Meet the team

  • Leadership team

    • Meherzin Das Clinical Lead and Clinical Psychologist

      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

    • Mark Smith Service Manager

  • Medical Team

  • Atrium Admin Office

    • Alison Leins Operations Manager

    • Kirsty Dowe PA to Service Manager/Operations Assistant

      I started working for Dorset Pain Management Service in May 2018 in the Central Admin office as the Deputy Operational Manager and PA to the Service Manager. We look after all the referrals and the medical side of our service.

    • Linnie McLaren Administration Assistant

      I joined as a temp in February 2018 and then had the opportunity to apply for a permanent post which I was offered end of June 2018.  I enjoy working in a small, friendly team and gain a great deal of satisfaction knowing that we are doing all we can in an extremely busy, pressurised environment to help all patients.  Having suffered many years with back pain myself I can relate and sympathise with our clients.

    • Kerry-Anne Chapman Administration Assistant

      I joined the Dorset Pain Management Service in June 2018 as an Administrator for the Medical side of our service, based in the Central Admin Office.

    • Mandy Slade Administration Assistant

      I started working for Dorset Pain Management Service in January 2017 in the Central Admin office as an Administrator for the medical side of our esrvice.


  • 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.

    • Yukiko Ishida Opiate Nurse

    • Cathy Mason Opiate Nurse

    • Wendy Greene Occupational Therapist

      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 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.

    • 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.

    • Judith Bradfield Occupational Therapy Assistant

      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.

    • 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 DCPS.   

    • Laura Lake Clinical Psychologist

    • 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 clients 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.  

    • 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.

    • Adele De Gray Psychology Assistant

      I started my journey with DPMS in November 2017 which was a new challenge for me having not worked in this area before. My previous experience involved supporting young people and families with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Within DPMS, I support people through group programmes and 1-1’s helping them to learn and apply strategies in order to get back to living life more meaningfully. I feel very privileged to be working alongside a great team supporting people to manage their pain and have been inspired by the resilience and strength within this client group.

    • 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 patients 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.

    • Jayne Mitchell PA to Consultant/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.

    • Gary Ketchley Senior Administrator & Communications Lead

      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.

    • Shamima Uddin Administration Assistant

      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 peopleimprove their quality of life, and I am excited to continuing my role within the service. 

    • Karen Dudley Administration Assistant

  • North Team

    • Ann Smith Physiotherapist and Team Leader

      I have been privileged to work with people living with persistent pain for over 25 years. I am constantly inspired by the strength and determination of the people who come to see me and humbled by their willingness to trust my clinical judgement enough to work with me on pain management. My passion for this work continues to grow daily and I am determined to “spread the word” about the complexities of persistent pain and the challenges it presents to people living with the condition, so that there is  better understanding by other clinicians but also by wider society.

    • Sammy Harbut Occupational Therapist

      Hello my name is Sammy, and I am the Occupational Therapist working in the North of the County. I originally qualified as Social Worker, and spent 17 years working in a specialist field as a Probation Officer. I retrained as an Occupational Therapist, and since 2011 have been involved in supporting people with long term health conditions.

      Having developed a chronic health condition myself, I have a genuine understanding of how it feels to have one’s life interrupted by illness, and having to manage it on a daily basis. I am a firm believer in self-management, and enjoy supporting people discover this in the context of their own lives.

      I am delighted to be working in this service, and am passionate about empowering everyone to have purpose and meaning in their life, achieving the things that matter to them, and the best possible quality of life possible, irrespective of any health condition.  


    • Ali Scott Therapy Assistant
    • Ali Koerner Administration Assistant
  • West Team

    • Bob Rea Opiate Nurse

      I have been a qualified Nurse since 1991 and worked in a variety of settings in hospitals and community settings. I love working in pain management as it allows me to use my knowledge and skills to help patients to develop new and existing pathways in managing their pain and to help improve their functioning. My speciality is helping people understand more about how their medications help and/or hinder their progress and how these medications actually work in the body and brain. I look to work alongside patients in looking to make changes in their lifestyle.

