MB BCh FFARCSI FRCA FFPMCAI FFPMRCA
Dr Pamela Bell graduated in Medicine from Queens University of Belfast.
She trained in anaesthesia and held Consultant Posts in the Ulster, North Down and Ards Hospitals where she established the first Pain Clinic at Bangor Hospital.
In 1995 she was appointed to Musgrave Park Hospital where she established a Pain Clinic and developed a specialist interest in the management of children and adolescents with long term pain, the first in Northern Ireland.
She was instrumental in setting up a Masters Degree in the Science and Practice of Pain at the Queens University of Belfast.
Since retirement she has been actively involved in raising awareness of the burden of long term pain through the work of the Pain Alliance of Northern Ireland of which she is the Chair. She remains committed to lobbying for access to effective pain management for all who suffer long term pain regardless of cause.
Jean Gaffin OBE has been a Trustee of Pain Concern since 2015. Jean has had arthritis for several years and has been involved in trying to improve the management of people living with chronic pain for many years.
Jean is a published author; publications include editing "Nursing and the Welfare State" and co-author of the centenary history of the Cooperative Women's Guild, "Caring and Sharing"
Before working in the voluntary sector Jean taught social policy and administration to social work students and taught on the nursing degree course at the South Bank Polytechnic (now university).
Before retiring she was Chief Executive of Arthritis Care and of the National Hospice Council. After retirement she became the Chair of the Patient Liaison Committee of the British Pain Society and helped to set up the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition. She has served on national and local NHS Committees including NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee and chairing Brent Primary Care Trust.
Chris Hughes has been a trustee of the charity since 2010. She is the honorary secretary and represents the charity in London. Chris was a children and families social worker and after retiring became the manager of the helpline at BackCare for six years where she first developed her interest in chronic pain and its impact on people's lives.
Derek, an experienced HR specialist has worked in the private, public and charitable sector. The latter experience prompting Derek's enthusiasm for volunteering for both the organisation and the individual. Derek's attraction to Pain Concern was prompted by his own experience of chronic pain stretching back over twenty years and the ambition for others to receive the support that he had managed to find.
Andrew is a retired management consultant and chartered accountant. He is Treasurer of Pain Concern. Andrew has led and managed projects to assist many private and public sector organisations achieve business change and deliver improved performance. He has volunteered as a part-time adviser with his local Citizens Advice Bureau, and is also a Trustee of a charity that supports children and families in his local community.
As an Adviser to the board, Paul is a member of the Executive Committee. Paul is an independent radio producer. Multi Sony Radio Award winning during a 31 year career with the BBC, he left in 2010 when fulfilling his work commitments to his own high standards and managing his long term fibromyalgia became incompatible.
He now produces and presents Airing Pain for Pain Concern; an experience, he says, which has taught him everything he never knew about self-managing his own condition.
Heather Wallace developed neuropathic pain while still a teenager and has first-hand experience of the challenges of balancing work and family life with managing pain. She co-founded a support group for people with chronic pain after attending the pain management programme at Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh. This support group was refounded as the charity Pain Concern in 1995. Having worked as an editor, she is keen to use all the media sources available to inform and support people in pain.