Scientific Programme 2018

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  1. Programme Outline
  2. Satellite Symposium - Palexia
  3. Satellite Symposium - Qutenza
  4. Plenary Speakers and Topics
  5. Parallel Sessions A1 - A6
  6. Parallel Sessions B1-B6
  7. Parallel Sessions C1-C6

Programme Outline

Tuesday 1st May 2018


08:30-18:00 Registration Desk open 
08:30-18:00   Technical Exhibition &  Poster Exhibition Open
08:30-09:00  Coffee on arrival
09:00-09:10 Welcome by the BPS President & the Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee
09:10-09:50  Prof Jeffrey Mogil - Pat Wall Lecture
09:50-11:20     Parallel sessions on addiction, diagnostic uncertainty, healthcare economy, pain education, acute pain and cancer pain. 
11:20-12:00  Dr David Armstrong
12:00-13:00   Lunch
13:00-13:40   Prof Kate Seers
13:40-14:40 Annual General Meeting or Non-member networking
14:40-15:40   Satellite Symposium - Grunenthal
15:40-16:40    Special Interest Group business meetings
16:40-17:20   Professor Eloise Carr
17:20-18:20 Satellite meeting - Grunenthal
19:30- Late BPS Social Event


Wednesday 2nd May 2018


08:00-18:30   Registration Desk open
08:30-18:00   Technical Exhibition & Poster Exhibition open
08:30-09:10    Dr Amanda Williams
09:10-10:40    Parallel Sessions on opioids, older people, injuries in the armed forces, medicolegal aspects, headache, and radicular pain
10:40-11:00   Coffee
11:00-11:40 Prof John Cryan
11:40-13:10    Parallel sessions on opioids, pain management at end of life, pain disrupting life, pelvic pain plus practical workshops on self-hypnosis and research for trainees
13:10-14:10    Lunch
14:10-15:10  Abstract Plenaries
15:10-15:40  Poster viewing and coffee
15:40-16:40  Special Interest Group business meetings
16:40-17:30 Prof Blair Smith followed by poster awards




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Satellite Symposium - Palexia

14:40 - 15:40 Tuesday 1 May

Challenges of managing severe chronic pain with strong opioids across the NHS - Personal perspectives of strong opioids including Palexia SR (tapentadol prolonged release) Grunenthal Symposium


  • Dr Bernhard Frank
  • Dr Junaid Tipu
  • Ms Jane Shaw

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Satellite Symposium - Qutenza

17:20 - 18:20 Tuesday 1 May

Evolving Perception of Quetenza: From Theory to Clinical Practice


  • Dr. Bernhard Frank; Consultant in Pain Medicine, Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool
  • Professor Praveen Anand; Professor of Clinical Neurology and Head, Centre for Clinical Translation, Imperial College, London
  • Dr Stephen Humble; Consultant in Pain Medicine and Anaethesia, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London.

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Plenary Speakers and Topics

Pat Wall Lecture - Plenary Session 1

Professor Jeffrey Mogill
Pain in Mice and Man: Ironic Adventures in Translation

Recent decades have seen an explosion in our understanding of the molecular and cellular underpinnings of pain, but virtually none of this knowledge has resulted in new clinical therapies. The first part of the talk will explore the reasons for this lack of translation, including a mismatch between clinical characteristics and preclinical experimental design choices, species-specific gene expression, and emerging challenges in clinical trials. The second part of the talk will focus on recent studies in our laboratory concerning the modulation of pain by social factors. One would imagine these would be even harder to translate into humans, but in this domain translation between mice and undergraduates has been surprisingly successful. These observations collectively challenge assumptions commonly made about the biopsychosocial model, and have important philosophical implications for animal research.

Plenary Session 2

Dr David Armstrong
What can sociologists contribute towards the understanding of pain?

Although pain has long been an important medical symptom (of underlying disease) it only became a separate clinical problem about 50 years ago especially with the recognition of ‘chronic pain’. This medical interest in pain coincided with new psychological theories, particularly the gate control theory, as well as sociological studies of cultural variations in response to pain. This presentation will map the sociological literature since those formative studies to explore both the wider structural correlates of pain identified in socio-medical surveys and the more numerous qualitative studies that try and establish the meaning and consequences of pain for individual patients


Plenary Session 3

Professor Kate Seers
Chronic pain - what's it like? Patient and Professional perspectives

This plenary will explore the research evidence that addresses people’s experiences of pain and gives insights into their perspectives and the meaning they give to pain. It will identify the factors that are important to people’s experiences of pain and how these experiences affect them. It will also present the evidence on what it is like for health care professionals managing people with pain, and the tensions and challenges that emerge. It will conclude with key take home messages for clinical practice and research.


