Community Chronic Pain MDT

The community pain service is a service for people with chronic pain.

Clinics are offered at the ambulatory care centre at the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton and the outpatients department at Whitby Hospital.

The team includes a pain management consultant, pain management specialist nurses, physiotherapists, CBT therapist and occupational therapist.

What happens when a patient is referred to the service?

Once a patient has been referred by their GP to the community multi-disciplinary pain service they are assessed by a specialist multi-disciplinary team (MDT) in order to discuss their needs and plan the most appropriate treatment. Dependent on the outcome of the MDT assessment a number of options are available.


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Explain Pain

Explain Pain is an evidence based group education session that informs you – the patient – about chronic pain and the type of therapies we have at the Pain Clinic to help you manage it.

The session lasts between 1-2 hours and you can bring a friend or family member along, if you wish. There will be about 8-12 other patients in the group. The session is mostly educational; however, there is also chance to ask questions and participate in discussion if you want to.   Following the session a therapist will discuss with you your therapy options and plan the next stage of your treatment.

The GetBack 2…programme (GB2)

The GetBack2… programme is a seven week (three hours per week) group based intervention for people affected by chronic pain. Group size ranges between five and 12 participants. The group is delivered by a number of heath care professionals that give specialist advice on pain management.

Topics include: pain education, goal setting, activity planning, pacing and prioritising, exercise and relaxation techniques. As a participant you will take part in all aspect of the programme with the aim of improving quality of life and function.

For more information about the GetBack2…programme and to access its resources please see the following links:

Optional sessions:

  • Managing reduction of medication
  • Individual pain management: One-to-one physiotherapy, psychology and specialist nursing is available for patients that require a more individual approach.

i-WoTCH programme

A group programme delivered over three days targeting patients with chronic pain wishing to reduce their medication load particularly strong opioids. This program will aim to deliver an intervention based on the principles of CBT and self-management backed up by regular contact with clinical nurse specialist and a pain consultant experienced in opioid tapering and medication management..

For more information about the i-WoTCH programme please see the following links:

Contact details

Pain Service
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The James Cook University Hospital
Marton Road
Middlesbrough TS4 3BW
Tel: 01642 854330