Hannah Twiddy

Specialist Clinical Psychologist

Research Lead for Pain Management Programmes

Contact: Hannah.twiddy@thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk

Main research interests

I am interested in aspects of research that explore the efficacy and content of Pain Management Programmes. I have a specific interest in the development of new ways of measuring outcomes. This includes the development of new measures of outcome on more specialised PMP interventions, such as, Female Chronic Pelvic Pain Management Programmes. I am also interested in the impact of chronic pain on young adults and am keenly involved in the role of e-health in this population.


I work as a specialist clinical psychologist in pain management and I am also research lead for the pain management programme team at The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust.

I qualified in 2007 from the University of Manchester’s Clinical Psychology Doctorate following the completion of an undergraduate psychology degree at the University of Liverpool in 2002.

I have worked in pain management since 2007, commencing my career at Salford Royal Hospital and then moving to Royal Bolton Hospital in 2011. Recently, I have turned my attention to the development of research in this area.

Ongoing studies

University of Manchester and Pain Relief Foundation

  • ClinPsyD Project
  • Project Title: Self-identity and social relationships in chronic pain: an exploration of impact on psychological distress, adjustment, and physical disability.
  • Interpersonal processes in patients who do not respond to standard psychological treatments in chronic pain.

Department of Health Psychology at The University of Leeds

  • Project Title: The development of a measure of QoL in females with chronic pain – a PROMS study
  • This collaboration will involve an application for a National Institute for Health Research, Research for Patient Benefit (NIHR RfPB) grant for the September call or a Health Services and Delivery Research Programme (HS&DR) grant for the above research study.
  • Working with Professor Linda McGowan - Professor of Applied Health Research and Dr Zoe Darwin - Research Fellow.

Health Economic Research

  • Project Title: Health Economic Modelling for PMP Services

Publications 2014-2016

Twiddy H, Bradshaw A, Chawla R, Johnson S, Lane N. Female chronic pelvic pain: the journey to diagnosis and beyond. Pain Management, 2017 [epub ahead of print]

Twiddy H, Lane N, Chawla R, Johnson S, Bradshaw A, Aleem S, and Mawdsley L. The development and delivery of a Female Chronic Pelvic Pain Management Programme (PMP): A Specialised Interdisciplinary Approach. British Journal of Pain, 2015, 9(4):233-40

Mawdsley L, Twiddy H, Longworth M. Involvement of family and friends in pain management interventions. Journal of Observational Pain Medicine, 2015, 1(5)

Conference posters

Supporting Young Adults with Chronic Pain. A Multimedia Based Specialised Pain Management Programme.Dr Hannah Twiddy, Dr Kerry Mathews, Dr Natalie Lane, Helen Ayling, Louise Haynes & Dr Rajiv Chawla. For the Grunenthal Pain Awards 2015. 9(4):233-40

A Service Evaluation of Friends & Family Participation in a Tertiary Level Pain Management Programme. Lucinda Mawdsley & Dr Hannah Twiddy. Presented at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference in Liverpool 7th May 2015

Staff Perspectives on the Development & Delivery of a Specialised Pain Management Programme for Young Adults with Chronic Pain: A Survey Based Approach. Lucinda Mawdsley, Dr Hannah Twiddy & Dr Kerry Mathews. Presented at the British Pain Society Annual Conference in Glasgow 23rd April 2015.

Multispecialty Clinics in Chronic Pelvic Pain: Patient Journey Audit. Dr Natalie Lane & Dr Rajiv Chawla. Presented at the PMP Conference 17th & 18th September 2015.

Facing Up to Pain: Meeting the Needs of Chronic Facial Pain Patients.John Tetlow, Dr Hannah Twiddy, Dr Christian Ainsley, Dr Rajiv Chawla, Helen Ayling & Melissa Longworth. Presented at the PMP Conference 17th and 18th September 2015.


Specialised Pain Management Programmes: ‘Reinverting the Wheel’ Workshop. Dr Hannah Twiddy, John Tetlow & Selina Johnson. PMP Conference 17th and 18th September 2015.