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Felicia Cox

Felicia is a Nurse Consultant in Pain Management. She is a past Chair of RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum and is a co-opted member of the Council of the British Pain Society Council. She is a committee member of the EFIC Covid Task Force and EFIC Research Strategy group, the IASP Acute Pian Special Interest Group and a founder member of the Pain Nurse Network.

 

Felicia is the co-editor of the British Journal of Pain. The breadth of her pain related publications spans the continuum from the Daily Telegraph to The Lancet with systematic reviews, chapters and books in between. She has also co-authored e-learning modules on pain and medicine safety and has contributed to several FPM publications.

 

She is an Honorary Lecturer at Kings College London. She has been awarded Honorary Membership of the British Pain Society and Fellowship of the RCN for her services to pain. Her clinical and research interests include chronic post surgical pain and procedural pain and enjoys supporting novice authors to publish and disseminate their work.  

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Dr Gillian Chumbley

Dr Gillian Chumbley is the consultant nurse for the pain service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and a visiting senior lecturer to the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, at Kings College. Gillian has 25 years’ experience working in pain management and completed her PhD at St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2001.  She was awarded a post-doctoral research grant from the National Institute for Health Research in 2010 and is a member of the Pain Council at the Royal Society of Medicine

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Martin Galligan

Martin Is a lecturer practitioner and lead for Advanced Clinical Practice MSc pathway

at The Royal Marsden School. His background has been largely devoted towards pain management and has worked as both a clinical nurse specialist and lead nurse across acute, chronic, and complex cancer pain settings. He has a passion for cancer pain, pain education and development of pain services. In his previous role as Lead Nurse for Acute Pain services he was able to lead the team to win Acute Pain Team of the Year at the UK National Acute Pain Symposium 2018. He is the current chair and founder of the Pain Nurse Network and chair of RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum. He is an elected member of the British Pain Society Pain Education Special Interest Group, and has been appointed to EFIC Academy board and a member of the EFIC Covid-19 task force.   

 

His research interest is focused on knowledge and attitudes of health care professionals in relation to pain management and is a pre-clinical academic fellow awarded by the Royal Marsden Charity and is completing pre-doctorial research work into the needs of health care professionals when managing complex cancer pain.

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Emma Davies

Dr Emma Davies BSc MPharm PGDipClinPharm PCIP PhD

 

Emma Davies is an advanced pharmacist practitioner in pain management. She works across primary and secondary care for a Health Board in South Wales. Emma provides clinical support and advice to colleagues from a range of professions and a spectrum of specialties, especially for complex management. She runs primary care clinics for persistent pain management and works with acute pain teams in three hospitals within the health board area.  With degrees in pharmacology and pharmacy, Emma is interested not just in how drugs work but also when and where to use them and most importantly, how to do so safely. 

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Dr Diane Laverty

DR DIANE LAVERTY: DCP; MSc; BSc (Hons); RGN, Onc cert

Diane qualified as a nurse in the late 1980’s. She specialised in palliative nursing and has worked in numerous roles and settings, developing and managing palliative care services across different areas of care, including the pre-hospital setting where she is currently the Macmillan Nurse Consultant at the London Ambulance NHS Trust. She works alongside paramedics to improving palliative and end of life care in the pre-hospital setting. As a nurse with many years of experience she is passionate about patients and carers having a voice and receiving high quality palliative care across all settings. Her interests are service development, advance care planning, developments in symptom control and professionally developing junior staff. She has completed a doctorate, published widely and is an editorial member of the International Journal of Palliative Nursing.

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Karin Cannons

Karin qualified as a nurse in 1987 from Bart’s Hospital. Since then she has worked in a variety of clinical areas including critical care. As the Nurse Consultant for Pain Management in a large NHS district general hospital foundation Trust, she works clinically with inpatients and outpatients. Karin is the service lead for the Inpatient/Acute and Outpatient/Chronic pain services that are provided to the 3 hospitals in her Trust. Passionate about patient comfort, staff support and education Karin co-authored the RCN’s Pain Knowledge and Skills Framework for the Nursing Team in 2015 and its revision in 2021. A long-term member of the British Pain Society, Karin is a committee member of the Head Pain Special Interest Group (SIG) and an active member of the Acute Pain, Philosophy and Ethics, Education and Developing Countries SIGs. Karin’s research interests include non-medical prescribing and opioid reduction in patients with long-term use. 

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Professor Roger Knaggs

Roger is a clinical academic pharmacist. His current position provides teaching and research opportunities whilst maintaining regular clinical practice. Roger’s main research interests focus on the appropriate use of analgesic medicines and associated clinical outcomes, and healthcare utilization.

