The 2019 Speakers

Prof Richard Langford

30+ years experience in clinical research phases I-IV in the fields of pain and anaesthesia. Founder Director of the Pain and Anaesthesia Research Centre at Barts NHS Health Trust, Professor at City University, London, Clinical Director of Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Pain Medicine.

Previously Clinical Director of the Joint Hospital and Medical School Clinical Research Centre; Chair of the Operations Board of the first Quintiles Global Prime Site at Barts and the London Medical School, President of the British Pain Society (2010-13), EFIC Council Member and Board member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.
Richard is a co-founder of St Pancras Clinical Research.

Keynote Speaker - Professor Pam Macintyre

Specialist Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Physician and Expert in Acute Pain Medicine

Prof Macintyre has been the Director of the Acute Pain Service (APS) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since it was established at the beginning of 1989. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM), Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and an examiner for the Faculty. Her key areas of interest are management of acute pain in complex patients, including those who are opioid-tolerant and/or with an addiction disorder; the role of acute pain medicine in the ‘opioid epidemic’, including prescribing of opioids after discharge from hospital; and safety of acute pain management practices.


She also organises the ‘Pain Week’ that all 5th year medical students at the University of Adelaide must complete and the acute pain medicine sessions given to all final year students in preparation for internship. She has coauthored a book on practical acute pain management, now in its 4th edition (2015), and was lead editor for the second (2005) and third (2010) editions of Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence, published by ANZCA and the FPM.  

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Jacqueline Walumbe

Jackie is an advanced practitioner physiotherapist and independent prescriber working within a multidisciplinary team (inpatient complex pain team) at University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is involved in the management of complex pain in an integrated system across primary, community, secondary and tertiary care. She has worked clinically as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, specialist pain physiotherapist and in leadership roles as operational and then clinical lead of a busy musculoskeletal service. She has an MSc in Pain (Kings College London) as well as an MSc in Global Public Health and Policy (Queen Mary, University of London).


Jackie is particularly interested in understanding so called “medically unexplained symptoms” such as chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome and increasing access to evidence-based care and support for those living with these conditions. 

Jackie is in the second year of a DPhil in Primary Health Care at the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, University of Oxford as part of a NIHR/HEE Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. She is conducting a research project looking into self-management strategies for people living with chronic pain who have been excluded from specialist services using mixed methods. 

Dr Beth Perritt

Professor Martin Leuwer

Martin Leuwer, Dr. med.,, FRCA, FFICM Professor and Chair of Anaesthesi Department of Molecular & Clinical Pharmacology, Institute of Translational Medicine The University of Liverpool Industry Lead, NIHR Specialty Group 'Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management'

Sharon Kitcatt

I retired earlier this year from my post as Consultant Nurse for an Inpatient/Acute Pain Service, a post I held for over 17 years in two acute trusts, the most recent being Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust. My role has always remained truly clinically focused with a strong emphasis on education for all staff. I introduced Essential Pain Management (EPM) Lite to Epsom and St Helier in February this year. This replaced our traditional pain study day and although it was primarily for nursing staff, we encouraged any other health professionals to come along as we wanted to give a clear message that pain education was for all. I have been part of the faculty delivering EPM to anaesthetists in another trust and I incorporated it into a pain module for post graduate students at the University of Surrey earlier this year


I am a Visiting Clinical Senior Teacher at King’s College in London, where I am currently contributing to advanced practice modules. I have also co-facilitated an interprofessional pain education workshop for undergraduates. I am keen to spread the word about EPM and hope to inspire others to consider incorporating it into their Trustwide pain education programmes

Dr Elaine O'Shea

After completing her specialist training on Wessex rotation, Dr O'Shea was appointed Consultant Anaesthetist in 2009 at Royal Bournemouth Hospital. She has been Co-Lead for the Acute Pain Service since 2010.  After a successful application for a Health Foundation Innovation award, they set up a service to improve the care of patients admitted for lower limb arthroplasty. Their innovative project won the Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine category at BMJ Awards 2018. Dr O'Shea enjoys spending time in the New Forest or at the beach with my family and running in my spare time.

