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The PPA wants to provide a community of practice to share knowledge and experience in order to improve outcomes for people living with pain.  The PPA aims to be vocal in fields of pain management and public health awareness to act as stakeholders, providing feedback on National guidelines and organisational documents. 

The PPA is passionate about involving patients in our vision and activities. You can find out more about the PPA Patient Representatives Christine and Louise here.
Throughout 2020, the PPA has been actively engaged in providing high quality webinars, courses and peer support groups.

With the Health Innovation Network South London and Prof Frank Keefe from Duke University, the PPA has been involved in developing a training package and pilot for training in psychologically informed approaches (the TIPS programme). The PPA has been represented by Diarmuid Denneny, PPA Chair and Christine P, PPA Patient Representative. Find out more in this blog by Diarmuid.

The PPA recognises that support and space to reflect is important when doing this work and in August launched a Monthly Peer Support & Reflection sessions. Attend the next group in December.

Read PPA Blogs and listen to podcasts featuring members.

Selina Johnson, PPA Research Officer, has been involved in CRPS Assist, a web app and support service for European physiotherapists, which aims to support the assessment and management of CRPS.

Prof Cormac Ryan and Christine P have been involved in the public health campaign, Flippin' Pain.



Watch the community call to increase equality, diversity and inclusion by Despoina Karargyri, Equality and Diversity Officer.

Despoina has also collated a range of accessible resources for physiotherapists to support patients who require adapted or interpreted resources.

The PPA has been advocating for the role of physiotherapists in pain services and involved in national standards and guidance publications as stakeholders including We have responded to a number of consultations and public documents including both NICE guidelines for chronic pain (due to be publised in early 2021) and the updated low back pain and sciatica pharmacological recommendations, British Pain Society core standards for pain services and responded to the Faculty of Pain Medicine's document 'The role of the specialist in pain medicine'. We have also been involved in the Advanced Clinical Practice standards for MSK to provide pain expertise in this important development in physiotherapy practice.
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