1. to discuss the assessment and management of chronic pain in primary care and when to refer
2. to discuss the titration and withdrawal of gabapentinoids for pain
3. to discuss fibromyalgia- identify features and to be able to make a diagnosis in primary care, to signpost to sources of support including secondary care clinics eg Bath?
Dr Helen Makins
Consultant Anaesthetist with a specialist interest in Pain Medicine
Helen is currently clinical lead for the Chronic Pain Service locally. She collaboratively developed the medication optimisation service at GHT, supervising non-medical prescribing courses for the specialist nurses and working to integrate medication advice with self-management strategies.
Helen works closely with the Gloucestershire ICB as a member of the Living Well with Pain, Cultural Commissioning and Musculoskeletal Clinical Programme Groups and as the Clinical Lead for outpatient services. She is the former lead for undergraduate pain education and current lead for communication skills and school education projects at the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Dr Ann Young
Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia
Dr Young trained at Edinburgh University qualifying in 1992. She did further training in anaesthesia in Nottingham, subspecialising in pain medicine. She was appointed as a Consultant at our Trust in 2007.
Lead CNS Pain Self-Management Team