Saturday, 21 October 2017


Launch of Self Management Programme for Chronic Pain in Barra

Published on 28 Feb 2017

NHS Western Isles and Pain Association Scotland are delighted to announce that the Self Management Programme for Chronic Pain will be held in Barra for the first time this year.  The Programme has been run successfully for several years in Stornoway and Benbecula and thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, can now expand into Barra.

Dr David Rigby said “It is absolutely fantastic news that the Self Management Programme for Chronic Pain can now be delivered in Barra.  The Programme benefited pain patients hugely in Stornoway and Benbecula and we know that it will be just as great for Barra patients."

The course will be run by Phil Sizer, a Chronic Pain Self Management professional who has worked with Pain Association Scotland for several years, who says he is looking forward to the new challenge. 

Phil said, “I really enjoy travelling to Stornoway and Benbecula; the classes are great and the feedback is always excellent, so I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work in Barra too." 

Phil has almost 20 years experience in self management of chronic field and works in a friendly interactive way; patients are encouraged to move around if they need to and no special equipment or clothing is required.

The course will be held in Barra on the following days, at Castlebay Fire Station:

  • Wednesday 29 March, from 2pm-4pm
  • Thursday 30 March, from 10am-4pm
  • Friday 31 March, 10am-12 noon

If you would like to attend the Barra course, please contact Pain Association Scotland ( or collect a self referral form from Amy Macdonald, Physiotherapist, or Barra Medical Practice, and return to Amy or Pain Association Scotland.