The Pain Resilience Programme (PRP) is a veteran-specific online course. In small groups with fully qualified clinicians to help veterans struggling with chronic pain. The course provides veterans with the tools required to understand and manage their pain.

Online Workshop
Doctor Checking a Form

The Pain Resilience Programme includes

Online sessions relating to:

  • Pain Management

  • Psychology of pain and resilience

  • Medication review and management

  • Physical interventions

  • Pain management and Work/Occupation


The PRP is a veteran-led group-based programme, with the group component reported as particularly helpful since it allows a discussion of pain in a safe environment with others who have had similar experiences and problems. Throughout the programme, participants have the support of two Veteran team leaders who are on hand to help facilitate discussion and assist with any issues.


Through each programme, veterans have access to information on: 

  • The physiological response to pain, and an understanding as to why pain develops.

  • The function and effects of medication on the brain, and when they are most effective. Individual advice and full support are given regarding medication reduction. 

  • Strategies to manage pain more successfully with the end goal of considering employment options. 

  • Strategies to improve sleep patterns and relaxation.

  • Strategies to manage negative changes in mood caused by chronic/ pain, using psychological approaches, in order to harness a better understanding of thoughts, beliefs and feelings in relation to pain and its impact on their quality of life. 

  • How to identify meaningful goals and work out how to achieve them. 

  • Specific exercises to aim to help affected areas feel less sensitive.

Criteria for joining the course

  • Be able to commit to a 52-week online course from home or work with clinicians and follow up group sessions. You will be required to attend two 90 minute sessions weekly led by an SWV veteran to share your thoughts and feedback on the sessions

  • Provide proof of service. 

  • Complete an application form

Ed is a Veterans who has taken part in the PRP and now has a mentor. Take a look at this short clip Ed put together about his experience with the ​PRP and SWV overall. 


Dr Dominic Aldington BScHons MBBS FRCA FFPMRCA

Pain Medicine

Liam Modlin

Psychological Therapist and Research Associate


Cameron Angus MSc MCSP MMACP



Charlotte Dore

Clinical nurse specialist pain management


Ben Graveston

PRP Team Leader

Ryan Knight

Pain PRP Team Leader


Olivia Pounds

SWV Research and Data

Martin Beaney

SWV Veteran Recruitment

Zizi Mason

SWV Welfare Officer (IoW)

Project Manager for PRP and Occupation, Training and Employment (OTE)