Meet your local pain service team

The service operates from six locations spread over three localities; West Dorset, North Dorset and East Dorset. For clinic locations see map:

  • Poole

    Dorset Community Pain Service
    Poole Community Clinic
    Shaftesbury Road
    BH15 2NT
    01202 308069 and 01202 308067

  • Bournemouth - Dorset Community Pain Service

    Boscombe and Springbourne Health Centre
    66-68 Palmerston Road
    BH1 4JT

  • Weymouth

    Littlemoor Health centre
    Louviers Road
    DT3 6SA
    Contact: 01305 814015

  • Frederick Treves Clinic, Dorchester

    2 Frederick Treves House,
    St John Way,
    DT1 2FD

  • Blandford Community Hospital

    Milldown Road,
    Blandford Forum
    DT11 7DD
    Switchboard: 01258 456541

    Please don't send post here - send it to our Sherborne address

  • Yeatman Hospital, Sherborne

    Hospital Lane,
    DT9 3JU

  • Pain Service Management Team, Dorchester (Referrals to be sent here).

    The Atrium Health Centre
    7 Weymouth Avenue
    DT1 1QR
    01305 213040

  • Bridport Community Hospital

    Hospital lane
    DT6 5DR

Meet the team

Clinical team

  • PortraitAmanda Parkin

    PA to Clinical Lead


    I have been working for the Dorset Pain Management Unit since December 2009 as secretary to the Unit. It is a position that I thoroughly enjoy and value the contact that I have with patients. Being part of a team that can genuinely help people improve their quality of life is extremely rewarding and I am looking forward to continuing my role within the new service.

  • PortraitGary Ketchley


  • PortraitAnn Smith

    Specialist Physiotherapist / Team Leader North Dorset


    I’ve been working with people living with persistent pain for 21 years. I feel very privileged that they have put their trust in me to help them move forward and I am as passionate and determined as ever to raise the profile in society of persistent pain, so that there is appropriate recognition of the difficulties that people have to face and adequate support is put in place. I have seen many changes over the years and I am now very proud to be part of the Dorset Community Pain Service. I have gained a great deal from the very experienced clinicians that I am working with, but I have gained considerable knowledge and wisdom from working closely with many of our Service Users over the past 2 years. “Onwards and upwards” I say!

  • PortraitHelen Pickard

    Specialist Physiotherapist / Team Leader West Dorset


    I have been working with people with chronic pain since 2001 as part of the Chronic Pain Management Service at Dorset County Hospital. I am a physiotherapist by profession and bring a wealth of experience to my role to help people improve quality of life, develop coping strategies and regain control. I am very excited to be part of the Dorset Community Pain Service as team leader for the West.

  • PortraitAlison Scott

    Occupational therapist assistant


    I have worked at Dorset Community Hospital as Physiotherapy Assistant with the Chronic Pain Management Service for the past six years. I have enjoyed this role immensely and the opportunity to help patients with their many queries and care. I am now looking forward to my new role with the Dorset Community Pain Service as Therapy Assistant in the Northern sector

  • PortraitHelen Albon

    Occupational Therapist


    I have been an Occupational Therapist for 24 years. I have worked mainly in community mental health and more recently, in the Dorset Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Service. I have really enjoyed working alongside people to help them identify their values and strengths and move towards their goals. I am thrilled to be part of the Dorset Community Pain Team and am looking forward to contributing to developing a quality service.

  • PortraitCaroline Taylor

    Therapy Assistant


    I have worked in a therapy assistant role within the NHS for the past 20yrs, and over that time have covered all aspects of acute therapy with my last post being in a Hospice.  I have been working with the pain service for the last 3yrs. As the therapy assistant to the clinical staff in the West Team my role is varied and very rewarding, offering a holistic approach to pain management  and supporting service users to develop skills and strategies to use in their ‘pain tool box’. My particular passion is helping service users to engage again with their local community.

  • PortraitYvonne Barnicoat

    Pain nurse


    I started working in pain management in 1995. For me, as a nurse with chronic pain, I found something that not only worked, but enabled me to be fitter and happier (and remain in work). I am now passionate about pain management and about helping others to learn how to manage their symptoms. I gained my Masters degree in Pain Management from the University of Wales College of Medicine in 1999 and have worked both in clinical and in academics settings. I enjoy teaching patients and fellow clinicians and I understand the difficulties that living with pain can bring, it's not always easy! I have been lucky to work with some equally passionate and talented people over the years and I am now privileged to be employed by the new Dorset Community Pain Service. I look forward to working with you and look forward to you teaching me too. I believe we never stop learning from each other.

