Specialist Pain Physiotherapist & SIRPA Practitioner (MSc, MCSP, HCPC)
Matt is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist and SIRPA practitioner who specialises in helping people with chronic pain. The key element of his approach is education; he feels it is important for the person to fully understand why they are still in pain and what the underlying causes are. He has a Masters in Pain Science and Management, which enables him to explain why pain can persist and what can be done to improve it. The main trigger for persistent pain are adaptive changes in the brain and central nervous system. Once someone has this knowledge it helps to empower them to begin to take control of their pain, regain their confidence and start enjoying their lives again!
The SIRPA programme, is a new approach in the treatment of pain. This approach acknowledges that emotions and negative thoughts can often trigger the changes in the central nervous system that lead to pain. Once this is acknowledged he provides individuals with techniques that help reduce stress and pain, whilst simultaneously helping them become more confident to move and do activity again.
Dr Liz Rigby
(Clinical Psychologist, Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapist) DClinPsych, BSc (Hons), AFBPS
Liz is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience of working with adults with a range of mental and physical health difficulties. She works in the NHS and in private practice, providing specialist assessment and psychological therapy.
She completed her Doctorate training at Leicester University, qualifying in 1999. She worked for 10 years in community mental health before moving into the field of clinical health psychology, developing a particular interest in long-term conditions, chronic pain and stress-related illness. She has a special interest in supporting clients who have experienced trauma. Liz uses a range of therapeutic models and techniques, tailoring therapy to the individual needs of her clients. Her aim is to cultivate self-awareness and insight through collaborative therapeutic relationships and to work together on strategies for positive change.
Liz has personal experience of persistent back and neck pain. After several years of chronic pain and struggling to manage it, in 2010 she discovered the work of Dr John Sarno and colleagues on Mind-Body disorders (developed in the UK as the SIRPA programme). Through understanding the role that emotions, thoughts, psychological pressure and stress can have in triggering and maintaining persistent pain, she was able to transform her pain experience and return to normal functioning and activity.
Liz is registered with the Health & Care Professions Council and has full accreditation with the British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).
Dr Jayne Connell
MClinPsy – Clinical Psychologist
Jayne completed her post graduate Clinical Degree at the University of Birmingham in July 2000. Initially she worked at Derby Royal Infirmary and Kingsway Hospital in a split post covering adults with severe and enduring mental health problems and people with end of life struggles, loss and psychosexual difficulties.
She then moved back to Bristol and worked initially in another split post both with a Community Mental Health Team and The Pain Service at UH Bristol NHS Trust. After this she then specialised further in Pain Management, developing the post to a full time provision and leading the psychological service to Pain Management for 14 years, with excellent patient outcomes.
During her time with the Pain Service she won the Grunenthal National Award for Innovation in Pain Management with her team and became co-editor/author for the Oxford University Press Handbook of Pain Management.
Since leaving the NHS she has worked in a private capacity with young adults with social difficulties and abuse related trauma, and a variety of other clients with chronic pain difficulties and other mental health challenges.