ShipShape, a Sheffield community organisation, has taken the third place in the nationwide 2014 Grunenthal Pain Awards. The awards celebrate innovative and high quality health projects that support people living with long term pain. The organisation is part of a Sheffield multi-disciplinary team that has created a chronic pain service in local communities, which has been evaluated by Dr Janet Harris from ScHARR Public Health section.
The Sheffield Chronic Pain Health Trainer Service received a Department of Health Transforming Community Services Award in 2011, which was used to pilot the service and evaluate its utility. The evaluation, was instrumental in helping commissioners to make informed decisions about continued funding for the service. (See Harris J et al British Journal of Pain, Vol. 8, Issue 1, Feb 2014; also available via Sage Journals Online for free: http://bjp.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/12/05/2049463713511956. )
The service is free for people living with persistent pain and the number of referrals to the programme in increasing steadily. After the pilot programme became established, ScHARR in collaboration with Sloane Medical Centre and Sheffield Healthy Communities received further funding to evaluate the utility of web-based resources for self-managing chronic pain. Funds from the Health Foundation Shine Project were used to produce a video on the effectiveness of the chronic pain website sheffieldpersistentpain.com.
With chronic pain health trainers based in a number of GP practices, community and leisure buildings across the city, ShipShape provides five to seven one-hour sessions of one-to-one support to encourage individuals to identify, to focus and to achieve the goals they have set to improve their health and wellbeing. In many cases, individuals have become more confident and hence have their self-esteem uplifted once they achieved effective self-managing their health conditions. In this way, the health trainers’ support is essential to help breaking the barriers for better health.
Members of the team attended the awards ceremony in Grand Plaza Hotel, Manchester, on 29th April. A £2,000 cheque was presented at the formal dinner to Shipshape for further development of our work in supporting people with chronic pain.