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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.
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.
My name is Wendy Greene and I work for the The Dorset Community Pain Service on a part-time basis. I have been working as an Occupational Therapist for over 20 years now – most of which has been in acute Hospitals. I have a passion for empowering people 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.
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.
I am very fortunate to be working as a therapy assistant with such a fabulous team. The NHS have provided me with some wonderful opportunities to work throughout my life with people in a variety of ways. I have worked as a SRN and Midwife for many years, before leaving to work as a Health Coach. I am interested in relaxation, and worked with women to achieve deep relaxation during their pregnancy and births. Working within this service allows me to support clinicians in a variety of ways, enabling people with pain to acquire new skills, confidence and knowledge to live the best lives possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I joined the Dorset Pain Management Service in August 2013. I have always enjoyed helping people and trying to help make a difference. I enjoy the daily challenges and being a part of a friendly, supportive and caring team.
I am a relatively new member to the administration team at Dorset Pain Management Service. I have enjoyed being part of a team that are so passionate about helping people improve their quality of life, and I am excited to continue my role within the service.
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Time for Coffee - POOLE
Fed up? Want to chat? Need to laugh?
Come and join the monthly coffee mornings every last Thursday in the month at
The Lighthouse Cafe,
21 Kingland Rd,
Poole BH15 1UG
Run by our fabulous Pain Service Volunteers.
These are run as a drop in from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Stay for as long or as little as you like.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Time for Coffee - BOURNEMOUTH
Please note the Time for Coffee mornings for Bournemouth are currently on hold.
There will be no meetings in November and December 2019.
VIVO Lounge Support Group:
Meeting up on the third Friday of every month.
23 Weymouth Avenue,
Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and a chat. The group will be facilitated by a volunteer of the community pain service. Any queries please call 01305 814015.
Every first Thursday of the month at
West St, Blandford Forum,
1.30pm – 3.30pm
Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and a chat.
Every fourth Thursday of the month at
Half Moon pub,
Shaftesbury, SP7 8BS
Every second Thursday of the month at
Plume of Feathers,
Half Moon St,
2.00pm - 4.00pm
Would you like phone or online support from a Pain Chain Coach?
A Pain Chain Coach is somebody who has chronic pain and therefore understands the challenge of living with daily pain.
We are very sorry but due to unforeseen circumstances we are unable to offer any new pain coaches at the moment but will endeavour to get this back up and running as soon as possible.