Carsten Bantel MD, PhD, FRCA, FFPMRCA

Lead inpatient pain service Department of Anaesthesiology, European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen, Klinikum Oldenburg Campus Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer Imperial College London

Carsten lived and worked in London for 12 years. During this time he completed his anaesthetic and advanced pain training as well as his PhD. From 2011 until September 2014 he was the lead of the inpatient pain service at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital. In October 2014 he could not resist but join the University of Oldenburg to become a faculty member at the newly founded European Medical School Oldenburg-Groningen (EMS), which is a joint venture project of the universities of Groningen (The Netherlands) and Oldenburg (Germany).

Carsten is hooked to pain research since 1997 and has published several papers. His special interests are “pain and cognition” as well as service improvement.

Professor Pat Schofield

Deputy Dean, Research & Income Generation, Anglia Ruskin University

Pat is Deputy Dean for Research & Income Generation and a Professor of Nursing. She is  an active research professor leading a number of grants around pain and ageing and or dementia.  She has recently completed three major programme of research around pain in older adults. A cross council programme of research under the LLHW banner which is Designing and Developing Strategies for the Self Management of Chronic Pain (EOPIC) and the second project is New technologies to support older people at home: maximising personal and social interaction funded by dot.rural and the third project is an EU funded programme Pain Assessment in Patients with Impaired Cognition, especially Dementia.  She has also completed a local study funded by HIEC looking at education of staff to improve the management of pain in adults with dementia within an acute trust and a study looking at the use of the iPhone for pain assessment in dementia and a study looking at peer education for older adults. At the moment she is working on an SBRI funded project looking at the use of chatbot technology for self management of chronic pain based upon her earlier work. In total Pat has been awarded over £2.5m in research funding.  Pat has over 200 peer reviewed publications and many books in the area. She has recently been awarded an honorary European Diploma in Pain Medicine for her contribution to education and she has been invited to lead the work for the European Year against pain in vulnerable adults. Pat still works with older adults in helping to shape her research and she is patron to the Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster pensioner forum which consists of over 100 pensioners from across London.

Dr Krige

Associate Medical Director for Research & Development, Lead Anaesthesia Specialty Group NIHR GM CRN, Peri-operative Medicine Lead East Lancashire Hospitals, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine & Anaesthesia

Dr Krige graduated at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa in 1994. He underwent specialist training in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine on the North West Rotation in the UK from 1998 to 2005. Dr Krige was appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine for East Lancashire NHS Trust based at the Royal Blackburn Hospital in 2005.

He is the clinical lead for all Enhanced Recovery (ER) Programs (this has role has evolved to Peri-operative Medicine Lead 2016) in East Lancashire, which he originally introduced in 2008. Dr Krige was a clinical advisor to the SHA and AQuA for the Enhanced Recovery Program for the North West in 2010/2011, a clinical advisor to the NCEPOD Perioperative Care Study in 2010/2011 and contributed to the NHS Innovation National Task Group designing ERP pathways for all other major surgery in 2012. He has introduced many new analgesic interventions and management protocols for these interventions and innovations along with multiple other critical care QI projects.

Dr Krige is an active researcher, and a current NIHR Grant holder, mainly in the area of perioperative care. He has presented on Enhanced Recovery and analgesia for abdominal surgery at several regional and national meetings. In 2018 he will present at the World ERAS Society Conference in Stockholm. His research management roles include Director of R&D for his organisation since 2012, Lead for the Critical Care Specialty Group for Cumbria & Lancashire CLRN from 2010 to 2014 and now Lead for the Anaesthesia Speciality Group for the NIHR GM CRN since 2014 and president of NWRAG since 2017, the regional anaesthetic trainee research network. He is a board member of the UCLAN Clinical Trials Unit and a board member of the UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network. He is a member of the advisory group to the RCA Perioperative Medicine programme.


Personal interests include first & foremost a family man with 3 young children and in any remaining time a follower of SA cricket & rugby teams, a lover of red wine and reading, occasional golf and a lifelong endurance athlete with over 20 years of training for competitive triathlon & in recent years focusing on sprint triathlon and competitive obstacle course racing.

Felicia Cox

She is the Lead Nurse Specialist and Head of Pain Services at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust in London, UK. She is the Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Pain and Palliative Care Forum and a co-Editor of the British Journal of Pain.


