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- Pain medicine
I have been a member of the Pain Team in Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since 2001. My particular interest is in the use of radio frequency interventions for chronic spinal pain.
I also join regular multidisciplinary asessment clinics with colleagues drawn from Nursing, Psychology and Physiotherapy.
In the Royal Preston NHS clinic we run regular Pain Management Programmes to help those for whom there is no satisfactory "treatment" in the conventional sense.
My caseload is very varied: from mechanical back ache to cancer pain; pain in young adults and the elderly; phantom limb and complex regional pain.
Areas of interest
Interventions for pain of spinal origin;
Medical-legal aspects of chronic pain;
Current NHS consultant posts held
My formal job title is:
Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Chronic Pain Medicine, at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
Most of my NHS work is based in Royal Preston, although I do work in Chorley from time to time.
As well as my clinical role, I hold a number of posts in pain training and service management.
I have a clinical excellence award.
(Additional) Languages spoken
Courses offered to GPs
Fulwood Hall Hospital runs a number of GP teaching seminars and I join these.
I also speak at educational events organized by industry, the local GP training scheme, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and the drug and alcohol dependence service.
Outcomes in Pain Management can be difficult to assess.
My last audit of my radio frequency denervation procedures suggested that more than 60% of patients experienced 80% pain relief and that 80% had 60% pain relief. This is in keeping with national average figures. It does rather beg the question: "How do you measure pain?"
By-and-large pain medicine is concerned with optimizing relief from treatment without causing functional impairment through side effects; then learning to adapt and cope with the residual problems.
- Primary Degree - MBChB University of Glasgow 1988
- MSc University of Glasgow 1991
- DA Royal College of Anaesthetists 1995
- FRCA Royal College of Anaesthetists 1998
- FFPMRCA Faculty of Pain Medicine 2007
Reference number 3274253
Professional bodies (positions held - last 3 yrs)
- Clinical Director (Anaesthetics, Critical Care, Pain & Theatres) Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 2009
- Senate Representative Specialist Pain Services Specialist Pain CRG (NHS England) 2012
- Associate Clinical Director Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 2012
- Pain Training Lead Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 2009
- Lead Clinician for Pain Services Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 2010
- Consultant Anaesthetist Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 2001
- Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine Faculty of Pain Medicine, RCoA 2015
Details of entry to specialist register
- CCST, 2001
Affiliations / memberships
Member British Pain Society
Member Association of Anaesthetists
Member Northwest Pain Group
Founding Fellow London Pain Forum
- Fulwood Hospital, PR2 9SZ
- 09:30 - 13:30
- 01772 707402
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Contact through Fulwood Hall Hospital switchboard