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  • I’ve just started lecturing at UOB (I didn’t think I’d be doing this again!) and have been looking for some ideas for discussing the ‘customer service’ side of Service Design. I remembered the 2nd Q Lab. I’ve just had another look at the output from this Lab and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for. Not only that but detail of how we worked to…Read more

    • Hi Tom,
      Seems ages since we last spoke. In Worcestershire, we are presently preparing for the change to ICS on 1 July. The legislation setting up the ICS contains several clauses that make it mandatory for patient and public views to be taken into account when designing services.
      My email address is now



    • That’s great to hear Tom – thanks for letting us know.

  • Hi Im Stuart from the Royal Derby Hospital. I have a dual role at the trust working in clinical audit but also a student Counsellor/psychotherapist with Occupational Health while in my second year of a MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy. I also work within the recruitment/general gofor for Occy Health student counselling service again voluntary. I…Read more

  • To mark World Mental Heath Day read our new block showcasing our Q funded PIC-C Training Programme for healthcare professionals working with patients with pain – supporting both psychological and physical health through personalised care:

    Mental health and pain: a spotlight on the PIC-C project for World Mental Health Day

  • Hi Everyone. Versus Arthritis has been running a series of workshops this year on improvement. Later this month we have a 45 minute session over lunchtime on 21st September, and looking for anyone who has experience in helping people find solutions/coping strategies outside of healthcare to come along. To sign up, email me at…Read more

  • Jo Scott posted an update 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Hi everyone! My colleague Anindita has just shared an update on four teams we’ve been supporting in Q through Q Lab UK to improve care for people living with both mental health problems and persistent back pain. There is some really interesting learning from their work that I hope many of you will find useful…Read more

  • Will Bostock posted an update 1 year ago


    I’m Will Bostock GP and director of Cambridge Progressive Medicine. I have recently started on the NHS clinical entrepreneurs’ scheme and am developing a project which aims to create a structured primary care programme that explores health beliefs as a direct therapeutic target. It is designed to address mental and physical health in a sin…Read more

    • Hello Will, I am very much interested in taking part in your programme. As a mental health practitioner for over 15 years and someone who suffers with long term pain management I look forward to contributing in anyway possible.

      • Hi Louise,
        That is great. The three most recent episodes of the podcast are all about long term pain. I would be very interested in your insights to the content as a HCP with lived experience.

        Episode 22 – Pain (part 1)

    • Hi Will, I’d be interested to know more about this. Reducing opiate prescribing in chronic pain is high up the agenda but I am concerned about ensuring we can offer people an alternative to support with their self-management.

      • Hi Sonal,
        Thank you for your interest. Yes it is certainly a challenge. The new NICE guidance recommends very little for primary pain, but we may feel pressure to prescribe when it feels like there is no good alternative. There is, however, a mounting body of evidence for successful interventions focused on health education and alternative…Read more

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About this group

This group is for people interested in mental health and persistent pain.

It was created as part of the Q Lab’s project, in partnership with Mind, focusing on the experiences of people living with both mental health problems and persistent back and neck pain, and how care can be designed to best meet their health and wellbeing needs.

Those involved in the project as Lab participants are invited to join, as well as Q members who may have an interest or expertise in the topic area more broadly.

This group is a space to connect with others and we hope it will be a place for open conversations and discussions on this topic.

Please note this is a public group (anyone can see the discussions, although people will need to log in or create an account to post to the group).

This group is convened by Jo Scott

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