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Professor Candy McCabe

University of the West of England and The Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust      

  Professor Candy McCabe trained as a nurse at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London and after working in a variety of specialties, including ward based and research work she moved to the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD), Bath in the mid- 90’s. In April 2015 the RNHRD was incorporated into the Royal United Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bath


Candy’s research and clinical interests directly relate to increasing our understanding of the mechanisms and potential therapies for those with chronic unexplained pain, particularly that of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and other neuropathic pain conditions. She leads a multi-disciplinary Clinical Research team that provides national services for those with CRPS and for those suffering with late effects from radiotherapy following treatment for breast cancer.


The central core of her research is focused on the relationship between the sensory and motor systems and pain; what part they may play in the development and perpetuation of pain; and how they can be modified to relieve pain. Candy was awarded an NIHR Career Development Fellowship in 2009 to pursue this research whilst retaining her part-time clinical practice as a Consultant Nurse.


Candy moved to the University of the West of England in April 2010 to take up a Chair in Nursing and Pain Sciences. She is a member of a number of national committees in the specialties of rheumatology and pain, is Chair of the International Association for the Study of Pain Special Interest Group for CRPS, and past member of the British Pain Society Scientific Committee. She is a past president of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology.


Candy was appointed on 19th January 2015


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