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Patient Liaison Committee

The PLC is recruiting for lay members to join the committee. To see the advert please click here. To request an applciation pack please contact Rikke Susgaard-Vigon on: rsusgaardvigon@britishpainsociety.org. The deadline for applications is midday on Thursday 8th January 2015.

The Patient Liaison Committee was created in 2001 to act in an advisory capacity to Council of the British Pain Society, ensuring that the views of patients are represented within the Society. The role of the committee is to respond to requests for comments from Council and its committees, to consider the provision of information for patients about pain and pain management services, to consider means of improving communication between patients and professionals and to encourage patients to be better informed and involved in decisions about their care. The committee also works to improve patient information within the Society and at least one member of the committee is invited to sit on each publication working party.

The main aim of the committee is to bring patients and professionals closer together, to ensure that there is a patient voice within the British Pain Society, to advise on areas of service improvement and patient liaison and education. The committee also raises the profile of pain within the public, professional and public agenda. The PLC keeps in touch with a range of voluntary organisations concerned with pain, and has held three seminars bringing these organisations together to look at common issues.

The Patient Liaison Committee is made up of between eight and twelve members; 3-4 healthcare professionals and 5-8 lay members. The Chairman is appointed by Council of the British Pain Society and must be a lay member; the chair is a co-opted member of Council.

Patient Reference Group
What if the British Pain Society (BPS) had a large group of patients/carers who could give us feedback on our work, publications and consultations?

At the moment the Patient Liaison Committee (PLC) of the British Pain Society does the best it can but with the support of more patients/carers we can bring more perspectives!

The PLC, on behalf of the BPS, would like to create a large group of patients and carers who can give us feedback by email when the Society needs it. It will be called the British Pain Society Patient Reference Group and it will be administered by PLC members along with the BPS Secretariat.

Individual patients and carers can sign up to join this online group at: http://eepurl.com/IoFwv

Basic personal data (name, email, town (but not address), year of birth, ethnic group, patient/carer or both and gender) will be collected to aid us in identifying demographic information about our Patient Reference Group as a whole, and members will only be contacted with regard to communications relating to the British Pain Society.

Please do recommend this to your patients for us and if you want to download a poster to display please click here.

Annual Voluntary Seminars

Each year the PLC hosts a one day seminar for voluntary organisations on various topics. Previous seminars have focused on:

  • 2014 - The Brave New World: How are pain services evolving - the impact on patients
    A report of the meeting will be uploaded shortly.
  • 2013 - Securing the future of pain services: harnessing patient power
    Click here to view the report from this seminar.
  • 2011 - Pathways for Pain Management – Giving Them Life
    Click here to view the report from this seminar

  • 2010 - Bringing Pain Management closer to home
    Click here to view the report from this seminar

  • 2009 - Living Well Despite Pain
    Click here to view the report from this seminar

  • 2008 - Pain & Physical Disability in Adults
    Click here to view the report from this seminar

  • 2007 - Pain in Women

  • 2006 - The forgotten majority: Pain in the older person

  • 2005 - The Pain Cookbook: Recipes for More Effective Pain Management for People Living with Persistent Pain




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