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Supporting People to Stay at Work or Return to Work course for Medical Doctors

Speciality Classification
Medical Doctors
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e-Learning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
Faculty of Pain Medicine RCA, British Pain Society

This session describes the relationship between work and pain and what professionals can do to assist patients to stay at work (SAW) or return to work (RTW).


By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship between work and musculoskeletal pain
  • Identify common myths relating to SAW and RTW
  • List the common obstacles to SAW and RTW
  • Explain what professionals can do to assess and address obstacles to SAW/RTW in people with musculoskeletal pain

The availability of vocational advice is variable in the UK, and the majority of the working age population do not have access to occupational health services through their workplaces. When people experiencing pain have difficulty managing at work they often turn to the health services for advice and support to help them either stay at work (SAW), or if they are absent, to return to work (RTW).

Instructors / Speakers
Gail Sowden,
Consultant Physiotherapist

Gail is a consultant physiotherapist within the NHS and a research fellow at the Research Institute for Primary Care & Health Sciences, Keele University, UK. She is involved in world leading musculoskeletal research and supports the implementation of key research findings into policy and practice as a member of an Impact Accelerator Unit. She is the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trusts’ Allied Health Professions lead for pain and provides leadership and clinical input to an award winning interdisciplinary pain service.

She leads and contributes to the development of nation policy and practice and is a National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Fellow Alumni. She is the Chair of the BPS Pain Management Programme SIG and sits on the BPS Academic Scientific Committee. She publishes in peer reviewed journals, delivers post graduate clinical skills courses internationally and has presented at a number of international and national conferences.

Gwenllian Gwenllian Wynne-Jones,
NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow

Gwenllian initially trained as a nurse. Her PhD research focussed on the epidemiology of pain (specifically examining the role of trauma in the new onset of widespread pain). She joined the Arthritis Research UK Primary Care Centre at Keele University in 2005 as a Research Associate and then as a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Post Doctoral Research Fellow and NIHR Clinical Trials Fellow.

Gwen’s research activities focus on examining the impact of health on work and how this can best be managed. She is particularly interested in the prognosis and management of musculoskeletal pain and other conditions commonly seen in primary care.

Supporting People to Stay at Work or Return to Work course for Medical Doctors
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Chronic Conditions and Disease Management, Pain management, Pain Management and Palliative Care
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