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Gareth trained as a nurse at Neath General Hospital, and after working in, Accident and Emergency and Trauma and Orthopaedics, worked as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Pain Management from 1994-2000. During this time he established two acute pain services and developed nurse-led chronic pain clinics in acupuncture, TNS and relaxation therapy. Gareth obtained his Bachelor in Nursing from Swansea Institute of Higher Education in 1993. His Master of Science in Pain Management from University of Wales College of Medicine in 1999 and his PhD in 2014 at the University of South Wales.
From 2007-2010 Gareth was a doctoral scholar with the European Academy of Nursing Science.

Since 2000 he has been a senior lecturer at the University of Glamorgan, his areas of teaching include Pain, Behavioural Sciences, Surgical Nursing, E-learning, Adult Nursing, Interpersonal Skills, and Action Learning.

ELearning Developments
Virtual Pain Manager
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Recent and Selected Publications
Podcast discussing my PhD (from 6 minutes in) Programme 55: More power to you Harnessing the Power of Social Interaction 22/04/2014, Airing Pain, Pain Concern

Podcast with Maria Parry and Owena Simpson Programme 48: Nursing beyond drugs released 19 Nov 2013 Airing Pain, Pain Concern
Recording of learning activity with students on how nurses can use relaxation therapy, massage, acupuncture and empathy to help people manage their pain.
Parsons, G. (2012) Civilized Oppression in Chronic Pain: Results from the Participatory Action Research Study ‘Using a Learning Community to Manage Pain’ The 13th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science, 14 September 2012, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
Parsons, G. (2011). Pain prevalence at a Swedish university hospital: 65% of inpatients reported pain in the past 24 h. Evidence Based Nursing.
Parsons, G (2011) “Civilized Oppression in Chronic Pain Patients: Preliminary results from a Participatory Action Research Study” Cwm Taf Health Board Annual Research and Development Conference 2011, Prince Charles Hospital Merthyr Tydfil
Parsons G (2011) Mastering communication about pain, an action cycle: Preliminary results from the participatory action research study: Using a learning community to manage chronic pain, The 12th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science, 17th September, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Parsons G (2011) Pandora’s Box is for closing as well as opening, HeSAS Showcase Seminar,9th February 2011, HeSAS,University of Glamorgan
Parsons G and Preece W (2010) Principles and Practice of Managing Pain: A Guide for Nurses and Allied Health Professionals Open University Press, Maidenhead.
Parsons G (2010) Access to Participants: Overcoming challenges in a Participative Action Research Study, Proceedings of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences Doctoral Summer School. Witten/Herdecke Private University, Witten, Germany.
Parsons G (2009) Using a learning community to manage pain: Recruitment Proceedings of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences Doctoral Summer School, University of Turku, Turku, Finland.
Preece, W., Lynch, M., Parsons, G. & Woolley, N. (2009) Enhancing Innovation in the Nursing Curriculum. In E for Enhancement 2009 RSC Wales, JISC, School of Optometry, Cardiff University, Wales, UK
Parsons, G. (2009) Ginkgo biloba did not prevent dementia or Alzheimer disease in elderly people. Evid Based Nurs, 12(2), 56
Broom, M. & Parsons, G. (2009) Patient-controlled Analgesia In Foundation Skills for Caring Using Student-Centred Learning (Glasper, A., McEwing, G. and Richardson, J. eds.) Palgrave Macmillan London, pp. 310-317.
Parsons G (2008) “Using a learning community to manage pain” Proceedings of the European Academy of Nursing Sciences Doctoral Summer School, Dublin City University, Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
Parsons, G. (2008) Patient education after inguinal hernia surgery did not differ from routine information for pain at rest at 7 days. Evid Based Nurs, 11(1), 26
Parsons, G. (2008) Review: evidence does not support use of static magnets for pain. Evid Based Nurs, 11(2), 49
Parsons, G. (2007) Review: patient controlled opioid analgesia reduces postoperative pain more than conventional as-needed opioid analgesia. Evid Based Nurs, 10(3), 83
Parsons, G. (2006) Acupuncture was better than no acupuncture but did not differ from minimal (sham) acupuncture for chronic low back pain at 8 weeks. Evid Based Nurs, 9(4),111


VPM auf Deutsch!” translating the VPM into German, with the Fakult�t f�r Gesundheit (Department fur Medizin) Private Universitat Witten/Herdecke, Germany


Working with Cwm Taf Health Board, Pain Management Services, on developing chronic pain services in the community


Has completed a PhD study using Participative Action Research entitled “Using a learning community to manage chronic pain” in 2014

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