What is the British Pain Society
The British Pain Society is an alliance of professionals
advancing the understanding and management of pain for the
benefit of patients.
We achieve this by:
- Promoting excellence and awareness
for the benefit of people living with pain.
- Promoting partnership in pain
research, education and management.
- Influencing policies relevant
- Nurturing the next generation
of pain researchers and healthcare professionals.
- Encouraging dialogues about
- Contributing to national and
international dialogue of pain.
The British Pain Society is the largest multidisciplinary
professional organisation in the field of pain within the
Our membership comprises doctors, nurses, physiotherapists,
scientists, psychologists, occupational therapists and other
healthcare professionals actively engaged in the diagnosis
and treatment of pain and in pain research for the benefit
of patients. We have a steady increasing number of members
The Society was first registered as a charity on 29 November
1979 as the Intractable Pain Society of Great Britain and
Ireland with a membership limited primarily to anaesthetists
working in pain clinics. Over time, the membership of the
Society became increasingly multidisciplinary and in 1988,
the Society changed its name to the Pain Society. From this
point until mid 2004, the Society's membership and activities
continued to grow.
In August 2004, the Pain Society dissolved and all its assets
were transferred to a new incorporated company with charitable
status - The British Pain Society.
In May 2008, The British Pain Society also became a charity
registered in Scotland.
Today the British Pain Society has a membership of over 1,400
and is a uniquely relevant representative body on all matters
relating to pain.
The British Pain Society aims to promote education, training,
research and development in all fields of pain. It endeavours
to increase both professional and public awareness of the
prevalence of pain and the facilities that are available for
its management. The Society is involved in all aspects of
pain and its management through the work of the Council, various
Committees, Special Interest Groups and Working Parties and
via its publications, Annual Scientific Meeting and educational
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The business of the Society is managed by an elected Council.