Engaging Older People and their carers to develop Interventions for the self-management of Chronic pain

Dr Rachael Docking

Rachael completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology (2003-2007) at the University of Aberdeen followed by her PhD (2012) in epidemiology, specifically looking at the occurrence of back pain in older adults and psychosocial risk factors for back pain onset.  Rachael has a number of articles from her PhD findings in Rheumatology, Pain, and the British Journal of Pain.  She commenced as a research fellow at the University of Greenwich in April 2013 where she has predominantly worked on Phase V of the EOPIC study, conducting focus groups with service users/healthcare practitioners to assess tools developed for the self-management of pain.  Additionally, Rachael is Principal Investigator for the “Dementia Challenge Evaluation” to evaluate the impact of recent changes on dementia care and co-researcher on a number of projects including one investigating end of life care in dementia and another looking at pain assessment in the prison setting.  To develop her research career further Rachael is pursuing funding from the ESRC, in collaboration with the Computing and Mathematics Science department (CMS), to develop a video pain assessment training tool for carers of those with dementia, for which she will lead.  In addition, she is submitting a proposal to the RfPB fund to evaluate a pain clinic in Greenwich and recently contributed to the updated pain assessment guidelines to be published in Age & Ageing.