The PPA Executive Committee
Sarah has been a member of the PPA executive committee for 10 years, first as Hon. Education Officer and for the last 3 years as Chairman. She has worked in pain management for over 12 years in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings and across the lifespan. Sarah currently works for Bath Centre for Pain Services and has a research interest in therapeutic alliance and psychologically informed physiotherapy. Away from work Sarah can usually be found doing acrobatic yoga or drinking tea.
Alice is an Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist (APP) in Pain Management. She graduated from Brighton University and quickly found her passion working with people with persistent pain. She has worked in two of the leading London pain management centres; St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and University College London NHS Foundation Trust. She now leads a Pain service for Connect Health in Hertfordshire and was recently appointment Pain Subject Matter Expert for the organisation. She is due to finish her MSc in Pain Management at Cardiff University in 2018. Her interests are running pain management programmes and working alongside MSK Physiotherapists with the aim to improve overall management of persistent pain within physiotherapy.
Lizzie works part-time as a Team Lead Physiotherapist in General Outpatients at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. After completing rotations in a chronic pain clinic, and recognising the value of a deeper understanding of pain with all patient groups, Lizzie undertook an MSc in Pain Science and Management between 2011-2014. She now works to implement and share these skills with both her patients but also the many rotational staff who work within the department. Lizzie was awarded an HEE/ICA Internship in 2017/2018 and a Pre Doctoral Award in 2018/19. This research work has been looking into the management of both acute and long-term joint pain in people with haemophilia.
Lizzie also works part-time within a non-clinical role for Rehabworks, advising on capacity and demand for MSK services
Chris is a Senior Lecturer, Researcher and Physiotherapist with a specialist interest in pain science, cardiovascular disease, amputee management and the psychosocial aspects of health and disease. He has particular expertise and interest in low-cost, non-invasive, patient-centred interventions for pain relief and structured patient-centred education and exploring the effects of these interventions on free-living physical activity, function, quality of life and the psychosocial aspects of chronic conditions.He is currently investigating the effects of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and patient-centred education on pain and physical activity in patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and Intermittent Claudication (IC), funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO).
Chris has been a member of the PPA (North) and PPA committees since 2012 in Education Officer and Research Officer roles and since 2017, Co-editor of the PPA Journal- Pain and Rehabilitation.
Despoina is a pain management physiotherapist (BSc in Physiotherapy, Athens University; MSc in Pain, King’s College London) for the Royal Free Hospital currently serving as the Diversity and Equality officer for the PPA. Despoina has had a special interest in long term pain since her undergraduate years and has been working with complex pain patients since graduation. She has worked in different countries and settings (e.g hospital, university, hospice) which made her aware to the varying needs of different groups within each settings. She has consistently been an advocate for inclusivity and equal opportunities so this role is bringing her two main interests together. Despoina would be very keen to hear from all about any issues relating to inclusivity, diversity, equal opportunities as they might relate them with the PPA.
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Cormac is a Reader in Physiotherapy at Teesside University. He graduated from the University of Limerick in 2002 with a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science and completed an MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh. He was awarded his PhD from the Glasgow Caledonian University in 2008 where he looked at the relationship between physical activity and chronic lower back pain. His primary area of research is chronic pain management. Cormac has published over sixty peer-reviewed journal articles and obtained more than £900,000 in competitive funding. Cormac is the co-editor in chief of Pain and rehabilitation - the journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, a peer-review journal with a 20-year history. Cormac is also co-lead of the North East of England hub of the Council for Allied Health Professionals Research.
Diarmuid is professional lead physiotherapist at the Pain Management Centre (PMC), the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Clinically he is an advanced practitioner physiotherapist and independent prescriber.
Diarmuid was awarded an NIHR pre-doctoral fellowship and is interested in the development of clinical academic roles for physiotherapists. He has a particular interest in psychologically informed practice and the role for physiotherapists in supporting people who have pain and medication related issues. He has published peer reviewed articles relating to physiotherapy practice in pain including systematic reviews of trigger point manual therapy, a rapid review of automated outcome measures and an observational study on behaviours of experienced physiotherapists working within a psychologically informed model.
Diarmuid is a member of the guideline development committee for the NICE chronic pain guidelines. Diarmuid is a module lead (Strategies for the Self-Management of Pain) for the new UCL MSC in Pain Management. He also has interests in the non-medical management of CRPS and is a committee member of CRPS UK.
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Selina Johnson currently works within the Walton Centre pain management service, Liverpool. She is physio lead on the specialist pelvic pain PMP and physiotherapy research lead for the PMP. Her special interests are CRPS, pelvic pain, neuropathic pain and low frequency stimulation. In addition to her clinical work she is also completing a PhD at Liverpool university which will explore the use of low frequency nerve stimulation for the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain via a NIHR funded research trial.
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