Pain at work (PAW) toolkit

June 15th, 2021

The Pain at Work (PAW) toolkit  is an online digital toolkit designed to provide supportive information, advice and guidance for people at work who have chronic or persistent pain.

This is an open access, free, online resource, for people working in any role, organisation and sector. To access the PAW Toolkit click here  (recommended opening this Xerte toolkit on Chrome, Firefox or Safari web browsers).

The toolkit has been created from design stage to evaluation in consultation with a wide range of people who have chronic or persistent pain and professionals working across different sectors. There are five key sections:

  1. What is chronic or persistent pain?
  2. Chronic or persistent pain and disability.
  3. Work capacity, advice and support.
  4. Self-management strategies.
  5. Resources

The content includes: individual stories, understanding chronic or persistent pain, returning to work, reasonable adjustments in the workplace, employment rights, physical and psychological self-management techniques, specialist organisations and resources.

This toolkit has been created by the University of Nottingham in collaboration with Burning Nights (Registered Charity No. 1166522). The project was funded by STEMM-CHANGE which is all about promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. For more information, contact the project lead: Dr Holly Blake, School of Health Sciences at

The School of Health Sciences are collecting feedback on this resource and invite you to send your thoughts via the following link: PAW (Pain at Work) Toolkit Feedback

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