ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has recently awarded King Edward VII Hospital in London a grant just shy of £50,000 towards its Pain Management Programme.
The veterans’ Pain Management Programme (PMP) was developed as a partnership between King Edward VII’s Hospital’s Pain and Neuroscience Centre of Excellence and the veterans’ charity, Supporting Wounded Veterans.
Eight service personnel with severe injuries were referred to them through Supporting Wounded Veterans (SWV), and attended the pilot which ran from February 2016. The programme consists of an assessment day, a five-day residential course, with five additional follow-up days over the course of six months. The next PMP will commence in May 2018.
From the outset, The Soldiers’ Charity has supported the initiative which has helped enable them to make a real difference in the lives of their beneficiaries.
The main objectives of the PMP are to help individuals to improve mood, to develop a better understanding of pain and to increase meaningful activity, self-management and quality of life.
A veteran who has been helped by the programme added: “I would like to thank the entire team for their support, friendship and professionalism, you are all just amazing people who genuinely care and WANT to make a difference to our military veteran community. Very many thanks from the bottom of my heart.”
Lieutenant General (Ret’d) Sir William Rollo KCB CBE, Trustee for King Edward VII Hospital commented that: “At King Edward VII’s Hospital, we support veterans’ health through a research programme, the provision of grants for treatment at the Hospital, and the Veterans’ Pain Management Programme we run with SWV. We appreciate enormously the cooperation and support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity which enables potentially life changing treatment to an increasing number of veterans.”