Ten Footsteps 2024, course 20

Welcome to the course

Welcome to the Ten Footsteps training programme from Live Well with Pain.
This training will focus on helping you to gain more knowledge and skills to support people with persistent pain. It covers ways to support self management of this long-term health condition with more confidence, using a wider range of resources, tools and skills.
We hope you’ll find the sessions interesting and fun. The course is a co-production of practitioners together with people who live with persistent pain, co-delivering.
Your course facilitators are:
Diarmuid Denneny and Rachel Stovell


Printed guides to offer the people you’re supporting

With the increased confidence and skills you’ll develop through the training, you’ll want to get to work encouraging your patients or clients to adopt a self-management approach to their persistent pain.
Live Well with Pain’s printed booklets are the ideal aid for practitioners to use in their consultations.
Based on the acclaimed ‘ten footsteps’ approach, they cover many of the main topics you’ll have learned in your training. There are guides on Pacing, Sleep, Goal Setting and even one that gives an overview of all Ten Footsteps.
Giving your patient or client a booklet to take away with them following a consultation is a simple but effective way to reinforce your self-management messages.
These professionally produced booklets can be ordered in short runs of as little as 50 copies. And because they are printed ‘on-demand’, they are not only cost-effective, they can be with you in as little as a week. So you can get started guiding your patients or clients on their self-management journey.

Find out more about printed guides

Pre-course preparation

1. Familiarise yourself with Live Well with Pain

As part of your pre-course preparation please ensure you have explored our website.
The practitioners’ guide to the Ten Footsteps is a good place to start, as it takes you through the ten footsteps around which your training will be structured.
Next, explore the approach used by Live Well with Pain, which is based on the Five Areas CBT person centred model.
This website also has a wide range of self-management resources. Have a look at the downloads that you can share with the people you are supporting, and visit the skills and knowledge section to see the kinds of techniques that you’ll be able to explore in more depth during the training course.

2. Watch this one video

This is one video that may change your thinking on pain.
Watch from 33 minutes to around 45 minutes. Of course, you can watch some more and learn even more! It is fun too!
Did it change your thinking on pain? And if so, why did it change it?

3. Reflective Practice

The training is designed to help you use new knowledge and skills to guide every day self-management practice.
It is therefore helpful if, before the course, you are able to reflect on some of your own experiences of working with people with persistent pain so that you can share some of these examples during the training sessions.
It may help to think about these four aspects of your clinical / work experiences:
  • What approaches or strategies have you found work well?
  • What aspects of supporting people with pain management have you found challenging?
  • What are common barriers stopping people with chronic pain engaging in self-management?
  • What kinds of support are you finding that people with chronic pain need?

4. Explore the Footsteps Festival

Footsteps Festival is an ongoing web-based festival that is building into a really useful resource of recorded social prescribing events and activities.
Footsteps Festival was developed by Live Well with Pain during the COVID lockdowns, as a way of bringing togther people with lived experience of pain, clinicians, health coaches, researchers and many others. It offers a different, creative take on managing pain.
Explore the Festival

5. Further (non-essential) reading

Live Well with Pain has compiled a list of trusted publications that have proved useful in helping people to understand and self manage their pain.

Pre-course evaluation

Before beginning the training, we ask all participants to complete a brief online self-assessment of your knowledge and skills.
This will help you be clear about your learning needs and plans for the Ten Footsteps training. It will also help us ensure the training is focused on participants’ needs.
You may also find it useful to make a note of your two stronger skills and two of your weaker skills areas to guide your goals for learning!

Pre-course evaluation

Recordings and resources

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Written reflection

As part of your learning we encourage reflection on your practise. To help with this we have created a form which you can complete online, here:
Complete your reflection
Please complete the form with:
  • a reflection about an encounter when it was difficult to support somebody with self management
  • a reflection about an encounter when you used your skills in supporting self-management successfully
If you would like to keep a copy of your responses please save the PDF that you see when you submit.


Once you have completed your course, you will be able to obtain a Certificate of Attendance from the Personalised Care Institute (PCI). This is worth 12 CPD points.
After the third and final session, we will email you a link to create an account with the PCI, so that you can obtain your certificate.

Post-course evaluation

As part of our continued accreditation with the Personalised Care Institute, all course participants are asked to complete a post-course evaluation.
You can complete this online, here:
Post-course evaluation


Further learning

Live Well with Pain would like to thank you for participating in the Ten Footsteps course, and we wish you well in your use of the self management approach to persistent pain.
As part of your ongoing learning, we recommend that you explore Health Education England’s All Our Health elearning resources.
Currently, there are 32 All Our Health elearning sessions available covering a wide variety of public health topics.
You can explore the All Our Health topics here.

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