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Laura Rathbone Ba BSc MSc MACP

Pain Specialist and Educator

I'm a proud Bi cis-woman and have a lovely family with my partner. We have two young children who remind us that play is not a luxury, but essential!

I love to cycle through the Dutch farmlands and swim in the rivers - I especially love enjoying the large slice of apple pie that usually comes with it!

I enjoy travelling and meeting new people interested in pain at the various conferences around the world I attend to stay up to date with the latest research and evidence in my field.

I volunteer with a Trans health charity and help facilitate loving gender-affirming spaces for Trans, Non-Binary and Gender-Questioning folk to connect and support each other.

A Bit About Me

I am fascinated and dedicated to sharing the science and philosophy of pain with the aim of supporting more clinicians to work with an evidence-based whole-person approach.

 

I am a qualified Physiotherapist, although now, I work more wholistically as a therapist.  I completed my MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Kings' College, London where I explored the philosophy and complexity of pain more deeply.

 

I now support people with pain and the clinicians working with pain from all over the world, teaching courses on integrated approaches to MSK therapy and guest lecturing at universities in the UK and the Netherlands.

 

I qualified as a Journalist before studying Physiotherapy and weave together skills and knowledge from both professions, alongside my further training in psychological approaches, to hold a wide practice for supporting with pain.

 

I am deeply interested in the role of literature, art, language, and communication in healthcare. I bring this interest and these skills to my podcast 'Philosophers Chatting with Clinicians' (available on spotify), my teaching and community of clinicians called The Hive, and I founded the international reading community 'Pain Geeks' which I now run with my business partner Christine Petrides.

Publications

 

Kiverstein, J., Rathbone, L. and Thacker, M., 2021 WHY THERAPISTS NEED A PHILOSOPHY OF PAIN. Published on NOIjam: https://www.noigroup.com/noijam/why-therapists-need-a-philosophy-of-pain/

 

Speaking and Teaching

2023 Coming up ACT for Allied Health Therapists - 8hour course (aimed at therapists none psychology-trained therapists working with patients experiencing pain

The London Clinic

2023 Coming up Guest lecture: Vrije Universiteit MSc Psychology

  • Biopsychosocial model and beyond

  • Education and psychotherapy for persistent pain

2023 Coming up The Role of  the Humanities:  Exploring New and Classic Resources About Pain

The British Pain Society: The Philosophy and Ethics Special Interest Group

Annual Summer Retreat

2023 Coming up Pain care is social justice work: Three years of Pain Geeks - where are we now?

The British Pain Society: The Philosophy and Ethics Special Interest Group

To attend this talk please email tilford.maureen@gmail.com

 

2023 Introduction to ACT for MSK physiotherapists

Kingscross Community Care Centre, Dundee

2023 The beingness of pain

Lecture delivered to artists involved in There's a Pain in my Heart Project

 

2023 San Diego Pain Summit

Topic: 5e Predictive Processing: Pain and Practice

 

2022 Physiotherapy Back to the Future Conference

Groningen, Netherlands

Talk: Psych-informed Physiotherapy: past, present and future

 

2022 Guest lecture: Vrije Universiteit MSc Psychology

Pain and 3rd wave CBT

The Biopsychosocial model

 

2020 - present Returning Guest Lecturer at Nottingham University

Sessions: Pain Assessment and Pain Conditions such as CRPS, FMS and Neuropathic pain

 

2021 Guest lecture: Vrije Universiteit MSc Psychology

Pain and 3rd wave CBT

 

2021 Being Human With Pain

Department wide training

Tolbrug Revalidatie Centrum

A 15 hour tailored teaching combining philosophy, compassion and promoting self-directed learning to our patients

2021 HAN International week: delivered on narrative approaches to therapy

 

2020 San Diego Pain Summit EAST

Topic: “So what about us? How Psychologically Flexible Are We?”

To be held as a virtual summit

 

2020 - 2022 ACT in the Clinic: 15 hour 4-part modular course for non- psychologists (virtual) every 2-3 months

 

2020 Guest lecture: Pain and 3rd wave CBT

Vrije Universiteit MSc Psychology

 

2020 Trust-Me Ed recorded workshop on ACT: Quick and Dirty

 

2020 Pain Toolkit Webinar: ACT and pain

 

2020 HAN Mini Symposium: delivered on privilege and discomfort

 

2020 HAN International week: delivered on narrative approaches to therapy

 

2019 An intro to ACT delivered to Multidisciplinary team at Novadic- Kentron, specialised in working with pain related addiction

 

2019 Integrating Therapeutic Education with ACT delivered to the multi- disciplinary team at Tolbrug Revalidatie Centrum

 

2019 Pain series of two workshops co-delivered to the students of the Leiden Hogeschool

 

2019 Guest Lecture: Psychosocial aspects of persistent neck and back pain. Vrije Universiteit MSc Psychology

 

2018 Pain series of two workshops co-delivered to the students of the Leiden Hogeschool


 

UK and NHS in-service training delivered on:

  • Placebo and Nocebo effect in practice

  • Post-Polio Pain Management

  • ACT in Physiotherapy 

  • BPS assessment of complex cases

  • Mindfulness as an adjunct to MSK Physiotherapy

  • CRPS an update: Physiology and Physiotherapy

  • Manual techniques for the lower back (King’s College University, 2nd year BSc students)

Work Experience

Current role

2016
St Thomas' Hospital London
INPUT pain management

2014
Queen Mary's Hopsital, Sidcup
Physiotherapy Outpatients

2012
Various GP practices
 around London
Independnet Physitoherapy services

2008 - 2011
Blackpool Victoria Hospital

Highly specialised and internationally recognised pain therapist, educator, guest lecturer and speaker.  Beginning my research journey.

Pain Specialist Psychologically-informed Physiotherapist

Multi-Disciplinary assessment and delivery of pain services for complex persistent pain

Senior NMSK Physiotherapist with a special interest in complex pain

Diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation services for people with NMSK conditions, design, management and facilitation of the functional rehabilitation programme for people with persistent pain

Independent Physiotherapy assessment and triage of people with injury and body-based pain. Close working with the local GPs and inter-disciplinary services to support people with complex persistent pain

Health Care Assistant (Axillary Nurse) caring for patients across medical settings including: general medicine, general surgery, paediatrics and Accident and Emergency.

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