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Official Launch

We were delighted to welcome Health Minister Robin Swann to the offical launch of out Better Days Pain Suport Programme. 

Learn more about the programme

Find out more about the steering group and evaluation


Around 450,000 in the north of Ireland live with long-term, persistent pain. Our Pain Support Programmes are designed to improve the mental health of those who suffer from pain, enhance their social inclusion, facilitate routine gentle movement, encourage people to own their pain while advocating caution and self-care with regard to using pain medication.

Members of the HLCA Pain Support Steering Group are Tony Doherty – HLC Alliance, Natasha Brennan – Lorag HLC, Claire Allen - ReachOut HLC, Mary Hunter - HEART project HLC, Karen Hall - Mental Health Foundation, Dr Pamela Bell – Chair NI Pain Forum, Prof Kevin Vowles – Queens Psychology, Dr Patrick McAleavey – Public Health Agency, Anne-Marie Groom – Pharmacy Advisor HSCB and Deborah McCord – Commissioning HSCB.