East team

  • Alison Wickham Pain Nurse and Team Leader

    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.

  • Philippa Hillier Specialist Pain Nurse

    Hello, I’m Philippa and I have been lucky enough to be part of the Pain Service since January 2020. I have worked in the NHS for over 10 years and for 8 of those I have been qualified as Nurse.  My background is the acute hospital setting, palliative care and community nursing.  I have always been passionate about working with and supporting people. I feel privileged to be part of a team where we strive to educate, support and empower people in managing their pain conditions.

  • Yukiko Ishida Opiate Nurse

  • Nicola Bryan 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.

  • Coral Higgs Occupational Therapist

    I joined the Dorset Pain Management Service in early 2019. I have worked as an occupational therapist for 7 years across acute hospitals and in the community, gaining a lot of experience in acute and long term conditions. I've always had a passion for helping people to get the most out of life. I love my role as a pain clinician and occupational therapist as it allows me to get to know people better, uncover their values and collaboratively work towards their goals so they can achieve a better quality of life.

  • Emma Lever Occupational Therapist
  • Ian Stack Therapy Assistant
  • Sally Searle Therapy Assistant

    I joined the Dorset pain management service in July 2019. I started working for the NHS in January 2008. Within that time I have worked in a hospital setting, the community as O.T assistant, as a rehabilitation assistant and as a physiotherapy technical instructor, gaining a lot of experience in acute and long term conditions.

    I really enjoy working within this service, taking a more holistic approach to pain, supporting clinicians in a variety of ways. I enjoy working with individuals and working in a group setting (which can be even done virtually) to enable people with pain to acquire new skills, confidence and knowledge to feel they can take back control of their lives again.

    It is a privilege to work with the Dorset Pain Management Service to be a part of a friendly, supportive and caring team where learning and development never stops.

  • Sarah Sturman Physiotherapist

    I have worked with the pain service for more than 10 years, and have seen my role develop in that time. The scientific developments in our understanding of pain, my own personal experiences, and the learning taken from working with many people living with pain has lead me to practice pain management from a very holistic perspective.  Outside of work I enjoy trying new experiences, as much as work and family life allow, such as tennis, walks in the countryside, and furniture upcycling.

  • Stewart Maybery Physiotherapist

    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 Pain Management 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.

  • Naomi Gibson Physiotherapist

    I joined the pain  team in 2020 after 20 years working in community rehabilitation in Poole as a neurological physiotherapist.  I love the team’s holistic approach and enjoy adding my experience to the mix. 

  • Aicha Hallam Physiotherapist

    Working in the Health and Fitness industry since leaving school, led to my interest in rehabilitation. Although not always in a Physio context, I have supported people with their health, fitness and wellbeing for 25 years and I continue to teach classes. As a mature student, I trained as a Physiotherapist. I also work in Education, teaching Health & Social Care, encouraging the key attributes of ‘care’ when working in settings such as the NHS. As an Assistant, I worked with OT/Physios, delivering programmes for patients with conditions such as Fibromyalgia, RA, Lupus. This sparked my interest in Pain Management. My initial Physio training was in MSK and I feel I have found the perfect team to blend Physiotherapy, Pain Management and Education to support patients, with a holistic approach.

  • Laura Lake Clinical Psychologist

  • Sarah Densham Clinical Psychologist
  • Dorothy McConnell Community Mental Health Nurse
  • Tracey 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.

  • Deborah Fish Psychotherapist

    As anxiety and distress can intensify the pain experience, my role as a Psychotherapist within the Dorset Pain Management Service could be to help people living with pain better understand what is contributing to their symptoms, lighten their load emotionally, and strengthen their coping strategies and skills.  As appropriate, therapy could include the use of EMDR for trauma-focused work, Interpersonal Therapy or an integrative approach, with CBT.  Nutrition and mental health is also an area of interest.  

  • Caroline Rice-Varian Psychological Therapist

    My name is Caroline and I have been working in the NHS since 1991.  I have worked for DCPS since September 2017 and my role here is as a Psychological Therapist.  I am a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT) and I am trained in EMDR and Mindfulness (MBSR).  I am passionate about helping people who are suffering with persistent pain to have a greater sense of wellbeing and live a valued and meaningful life in line with their values.  I work with people on a one to one basis and also with people who are participants in the pain management programmes.  I have a special interest in helping people with Fibromyalgia.  I work as one of the lead facilitators on the Fibromyalgia Pain Management Programmes which we run as part of DPMS.   

  • Francesca Harber Psychology Assistant