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Chelsea and Westminster Hospital announced as a finalist for the Grunenthal Pain Awards

07 April 2016

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s survivors of torture clinic has been selected as one of the four finalists for the Grunenthal Pain Awards, a national award that recognises services that advance innovative pain management.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s survivors of torture clinic has been selected as one of the four finalists for the Grunenthal Pain Awards, a national award that recognises services that advance innovative pain management.

This service at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital offers a one stop clinic for survivors of torture that tries to understand the issues these patients face while helping them to access the best treatments and interventions.

Dr Susan Childs, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “It is fantastic our service has been recognised for this national award, the lives of the patients we see in this clinic are often dominated by fear, shame, trauma, guilt and life threatening experiences.

“Standard pain clinic settings and pathways can re-traumatise these vulnerable patients. We aim to reduce this and offer them the chance to meet a clinical psychologist in a safe setting. We also aim to offer tailored pain management strategies to each patient, with a multidisciplinary team including nurses, doctors and psychologists.”

Dr Bianca Kuehler, Specialty Doctor in Pain added: "A key strength of our clinic is its multi-disciplinary team approach, which means a range of clinical staff work closely together to provide a unique one-stop service."

The winner will be announced at the British Pain Society’s annual scientific meeting in May 2016.