Manchester Foundation Trust has an integrated multidisciplinary pain service spanning the spectrum of acute and chronic pain.
Most pain is short term or ‘acute’ and a result of injury or illness. At MFT our inpatient pain service can help optimise pain relief during your hospital stay following surgical procedures or trauma.
Pain which is more persistent or ‘chronic pain’ is usually managed as an outpatient by our team of doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and psychologists. As a team we aim to ease or reduce pain where possible, as well as offer support and guidance to help improve quality of life.
The Manchester Pain Management Service is based within Trafford General Hospital and The Baguley Suite in the grounds of Wythenshawe hospital (Entrance 19).
Meet The Team - Pain Consultants
Kate Grady- Clinical Director
Dr Kate Grady is a Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaesthesia and the Clinical Director of the Manchester Foundation NHS Trust Pain Service. She graduated from the University of London and has worked in many hospitals in England and Wales. She has an interest in the explanation for chronic pain and its effect on mood and activities of daily living and offers a range of approaches, treating patients in a holistic way. Within the pain service Dr Grady has developed expertise in the management of patients with long term pain following breast cancer treatment. Dr Grady served as the Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and has held several professional roles nationally and internationally. She has a very keen interest in medical education and has introduced pain management courses widely in the UK and overseas.
Mowafak Abdelghani- Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
Dr Abdelghani is a Consultant in Pain Medicine & Anaesthesia at Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He is the clinical lead for Chronic Pain Services at the Oxford Road Campus, Trafford General Hospital & Altrincham General Hospital. After graduating from Medical School in Cairo, completing his Master of Science and a 4 year training rotation in Ain-Shams University, Cairo, he relocated to the UK where he rotated in Training posts around North Wales, Mersey & Surrey. He joined the Northwest Training Rotation as a Specialist Trainee and completed the five year training program. His last year of training was spent at the Imperial school in London, specifically in the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital where he completed his Advanced Pain Medicine Fellowship in a twelve month program. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine by examination. He has published chapters on multiple topics of Pain Medicine in multiple books published in the UK & the USA. His interests include managing chronic pain and his role is in the medical management of many complex chronic pain problems including neck pain, craniofacial pain, back pain with or without sciatica fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome. He has a well-established interest & role in post-graduate education & healthcare management.
Ilan Lieberman- Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
Dr Lieberman qualified from The London Hospital Medical College in 1990 with a medical degree from the University of London. After working for a while in and around London, he moved back to Manchester and trained as an anaesthetist, gaining a fellowship from the Royal College of Anaesthesia, FRCA in 1996, subspecialising in Pain Medicine and extending his training by a year as a Macmillan Pain Medicine Fellow at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool. He was awarded FFPMRCA, the Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine in 2002.
Dr David McCarthy –Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine
Dr McCarthy is the Clinical Lead for the Adult Inpatient Pain Service and has worked at the Trust since 2015. He works within an Interdisciplinary Pain Team, aiming to facilitate patient rehabilitation and maximise functional outcomes. He also works in the outpatient setting and providing advice and procedures for chronic pain management. Dr McCarthy has been based in the North West for over a decade and has worked in multiple tertiary centres for pain, trauma and burns. He has interests in medicines safety, education and back pain.
Dr Bharati Vyawahare-Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine.
Dr Bharati Vyawahare completed her Medical degree in India (Poona), followed by a postgraduate degree in Anaesthesia (India, Mumbai). She came to the UK in 2002 and completed UK specialist anaesthetic training and Pain medicine fellowship in North East England in 2013. She joined the Wythenshawe team as a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine in 2013. Her experience of working in culturally different systems has given her insight into global human perspective. Dr Vyawahare has developed a specialised interest in pelvic pain and has vast experience in treating Pelvic pain conditions (Pudendal neuralgia, vulvodynia, Bladder pain syndrome, Mesh related pain).
Kanar Al-Quragooli -Associate Specialist in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine.
Dr Al-Quragooli has worked in Iraq, Jordan and UK. She holds Membership with Royal College of Anaesthesia (MRCA) and is a Member of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthesia (MFPMRCA). Dr Al-Quragooli is also Fellow of College of Anaesthetists of Ireland ((FCAI). She has been recognized as a member of the Northwest Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis Centre. She is actively involved in pain management clinics and undertakes interventional procedures to treat chronic pain. Her special interest is in chronic pelvic pain.
