Welcome to the Chronic Pain Service

The pain service forms part of a range of services provided by the Sussex MSK Partnership. It is a service provided by clinicians called Advanced Practitioners. These are physiotherapists with specialist knowledge and skills in caring for patients with chronic pain conditions. The aim of the service is to provide patients with a high quality service that is based in a community setting, such as a GP surgery.

Getting ready for my appointment

To help you prepare for your appointment we have collected some general information on our FAQ’s page.  This will help you understand what to expect from your appointment and how best to prepare.

Where are the clinics located?

To find a full list of our clinic locations please see locations page. 

Getting in Touch

If you need to speak to one of our team about an appointment or referral, please see the contact page for more details.

Links to helpful resources


  • For information and advice about what benefits are available to you and for help with making an application, contact: GOV.UK - www.gov.uk






Emotional Wellbeing

  • Mind
  • Here you will find advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem:
  • www.mind.org.uk.



  • Rethink
  • This website provides factsheets on mental health conditions and symptoms as well as access to an advisory service:
  • www.rethink.org.


  • Mental Health Foundation
  • This link has a range of content designed to give you more information about mental health and to help you to look after your mental health. There are podcasts, videos and tools for you to test your stress and levels of positive mental health, inspiring stories and information about getting help if you're struggling:
  • www.mentalhealth.org.uk/.


  • Sussex Mental Healthline: 0300 5000 101 (Changing to 111 from 25th Feb 2020)
  • The Sussex Mental Healthline is helpline run by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Callers dialling 111 for the Sussex Mental Healthline need to ask to be put through to the Sussex Mental Healthline.  It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


  • Samaritans: 116 123
  • A 24 hour confidential, listening service providing emotional support for anyone in crisis.




  • Pilates Video for FMS
  • https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/ms-and-fibromyalgia-pilates-exercise-video/


  • Chair-based Pilates Video
  • https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/chair-based-pilates-exercise-video/





  • Back Exercises - https://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/back-pain-exercises.pdf


  • Neck Exercises - https://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/CSP-Neck-exercsies.pdf


  • Shoulder Exercises - https://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Shoulder-Pain-Advice-and-Exercises-1.pdf


  • Hip Exercises - http://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Hip-Pain-exercises.pdf


  • Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome - http://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Greater-Trochanteric-Pain-Syndrome.pdf


  • Knee Exercises - https://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Knee-Pain-Advice-and-Exercises-1.pdf


  • Exercises for Posture - https://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Posture-at-the-Workplace-Advice-1.pdf


  • Back Pain Myths - http://sussexmskpartnershipcentral.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Back-Pain-Myths.pdf


  • Improve your Balance in Five Minutes - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ujoD1l4fnP4


  • The Cuppa Routine - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=w3VlCljvWsY&list=PLmc-9Le5L6AJ4QqImUPNzS_TymBV-HLNH




  • Action for ME
  • The Action for ME website can give you information about available support, fatigue management approaches, welfare benefits, social care and employment support for people with M.E., as well as information specifically for carers:
  • www.actionforme.org.uk/.


  • ME Asssociation
  • The ME Association provides information, support and advice for people living with ME and associated symptoms:
  • www.meassociation.org.uk/.






  • FND


  • Neuro Symptoms
  • www.neurosymptoms.org. - Here you will find information about Functional Neurological Disorder.


  • Medication




  • This site provides resources for patients thinking about the medication they are taking or considering taking for pain:
  • Opioid Zone


  • This is a film from NHS England highlighting a personal story of prescribing:
  • Sean's Story


  • This site offers a range of patient resources of being Opioid Aware:
  • Opioids Aware



Occupational Therapy & Home Adaptations



  • Disabled Living Foundation
  • The Disabled Living foundation is a national charity that provides impartial advice, information and training on equipment for independent living. Visit their website: www.dlf.org.uk or call their helpline on 0300 999 0004.




  • Action on Pain
  • Action on Pain is a charity providing support and advice for people affected by chronic pain - www.action-on-pain.co.uk.


  • Pain Concern
  • Pain Concern is a charity working to support and inform people with pain and those who care for them -  www.painconcern.org.uk. They hold a fortnightly radio show providing information and support on a variety of pain related topics called Airing Pain – www.painconcern.org.uk/airing-pain/.


  • Health Talk
  • Here you will find free videos of patient experiences of different health conditions, including pain - www.healthtalkonline.org.



  • Somerset Community Pain Management Service
  • Here you will find different resources aimed to empower people with persistent pain to develop understanding, skills and confidence to live a full and meaningful life - www.somersetpain.co.uk/How-to-manage-your-pain


  • Tame the Beast
  • Here you will find information with the aim to help people get closer to and reducing and managing their pain - www.tamethebeast.org


  • My Live Well with pain
  • A collection of resources that are designed to help you learn the skills you need to become and effective self-manager of your pain - www.livewellwithpain.co.uk/.


  • Living with Chronic Pain
  • If you would like information about effective pain management strategies, we recommend that you make use of the CD ‘Living with Chronic Pain’.  It includes an introduction to formal relaxation and why this is such a beneficial pain management strategy. Go to: www.paincd.org.uk to purchase the CD for £2 (£1 for delivery).  You can download the CD for free.  You can listen to the CD for free.



  • Pain Health
  • This a good website with some great resources on for MSK Pain with a focus on providing reliable, practical and usable evidence - informed information and skills to assist in the co-management of musculoskeletal pain - https://painhealth.csse.uwa.edu.au/about/



  • Sleep


  • The Sleep Council & NHS sleep advice
  • Research has shown that lack of sleep will “wind up” your nervous system (a bit like turning up the amplifier) causing you to feel more pain.   Therefore, it is important to have good sleep hygiene, including a regular sleep pattern. Taking steps to reduce stress, and using techniques such as relaxation and mindfulness, can help you to better manage your symptoms and sleep.For information on sleep, please refer to the links:www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/www.nhs.uk/live-well/sleep-and-tiredness/how-to-get-to-sleep/



Videos about pain

Understanding pain:


Retrain Pain lessons to better understand pain -https://www.retrainpain.org/


Is pain all in the mind? - https://youtu.be/-3NmTE-fJSo/


Why things hurt TED Talk: this is a useful talk from an international pain specialist on how our body and mind combine to experience pain and how this can help us understand our own pain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwd-wLdIHjs/


Brain-man Animation – chronic pain: a short illustrated film about how our mind and body interact and experience chronic painhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=27&v=1qLDPLpUJhc&feature=emb_logo​


Understanding pain in 5 minuteshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_3phB93rvI


A 10 minute guide to understanding pain and what to do about ithttps://youtu.be/lVdulzi6oYw


Back pain – separating fact from fiction - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlSQLUE4brQQ


Low Back pain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOjTegn9RuY


Self-Management of Pain:


Live Well with Pain - https://my.livewellwithpain.co.uk/resources/video-and-audio/


Struggling to be me with chronic pain: a personal insight into managing chronic pain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPpu7dXJFRI


Tame the Beast - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikUzvSph7Z4


Pain and Me - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUXPqphwp2U


23 and ½ hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo


Activity and Pain:


NHS Fitness Suite Videos - www.nhs.uk/Conditions/nhs-fitness-studio/Pages/welcome-to-nhs-fitness-studio.asp/


Exercise and Pain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5O1jWIs1oAk/


Movement and Pain - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6IQRo1y_L4/

Here are some leaflets to help you manage your condition, these have been reviewed and approved by our clinical staff to be the best information for patients.

What is the Pain Service?


Self-Management Programmes: