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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

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Ask the panel how they manage life with pain?

22nd June 2016, 18:00 to 21:00, Ken Wade (CLC203), Calman Centre, Lower Mountjoy, Durham University, Durham City, DH1 3LE
‘It’s a Pain’ - Public Engagement Lecture Series

Dr Frances Cole: will introduce concept of pain self-management past, present and future. She is a retired GP and author of the ‘Overcoming Chronic Pain’ book.

Baroness Hilary Armstrong: will chair this event. She is a former Labour MP for North West Durham, Chief Whip, and non-executive director of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.

Persistent Pain Facts:

  • 11 million estimated people with persistent pain in England
  • 25% lost their jobs
  • 16% changes jobs or working hours
  • 25% diagnosed with depression

The panel all manage persistent pain:

  • Ask them how they cope?
  • What helps and does not help?
  • Best frame of mind?
  • Benefits of support groups and use of modern media and technology i.e. internet, apps etc.?

Panel Members include:

Ian Semmons: Chair of Action on Pain which is an independent, non-political organisation that lobbies for efficient pain management services and provides pain education.

Angela Walker: Founder of ‘MyPainFibro’ a local support group for people with fibromyalgia

Christine Stebbing: Patient Consultant for County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Pain Management Team

Antony Chuter: Trustee of Pain UK, Chair of the BPS Patient Liaison Committee.


This event is free entry.

Tea and coffee will be available from 6pm in the Calman cafe. The event will start at 7pm.


Please note this event will be video recorded.

Contact Details

For more details contact: Joanna Quinlan, Pain Management Worker, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Pain Team, Chester-Le-Street Community Hospital, Front Street, DH3 3AT,, 0191 387 6430 or,

Dr Paul Chazot, Associate Director, Wolfson Research Institute for Health & Wellbeing, Senior Lecturer in Neuropharmacology, Department of BioSciences, Durham University,, 0191 334 1305.