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Mark Agathangelou

Organiser – Footsteps Festival 2021

Lived experience of persistent pain, organiser of peer-to-peer support network, Lived Experience Partner with NHS.

Having suffered a neck injury playing sport at school, Mark went on to develop very long-term persistent neuropathic pain. This has had a major impact on his life, affecting his ability to engage in activity, work or lead a ‘normal’ life. He is still severely impacted by this.

Having had to stop working due to intensified symptoms, Mark took a pain management programme with local NHS services in 2017. This gave him the management techniques and impetus to begin to make changes to his life. He co-founded and organised a patient-led chronic pain support group in Camden, London (CamPain). This led to opportunities to engage as a lived experience partner with the public health service both locally and then nationally with NHS England and Improvement

Mark is particularly concerned with developing the autonomy of people with pain in the treatment and management of pain – both their own and in the coproduction of services. He believes patient-led groups are important in providing peer support and working with healthcare professionals to improve pain management.

Footsteps Festival is an expression of this and Mark has been delighted to be involved from an early-stage. He has participated as a lived experience partner in a number of Festival projects, mostly those concerned with Mindfulness but also in the 10 footsteps Programme.



Exploring Managing Pain ….. the “Festival” Way and More

Presented by Chris Penlington, Mark Agathangelou, Frances Cole, MB.BS, MRCGP, Postgraduate Diploma CBT Newcastle, Louise Trewern, Niki Jones, Rosie Cruickshank at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 2nd.

Live Well with Pain and  colleagues share about how they tackle the challenge of clinician and patient lack of confidence to self-manage pain and so opt for medicines only approach. The session will explain what we have created, collaboratively with focus on “Ten Footsteps” programmes for clinician, patient and carer. We will share…