Meet The Team - Clinical Nurse Specialists
Clinical Nurse Specialists
Jillian Probert- Matron and Lead Clinical Nurse Specialist
Jill qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Nursing in 1994 from the University of Edinburgh. She completed her MSc in Pain Management in 2012 from Cardiff University and went on to complete her Non-Medical Prescribing from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2013. Jill started her career at Ninewells Hospital before moving to Manchester in 1997. She has worked in pain management since 2000 and joined the Manchester Pain Service in 2015. She has worked in the pain speciality since 2002. She has a keen interest in service development and ensuring the care you receive is of the highest standard.
Maureen Booth – Senior Specialist Nurse in Pain Management
Maureen qualified as an RGN in 1984. She initially worked as a staff nurse and then Sister in the Intensive care units at Oldham and then Rochdale. She became a Pain Nurse in 1999 at Birch Hill hospital and has worked in mainly combined acute and chronic pain services ever since. She studied at masters level in the early 2000’s and completed the Non-Medical Prescribing course in 2016 at Salford University. Maureen stepped down as the Lead Nurse for the Pain Service at MRI when she took flexible retirement in 2018 and now enjoys working part time for the service.
Julie Cairnduff – Senior Specialist Nurse in Pain Management
Julie qualified as a Nurse in 1991 and as a Midwife in 1993 before working in the Pain Service she worked as a Midwife and within Theatre/Anaesthetics/Recovery and also had some time working in New Zealand and Australia. She has worked within the Pain Service since 2006. Since joining Julie has completed the BMAS Acupuncture Course in 2015, the Non-Medical Prescribing course in 2016 and more recently has successfully completed an MSc in Pain Management at Cardiff University. She works cross-site within the Chronic Pain Service at Wythenshawe Hospital and Trafford Hospital and within the inpatient Pain Service at Oxford Road Campus.
Tecla Makaka- Senior Specialist nurse in Pain Management.
Tecla qualified with a Diploma in nursing in 2002 in Zimbabwe. She went on to attain a BSc in enhancing healthcare at Salford University Manchester in 2014 and MSc in Pain management through Cardiff University in 2018. She is also an non-medical prescriber. Tecla has worked in various surgical wards, including general surgery and orthopaedics until she joined the acute pain team in 2015. Tecla is currently working in the community aspect of the pain service.
Liz Purser – Senior Specialist Nurse in Pain Management
Liz qualified as a Nurse in 1995. She worked on the Elective Orthopaedic ward at Manchester Royal Infirmary until 2007. Whilst working in orthopaedics, Liz developed an interest in pain management and took on a part time secondment within the inpatient pain service which led to a full time position within the pain service in 2007. Since joining the team Liz has completed a post graduate diploma in pain management in 2007, the Non-Medical Prescribing course in 2017 and the BMAS Acupuncture Course in 2019. She works cross-site within the Chronic Pain Service at Trafford Hospital and within the inpatient Pain Service at Oxford Road Campus.
John Cameron – Specialist Nurse in Pain Management
John qualified as a nurse in 2002 at the University of Manchester. John worked at Manchester Royal Infirmary from 2002 until 2010, working on the vascular and cardiac surgery wards. John subsequently worked on surgical wards at Burton Hospital and the Hand Day Case Unit at Derby Hospital before joining the Manchester Pain Service in 2017, initially as a theatre and recovery nurse at the Baguley Suite. John took on the role of specialist nurse in 2019 and is based at Manchester Royal Infirmary. John also regularly runs clinics at Trafford General Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital.
Laura Mason – Specialist Nurse in Pain Management
Laura has worked as a specialist nurse in the pain service for 4 years. She qualified as a nurse in 2007 and a midwife in 2014.
Meet The Team - Physiotherapists
Claire Bamber – Clinical Lead Specialist Pain Physiotherapist
Claire qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2003 from the University of Liverpool. She completed her MSc in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2015 from Manchester Metropolitan University and is also a certified Pilates instructor. Claire started her career at Whiston and St Helens Hospitals and joined the Manchester Pain Service in 2017. She has worked in the chronic pain speciality since 2008. She has a keen interest in education and is regularly involved in teaching on a range of Manchester Pain Service education sessions. Claire is currently completing her Non-Medical Prescribing qualification with the University of Bolton.
