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Expert team

The interdisciplinary team is responsible for service delivery and providing individualised care, advice and support.

The interdisciplinary team includes:

  • consultants
  • specialist practitioners
  • psychologists
  • nurses
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists.


Peter Brooks

Consultant anaesthetist, medical lead adult services 

Dr Peter Brook is a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management and the medical lead for the adult pain management programmes at the RNHRD. His special interests include neuropathic pain and the pharmacological management of pain. 


Jackie Clinch

Dr Jacqui Clinch MBBS FRCPC
Consultant paediatric rheumatologist

Dr Jacqui Clinch has been at the RNHRD for over 10 years and is the clinical director for the adolescent and young adult chronic pain service. She qualified in 1991 from The London Hospital. Dr Clinch is a member of the Royal College for Paediatrics and Child Health, the British Society for Paediatric and Adolescent Rheumatology, the British Society of Rheumatology and the British Pain Society. She is also on the national steering group for complex regional pain syndrome. Dr Clinch was awarded National Hospital Doctor of The Year, 2003. Her current areas of research include childhood chronic pain, hypermobility and paediatric osteoporosis.


Hannah Connell

Dr Hannah Connell BSc. D. Clin. Psy
Consultant clinical psychologist, chronic pain service lead - children and adults

Hannah Connell is the clinical lead for chronic pain and chronic fatigue services at the RNHRD. After training and working in Wales, she joined the RNHRD 12 years ago to work with a team to set up the first residential adolescent pain management programme in the UK. Since then she has led the development of a pain management programme for young adults, a paediatric pain clinic in collaboration with Bristol Children’s Hospital, rapid intervention for children with complex regional pain syndrome and individualised interventions for people with highly complex pain-associated disability. Hannah is working with the British Pain Society to develop national service guidelines for chronic pain in children.


Jeremy Gilbert

Dr. Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert PhD, DClinPsy
Senior clinical psychologist

Jeremy Gauntlett-Gilbert is a senior clinical psychologist and has worked at the hospital since 2003. He has worked as a psychologist in a range of physical health specialties (pain, HIV, obesity) and his research interests are in adolescents with chronic pain. Dr. Gauntlett-Gilbert is clinical health lead for the Division of Clinical Psychology and an honorary lecturer at the University of Bath.


Dr Jane Hall, PhD, MPhil, GradDipPhys, MCSP
Senior clinical research physiotherapist

Following an extensive clinical career in orthopaedics, rheumatology and sports injury, Jane Hall completed a PhD in hydrotherapy and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in 2002. Since then she has been working with the CRPS team here in a clinical research capacity. In addition, she supports postgraduate students at the University of Bath, supervising their research and has worked with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence in developing guidelines for rheumatoid arthritis. She has a particular interest in exercise in chronic disease and the effect of chronic pain on motor planning pathways.


Jenny Lewis

Dr Jenny Lewis PhD, MSc, Dip COT
Clinical research occupational therapist

Jenny Lewis’s role at the RNHRD involves treating patients clinically and undertaking research into chronic pain. Her particular research interest is related to the altered ways in which people with complex regional pain syndrome think and feel about their painful limb, known as body perception disturbance. She was recently awarded the International Ronald Melzack Postdoctoral Fellowship and spent a year in Canada at McGill University. Jenny presents her research at conferences both nationally and internationally. She founded and organises the annual National Healthcare professional CRPS conference.


Prof Candy McCabe

Professor Candy McCabe PhD, MSc, RGN
Consultant nurse

Professor McCabe is the clinical lead for the complex regional pain syndrome service. Her research interests lie in the mechanisms and treatments for chronic pain and she pioneered the development of mirror visual feedback for CRPS with colleagues at the RNHRD. She is the co-founder and chair of the CRPS-UK Network and president elect of the International Association for the Study of Pain CRPS Special Interest Group.