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Right Arrow Community Pain Service scoop 10,000 award
17 May 2013 at 14:50
Health professionals working in Southport have scooped a prestigious £10,000 award.

The Grünenthal Pain Awards, which took place in Bournemouth, aim to recognise innovation and excellence in the field of pain management.

The Community Pain Service at Ainsdale Centre for Health and Well-being won first prize with their project “I-Gro: growing pain patients’ strengths, expertise and wellbeing through a therapeutic tool and solution-focussed interactive smartphone and tablet application”.

Once developed, the app will be piloted within the service’s pain management programme to help patients set personalised, self-management goals and review their progress.

Dr Chris Barker, Clinical Director for the service, said: “We are really proud to win this award. It will enable us to build on our achievements in the pain service by creating a tablet/smartphone app which helps develop quality of life for chronic pain sufferers.

“We've already been working hard on this in our pain management programme, and now having the opportunity to translate this work into an electronic format to reach many more people is very exciting.”

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

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Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital. It is also responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. The Trust provides healthcare to a population of 258,000 people and employs 3,500 staff.

2. Picture shows Joanne Iddon (Clinical Psychology Assistant), Dr Chris Barker (Clinical Director) and Dr Becky Simm (Principal Clinical Psychologist)