Catherine Burns – Specialist Physiotherapist in Pain Management
Catherine qualified with a BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy degree from Cardiff University in 2005 having previously graduated from Salford University with a BSc (hons) degree in Sports Rehabilitation. She completed her MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain (with distinction) from Edinburgh University in 2016. She worked across a variety of clinical areas for 3 years before beginning her journey in Pain Management and interest in its interface with mental health and wellbeing in 2008. She joined the South Manchester Pain Service in 2010 and over the last 4 years has been developing an interest in the use of Mindfulness Based Approaches, and is currently studying a Post Graduate Diploma in Mindfulness Based Teaching with Bangor University.
Stephen Goldingay – Specialist Physiotherapist in Pain Management
Steve qualified in as a physiotherapist in 1990 at the Withington Hospital School of Physiotherapy in Manchester. He has specialised in the area of pain management since 1995 and has since worked in various Pain Services including at Salford, Warrington and Halton before joining the Pain Service at Wythenshawe Hospital in 2014. Steve has over 25 years’ experience in supporting others to manage their chronic pain and particularly enjoys facilitating pain management programmes. He has also taught and led workshops at National level for other physiotherapists in pain management.
Fiona Hart – Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist Pelvic Pain
Fiona qualified in 1989 at Leeds School of Physiotherapy, she started her career as a rotational physiotherapist at Wythenshawe Hospital and has since worked as a physiotherapist in the National Health Service in a variety of roles in the Cheshire area. Fiona initially specialised in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and then pelvic pain since 2010 when she joined the Manchester Pelvic Pain Service. She also works in pelvic health within the Physiotherapy Department here at Wythenshawe Hospital.
Debbie Loughhead – Specialist MSK/Pain Physiotherapist
Debbie is chartered physiotherapist with 20 years of NHS experience. She qualified in 2001 from Manchester University with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy. Debbie has gained a variety of experience working across multiple specialties within the NHS and private sector. Debbie specialised in MSK physiotherapy in 2007 and developed a special interest in pain management in 2015 where she joined the Pain Team at Trafford. She also undertook further study and completed a MSc in Advancing Physiotherapy from University of Salford in 2016. Debbie has recently been successful in securing a Trainee Advanced Clinical Practitioner role involving further MSc study at University of Bolton starting in Spring 2021.
John Mackey – Specialist Physiotherapist in Pain Management
John qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy in 2004 from The University of Manchester. In 2016 he completed his Injection Therapy module at the University of Preston. John has spent a large part of his career working in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy with a special interest in treating patients with persistent pain. His areas of interest include the role of therapeutic exercise for people living with pain as well as continually developing his communication skills through the completion of recent courses such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Physiotherapists, and Motivational interviewing. John joined the Manchester Pain Service in 2019.
Meet The Team - Psychology
Dr Zoey Malpus – Consultant Clinical Psychologist.
Zoey graduated with a BSc(Hons) Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Manchester in 1997. She worked as an assistant psychologist for 4 years and qualified with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Liverpool in 2004. Zoey initially worked in Pain Management at Salford Royal NHS Trust for 5 years, completing a post-doctoral Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Glasgow in 2009. Zoey moved to Manchester University Foundation NHS Trust in 2009 and focused on redesigning the Pain Management Programme (PMP). Zoey also works with the inpatient pain team at Manchester Royal Infirmary one day per week, delivering brief psychological interventions. This work has recently been published and shown to significantly reduce readmission rates and length of stay in hospital. In most recent years, Zoey has developed our Compassion Focused Therapy for Pain groups, running these since 2014. She has presented this work at numerous national conferences and in 2015 MFT was the host organisation for the British Pain Society PMP Conference. Zoey was an elected Council Member of the British Pain Society until 2019. She is currently focusing on her role with the Compassionate Mind Foundation as chair of the Physical Health Special Interest Group.
Dr Rebecca Lifford – Principal Clinical Psychologist
Rebecca completed a BSc Honours Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience degree from the University of Nottingham in 2003, followed by an MSc in Health Psychology in 2004. She then worked in various mental health and physical health settings around Yorkshire before gaining her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Leeds in 2012. Rebecca joined the South Manchester Pain Service in 2018. She is currently the psychology lead for the Pain Management Programme and works using Third Wave Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approaches and has a strong interest in Compassion Focused Therapy.
