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The 2023 Speakers

The National Acute Pain Symposium has once again, gone all out on an impressive line up with engaging and education content for 2023.

Hance Clarke

Dr. Hance Clarke is a staff anesthesiologist and the Director of Pain Services at the Pain Research Unit at the Toronto General Hospital. He is currently the knowledge Translation Chair for the University of Toronto Centre for the Study of Pain, and in 2016, Dr. Clarke was awarded an early Career Award from the Canadian Pain Society. He has been recognized internationally for his research productivity and improvements to patient care. Of all of his accomplishments, Dr. Clarke is proud of his role as lead in the The Toronto General Hospital’s development and implementation of the World’s 1st Transitional Pain Service  - a multidisciplinary program to prevent chronic post-surgical pain. Dr. Clarke has also played a leading role in educating the Canadian public about pain control, risk factors for chronic opioid use, alternatives to opioids as a pioneering strategy at TGH; misconceptions about opioid use, and the need for further studies on understanding the beneficial and adverse effects of cannabis. He is a public champion of evidence-based solutions for the opioid crisis and a national pain and addictions strategist. His research interests include identifying novel acute pain treatments following major surgery, identifying the factors involved in the transition of acute post-surgical pain to chronic pain, studying the genetics of acute and chronic pain after surgery, and identifying risk factors associated with continued opioid use and poor health related quality of life after major surgery as well as the efficacy of hyperbaric medicine. Throughout his career, he has authored over 100 peer reviewed manuscripts.

Suzanne Chapman

Suzanne has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pain Management since 2003 and worked in a specialist cancer setting managing acute and complex cancer pain for 17 years. Her areas of interest include: acute pain, transitional pain services, cancer related acute pain, pain in cancer survivors, intractable cancer pain,  pain assessment and non-medical prescribing. She regularly lectures at both a local and national level and teaches on post-graduate courses at Kings College, Cardiff University and the Royal Marsden School of Cancer Nursing. Publications include journal articles and book chapters, and she regularly acts as a peer reviewer for journals. Suzanne has also developed e-learning modules and worked on taskforces providing national and international guidelines. Suzanne is an active council member of the national Pain Nurse Network which provides support, promotes sharing best practice, encourages pain nurses to learn from each other and champions excellence in pain nursing.

Patrice Forget

Professor Patrice Forget, M.D. Ph.D., has worked as Clinical Professor in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine in Belgium, and as President of the Belgian Pain Society. In 2019, he has been appointed as Clinical Chair in Anaesthesia at the University of Aberdeen (UK), and Honorary Consultant at the NHS Grampian. He is involved in clinical research, focused on mainly pain, perioperative epidemiology and clinical pharmacology. For the last ten years, as principal investigator and/or national coordinator, he published more than 150 articles, letters or editorials. He is the Chair of the PANDOS (Pain AND Opioids after Surgery) ESAIC Research Group (European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care).

Jackie Walumbe

Jackie is a registered Physiotherapist with 18 years post-registration experience. I have mainly worked in specialist pain management, most recently as an advance practice physiotherapist in a multidisciplinary team (complex pain team) delivering care to hospital inpatients with complex pain issues across specialities in the NHS. I am in the final stages of writing up my DPhil (PhD) in Primary Health Care at the University of Oxford as part of a NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. My research is focused on understanding how self- management is understood and enacted by people living with chronic pain, and how they are supported in policy and practice using mixed qualitative methods.

Rhea Crighton & Louise Findlay

Rhea is a Masters qualified Registered Nurse with 12 years’ experience working in the NHS in a range of settings. She also has first-hand, lived experience of cervical cancer and living with the long-term and late effects of cancer treatment. Her areas of specialist interest include: cancer treatment pain; late and long-term effects of cancer treatment; pelvic radiation disease; radiation induced lumbar plexopathy; chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy; patient perspective and lived experience; patient involvement; qualitative research; advanced clinical practice; and independent prescribing. She is currently Lead Gynaeoncology Clinical Nurse Specialist at the Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Northern. She has previously been Clinical Matron for Cancer Services, Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Northern and has also worked for Northern Devon Healthcare NHT Trust, Kings College Hospital NHS Trust, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Queen Victoria NHS Foundation Trust. Rhea is Guest Lecturer for Independent Prescribing and Cancer Care Modules at the University West of England and is a Member of PRDA UK Medical Advisory Panel.

