‘Patients as partners; let’s do better together’
About this event
Well this is a first for Le Pub, a patient takeover!
This Le Pub is being taken over by Joletta Belton and Keith Meldrum, both well known patient voices in the pain world.
One of our goals at Le Pub is to bring together researchers, clinicians, AND people who live with pain. We strive to give people experiencing pain direct access to the science that informs their treatment. This time we’re flipping it on its head and bringing scientists and clinicians to hear the patients’ perspective.
Joletta and Keith will be joined by regular Le Pub panellist, Kat (@tmopain)another strong patient voice and Diarmuid Denneny, who will be known to many of you through his role as chair off the Physiotherapy Pain Association
This promises to be a really lively discussion and debate and we’re super excited to see where Joletta, Keith, Kat and Diarmuid take us.
Jo makes sense of pain through science and stories on her blog, MyCuppaJo.com, and is an advocate for integrating the lived experience of pain into the study, education, and treatment of pain. She is co-chair of the IASP Global Alliance of Pain Patient Advocates presidential task force and the first Patient & Public Partnerships Editor at JOSPT.
A civil engineer by trade, Keith has been living with chronic pain for over 30 years, after a near-fatal car accident in 1986. Years of surgeries eventually ended in being told that his pain was all in his head. Since then, he’s taught himself about the biopsychosocial model and began advocating for it. He continues to speak out about the importance of pain science through social media, his blog, and other avenues.
Kat is learning to live well with persistent neuropathic pain. After her first diagnosis of a “chronic, progressive” pain disorder, she learned to meditate and somewhat navigate the healthcare system. After receiving her second, she began discovering pain science and is finding strength in (mostly gentle) movement. She has a special interest in the ways we communicate about pain. A thoughtful presenter and engaging public speaker, Kat interprets the lived experience of persistent pain for clinicians and researchers world-wide.”
Diarmuid is professional lead physiotherapist at the Pain Management Centre (PMC), University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. Clinically he is an advanced practitioner physiotherapist and independent prescriber.
He is chair of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, a Professional Network linked to the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
Diarmuid has a particular interest in psychologically informed practice, co-production methods, and the role for health care professionals in supporting people who have pain and medication related issues. He has published peer reviewed articles relating to pain and physiotherapy practice.
Diarmuid is a member of the guideline development committee for the NICE chronic pain guidelines. He is a module lead (Strategies for the Self-Management of Pain) for the new UCL MSC in Pain Management. He also has interests in the non-medical management of CRPS and is a committee member of CRPS UK.