 He aims to promote the importance of pain within pharmacy and the role of pharmacy within pain management. Roger was the inaugural chair of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association pain management group.  He becomes the President of the British Pain Society in May 2023 after having been Vice President, Honorary Secretary, a coopted and elected Council member. In 2019 he was appointed a member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (a Scientific Advisory Committee to the UK Government) and is the Chair of their Technical Committee. In addition, he has associations with several other healthcare policy and government organisations in the UK, including the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Care Quality Commission and NICE.  Roger has chaired the European Pain Federation (EFIC) COVID-19 taskforce since March 2020.Roger is delighted that the British Pain Society supports the Prescribing in Pain symposia. He supports the application of evidence-based practice to ensure the timely assessment and provision of analgesia. The topics included in the 2023 programme cover managing pain in a variety of settings by different healthcare professionals. 

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 David Rovardi 

David Rovardi is a qualified pharmacist prescriber and paramedic. Currently working as the specialist medicines advisor to the college of paramedics and clinically as a specialist practitioner and medical first responder for east midlands ambulance service.

David has been a qualified pharmacist for 28 years, a qualified paramedic for nearly 6 years.

He has previously worked in community pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, general practice and as part of a multi-disciplinary prevent of hospital admission team as well as lecturing in non-medical prescribing. More recently David completed a role as trust pharmacist for East Midlands Ambulance Service.  As a paramedic David stared his career as a newly qualified paramedic (NQP) for West Midlands Ambulance service moving onto East Midlands Ambulance Service to complete his NQP program and progressing to paramedic then specialist practitioner, a post he has held for over 2 years. David is a former member of Glossop Mountain Rescue team, a role he had undertaken as a volunteer for over 10 years. Main interests are around medicines safety, emergency care and pain control.

In what little spare time remains David enjoys walking his dogs, computer gaming and attempting to keep house plants alive. He also volunteers as a national observer for the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

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Dr Yasir Abbasi

Executive Medical Director

MBBS, PG cert, PG Dip, EDPM, CCT (Addiction Psychiatry), FRCPsych

Dr Yasir Abbasi is WDP’s Executive Medical Director as well as the clinical lead for WDP’s services in the North-West of England. For more than a decade of being a consultant psychiatrist, Dr Abbasi has contributed towards the development of addiction services in the UK and United Arab Emirates (UAE), academia, and increased awareness about mental health and addiction. Prior to joining WDP, Dr Abbasi was the director of addiction services at Maudsley Health in Dubai, UAE for three years. He delivered services in the country’s largest mental health facility at Al Amal Psychiatric Hospital and developed the addiction department, introducing one of the first community opioid substitute treatment services in the region.

Before his departure to Dubai, he was the clinical director of addiction services at Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Abbasi also set up the Painkiller Addiction Information Network (PAIN) charity in 2016 which was the only charity at that time raising awareness about painkiller addiction and supported the government to order a review into it. There was a Public Health England (PHE) review in 2019 and he was a part of the expert reference group. He is associated with over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has spoken widely at various national and international scientific conferences across the world. He also presented his views about addiction treatment on various media outlets such TV, radio, and newspapers.

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Felicia Cox

Head of Pain Services, Lead Nurse for Pain Management, Royal Brompton  and Harefield NHS Trust.  She has worked in pain management since 1997 and is the chair of the Royal College of Nursing Pain and Palliative Care Forum and was previously the chair of the London Pain Interest Group. She is a co-opted member of the Council of the British Pain Society. 

Until 2009, she was the editor of the Journal of Perioperative Practice and she currently edits the British Journal of Pain for the British Pain Society. She has published widely, from the Daily Telegraph to The Lancet, with chapters and books in between. Her most recent book, Perioperative Pain Management, is included in the required reading for most postgraduate pain courses. In 2015 and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing in 2017 for her contributions to nursing and pain managemen

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Dr Gillian Chumbley

Dr Gillian Chumbley is the consultant nurse for the pain service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and a visiting senior lecturer to the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, at Kings College. Gillian has 25 years’ experience working in pain management and completed her PhD at St George’s Hospital Medical School in 2001.  She was awarded a post-doctoral research grant from the National Institute for Health Research in 2010 and is a member of the Pain Council at the Royal Society of Medicine

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Martin Galligan

I have been working as a registered nurse across a variety of roles within the acute hospital setting. I have a specialist interest in pain management with the bulk of my career working within this field, with my first role as a clinical nurse specialist post managing acute and complex cancer pain at the Royal Marsden. Following this I became the lead nurse for acute and chronic pain in a busy district general hospital. In this role I was able to develop the service and improve pain education and management across the trust for both staff and patients. 

I have moved into the academic setting and I am now working as a lecturer practitioner at The Royal Marsden School and joined the team in February 2019 with a focus on advanced practice and symptom management. 

