Advances in Pain Neuroscience

Course Overview

Course Format:

  • Recorded Workshop
  • Course open to the MDT
  • Course Total: 3 CEUS

Course Outline (3 CEUs):

PART A: Advances in Pain Neuroscience (2hours) presented by Dr. Ravindran

The biopsychosocial nature of pain

  • Anatomy and physiology of pain
  • Nociceptive, Nociplastic and Neuropathic pain.


  • Current best practice assessment tools
  • Client factors which may influence how you assess or give feedback

Intervention strategies based on new pain science

  • Overview of evidence-based interventions using the Mindset model.
  • Programmes and flare up planning
  • Matching the programme to the client and their stage of acceptance
  • Resources, research and reading recommendations

PART B: MDT Case Discussions with the OTPMG (1 hour)

During this session, a panel of expert OT clinicians from the OTPMG together with Dr Ravindran, reviews a clinical case and the appropriate MDT management using the latest pain science principles. This is contrasted with how an insurance or medicolegal case may differ in their presentation and management. *You have until the 31st of December 2024 to complete this course.



The OT Link is privileged to welcome Dr. Deepak Ravindran to present this workshop in association with the OTPMG.

Dr Deepak Ravindran is a boundary spanning ‘upstreamist’ with a trauma informed approach to pain practice. He has over 20 years of experience in Pain Management and is Clinical Lead in Pain Medicine at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, Berkshire, UK. He is one of the very few consultants in the UK who holds certification in musculoskeletal medicine, pain medicine and is board certified in lifestyle medicine. He lectures nationally and internationally on issues in Longcovid, Pain Medicine and Trauma informed practice and has regularly spoken to the media and television on these issues.

He has had a longstanding interest in Fibromyalgia and has worked with FMA UK and also the local FM patient support group. He secured funding and organised 2 awareness days for FM in Berkshire in 2018 and 2019.  He helped establish the community pain service in Berkshire (IPASS) in 2015 and more recently helped set up and operationalise the Berkshire Longcovid Integrated Service (BLIS) in 2020. He initiated Pain research in his department and is an active part of the Pain Research Network at the University of Reading. He has been recently completed his degree in Management at the Henley Business School and was awarded the National Apprentice of the Year by CMI in 2021.

He is part of the scientific advisory board at Curable, MyPain and also part of the Footsteps Festival team and a FlippinPain Friend. He is an advisor to UK’s first Online Pain Clinic  The Leva Clinic.

Dr Deepak Ravindran is the author of Amazon Best Seller “The Pain-Free Mindset” released in 2021. This book is aimed at patients suffering with pain, but also immensely useful for all healthcare professionals in understanding all the recent advances around pain management in a trauma informed manner.


The OT Pain Management Group (OTPMG) is a special interest group of OTASA that provides education, promotes research and raises awareness about the management of pain within the OT industry. Dershnee Devan, Linda Hiemstra, Gill Coetsee and Helen Roome form the current executive committee.  Contact: [email protected] to become a member.


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