Training Aids


1: Effective treatment for back pain: Kieran O’Sullivan’s practical tips in a guiding framework (20 mins podcast)

YouTube Videos

1: Keele STarT Back: Delivering better results for patients with back pain – an overview (4 mins). A short video about how the approach helps to match patients to the right treatment with proven benefits for them and health care services.

2: Keele STarT Back: A GP’s guide – in practice (9 mins). A more in-depth guide to using the approach in everyday consultations with patients with back pain

Online Courses

Enabling Self Care Online Course

The are one and two day training courses are provided for a wide range of health and social care professionals (including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, OT, psychologists) to equip them with the skills needed to facilitate, train and support self management for people with persistent (chronic) pain and other long term conditions. Please find the link to register here

Back Skills Online Programme (BeST)

The Back Skills Training Trial (BeST) was a large, pragmatic randomised controlled trial that evaluated a cognitive behavioural intervention for patients with persistent (≥6 weeks) nonspecific low back pain in primary care (n=700). This landmark clinical trial was led by Professor Sallie Lamb at the University of Warwick and was commissioned by the National Institute of Health Research Technology Assessment programme. They have developed a comprehensive online programme to train health professionals to deliver this cognitive behavioural programme for low back pain. All BeST materials are available from the online programme, including a detailed treatment manual, and patient information in the form of a workbook and tablet/mobile app.Free online training (iBeST) is now available for NHS staff