The British Pain Society has developed a mechanism (similar to that
of the International Association for the Study of Pain) by which
members of the Society who have a specific interest are given a
forum to discuss their interest in more depth. The Society actively
encourages and supports the development of such Special Interest
Groups, as they are an important element of our multidisciplinary
Each Special Interest Group is allocated a British
Pain Society Council Liaison Officer who acts as a linkman between
the SIG and Council.
The SIG Chairman meet with the Officers and Council
Liaison Officers of the British Pain Society on an annual basis,
usually during the Annual Scientific Meeting.
There are currently fourteen Society Special
Interest Groups (SIGs):
-Acute Pain SIG
-Clinical Information SIG
-Information Communication Technology SIG
-Interventional Pain Medicine SIG
-Neuropathic Pain SIG
-Pain Education SIG
-Pain in Children SIG
-Pain in Developing Countries SIG
-Pain in Older People SIG
-Pain Management Programmes SIG
-Philosophy & Ethics SIG
-Primary & Community Care SIG
Specific Regulations have been created with regards
to establishment, status, benefits, constitutions, membership, administration,
assets, income & expenditure, rules for operation, information,
accounts, dissolution, dismissal and suspension.
Any member wishing to create a Special Interest
Group is asked to read the Regulations
governing Society SIGs and Affiliated SIGs.
There are two types of Special Interest Group;
a Society Special Interest Group and an Affiliated Special Interest
Society Special Interest
A Society Special Interest Group established by the Council is incorporated
within the Society and accordingly is not an independent organisation
from the Society. The Group is subject to control by the Council
of the Society.
Affiliated Special Interest
An Affiliated Special Interest Group approved by the Society is
an independent organisation from the British Pain Society. The Group
is governed by its members, officers and any management committee.
Such persons have sole responsibility for the control and management
of the administration of the Affiliated Special Interest Group and
for discharging its liabilities.