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The Award Winning face2face Project

21 May 2012

Deborah Padfield, UCLH artist in residence and PhD student at the UCL Slade School, recently won first prize in an art competition with an image produced for the face2face project.  The competition was held in conjunction with the Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Pain Society this April.

The face2face project is a collaboration between artist Deborah Padfield, Professor Joanna Zakrzewska (UCLHT Eastman Dental Hospital and UCL Eastman Dental Institute) and facial and pain management patients and clinicians at UCLHT. Psychological supervision is provided by clinical health psychologist Dr Amanda C de C Williams.

Amanda, Joanna, Deborah

Left to right: Dr Amanda Williams, Professor Joanna Zakrzewska and Deborah Padfield in front of the winning image

The face2face project explores the way visual images can impact on pain dialogue through a variety of means. These include: co-creating images with patients with facial pain, developing a pack of pain cards using a selection of these as a communication tool for clinical use, running art workshops for patients and clinicians to attend together (in association with the National Portrait Gallery) and the creation of a new film exploring experiences of having and treating facial pain.

Exploring the potential of images to facilitate communication within medical pain consultations, the project so far has recruited 141 participants, brought the exhibition to 14,000 people and engaged 225 participants in discussion at events.  It has been well reviewed in the press including the Lancet and the Medical Humanities blog for the BMJ. Through these activities it aims to use the power of images to raise awareness of facial pain and its impact on lives.

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