Dr Catherine Pollard – Clinical Psychologist
Catherine qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2012 from the University of Leeds. She completed her MSc in Clinical and Health Psychology in 2014 from the University of Manchester. Following this she commenced her doctoral qualification in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) in 2016 at the University of Manchester and became registered with the HCPC as a Clinical Psychologist in 2019. Catherine’s first qualified position was within the Pain Management Team at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation trust and she joined the Manchester Pain Service in 2020.
Dr Eleanor Bull – Health Psychologist
Eleanor completed her BA (Hons) in Psychology in 2008 from Oxford University, her MSc Health Psychology in 2010 from the University of Bath followed by her doctoral-level health psychology training with the British Psychological Society, qualifying as a health psychologist in 2013. Eleanor is also a trained CBT Therapist and has recently completed a PhD. Eleanor enjoys combining practice, research and teaching in her roles as a psychologist in the Manchester Pain Service and as a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. In the pain team, Eleanor helps people learn skills to cope with challenging pain conditions. In her academic role she leads the MSc health psychology programme and researches how best to help people change their health behaviours to keep well and manage illness.
Community based services
Our South Manchester community-based pain services are part of MFT’s Integrated Musculoskeletal (MSK), Pain and Rheumatology Service. Our Trafford community musculoskeletal pain service is part of the Trafford LCO integrated MSK service. They provide multi-disciplinary care for patients experiencing persistent pain and mild to moderate distress. This involves Biopsychosocial assessment, individual treatment, Pain Management Programmes and medication advice. The team includes Clinical and Health Psychologists, Specialist Physiotherapists and Specialist Pain Nurses.
Pelvic Pain Service at Manchester Foundation Trust
We have established pelvic pain service at Wythenshawe and St Mary’s site. Our service is expanding and recently been approved as one of the national Urogynaecology Mesh service centre. In year 2020 we were certified as BSGE Endometriosis Centre for Northwest pelvic pain and Endometriosis. At Wythenshawe we run weekly clinics and monthly clinic at St Mary’s. We receive referrals from Urogynaecology (mesh and non mesh pelvic pain patients), Dermatology, Gynaecology, Urology and Colorectal teams. Our work load consists of vulvodynia, pudendal neuropathy, endometriosis, bladder pain syndrome, rectal pain, penile and testicular pain. We run multidisciplinary clinic at both sites.
Our monthly MDT as follows: Pelvic floor (Wythenshawe), benign Gynaecology (at both sites), Urogynaecology Mesh (St Mary’s), Vulvodynia (St Mary’s).
The Manchester Pain Service runs a triage process for new patient referrals. This involves patients being booked on a virtual clinic, usually through the Choose & Book process, which then triggers a referral pack to be sent out to you. Please note that this is only a virtual appointment and not a physical appointment. You do not need to attend this appointment.
Patients are asked to return the referral pack within three weeks. Non return of this pack may result in you being discharged from the service. Please contact the service if you are having any difficulties in completing the triage questionnaire on 0161 291 5442 or 0161 291 3260
The packs will be triaged by our multidisciplinary team, to ensure that you are allocated to the most appropriate Clinician or treatment pathway. Please note that your appointment may be at Wythenshawe or Trafford General Hospital.
If you are a patient and want to change or cancel a first appointment with the service please contact the patient booking team between the hours of 8am – 4pm, Mon to Friday on 0161 291 5120 (Wythenshawe) or 0161 934 8601 (Trafford General Hospital)
We understand that in exceptional circumstances patients may need to cancel their appointment on the day. Please try to inform us at the earliest opportunity if you need to cancel your appointment as we may be able to offer the appointment to another patient who is waiting to be treated. To cancel an appointment please contact us between the hours of 8am and 4pm, Monday to Friday on 0161 291 4128 (Wythenshawe) or 0161 934 8601 (Trafford General Hospital)
People often ring in the hope that an appointment or procedure can be brought forward. In the interests of equity this is not possible unless there is a cancellation. You will be asked at the time of listing for your procedure if you would be able to take a cancellation slot.
As a team we understand that it is distressing for patients who have pain to have to wait to see a consultant and we are doing our very best to keep the waiting lists as short as possible. Patients are able to telephone but due to the high volume of calls it is not always possible to answer. Answerphone messages are regularly.
Enquiries regarding medication and treatments need to be responded to within appointment times. Unfortunately, we are not generally able to respond to queries outside these times. If you feel have a very urgent need or concern, please seek medical advice from your GP in the first instance.