Supporting the Clinician & Person with Persisting Pain


CPD course for Healthcare Professionals (particularly suited to Physios, OTs, GPs)


A two day in-person course (Nov 10th and 11th 2023) at Galway City Physiotherapy, Liosbaun Business Park. Followed by eight fortnightly peer group sessions on Zoom™ on Wednesday evenings at 6pm  (one-hour, dates below).

30% of people experience persistent (also called chronic) pain.

·        Supporting individuals in distress with persistent pain can be challenging.

·        Research tells us that clinicians lack confidence in providing effective support for this population.

·        Guidelines recommend psychologically informed care.

How will this course benefit me?

Enhance your clinical skills in supporting people with persistent pain. This comprehensive and hybrid course offers evidence-based, multi-faceted skills development in contemporary pain care:

·        Update your knowledge and skills on pain science, core communication skills, supported self-management strategies, and medication guidance.

·        Led by two clinical-academic experts in pain management: Diarmuid and Jackie, with experience and passion for better supporting people living with pain.

·        Signposting to helpful resources for immediate use in clinical practice.

·        Hybrid training model: two-day in-person workshop followed by eight online peer reflection group sessions.

·        Fortnightly zoom sessions provide a safe and supportive space to learn, share challenges, problem solve, and embed your enhanced skills with Diarmuid, Jackie, and the group

You will learn core pain management skills and psychologically informed approaches.

After completing this course, you will understand that this is not about learning to become a “mini” psychologist but rather enhancing your existing skills to improve communication and therapeutic alliance.

For any further questions, additional course information, and to discuss your specific needs please contact Diarmuid at

·       Course Fee: You pay €450 (Skills Net are subsidising this course and paying the remaining 40% of costs)

·       Dates: Fri &Sat 10/11th November 2023 (with follow up 8 x 1hr online sessions on Wed evenings at 6pm on following dates: Nov 22nd, Dec 6th, Jan 3rd, Jan 17th, Jan 31st, Feb 14th, Feb 28th, Mar 13th


Places are strictly limited to ensure maximum opportunities to learn for participants. Don't miss this opportunity to develop your clinical skills and join a supportive community of peers. Sign up today.

Click here to book Via Skills net


Please note that lunch is NOT provided but morning and afternoon tea/coffee and snacks are. There are a number of eateries near the venue or you can bring your own lunch as preferred.

About the tutors:

You an find out more about Diarmuid by visiting the About Diarmuid Tab

Diarmid is joined by Dr Jackie Walumbe:

Dr. Jackie Walumbe  DPhil (Primary Care), MSc (Global Public Health and Policy), Independent Prescriber,  MSc (Pain), BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Jackie is an advance practice physiotherapist at University College London Hospitals NHS Trust in London, UK. Jackie works with multidisciplinary teams and is involved in the management of complex pain in an integrated system across specialities as well as primary, community, secondary and tertiary care. She is the physiotherapy lead for inpatient Complex Pain and Facial Pain services.

Jackie is an independent prescriber and clinical researcher. She completed her DPhil (PhD) in Primary Health Care at the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, University of Oxford as part of a NIHR/HEE funded Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship in 2022. Her research focused on understanding how self-management is understood and enacted by people living with chronic pain, and how they are supported in policy and practice using mixed qualitative methods.

Jackie is a Topol Digital Health Fellow alumnus (Cohort 3) where she explored digitally enabled solutions to support people living with chronic pain. She is the co-chair of the Physiotherapy Pain Association working with others to champion physiotherapists working across all specialities in contemporary physiotherapy practice, drawing on biopsychosocial and narrative approaches to support people living with pain. Jackie is committed to sharing her research and other developments in pain care with others and has worked with designers and other creators to do so.