She is the former Editor of the Journal of Perioperative Practice. Felicia is on the editorial board of a number of journals including the International Association for the Study of Pain’s Pain: Clinical Updates. She has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications plus book chapters on pain together with e-learning modules on pain and medicine safety.


In 2017 she was appointed as an Honorary lecturer at King’s College London and Honorary Tutor at the University of Cardiff. She is also a part-time visiting lecturer at Imperial College London. Her clinical and research interests include pain assessment, pain after surgery, chronic post surgical pain and procedural pain. She is an enthusiastic supporter of novice authors and strongly believes that everyone can and should publish their work


Felicia was awarded Honorary membership of the British Pain Society in 2015 and in 2017 was Awarded the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing.




Dr Sailesh Mishra

Dr Mishra is a consultant in pain management and anaesthesia at Royal Victoria Infirmary and a lecturer at  Newcastle University. He is passionate about pain education and teaching. The Essential Pain Management has given him a good international framework to use it for teaching across varied student groups. At Newcastle University, they have lunched the EPM lite to the final year students and while setting it up, it’s been a fantastic journey of learning and coordinating that he is keen to share with you at the NAPS 2018. He has subsequently lunched EPM lite in a medical college in India. He is looking at sharing his experience of how to set up this teaching module from scratch in your local University and how to go about delivering it effectively.

Dr Shaun Jackson

Shaun is a GP partner at the urban village medical practice, which is a busy inner city practice in central Manchester.


For over 15 years Shaun has been the clinical lead for the practices primary care service for homeless people. He is experienced in delivering high-quality health care to marginalised populations including those with high levels of substance misuse. For the last 5 years Shaun has been leading an inreach and discharge team for homeless patients admitted to Manchester royal infirmary working alongside hospital teams from all specialties.

Ieuan Hopper

Ieuan Hopper treats patients with Pre-operative Psychology input to help patients manage Post-Operative pain. He is one of 2 clinicians who deliver the therapy.  This work was awarded 1st prize in the Anaesthesia and Perioperative medicine category for the BMJ awards 2018. It has also featured on the BBC South Today News (2018).


Ieuan Hopper is an accredited CBT therapist, who is also trained in and uses: Interpersonal Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing, and Mindfulness.  He works in a Primary Care Psychology team treating patients with Depression and the various Anxiety disorders.  Ieuan Hopper also works in Pain Psychology as part of the Bournemouth Hospital Acute Pain team.

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I graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2005 before moving to the Mersey region for speciality training. My professional interests include anaesthesia for vascular surgery and perioperative medicine. I am particularly enthusiastic about improving patient outcomes through prehabilitation for surgery. I also have accreditation and experience in education, management and leadership, and am actively involved in organisation and delivery of the nationally recognised Mersey School of Anaesthesia exam preparation courses. I started my Consultant post at the Countess of Chester Hospital earlier this year. In recent years, there has been an increased interest in multimodal analgesia and opioid sparing techniques. IV lidocaine may reduce post-operative pain and opioid requirements, with a number of other proposed benefits. My talk will address the key questions associated with the perioperative use of IV lidocaine, and review the available evidence.


Dr Aliza Weinrib

Dr. Aliza Weinrib, clinical psychologist, is the lead psychologist for the Toronto General Hospital's path-breaking, interdiscplinary Transitional Pain Service. The Transitional Pain Service offers comprehensive pain management and opioid weaning after major surgery for complex patients at high risk of chronic post-surgical pain, as well as high-dose, long-term opioid use.  Dr. Weinrib's psychological approach to pain management draws on acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), an evidence-based and innovative form of cognitive-behavioral therapy which incorporates mindfulness.  Dr. Weinrib is the chairperson of the Ontario, Canada chapter of the worldwide ACT organization, ACBS, and the co-chair of the Canadian Psychological Association's Opioid Task Force.

Dr Emma Briggs

Dr Emma Briggs, King’s College London, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Persuasive Pain Education: Improving Pain Management through Powerful Learning: Improving pain management is a fundamental goal we all share, and education is one mechanism to promote this. The pain education available for qualified staff and students varies in quantity and quality across NHS trusts and universities. Whether it is 5 minutes at the bedside, a group of hospital staff on an annual update or a lecture theatre of 200, we must grab these opportunities and create powerful learning experiences. This session will provide some insights and inspiration for providing impactful education and persuade colleagues and students to prioritise effective pain management. 

