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Devon nurse joins NICE as expert on lower back pain

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A nurse from Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has joined an expert panel at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Suzanne Blowey, a consultant nurse for chronic pain at the trust, has been appointed as an expert panel member for the NICE guideline development group for lower back pain.

“I am really interested in applying evidence based guidance to clinical practice”

Suzanne Blowey

As a board member, she will have the opportunity to use her expertise to shape NICE guidance and initiatives, and will be part of a panel of 11 experts from all different specialities.

Ms Blowey, who will continue in her role at the trust, said: “I feel really honoured to have been appointed as an expert panel member and that my appointment was partly due to working in a nationally recognised centre for pain.”

She has been a registered nurse since 1980, has specialised in pain for the last 23 years and has worked in several pain settings including acute pain, palliative care, research and chronic pain. 

Ms Blowey worked with Plymouth University to run the pain management module and is currently part of the National Ethics Committee and also the South West chair for pain nurses.

Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust

Suzanne Blowey

“I am really interested in applying evidence based guidance to clinical practice and believe that I have the appropriate specialist knowledge, but also the skill set for this role,” she said.

“I have been supported by the trust and especially Rachel Buller, our business manager,” she added. “I would really love Plymouth to celebrate what we do and shout about our achievements.”

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  • While I have tremendous lower back pain, and have spoke to numerous doctors and chiropractors about it, stretching, meditation and believe it or not, running, has helped. I spoke to Dr. Jp Silvera at and got me into running, and let me tell you, it worked, my pain is subsiding, and with regular visits to the chiropractor, I'm getting results.

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