Dr John O’Hanlon has been a Consultant in Pain Management since February 1997. Dr O’Hanlon undertook his postgraduate training in the Northern Ireland Anaesthetic Training Scheme and further Pain Management training in the Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney Australia.
Dr O’Hanlon is specialty lead for pain services in the Belfast Trust, he was Lead Consultant for pain medicine in the Belfast Trust in December 2010 and Convenor Northern Ireland Pain Society since March 2012.
He was awarded a Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine from the College of Anaesthetists in Ireland in November 2009 and obtained a Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in December 2010 from QUB.
“I believe that the management of persistent pain should use the biopsychosocial model. The patient is guided to identify the impact of the pain on their life and the strategies, good and bad, that they have developed to control their pain. Once these strategies are identified, the patient is assisted in helping themselves manage their pain. This assistance may come in the form of injection therapies such as epidural injections for back pain, genicular nerve blocks for knee pain or the use of pain management programmes.”