Dr Abdul Lalkhen

Professor Abdul Ghaaliq Lalkhen

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine

Trust Specialty Training Lead - Anaesthesia

Manchester & Salford Pain Centre, 1st Floor Irving Building, Stott Lane, Salford, M6 8HD

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Salford Care Organisation

Part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group

I obtained my primary medical qualification at the University of Cape Town graduating with First Class Honors and spent two years working in South Africa before completing my core training in Anaesthetics at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. I undertook specialty training in Anaesthesia in the Northwestern Deanery obtaining the Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2004.   In 2008 I obtained entry to the Faculty of Pain Medicine as a Fellow.  I obtained an MSc in Medical Education from the University of Manchester in 2015 and was the Lead Pain Medicine Educational Supervisor until August 2017. I am now one of the College Tutors at SRFT. I hold a Visiting Professorship at the Manchester Metropolitan University.


Whilst sitting in a Pain clinic as a trainee I realised that the idea ‘sometimes to cure, often to relieve and always to comfort’ could be realised through the Practice of Pain Medicine. You can be a diagnostician, perform therapeutic interventions and work in an interdisciplinary team to empower patients to transform a life of suffering to a life of coping successfully with a chronic condition.


My current job as a Consultant in Pain Medicine at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust involves inserting electrical devices to help with nerve pain. I work in a multi-disciplinary team specialising in the outpatient management of many chronic pain syndromes, including back pain, whiplash, complex regional pain syndrome, fibromyalgia and neuropathic pain.  I am the Clinical Lead for the Spinal Cord Stimulator service. I am also involved in the management of complex pain presentations in inpatients.


I have now been a Consultant for 10 years and Pain Medicine enables me to have autonomy, engage in interesting and challenging interventions, work in a multidisciplinary team and be involved in an evolving specialty.

Dr Glyn Williams

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Prof Roger Knaggs

Roger is a clinical academic pharmacist. His current position provides teaching and research opportunities whilst maintaining regular clinical practice. Roger’s main research interests focus on the appropriate use of analgesic medicines, and associated clinical outcomes and healthcare utilization.


Roger aims to promote the importance of pain within pharmacy and the role of pharmacy within pain management. To this end he started PAIN (Pharmacist Analgesia Interest Network) and was the inaugural chair of the United Kingdom Clinical Pharmacy Association pain management group. Roger is Honorary Secretary of the British Pain Society at present, having been a coopted and elected Council member.  In addition, he has associations with several other healthcare policy and government organisations, including the Care Quality Commission, NICE and The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

Dr Rita Singh


Consultant Anaesthetist

Freeman Hospital

Rita Singh is a Consultant Anaesthetist in Freeman Hospital at Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS foundation trust. Her specialist interest include Regional Anaesthesia and Major surgery and provides nerve catheter service for  post op pain management. She  is also involved in Patient safety and has been actively involved in various initiatives to improve patient experience and quality of care. She believes in outcome benefits of regional anaesthesia  beyond reducing acute pain and  her latest project is with multi-disciplinary vascular research group looking at  chronic pain after amputation. She’ll be talking about their experience in improving pain management in lower limb amputations.

Sister Angela Telford BSc, MSc


Angela qualified as a nurse in 1990 and after working in a variety of different specialities, chose to specialise in pain management in 2001.  Angela now leads the Pain Service within the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, a tertiary referral centre.  She is involved in a range of pain initiatives both within and external to the Trust and is currently in the process of setting up a pre-operative clinic focussing on opioid weaning.  Angela has completed her MSc, specialising in practice development and takes a keen interest in the education of all grades of staff, from Student to Consultant.

Dr Ann Williamson

Dr Ann Williamson has been a General Practitioner for thirty two years and has used hypnosis for more than twenty years to help her patients deal with stress and anxiety and to help them facilitate change in how they live their lives. She is an accredited member of the British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH), a certified NLP Master Practitioner and has had training in brief solution oriented therapy and other approaches. She has been involved for many years with (BSCAH) teaching Health Professionals how to use hypnotic techniques both for themselves and within their own field of clinical expertise. She runs stress management, personal development and brief psychological interventions workshops on request, as well as seeing private clients for therapy.

