Friday, 17 November 2017


Barra’s Self Management Programme for Chronic Pain to be held in August

Published on 27 Jul 2017

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Following the success of the previous intensive two-day course held earlier this year in Barra, NHS Western Isles and Pain Association Scotland are delighted to announce that the next course of the Self Management Programme for Chronic Pain will be held on the island during August. 

The programme, which has been run successfully for several years in Stornoway and Benbecula, with thanks to funding from the Big Lottery, has now been expanded into Barra.

Aimed at providing participants with the understanding and skills necessary to manage their condition more effectively, the course also enables individuals to cope better with the impacts associated with changes to their health

It covers topics such as understanding pain, goal setting, confidence and self esteem, and flare up management.  There is good evidence that successfully attending the two-day programme as well as the monthly class can reduce the negative impact pain has on individual’s lives.

The programme looks at the basic principles of pain and delivers learning on various techniques to help manage pain (e.g. pacing, relaxation, planning for flare ups, and managing stress).

Dr. David Rigby said “It is absolutely fantastic news that the Self-management Programme for Chronic Pain is being 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, which will be run by Phil Sizer, has almost 20 years experience in the self-management of chronic pain and works in a friendly interactive way; with patients being encouraged to move around if they need to and no special equipment or clothing is required

Phil, who says he is looking forward to the new challenge, 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.” 

The next course will be held in Barra at the Castlebay Fire Station on:

  • Wednesday 9th August from 2pm-4pm
  • Thursday 10th August from 10am-3.30pm
  • Friday 11th August from 10am-12 noon


If you would like to attend the Barra course, please telephone 0800 783 6059 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alternatively a self-referral form can be collected from Amy Macdonald, Physiotherapist, St. Brendan’s Hospital, or at Barra Medical Practice, and returned to Amy or the Pain Association.