The Pain Toolkit Quiz

#11 Team work and action planning

Team work between you and your healthcare professional is vital. Imagine the Arsenal football team playing without a team plan.

Managing your pain is not a ‘one way street’ and it is unrealistic for your health care professional to totally solve it. You have an important part to play as well.

Together both you and your health care professional can set an action plan. This action plan could help you to both track your progress.

Action planning is taught when you attend self management programme.

What The Experts Say

Pete Says:
It's really important we work with our team and action plan how we move forward. I have rarely met anyone who manages his or her pain without working without a team or action plan. View the video here for more about teamwork and action planning.
Frances Says:
We are discovering more about why having a support team can make a difference. We know from many, many people who struggle with pain that getting a support team made such a positive change. They tells us that knowing people can support them in setbacks, help guide them to learn new skills or use tools at home or work even on days when it is a struggle was so helpful. Choose people who are kind and give helpful support so you are doing more things for yourself and others, in a paced way. A sort of coach who helps you get the best possible for yourself is a good option. Choose Doctors, physios and others who will be like a partner in your self-management and keen to be a team player with you. Sometimes there are people around you that may not be supportive and help you get life back on track or help your independence. It can be hard as you may have to choose to spend less time with them. You can of course help them see your need to live life and with pain in a different way, do things differently. They may be able to change and sometimes may not. Accepting this lack of change in other people is tricky. Maybe help them explore more for themselves through the Pain Toolkit site or other resources may help.
Bronnie Says:
The most important person in your healthcare team is you. If you find consultations hard work, try writing down three questions for your professional: What do I need to do? Why is that important? When do we review it? It’s always good to check that you and your health professional have heard each other by asking if it's OK for you to tell him or her what you intend to tell your family about the consultation. Sometimes having someone else come with you to be your "ears" helps too.
Linda Says:
Learning to self manage has made me more confident – I feel more in control. I realise I have a significant part to play in my wellbeing – it's not all down to the health professionals.
Mike Says:
It takes two to tango! Socrates says, "To find yourself, you must think for yourself." Any healthcare appointment is the coming together of two experts. You will know more about your body than anyone else so it's vital for you to be an active part of your recovery journey.
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