Pelvic Pain
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EXPPECT Pelvic Pain Team

Our specialised team from all disciplines advancing research into pelvic pain and its management.

Professor Andrew Horne (MB ChB PhD FRCOG FRCP Edin)

Co-Director of EXPPECT Edinburgh, Professor of Gynaecology and Reproductive Sciences, Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist

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In 1999, Andrew Horne obtained a competitive entry Clinical Training Fellowship from the Medical Research Council and used this opportunity to complete a PhD focused principally on the role of the endometrium (womb lining) in reproduction at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College London. Back in Edinburgh, he completed his core clinical training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology between 2002 and 2005. During this time he combined his research interest with the development of laparoscopic (key hole surgery) skills as a Clinical Fellow in Gynaecological Endoscopy with the University of Toronto in 2005 until his appointment as a Clinical Lecturer in Edinburgh later that year. In 2010, he was appointed as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Gynaecologist in Edinburgh.  He subsequently developed both clinical and research interests in pelvic pain and endometriosis, and established EXPPECT Edinburgh. He was awarded a Personal Chair at the University of Edinburgh in 2014.  He is the current Chair of the Academic Board at the RCOG, Past Chair of the ESHRE Special Interest Group for Endometriosis and Endometrial Disorders, UK ESHRE National Representative, and Medical Advisor for Endometriosis UK and the Pelvic Pain Support Network. He is a member of the NICE and ESHRE Endometriosis Guideline Committees, and Co-Editor in Chief of Reproduction and Fertility. Professor Horne became an Associate Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists in 2019.

 


Dr Lucy Whitaker

Dr Lucy Whitaker (MBChB MD MSc MRCOG)

Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Edinburgh. Honorary Senior Registrar, NHS Lothian

Lucy Whitaker graduated from the University of Edinburgh and after two years in Christchurch Women’s Hospital in New Zealand, has done her obstetric and gynaecology training in Edinburgh and South East Scotland. After obtaining a Scotland wide competitive entry advanced training post in endometriosis and minimal access surgery, she is spending the final four years of her postgraduate training in Edinburgh as part of the EXPPECT nationally recognised BSGE Endometriosis Centre.

Alongside this, she has completed an MSc in Surgical Sciences with her thesis focusing on prevalence of neuropathic pain in women with chronic pelvic pain, and is a Clinical Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.


Lorraine Harrington

Dr Lorraine Harrington (MBChB, Bsc (Hons) Immunology, MRCP, FRCA, FFPMRCA)

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, NHS Lothian

Lorraine Harrington is a Consultant in Pain Medicine working throughout Lothian.  Whilst completing her pain training in Edinburgh and Tayside, Lorraine successfully passed her FFPMRCA and was awarded the Distinction Medal for highest performing candidate.  In addition to her general interest in pain, Lorraine has a specialist interest in men and women suffering from abdomino-pelvic pain. 

Lorraine is committed to driving forward research into pain, such that treatments to reduce suffering and improve quality of life can be developed. She is the Principal Investigator for two international multi-centre drug trials looking at the development of new pain medication.  Additionally, Lorraine has recently edited the 'Acute Pain' chapter within 'Smith and Aitkenhead's Textbook of Anaesthesia'.

When not involved with pain, Lorraine is a Consultant Anaesthetist based at St John's Hospital, Livingston.


Sarah Young

Dr Sarah Young (MA (Hons) D.Clin.Psy.)

Clinical Psychologist, NHS Lothian

Sarah Young completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow. She has worked in various settings as a psychologist, including currently in the Pain Management Service at the Astley Ainslie Hospital. She has an interest in the role of psychology in helping people to cope with the impact of chronic pain on their lives.


Alison Hennessey

Mrs Alison Hennessey (BSc (Hons) MSc MCSP)

Chartered Physiotherapist, NHS Lothian

Alison Hennessey is a Chartered Physiotherapist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Alison qualified with a Masters in Physiotherapy (pre-registration) from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2003. Prior to this she completed a BSc (Hons) Physiology at Aberdeen University. Having completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Continence and  modules in Women's Health at Bradford University, Alison now specialises in Women's Health and Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy and has a particular interest in how pelvic floor muscle function can impact on pelvic pain. She is acupuncture trained and has completed her Pilates Matwork Level 1 and uses these skills in her holistic therapy approach to symptom management.

When not working with the EXPPECT team, Alison works as an Advanced Practitioner Physiotherapist in the Continence and Pelvic Floor team in Edinburgh Community Physiotherapy Services and also works as a Specialist Physiotherapist in the NHS Borders Bladder and Bowel Service.


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Ms Jane Hellewell

Clinical Nurse Specialist, NHS Lothian

Jane qualified as a Registered Adult Nurse from Napier University in 1996​. She secured her first nursing post in the inpatient Gynaecology Ward in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh shortly after qualifying and staffed there until 2017. She completed the Napier University Family Planning Theory module in 2004, and in 2006 became the Deputy Charge Nurse of the ward acting up to the Senior Charge Nurse where required. Following a short career break in 2017, Jane returned to working within Women's Services with the NHS Lothian Staff Bank until May 2020, when she became the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.


Ooi Thye Chong

Dr Ooi Thye Chong (RN MPH PhD)

Lecturer, Integrative Medicine, University of Edinburgh

Ooi Thye Chong completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree with Honours in Social Psychology from Sussex University (UK) a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Columbia University, New York, and a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine (USA). She is a Registered Nurse (UK, USA) and holds National Board Certification as a Licensed Acupuncturist and a Chinese Medicine Herbalist (USA).

Her research interest is in the efficacy of acupuncture for the management of chronic pain such as chronic pelvic pain in women.  Her passion and clinical focus is in enhancing the patients’ sense of wellbeing and in making a significant difference in their experience of their illness. This is achieved through a mix of a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) health consultation, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and teaching patients self-care skills.  A health consultation is a structured way of looking at health and wellness through the lens of Chinese medicine.

Her career spans the USA and United Kingdom. She has created, managed and directed successful Integrative Medicine programs in New York University Cancer Institute and Beth Israel Comprehensive Cancer Centre, New York, USA.   She has made several trips to China to deepen and broaden her knowledge of Classical Chinese Medicine.