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Camden MSK Group Lockdown

Posted by Kyle Beacham (Admin) 11 months ago Posted in Partnerships

When did you change?

April 2020 due to halting of pain services and face to face peer group meetings

Who was involved?

MSK Patients, Carers and clinicians.

Camden MSK’s Clinical Director set up the Zoom calls twice weekly and facilitated the meetings until the end of July. The Camden MSK’s Patient Director and Camden MSK Patient Partners assisted facilitation and gave peer support to help others join.

How did you change?

Pre COVID the Patient Director was supporting and attending the patient led pain support group (PPSG) once a month face to face. The community centre was closed due to COVID restrictions, the group therefore had no where to meet physically. The whole country was on ‘lockdown’ during the COVID pandemic, so most patients were also home and feeling quite isolated as many services were limited as well in third sector.

There were discussions online that highlighted the issue of loneliness and knock on effect of people’s mental health in particular those with comorbidities and long-term conditions.

It was decided to create a virtual peer support group for chronic pain patients during the ‘shielding/lockdown’ period.

Initially the group focused on the ‘shielded’ group but it soon became apparent others wanted to attend too. This twice a week Zoom call, which lasted for an hour at the same set time, was open for MSK patients and their carers, but also open to be attended by MSK clinicians.

Goal: To ensure we maintained contact with a group of patients who were no longer able to attend face to face support group sessions, many of whom were already lonely and isolated due to chronic pain and struggling to self- manage.

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This post was edited on Oct 5, 2020 by Kyle Beacham

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