Grainne qualified as a Physiotherapist from the University of Ulster in 1994 and moved to England from Northern Ireland to begin working in MSK Physiotherapy. She had a variety of roles over the South East of England for 3 years, building up her clinical experience before moving to Australia. She worked there for a year and developed an interest in spinal pain.
After moving back to the UK, Grainne worked at BMI Hospital in Buckinghamshire in collaboration with a spinal surgeon to provide timely rehabilitation advice for pre and post-surgical patients. In 2000, she moved to Norfolk and both got married and had her son within 1 year. She began to work closely with Pain Consultants at the Norwich BUPA Hospital and in 2004 was asked to join the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Pain Team as their first physiotherapy team member.
For the last 15 years, Grainne has been building up an MDT of Physiotherapists & Occupational Therapists, alongside Clinical Psychology colleagues. Together they have developed a Pain Management Programme, Pain Educational Seminars and Mindful Movement classes amongst many innovations. Over the last 5 years, she developed the role of the Specialist Physiotherapist in Pain to include assessment and management of new patients.
Grainne joined the Connect team as we move towards providing community based, and AHP lead pain management services in Lincolnshire because she absolutely believes that Pain Management begins with Self-Management. In addition to accessible, timely, evidenced based treatments which enable those people who are struggling with persistent pain to ‘live well’ with their pain and enjoy meaningful fulfilled activities.