Information for patients about referral to the Fife Pain Management Service
Once your referral is received, we will write to you to find out information about you and how pain is affecting you. We will ask you to complete a set of questionnaires that will help us determine which member of our team would be most suited to assess your needs. It is important we gather this information at an early stage and would ask that you return the questionnaires within the 2-week timeframe specified. If we think our service might be helpful for you, we will send you an appointment to come for an assessment with a member of our multi-disciplinary team.
At the assessment appointment you will be asked questions about your pain difficulties and a management care plan will be jointly discussed and agreed upon. This is a collaborative process in which you are actively involved in making a decision about a helpful plan for going forward. Not all pain services are the same so the decision about your care plan is made between you and clinicians within the Fife Pain Management Service and may be different to the plan previously discussed with the person who referred you to us.
The management care plan will be individualised to meet your specific needs. This may involve contact with two or more members of the multi-disciplinary team. As your journey progresses through the pain service you may be required to complete tasks between sessions, such as completing a diary or practising exercises you have discussed in your sessions. It is important that you attend regular appointments to benefit most from the self-management skills and intervention agreed upon. We would also encourage you to engage with all clinicians involved in your care to help support you make changes in your life and gain confidence in being able to sustain these in the long-term.