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.
He’s an accomplished photographer and has been passionate about classical music all his life. On leaving the BBC his colleagues presented him with an electric guitar (Fender Stratocaster) which has now become something of (another) obsession.
Likes: J S Bach, Mahler, Beethoven late string quartets, Johnny Cash American recordings, jazz, discovering new music, my Kindle, Pembrokeshire. Dislikes: People with closed minds to the above.
Dr Pamela Bell
MB BCh FFARCSI FRCA FFPMCAI FFPMRCA
Dr Pamela Bell graduated in Medicine from Queens University of Belfast in 1980.
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.
Strongly interested in supporting training and professional development of others in the field of pain management, 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 to the individual, their families and carers, and society 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.
Heather Wallace is Chair of Pain Concern's board of trustees. She 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.
Chris is a retired Social Worker who has worked for BackCare as manager of its hugely successful Helpline. She is Secretary to Pain Concern. Chris is a trustee of Pain UK, an umbrella charity bringing together diverse pain charities.
MA in Counselling
Jo is Head of Information and Helplines at Arthritis Care. Jo is a Member of the British Pain Society Patient Liaison Group and a trustee of Pain UK.
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