    • Yvonne Barnicoat Clinical Nurse Specialist
    • Ross Godfree Clinical Psychologist

      I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2013 and joined the pain service two years ago. I work across the West and North of the county helping people to adjust to living with persistent and finding ways to improve the quality of people’s lives. Helping people regain a sense of identity and purpose is extremely rewarding and I look forward to continuing to provide psychological interventions to people with persistent pain.

    • Deborah Comerford Community Mental Health Nurse

    • Francesca Harber Psychology Assistant

    • Alison Purnell Mindfulness Counsellor

      I’ve been sharing my passion and experience as a Mindfulness Practitioner within the Dorset Pain Management Service since 2013. Learning much from our patients as we go, I’ve seen how a Compassionate Mindfulness approach can transform our relationship to pain and associated suffering. 

      Most people can benefit from this approach- which is not just about meditation, but also about how we can live with more awareness, kindness and choice in our everyday lives with pain.

      I am trained to deliver the Breathworks Mindfulness courses, as well as the Mindful Self-Compassion course, and can work with you individually, or in a group. I have worked with patients across all localities, and with various pain conditions to build these resources and grow their resilience.

      I’m also a registered Occupational Therapist (mental health), and I’m listed on the UK Network of Mindfulness Teachers Register, as meeting the national standards of training and good practice for Mindfulness Teachers.

    • Helen Albon Senior Occupational Therapist

      I have been an Occupational Therapist for 30 years. I have worked mainly in community mental health and with people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME and, for the last 6 years, I have been working within the Dorset Pain Management Service . I am part of a multi-disciplinary team based in Littlemoor, Weymouth and work both individually with people and in groups. I really enjoy working alongside people to help them identify their values and strengths and move towards their goals, despite living with pain.

    • Caroline Taylor Therapy Assistant

    • Helen Pickard Physiotherapist and Team Leader

      I've been working to help people with chronic pain management since 2001, initially as part of the Chronic Pain Management Service at Dorset County Hospital and have worked for the community service since its original launch in 2013. I'm a physiotherapist by profession and bring a wealth of experience to my role in order to help people understand more about the complexity of persistent pain, help them improve their relationship with their body and movement, improve their quality of life, develop coping strategies and work towards their goals.

    • Juliet Reynolds Administration Assistant

      I have been working for the NHS for 15 years. I joined the Dorset Pain Service 5 years ago as an admin assistant to the clinical staff in the West Team.  It is a position that I thoroughly enjoy and value the contact that I have with patients, this is on the telephone or in person.  Being part of a happy and helpful team that can genuinely help people to improve their quality of life is extremely rewarding.

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  • Regular support groups imageRegular support groups

    • Bournemouth Last Friday of every month 1pm

      Time for Coffee - BOURNEMOUTH

      Please note the Time for Coffee mornings for Bournemouth are currently on hold. 

      There will be no meetings in September and October 2019.

    • Poole last Thursday of the month 10:30am

      Time for Coffee - POOLE

      Fed up? Want to chat? Need to laugh?

      Come and join the monthly coffee mornings at The Lighthouse Cafe 21 Kingland Rd, Poole Bh15, 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.

      The coffee group runs every last Thursday in the month.

      We look forward to seeing you there!

    • Wareham every Thursday 10:30am

      Purbeck Support Group:

      When: Group meeting every Thursday.

      Time:  11.00am to 12.30pm.

      Where: In the upstairs bar area, Purbeck Sports Centre, Worgret Road, Wareham, BH20 4PH. There is a lift available.

      Please feel free to drop in for a coffee and a chat. Any queries please call 01305 814015.

    • Weymouth every Tuesday 10:30am

      Weymouth Support Group:

      When: Meeting up every Tuesday.

      Time: 10.30am to 12.30pm.

      Where: Springhead pub in Sutton Poyntz, Weymouth, DT3 6LW. 

      Please feel free to attend for a coffee and a chat. Please contact Mr David Wilson should you require any further information about the support group - 07858 510513.

    • Dorchester 3rd Friday of month 10:30am

      VIVO Lounge Support Group:

      When: Meeting up on the third Friday of every month.

      Time: 10.30am -12.30pm

      Where: 23 Weymouth Avenue, Brewery Square, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1QR

      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.

  • One-to-one peer support imageOne-to-one peer support

    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.

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