  • PortraitPete Vesey

    Occupational therapist


    Coming to Occupational Therapy later in life I have experience of a variety of different working environments. Since joining the health care sector I have worked in neurology, social services, general hospital, mental health and older people's rehab. For the past 5 years I have worked in Vocational Rehabilitation; supporting people with all kinds of long term health conditions towards regaining or maintaining a working role. I am excited to bring this experience and passion to this new service

  • PortraitTracey Dickens

    Community Mental Health Nurse


    I have worked as a nurse for over 30 years, initially in General nursing though the majority of my career has specialised in working with adults experiencing mental health problems. For the last two years I have been privileged to work with the Dorset Community Pain Service team helping people to improve their self-management skills and work towards achieving personal goals.

  • PortraitAlison Wickham

    Pain Nurse


    I have been working in the field of pain management for over 10 years, initially with the pain consultants in Poole Hospital Chronic Pain Service and then transferring to the Community Pain Service in 2014. I have been nursing for over 25 years and feel passionate about helping people to manage their symptoms and improve their quality of life. I feel privileged to be team lead for the East team.

  • PortraitSarah Sturman



    I have been working with people with chronic pain since 2005 as part of the Chronic Pain Management Service based in Poole. I am a physiotherapist by profession and aim to bring an integrated body-mind approach to looking at physical health in the presence of pain.

  • PortraitAlison Purnell

    Senior Counsellor, Mindfulness-Based Pain Management


    I have the privilege of holding this unique role within the Dorset Community Pain Service; to share how a mindfulness approach can transform our relationship to pain and associated suffering. With a background in Community Mental Health, I know how important it is for people to feel that they have the resources to help themselves day to day, even though they may be living with life-long difficulties. As a Breathworks Accredited Mindfulness Teacher, I am delighted to be running ‘Mindfulness for Health' courses for the DCPS, as well as working with individuals, carers, and staff. I'm adherent to the UK Network for Mindfulness-Based Teachers Good practice guidelines for teaching mindfulness-based courses, and am committed to personal mindfulness practice.

  • PortraitClaire Dymond

    Therapy Assistant


    As a recent Psychology graduate, I have learnt a vast amount so far within my role as Therapy Assistant, and I look forward to applying this knowledge and understanding to develop further as part of the East team.

  • PortraitGary Ketchley


  • PortraitDr Laura Lake

    Clinical Psychologist

  • PortraitJuliet Collins



    I have been working for the Dorset Community Pain Service since October 2014 as the administrator for the West team.  It is a position that I thoroughly enjoy and value the contact that I have with patients, whether it is on the telephone or in person at the support mornings or introduction days. Being part of a happy and helpful team that can genuinely help people to improve their quality of life is extremely enjoyable and rewarding.

  • PortraitStewart Maybery

    Specialist Physiotherapist


    I am a physiotherapist and a relatively new member of the team. I was a mature student when I trained for my degree and spent time working at Salisbury and Poole hospitals before landing my dream job here at the Dorset Community Pain Service! I have plenty of life experience under my belt before becoming a physio, I have served in the Royal Navy, run my own business, worked for 8 years in Mental Health services and several years in community rehabilitation before I undertook my training. I am passionate about providing an effective service for people living with persistent pain and look forward to working with many of you to that end.

  • PortraitWendy Greene

    Specialist Occupational Therapist


    My name is Wendy Greene and I have just joined The Dorset Community Pain Service on a part-time basis. I have been working as an Occupational Therapist for almost 20 years now – most of which has been in acute Hospitals.  I have a passion for empowering clients to live meaningful and enriching lives and to be involved with this in a pain management context is something that I am truly excited about.

  • PortraitNicola Bryan

    Specialist Occupational Therapist


    My name is Nicola. I qualified as an OT in 1999 and have since gained experience in acute settings. This role is an exciting change of direction for me and I am enjoying working within an individual and group setting to help people lead more meaning lives despite their ongoing pain difficulties.

  • PortraitDeborah Comerford

    Community Mental Health Nurse

  • PortraitJayne Mitchell

    Personal Assistant Medical Secretary


    I feel very honoured to be working with the Dorset Community Pain Service Team, providing admin support to the Clinical Lead and Pain Consultant.  It is such a pleasure working with such a dynamic and passionate Multi-Disciplinary Team and the patient contact both by phone and face to face makes my role all the more satisfying.

  • PortraitHana Erickson

    Administration Assistant

  • PortraitCelina Tadel


  • PortraitCharlotte McLoughlin

    Psychology Assistant

Management team

  • PortraitSam Leonard

    Specialist Service Manager

  • PortraitMeherzin Das

    Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead


    I am passionate about working with people and helping them come to terms with their condition so that they can lead meaningful lives in an empowered manner. In the course of my work with preventable pain I have led the Dorset pain team in winning the Shine 2011 Award for Innovation in HealthCare from The Health Foundation. My vision for the Pain Chain is attracting national interest and will hopefully be a key feature of the Dorset Community Pain Service

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Speak to us about what might work for you on 01305 213040