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Dr Sophia De Maria

Lt Col Sophia De Maria is an Army Emergency Medicine and Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine Consultant currently based in the South West working in Derriford Emergency Department, Plymouth and flying with Devon Air Ambulance. Since qualifying from Medical School with an Army Cadetship in 2003, Sophia has deployed multiple times to various combat zones including Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and most recently Mali. Her location within the battlegroup has ranged from being on the frontline with an Infantry Battalion in Iraq to being based further away from the action in the multinational hospital in Bastion, Afghanistan. She also has a keen interest in providing medical cover for various motorsport events including the Abu Dhabi Formula 1.

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Dr Melissa Sanchez

With over 20 years of experience working in physical healthcare settings, Melissa is very experienced in adopting a holistic approach to patient care. She has worked alongside pain management teams in cardiothoracic medical and surgical settings throughout her career. Melissa advocates for a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, ensuring all domains across the biopsychosocial model are considered. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing pain management support alongside her nursing, medical and physiotherapy colleagues.

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Sandra Campbell

Macmillan Partnership Nurse Consultant in Palliative and End of Life Care since April 2022 on a national project with the Scottish Ambulance Service. Retired in Nov 2021 from Macmillan Consultant Nurse in Cancer & Palliative Care NHS Forth Valley where I had worked since 2006. Since qualifying in 1981, I have gained experience in a variety of care settings and developed a passion for cancer and palliative care with a particular interest in the value and power of good communication. The strategic role of Nurse Consultant, both in my previous post and in my current post, allows me to fulfil a vision of really making a difference to patient care - by working with many teams providing leadership on initiatives in cancer and palliative care. My current post will include working with many teams at national level to develop alternative pathways to hospital admission at the very end of life. I was privileged to be the UK Clinical Lead for End of Life Care on an RCN project in 2014-15 and to perform the role of National Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland for two years, one day per week between 2017 and 2019.

I also studied at Doctorate level for five years and served on the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) Board for six years from 2014-2020. I was also on the Board of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC- 2019-2022) and currently on the Committee of the RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum. I believe strongly that kindness and compassion are at the heart of the human connection. Throughout the pandemic, I have been so touched by the despair I see in bereavement. I believe strongly that nursing can be the voice for those whose lives have been so damaged by this tragedy.

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Dr Shrouk Messahel

Shrouk is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, and the Emergency Departments Research Lead. As a clinician, Shrouk works in one of the busiest children’s emergency departments in the country, dealing with undifferentiated illness and injury including major trauma. As a clinical researcher, she is currently an Advanced Research Scholar at the NIHR North West Coast, and a UCLAN ARC Intern, having completed 2 years on the Research Scholars Program. Shrouk is keen to enable research in the Paediatric Emergency Department through ED generated projects or collaboration with other specialties to ensure an appropriate evidence base for the diagnosis, treatment and management of paediatric conditions. Shrouk is also PERUKI (Paediatric Emergency Research in the UK and Ireland) secretary and the NIHR North West Coast Paediatric Speciality Lead for Trauma and Emergency Care helping to increase capacity and work through the challenges of conducting research in the Paediatric ED.

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TBC

With over 20 years of experience working in physical healthcare settings, Melissa is very experienced in adopting a holistic approach to patient care. She has worked alongside pain management teams in cardiothoracic medical and surgical settings throughout her career. Melissa advocates for a multidisciplinary approach to pain management, ensuring all domains across the biopsychosocial model are considered. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing pain management support alongside her nursing, medical and physiotherapy colleagues.

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TBC

Macmillan Partnership Nurse Consultant in Palliative and End of Life Care since April 2022 on a national project with the Scottish Ambulance Service. Retired in Nov 2021 from Macmillan Consultant Nurse in Cancer & Palliative Care NHS Forth Valley where I had worked since 2006. Since qualifying in 1981, I have gained experience in a variety of care settings and developed a passion for cancer and palliative care with a particular interest in the value and power of good communication. The strategic role of Nurse Consultant, both in my previous post and in my current post, allows me to fulfil a vision of really making a difference to patient care - by working with many teams providing leadership on initiatives in cancer and palliative care. My current post will include working with many teams at national level to develop alternative pathways to hospital admission at the very end of life. I was privileged to be the UK Clinical Lead for End of Life Care on an RCN project in 2014-15 and to perform the role of National Clinical Lead for Palliative and End of Life Care in Scotland for two years, one day per week between 2017 and 2019.

I also studied at Doctorate level for five years and served on the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) Board for six years from 2014-2020. I was also on the Board of the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care (SPPC- 2019-2022) and currently on the Committee of the RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum. I believe strongly that kindness and compassion are at the heart of the human connection. Throughout the pandemic, I have been so touched by the despair I see in bereavement. I believe strongly that nursing can be the voice for those whose lives have been so damaged by this tragedy.

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