Who's involved

The Chronic Pain HIT brings together clinicians, academics, patients and carers to focus on improving the lives of those with Chronic Pain. The HIT includes over 75 members, all of whom are keen to see improved support in pain services.

The Chronic Pain HIT leadership is:

Professor Candy McCabe – BHP Chronic Pain HIT Director, Florence Nightingale Foundation Clinical Professor in Nursing University of the West of England, Bristol & Head of Research, Dorothy House Hospice Care, Winsley

Dr Ali Llewellyn – BHP Chronic Pain HIT Project Manager, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Health & Clinical Research, University of the West of England

Charlotte Spence – BHP Chronic Pain HIT Administrator, Research Team Co-ordinator, Dorothy House Hospice Care, Winsley

Shass Blake – Patient Partner and Public Education and Information

James Byron – Director of Marketing and Engagement, Dorothy House Hospice

Dr Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert – Principal Clinical Psychologist, Bath Centre for Pain Services, RNHRD, RUH Bath NHS FT

Rachel Goodwin – Lead Physiotherapist in Pain Management, UHBW NHS FT

Professor Edmund Keogh – Professor in Psychology, Deputy Director of Bath Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath

Dr Jenny Lewis – Clinical Research Occupational Therapist, RNHRD, RUH Bath NHS FT & Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Allied Health Professionals, University of the West of England

Dr Sarah Love-Jones – Pain Consultant, North Bristol NHS Trust, Pain Clinic

Dr David Porteous – GP and Clinical Director FABB Primary Care Network, Fishponds Family Practice

Dr Tomas Welsh – Consultant Geriatrician, RUH Bath NHS FT, Research Fellow, Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE), University of Bristol

Elizabeth Williams – Transformation Manager for Planned Care, NHS Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire CCG

Professor David Wynick – Professor of Molecular Medicine, University of Bristol. Honorary Consultant in Pain Medicine, UHBW NHS FT Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)


Working with patients and the public

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement is considered an essential component of ALL of our activities. We will follow best practice guidance and use local and national education and training resources (INVOLVE, People in Health West of England, Bristol Health Partners Digital Health Training) to equip our research partners to be integral members of our research teams.

Our HIT is committed to promoting and developing equality and diversity, and will follow best practice to support inclusivity in all of its activities.


Our core partners include:

  • Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • BANES, Swindon and Wiltshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (BSW STP)
  • Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (BNSSG STP)
  • North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT)
  • Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust (RUH)
  • University of Bath (UoBath)
  • University of Bristol (UoB)
  • University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust (UHBW)
  • University of the West of England, Bristol (UWE)
  • Vita Health Group


Getting involved

The Chronic Pain HIT is keen to hear from anyone with an interest in Chronic Pain. Our membership represents a broad range of healthcare providers, professions and service users.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you want to know more about our work or are interested in joining our HIT.

Please contact us at: chronicpainhit@bristolhealthpartners.org.uk


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