Wednesday 30 June, 2021

Inter Livery collaboration in support of pain management for veterans

The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity is proud to support the King Edward VII’s Hospital’s Pain Management Programme through a series of grants co-funded alongside the Fishmonger’s Company. Collaboratively, £120,000 was pledged to fund 18 veterans over three years to participate in the King Edward VII’s Centre for Veteran’s Health Pain Management Programme. 

The programme was set up in recognition of the fact that there is scarce support for veteran pain management in the NHS. What makes the Pain Management Programme so unique is its focus on providing convalescence and pain management that is specifically tailored to veterans. The programme understands that chronic pain is a highly significant barrier for injured veterans who wish to continue and sustain meaningful employment and to maintain good emotional wellbeing.

Running over two residential phases, two outpatient days and a follow-up nine months later, the programme has seen a drastic improvement in the wellbeing and physical mobility of participants:

“This is one of the best Pain Management courses I have been on and has had a real beneficial change of life for me. The staff have all been fantastic and nothing has been too much trouble. I have come off crutches and vastly reduced my medication intake all due to the great work from the team. I am very grateful to have all the help”. – Pain Management Programme graduate.

Another graduate, Morgan, said:

“With the support and understanding of the pain team I managed to wean myself off all my medication over a 6-month period, as my medication reduced I started to feel like myself again for the first time in 8 years, my memory came back as did my confidence. I have since moved to a more demanding job and my career is going from strength to strength, I am also a better partner and father and feel that life has hope again. This would not have been possible without the help of the amazing team at King Edward VII’s Hospital.” 

Morgan is just one of many successful graduates of the programme and his story displays the importance of targeted pain management assistance for helping to sustain a fulfilled, comfortable life. 

Speaking about the programme, Prime Warden of the Goldsmiths’ Company Lynne Brindley said:

“The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity is proud to help improve lives through our support for the Pain Management Programme at King Edward VII’s Hospital, co-funded by the Fishmongers Company. The programme shows the impact that targeted pain management courses can have in helping to sustain good mental wellbeing. We hope that there will be more support in the future for tailored initiatives such as this to help veterans move forward with their lives. This successful initiative also demonstrates the value of inter-Livery collaboration”.

The Pain Management Programme at King Edward VII’s Hospital was a focal point of this year’s Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch, which saw the Worshipful Company of Gardeners create a horticultural installation to commemorate the journey of injured servicemen. Since the First World War, the Gardener’s Company have promoted the healing power of landscapes by utilising horticulture to provide therapeutic support to injured veterans. This year their installation incorporated the symbol of the phoenix - representing rebirth and inner strength.

The inter-livery collaboration for this project demonstrates just one of the many ways Livery Companies have come together to improve lives.

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