Meet the Team
Dr. Chris Barker
Chris has worked in the pain service since it started and is the doctor and clinical lead for the team. His interests are converting the science of pain into useful strategies that make a real and important difference to people. When he’s not trying to use big words he also is hugely interested in healthcare improvement, working with local commissioners and other organisations who design policy, guidelines and standards for pain.
Mark is a specialist physiotherapist in pain management and is the newest member of the team joining us in July 2020. Mark is someone who strives to provide patient centred care tailored to each individual to meet their own goals and is passionate in his approach to help people live their life despite the presence of pain. Mark will work with service users on a 1 to 1 basis and will also be delivering exercise and education sessions within the community pain service's pain management programme. Mark really enjoys helping people build their confidence through movement and hopes to help people to build on their reliance to help them engage in meaningful activities that are important to them.
Marion has worked as the community pain service’s secretary for over 10 years. She is passionate about the pathways in community services being as streamlined as possible and how best we can support patients who are making their first appointments and don’t know what to expect.
Cara is a specialist occupational therapist who works one day a week in the team. Cara sees patients for one to one sessions and also delivers parts of the Pain Management Programme. Cara works together with patients to enable them to do the things that are important to them despite living with pain, whether this is looking after themselves and their family, working, leisure activities or just sleeping!
Mark works as an Assistant Psychologist in the Community Pain Service. As part of this role he utilises solution focused, community and positive psychology approaches in the clinical applications of psychology in persistent pain. Mark facilitates sessions on the pain management programme, supports patients on a 1:1 basis and has been educating physiotherapy students at the University of Central Lancashire in their approaches to managing persistent pain.
Kate has worked in the pain service for over 10 years as a specialist physiotherapist. She is really interested in working with patients to achieve their physical goals, despite the presence of pain. She is often the 1st clinician you will meet within the service, triaging new patients, assessing and diagnosing. She works closely with community exercise and wellbeing groups such as ‘Zest for Life’.
Mohammed (Mo) works as a specialist pharmacist and independent prescriber. He works with patients individually to help optimise the use of their medication in managing persistent pain. This includes one to one reviews, which attempt to get the best out of your medication. Mo also works with patients and local healthcare professionals to help them understand and reduce opioids. Furthermore, he delivers the medicines use component in the pain service’s pain management programme.
Dr. Rebecca Simm
Becky has worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the service for over 10 years. She is really interested in helping people figure out what a good life can look like, despite pain being around. She works closely with our expert patient group, Pain Clinic Plus, and is interested in positive psychology approaches around helping to build hope and coping, and the role of peer and community support. She offers one to one work with people, helps with staff training and supervision, and co-ordinates and delivers the service’s group Pain Management Programme.
Pain Clinic Plus
Pain Clinic Plus is a peer support group, run by expert patient volunteers who live with persistent pain, for people with persistent pain. They are a vital part of the support we offer and work closely with the team. They have their own website (although this is currently offline as it is under redevelopment) http://www.painclinicplus.org.uk/.
Pain Clinic Plus usually host a drop in every Friday morning at Ainsdale, however due to Covid 19, they are currently holding virtual meetings instead. Everyone is very welcome to join them on Zoom, whether you have previously attended a meeting or not.