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Next steps for treatment and management of chronic pain - new guidance, person-centred care, widening awareness, and next steps for innovation and alternative approaches

Morning, Monday, 20th June 2022


This conference will discuss the next steps for diagnosis, treatment and management of conditions that cause chronic pain, and the priorities for supporting people living with its effects. 


Delegates will examine the development of integrated healthcare in local communities and developing best practice for delivering patient-centred care - as well as the support required for the health workforce to deliver quality care and pain management for patients.      


It will be an opportunity to evaluate the recent updates to NICE’s guidance for chronic pain management, and the development of integrated care systems in the context of the Health and Care Bill.


There will also be discussion on alternative approaches to chronic pain management including psychological therapies, social prescribing and complementary medicine, with NICE commencing medical cannabis clinical trials for people with chronic pain.


Overall, areas for discussion include priorities and next steps for:

  • long-term management of chronic pain conditions
  • improving diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain, and developing person-centred community care
  • widening awareness and understanding of chronic pain conditions
  • understanding risk factors for developing chronic pain conditions, and approaches to prevention
  • supporting the wellbeing of people living with chronic pain, and improving access to mental health services
  • new, diverse treatment programmes for sufferers of chronic pain
  • regulation and guidance for new treatments for chronic pain

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Dr Cathy Stannard, Clinical Lead, Pain Transformation Programme, NHS Gloucestershire CCG; and Topic Advisor, NICE Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management; Dr Andreas Goebel, Chair, Pain Research Institute; and Reader in Pain Medicine, University of Liverpool; and Dr Neha Issar-Brown, Director of Research, Versus Arthritis.



Keynote Speakers

Dr Andreas Goebel

Chair, Pain Research Institute; and Reader in Pain Medicine, University of Liverpool

Professor Roger Knaggs

Vice President, British Pain Society; and Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy, University of Nottingham

Dr Neha Issar-Brown

Director of Research, Versus Arthritis

Keynote Speakers

Dr Cathy Stannard

Clinical Lead, Pain Transformation Programme, NHS Gloucestershire CCG; and Topic Advisor, NICE Guidelines for Chronic Pain Management

Dr Andreas Goebel

Chair, Pain Research Institute; and Reader in Pain Medicine, University of Liverpool

Professor Roger Knaggs

Vice President, British Pain Society; and Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy, University of Nottingham

Dr Neha Issar-Brown

Director of Research, Versus Arthritis

Speakers

Dr Glyn Towlerton

Consultant in Spinal and Pain Medicine, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust

Senior speaker confirmed from Leva Clinic

Richard Pell

Campaign Director, Flippin’ Pain

Dr Frances Cole

former GP and Pain Rehabilitation Specialist, Live Well With Pain

Niki Jones

Lived Experience Advocate, Flippin’ Pain

Professor Blair Smith

Professor of Population Health Sciences, University of Dundee; Consultant in Pain Medicine, NHS Tayside; and Clinical Co-Director, Tayside Clinical Trials Unit

Dr Georgia Richards

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Global Centre on Healthcare and Urbanisation, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

Donna-Marie Lord

Clinical Lead for Chronic Pain, Central Cheshire Integrated Partnership