Having learned the basics of Pain Management from Dr Mark Turtle, I got appointed in Swansea ABMU HB in 2002 with a view of developing pain services there. 10 years later the ABMU service finally took off with a multidisciplinary and multimodal model, and I am lucky to work with a great group of dedicated pain practitioners from HCSW to OT, PT, Psychology and Nursing, along with outstanding GP, Anaesthetic and Neurorehab colleagues. My role in the service, apart from being the Lead Clinician, is mainly the interventional side of things (where my other interest, the regional anaesthesia under US comes in very handy) and I run MDT clinics with palliative care and brachial plexus surgeons. I hope to see pain services moving forwards to more integrated team services, with the necessary managerial support to make things happen, and to also see services in the whole of Wales collaborating and exchanging ideas. We are currently looking towards moving from the MSK directorate (which is being dismantled) into community services and it will be very interesting to see how that will work.
I believe the WPS is a really important forum to drive developments but it’s success requires the input from everybody interested in Pain management, so I hope all the hard working practitioner colleagues from all areas will pitch in to make it better for everybody, most of all for the patients we aim to help. Contact Dr Christian Egeler