Jersey is to host a prestigious pain management conference, attracting hundreds of experts in the field and many internationally renowned speakers.
The Pain Management Programmes Special Interest Group Conference, run by the British Pain Society, is a bi-annual event which will be held in Jersey for the first time.
The event, which takes place at the Hotel de France from 25- 27 September, will explore a range of topics covering pain management and pain management programmes and the way they can have a positive impact on absence from work and improving functioning. This will include latest research and analysis, as well as examining the effect of incorrect treatment on patient care.
Among the speakers will be Dr Julia Morris, who is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist within the Pain Medicine department of Jersey General Hospital, as well as Strategic Manager for Physiotherapy Services. She completed her doctoral research in 2010, focusing on wide-ranging attitudes and beliefs held within the Island towards the condition of low back pain and how these related to the disability process. Dr Morris will address the topic ‘Sickness Absence – Can We Make a Difference?’
“The conference is a fantastic opportunity for local clinicians, researchers and policy makers to understand the pitfalls and problems that are faced by all who live with, treat or work with people who have persistent pain,” said Dr Morris. “Getting all players on-side is the key to producing meaningful and sustainable improvements for persistent pain sufferers.”
Dr Morris will be joined by her colleagues Dr Chad Taylor and Dr Alessio Agostinis, who will examine the potential risks and behavioural strategies in using morphine-based drugs or painkillers.
The conference is being co-hosted by the Jersey Employers’ Network on Disability (JEND). Spokesman Sally Gallichan said JEND was delighted to be supporting the conference as part of the network’s 15th anniversary activities.
“More and more people have to cope with pain on a daily and on-going basis,” she said. “JEND is eager for employers, as well as those individuals coping with pain, to understand the importance of work in recovery and successful rehabilitation.
“Phased return to work programmes need to be more widely adopted to ensure a higher proportion of working adults remain in work, or are able to successfully return to work.”