Ben Morris & Stuart Clough


Ben is the Programme Improvement Lead for the Flow Coaching Academy programme having joined the Continuous Improvement team in November 2020. As part of his role, Ben leads the day-to-day Lancashire and South Cumbria FCA including organisation, coaching, pathway recruitment as well as operational and financial delivery. He has previously worked at Haelo in 2016 supporting a large scale national break through series collaborative before joining AQuA in 2017 (Advancing Quality Alliance) working in the System Transformation team delivering Model for Improvement training courses. In July 2018, Ben joined the Quality Improvement Team for the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) as a Quality Improvement Lead based at the Bury & Rochdale Care Organisation. During this period Ben lead a variety of quality improvement projects including;  improving flow within the Emergency Department, implementing reliable SAFER board rounds within Stroke & the Oasis Unit based at Rochdale Infirmary. Ben then joined Oldham Care Organisation as part of the NCA working in the Surgery & Anaesthetics department as the R.O.C.O Improvement Lead (Reducing Operations Cancelled on the day at Oldham Care Organisation), where a collaborative with several department was formed including; pre-operative staff, theatres staff, ward based staff, surgeons & anaesthetists. During the collaborative Ben supported the teams with improvement theory coaching and the design of PDSA cycles to help reduce the number of operations cancelled on the day. More recent Ben worked at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust as a Quality Improvement Team. Ben led the design and implementation of a QI Capability strategy which provided QI training for all staff across a three tiered programme.  

Stuart is an Associate Director for Continuous Improvement, working at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Stuart leads the Lancashire & South Cumbria Flow Coaching Academy and has a responsibility for developing organisational continuous improvement capability. Previously, Stuart worked for Haelo and AQuA, two Quality Improvement organisations hosted by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust based in Greater Manchester. Stuart has been trained by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, completing their Improvement Advisor Development programme in 2018. Stuart has experience of working with several NHS organisations and has led on a number of system-wide and organisational transformation projects (providing QI support and expertise), and increasing the capacity and capability for improvement. Previous roles have seen Stuart engage with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership on the Dementia United Pathfinder, providing programme management and stakeholder engagement support and provide research management for a high-profile NIHR Health Services and Delivery grant; ‘The future of 24/7 care: investigating the links between staffing levels, patient outcomes and inequalities in health outcomes’.

James Rowland and Ashleigh Aspinall


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Louise Clarke

Louise is a European and RCVS recognised Specialist in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia. She was awarded her Diploma in Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia in 2003 and moved to Davies to lead the Anaesthesia team in 2007. In 2014, Louise was awarded an MSc (Distinction) in the Clinical Management of Pain from Edinburgh University. She currently teaches on the Edinburgh University MSc Veterinary Anaesthesia course. She is Past President of the Pain Council at the Royal Society of Medicine, a previous invited examiner on the European Diploma examination and Treasurer of the Association of Veterinary Anaesthetists. She was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2020. Her primary clinical interest is pain management, in which she is a subject matter expert advising the Linnaeus Clinical Board. She is now Clinical Lead for the Davies multidisciplinary Pain Clinic and lectures internationally in this area, trying to improve the welfare of animals with chronically painful conditions.

Jane Quinlan


Consultant in anaesthetics and pain management at Oxford University Hospitals since 2000. Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Oxford. I have an interest in Prescribed Opioid Dependence, a topic on which I lecture nationally. I feel strongly that all young people should have access to the same opportunities, so I support charities for children in care and for care-experienced adults, including Become and Coram Voice, and have set up a scholarship to support care-experienced young people in their first year of university.

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