This multidisciplinary team with members from medicine, physiotherapy and nursing and is involved in aspects of pain and rehabilitation from acute pain management to vocational rehabilitation for chronic pain problems. It encompasses a wide variety of methodologies including laboratory based quantitative sensory and cognitive performance testing, through to community based qualitative research studies. In addition, there are collaborations with laboratory based work within the medical school investigating the function of the opioid receptor system and investigation of novel ligands acting on this system.
The team has strong collaborative links with clinical groups within the NHS particularly in pain management, orthopaedics and the rehabilitation professions, and clinical staff hold honorary clinical contracts with the University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust.
Areas of particular current activity are occupational rehabilitation for chronic pain patients, particularly in the unemployed; the relationship between sleep, pain and psychological distress; ethnicity and pain especially the epidemiology of pain in the community, and the patient experience of medical care for chronic pain and opioid pharmacology. We have an active ongoing post graduate teaching programme and offer a PhD supervision programme. The team also runs a taught multidisciplinary MSc in Pain Management.