Western Sussex Hospitals have joined up with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals to form a new NHS Foundation Trust for our area: University Hospitals Sussex.

You can keep using this website for information about St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands hospitals but for our other sites and to find out more about the new trust please visit www.uhsussex.nhs.uk.

West Sussex Paediatric Chronic Pain Service

The Paediatric Chronic Pain Service (PCPS) is a specialist multidisciplinary service for children and young people experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain problems.

It was commissioned to provide a comprehensive local assessment and treatment service. 

The team

The PCPS is a multidisciplinary service involving the following people: 

  • Dr Tim Taylor, Consultant Paediatrician, St Richard’s Hospital
  • Dr Jon Rabbs, Consultant Paediatrician, Worthing Hospital
  • Ros Foulds, Consultant Psychologist / Service Manager
  • Becca Pepper, Physiotherapist
  • Rhiannon Joslin, Physiotherapist
  • Paula Stiles, Team Secretary



  • Children and young people under the age of 18.
  • Presenting with chronic musculoskeletal pain (of more than six weeks duration) or at the earliest stage with features of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
  • Children resident in West Sussex or registered with a West Sussex GP. Please contact us regarding referrals for out of area children.

Initial assessment

Children and their parents/carers are offered an initial assessment in clinic with the whole team. 

We offer hour-long appointments to review medical history, medication and investigations, and conduct a thorough physical examination together with an assessment of day-to-day functioning at home and at school, college or work. 


A co-ordinated treatment and rehabilitation programme is offered to those children who require focused therapeutic intervention.

Each programme is individualised and is likely to involve a combination of the following, which can be provided in the clinic or at home:

  • Education regarding chronic pain
  • Medication
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychological therapies and support
  • School liaison

Contact details

To discuss a case or make a referral:

– Telephone us on: 01243 788122 ext 32538

– Email us: Wshnt.paediatricchronicpainteam@nhs.net

– Write to us at: 

Paediatric Chronic Pain Service

1st Floor Women & Children’s Block

St Richard’s Hospital

Spitalfield Lane, Chichester

West Sussex  PO19 6SE

Paula Stiles, our team secretary, will be able to help you with any query. 


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