She has also lectured at Manchester, Chester and Salford Universities as well as in Canada and Europe. She has written three books: on stress management, smoking cessation and on brief psychological interventions in clinical practice. She is also co-editor of A Handbook of Contemporary Hypnosis published by Wiley in 2011 and has contributed to several other books and journals. She is also a Reiki Master Trainer and has an interest in creativity and exploring one’s emotions through the arts.

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Named contributor to ‘Hypnosis, Dissociation and Survivors of Child Abuse’ by Marcia Degun-Mather, (2006) Wiley. ISBN: 0-470-01945-X

Brief Psychological Interventions in Practice, (2008) Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-51306-4

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Named contributor to ‘Hypnotherapy: A Handbook’ by Michael Heap (2012) Open University Press, ISBN: 0335244459

Brief Psychological and Hypnotic Interventions in Chronic Pain Management. (2016) Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy  46 (3) :179-186. Springer

What is hypnosis and how might it work? (Jan 2019) Palliative Care: Research and Treatment Sage

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Dr Honeyia Minhas

Dr Honeyia Minhas, MBChB, MRCP, FRCEM, Adv. Dip in Clinical Hypnosis and related techniques.

Honeyia is a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, a large centre seeing Adult and Paediatric Emergency cases and a major trauma centre. Prior to this post she was a Consultant in Emergency Medicine in the Royal Derby Hospital. She has an interest in Education, particularly simulation and human factors and has been the Emergency Medicine lead for undergraduate education and departmental simulation lead  in Derby. In Nottingham she has been the departmental Medical Education lead and run the postgraduate induction. Currently she is involved in delivering the undergraduate Critical Illness Attachment Simulations. She is also an Advanced Paediatric Life Support Instructor.

In addition she is the wellbeing lead for the department and is using hypnosis to help combat staff stress. She uses Clinical Hypnosis for acute and procedural pain, either on its own or as an adjuvant to drugs for analgesia and sedation. Honeyia is a Member of the Royal College of Physicians by exam, a fellow of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and a member of  the British Society of Clinical and Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH)

Dr Caron Moores

Caron is a consultant in Paediatric Anaesthesia at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. She first became interested in hypnosis whist working as an anaesthetic registrar in Cambridge over 20yrs ago and currently uses the techniques both formally and informally in her anaesthetic practice. Areas of interest include anaesthesia for oncology patients and emergency surgery, both of which lend themselves to the use of informal hypnotic techniques. She also has an interest in anaesthesia in the developing world.

Sharon Kitcatt

I am Deputy Module Leader for Nurse Prescribing at King’s College in London where I also contribute to the Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing module and the interprofessional pain education workshops for undergraduates. I was previously a Consultant Nurse for an Inpatient/Acute Pain Service, a post I held for over 17 years in two acute trusts and since February 2018, I have helped to deliver Essential Pain Management (EPM) workshops in a variety of settings to different health professionals including nurses, medical students, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and anaesthetists. I am keen to spread the word about EPM and hope to inspire others to consider incorporating it into their Trustwide pain education programmes

Martin Galligan MSc

I have been employed as a registered nurse for the last 10 years working in a variety of roles within the acute hospital setting. In the last five years I have specialised in the field of pain management, with my first role as a clinical nurse specialist managing acute and complex cancer pain in a specialist cancer centre. Following this I became the lead nurse for acute and chronic pain in a busy district general hospital. In this role I was able to lead the team to win the award for Acute Pain Team of the year 2018 at National Acute Pain Symposium. More recently I have moved into the academic setting and I am now working as a lecturer practitioner at The Royal Marsden School with module leadership responsibility in non-medical prescribing and advanced practice. I am also currently the vice chair of the London Pain Interest Group and a committee member of the British Pain Society Pain Education Special Interest Group. I have always been passionate about pain education with a special interest in attitudes and knowledge around pain assessment and management, I have used the Essential Pain Management Programme as a tool for challenging and changing those common misconceptions that continually impact on patient care in relation to pain management.

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