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Dr Cathy Price

Clinical Director Primary Care

My role

Consultant in Pain Medicine and Clinical Director Primary Care Services

My responsibilities:

Provision of pain management services to Southampton working across three organisations: University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust, Solent NHS Trust and Care UK. The focus is on people with longer term pain that is proving difficult to manage. I work as part of a multidisciplinary team.

I hold clinical, financial and performance responsibility for Solent GP practices, behaviour change, Podiatry Musculoskeletal and pain services, ensuring we get the best out of our teams!

My background

I’m from Wales, which is where I did my medical training. I moved to Southampton to do paediatrics, then my husband got a job here! He now works as a GP where we live. I did my anaesthetic training in Cardiff, London and Wessex, followed by a pain fellowship at St Thomas’ London. I did four years as a clinical research fellow setting up a research facility in Portsmouth Pain clinic.

My main achievements were completing a Multicentre Randomised Controlled Trial for HTA on the cost effectiveness of epidural steroids in sciatica and researching outcomes from pain service care to such a level that we were ran a National Pain audit project from 2009-14.  I started my consultant post in University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust in 1999 and moved to Solent NHS Trust in 2014.

Why I love my job

I love my job because it’s so varied. I love working in a team where I feel like we are making a difference to patients. 

More about me

I have two grown-up sons and two elderly cats who never go out. I love practising yoga and having some form of exercise challenge each year. I loved the Global Challenge we did in Solent.

Current projects/research studies

  • Completion of my MD using the data we amassed from the National Pain Audit asking what quality improvements were made as a result , can we implement PROMS in pain clinics effectively and are there any predictive factors as to who does well or badly in pain clinics? Under supervision from UOS Faculty of Pain Medicine

  • NERVES Trial : Local PI  - comparing nerve root blocks  to surgery  - HTA funded

  • INSTEP : feasibility study looking at Individual Placement and Support for getting patients with chronic pain back to work

Published work

Primary research:

Hall, G. C., Bryant, T. N., Merrett, L. K., Price, C. Validation of the quality of The National Pain Database for pain management services in the United Kingdom. Anaesthesia 2008: 63: 11: 1365-2044

Price, C., Arden, N. K., Coglan, L., & Rogers, P. (2005). Cost-effectiveness and safety of epidural steroids in the management of sciatica. Health Technology Assessment, 9(33), 1-58.

  1. K. Arden, C. Price, I. Reading, J. Stubbing, J. Hazelgrove, C. Dunne, M. Michel, P. Rogers, C. Cooper, on behalf of the WEST Study Group. A multicentre randomized controlled trial of epidural corticosteroid injections for sciatica: the WEST study. Rheumatology : 2005; 44(11): 1399-1406

Griffiths, D. P. G., Mitchell Noon, J., Campbell, F. A., Price, C. M. Clinical governance and chronic pain: towards a practical solution.  Anaesthesia 2003:  58: 3: 243-248

Cathy Price, Derek Pounder, Mark Jackson, Peter Rogers, Edmund Neville. Respiratory Function After Unilateral Percutaneous Cervical Cordotomy, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2003:25:5: 459-463

Stones RW, Price C. Health services for women with chronic pelvic pain.  J R Soc Med. 2002 Nov;95(11):531-5.

Hazelgrove, J. F., Price, C., Pappachan, V. J., & Smith, G. B. . Multicenter study of obstetric admissions to 14 intensive care units in southern England. Critical care medicine, 2001:29(4), 770-775.

Price CM, Rogers P D, Prosser ASJ , Arden NK. Comparison of the caudal and lumbar approaches to the epidural space. Ann Rheum Dis 2000;59:11;879-882

M B Jackson, D Pounder, C Price, A W Matthews, E Neville. Percutaneous cervical cordotomy for the control of pain in patients with pleural mesothelioma. Thorax 1999;54:3 238-241doi:10.1136/thx.54.3.23

Price, C., Lafreniere, L., Brosnan, C. Findley, I.  Regional analgesia in early active labour: combined spinal epidural vs. epidural. Anaesthesia 1998: 53:  10: 1365-2044

Case Reports

C M Price, S Ford, L St John Jones, and V Murday . Myocardial ischaemia associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Br. J. Anaesth. (1996) 76(3): 464-466


2010 Lead author: Desirable Characteristics of National Pain Strategies:  Recommendations by the International Association for the Study of Pain. accessed  13:40 10/03/2013.

2011 Price C, Ellis B, Taylor A and members of the Pain Summit Steering Group. Putting Pain on the Agenda. A report of the First English Pain Summit.

2012 Price C, Hoggart B, Olakoga O, Williams A C de C, Bottle A. First National Pain Audit Final Report .

2011 Price C, Hoggart B, Olakoga O, Williams A C de C, Bottle A. Phase 1 report Organisational Audit of chronic pain services.

2013 Price C, Hoggart B, Douce R, Williams A. The Fourth Round of the National Pain audit report presented at meeting for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Pain House of Lords.

Review Articles:

  1. Lee, B. Ellis, C. Price, A. P. Baranowski. Chronic widespread pain, including fibromyalgia: a pathway for care developed by the British Pain Society. Br. J. Anaesth. 2013

  2. H. Smith,; J. Lee, C. Price A. P. Baranowski. Neuropathic pain: a pathway for care developed by the British Pain Society. Br J Anaesth 2013; 111: 73–9

Lee J, Gupta S, Price C, Baranowski AP. Low back and radicular pain: a pathway for care developed by the British Pain Society. Br J Anaesth. 2013 Jul;111(1):112-20.

Baranowski AP,  Hughes J, Price C, Lee. J. Chronic Pelvic Pain (male and female). A pathway for care developed by the British Pain Society. Br J Anaesth (in press) .

Price C, Taylor A, Lee J, Baranowski A. Initial Assessment and Management of Pain:  Population Management of Pain. Br J Anaesth (In press)

Price, C., Parker, D., 2006. Managing Pain Management, RCOA Bulletin 36, pp. 1830–1832.

Walsh DA,  Kelly C, Bosworth A, Price C, Burbage G. Provisional guidelines for applying the Department of Health (England) 18-week-patient pathway to specialist rheumatology care . Rheumatology (2007) 46 (7): 1200-1206.

Book Chapters

Cathy Price. Multidisciplinary Pain Management Teams.. In: Urogenital Pain in Clinical Practice 2007: eds Baranowski A, Abrams P, Fall M. Informa Healthcare. ISBN-10: 0849399327

  1. Price. Assessment and Management of Pain. In: Munafo M, Trim J. Chronic Pain 2000 : A Handbook for Nurses ISBN 13: 9780750641203

Price C Getting Back to Work: Long Term Pain : A guide to practical Management 2007 eds Lee J, Baranowski A.

Price C Chronic Pain Management. Smedley J,Dick F, Sadhra S. Oxford Handbook of Occupational Health  2nd Edition. 2013.

Titley G, Price C. Low  back pain management. Core topics in pain. Holdcroft A, Jagger S. Cambridge; 2005. ISBN: 0521857783.

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