Manchester Vulval
Support Network


MVSN was created in 2015 by a team of patient representatives, two Consultant Gynaecologists and a specialist Nurse. The group was created to meet the needs of women with vulval pain issues in the North West of England. It was recognised that there was a lack of face to face support for what can be a challenging and isolating condition.

The group aims to provide a forum for women with vulval pain conditions to share helpful advice, enjoy informative talks from a range of speakers and to create a local network for patients and professionals to share best practice.

The MVSN group meets once a quarter in the 'Parent Craft' room located at St Mary's Hospital Manchester. Each session provides a small forum where patients can come together in a mutually supportive environment. At each session, we facilitate a guest speaker who specialises in their field of expertise in relation to Vulval health. The speakers have so far included a specialist pelvic physiotherapist, a Consultant Anaesthetist and specialist in pain management, a Hypnotherapist and a Nutritionist. Heather is a strong advocate of the MVSN group and as well as providing her professional skills, also chairs and facilitates this group.

VPS Conference

The Vulval Pain Society invites you to our Leeds Conference on Saturday 5 October 2019 from 8:45 am to 4:00 pm. Held in the Long Room, (situated in the Cricket East Stand) Emerald Headingley Stadium, St Michael’s Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3BR.

The conference will be a day of brief talks from a range of vulvodynia clinicians/health professionals, with the chance to have your voice heard and your questions answered by a vulval pain expert panel. Your ticket includes lunch and refreshments. You'll be able to visit informative Trade Stands during morning registration and at lunch.

Hurry as bookings close 21 September 2019. Do contact 07960 926 288 if you can’t email.


Speakers for the day will include:
Dr David Nunns FRCOG, Consultant Gynaecological Oncologist
Nottingham City Hospital

Dr Winston F de Mello BSc MBBS FRCA FIMCRCSEd FFPMRCA DRCOG DipPain
Consultant in Pain Medicine, UHSM, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Foundation Trust

Dr Katharine Warburton
Dermatologist, Department of Dermatology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Sheren Gaulbert DipCHyp., HPD, PNLP, MNCH (Reg.), QCHPA (Reg.)
Pain Science Educator & Cognitive Hypnotherapist: Pain Relief Specialist
Break Through Pain Programme - The Ultimate You
International Association for the Study of Pain - Pain Education & Abdominal and Pelvic Pain Groups

Maria Elliott MCSP, Chartered Physiotherapist

Suggested Agenda: 8:45 am Registration and refreshments, and view trade stands

  • 9:30 - 9:35 Welcome
  • 9:35 - 10:15 David Nunns
  • 10:15 - 10:35 Comfort break
  • 10:35 - 11:15 Winston de Mello
  • 11:15 - 12:00 Katherine Warburton
  • 12:00 - 12:30 Panel Q&A
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch, and view trade stands
  • 1:30 - 2:30 Sheren Gaulbert "It's All in Your Head"
  • 2:30 - 3:00 Physiotherapist Maria Elliot MCSP
  • 3:00 - 3:30 Panel Q&A
  • 3:30 - 3:40 Sheren Gaulbert
  • 3:40 - 4:00 pm Closing

Book your ticket by visiting:

www.tickettailor.com/events/vulvalpainsociety/275689/ or you can use a smartphone to scan the QR code below.

The MVSN Team


Ursula Winters - Consultant in Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Heather Coppard - MVSN Chair & Hypnotherapist

Dr Kate Parker - Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist

Sarah Benjamins - Student Nutritionist


** A special thanks to St Mary's Hospital for the supply of the meeting venue.

More information on the MVSN group and the next meeting dates can be found by emailing mvsn@cmft.nhs.uk.

Next Meetings



Next meeting date TBA - Meetings are being setup, we just cant confirm the date & details just yet.
Please check back soon. The MVSN Team

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