other people's experiences of health and illness. The information is based on qualitative research into patient experiences, led by experts at the University of Oxford.

www.mypainmanagement.net My Pain Management is for people who are experiencing chronic pain. It includes several interesting modules to help you gain the best from self-managing you own condition. For instance, in ‘Planning for Change’ you will read about How We Change, The Process of Change, Changing Your Response to Chronic Pain, and Taking Action.

www.painconcern.org.uk Pain Concern provides information and support for pain sufferers, those who care for them and about them, free factsheets and leaflets to help you manage your pain.

www.patient.co.uk This provides non-medical people in the UK with good quality information about health and disease. The authors (all medical professionals) do this by writing evidence based information leaflets. They also review health and illness related websites and link to many of these from the web directory included on this website.

www.patients-association.com The Patients Association is a national charity providing patients with an opportunity to raise concerns and share experiences of healthcare.

www.patientvoices.org.uk This website has many health-related stories from ordinary people. The idea is that people working in health and social care will see these stories and carry out their duties in a more informed and compassionate manner.

selfmanagementuk.org Free self-management courses providing tools and techniques to help you to take control of your health and manage your condition better on a daily basis. The majority of the courses are delivered by trained tutors who have experience of living with a long-term health condition.

www.taoist.org/uk Website for the Taoist Tai Chi Society of GB, a registered charity that teaches tai chi to the community to help people improve their health and wellbeing.

www.u3a.org.uk U3As are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences in a wide range of interest groups and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun.