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About SIGs
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 Society.

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
-Headache SIG
-Information Communication Technology SIG
-Interventional Pain Medicine SIG
-Medicolegal 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 Group.

Society Special Interest Groups
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 Groups
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.




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