Plenary Session 4

Professor Eloise Carr
Learning on the wind: reducing patient, professional and organisational barriers to pain management through education.

The effective management of pain continues to be a challenge for individuals, professionals and organisations. Pain management in hospitals remains problematic with 60-80% of people experiencing moderate pain. Chronic pain costs Europe billions of Euros every year, with national costs ranging from €1.1 billion to nearly €50 billion, and 21% of Europeans with chronic pain are unable to work at all as a result of their pain


Plenary Session 5

Dr Amanda Williams
Pain after torture: progress, setbacks, and prospects

Pain from torture is, in principle, entirely preventable: it only needs torture to stop. Yet we seem further than ever from realising the UN ban on torture. Worse, the UK among other signatories to the UN Convention has sought to erode definitions of torture, and blur responsibility by outsourcing torture. President Trump intends to reintroduce waterboarding. Refugees reaching Western countries are the minority: most remain in the home or a neighbouring country. There are no data on how many have been tortured, but most estimates start at 30%, and chronic pain is reported at a very high rate.

For various reasons, few torture survivors access adequate health care for pain. Many - almost all UK - services for refugees and torture survivors are nongovernmental, and provide what treatment they believe is best, usually biased towards addressing mental health problems. Chronic pain is often written off as a nonspecific symptom of post-traumatic stress, and neither treated nor referred for specialist treatment. In immigration detention centres, survivors are even less likely to receive any treatment for chronic pain.

A recent systematic review of any intervention for pain in torture survivors found only 3 studies with very disappointing results. I will argue that we need to start from basic principles: applying best pain treatment and recording outcomes, case by case, to build understanding of whether and how pain from torture differs in its response to treatments compared with other chronic pain. That will set the agenda for larger studies if needed: the involvement of torture survivors in determining treatment priorities and outcomes is essential.


Plenary Session 6

Professor John Cryan
A Gut Feeling About Brain Function: Microbiome as a Key Regulator of Visceral Pain

A growing body of preclinical and clinical evidence supports a relationship between the composition of microbes and health including brain health. In this Lecture the involvement of the microbiota in visceral pain will be reviewed. We focus on the anatomical and physiological nodes whereby microbiota may be affecting pain responses, and address the potential for manipulating gastrointestinal microbiota as a therapeutic target for visceral pain.


Plenary Session 7

Top 5 abstracts

Details will be added once  abstract submissions has closed and the top 5 been selected.


Plenary Session 8 - British Pain Society Lecture

Professor Blair Smith
Chronic pain epidemiology: from population health to health policy

Epidemiology is “the study of the distribution and determinants of health-related states…, and the application of this study to the control of health problems”. I have
researched the epidemiology of chronic pain since 2nd September 1993, at 10.30am.

Distribution and determinants…
We began by developing basic case definitions and ascertainment methods, and measures of severity and impact. In planning our first population-based survey, our methodology assumed a low overall prevalence and deliberately oversampled people on regular prescribed analgesics. We were surprised, therefore, to demonstrate a population prevalence of 46%, but this has been supported by subsequent studies. “Severe” chronic pain had a prevalence of 6%, and pain with neuropathic features was present in 7%. We went on to identify clinical, psychosocial and genetic factors associated with chronic (neuropathic) pain, many of which are now familiar, potentially inform prevention and management, and will be summarised here.

…the control of health problems
The latter part of epidemiology is perhaps more challenging: converting facts and figures into health policy. To my innocent surprise, it was not as straightforward as simply showing numbers to the Health Minister. Gradually, however, the Scottish Government and the Chief Medical Officer in England allowed doors to open, and through these we have been able to influence some (though not enough) relevant policy. This work is ongoing and relies at least as much on human relationships, and knowing the system, as on good research.




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Parallel Sessions A1 - A6

Participants are asked to choose one from the following six sessions below and indicate their preferred option on the online registration form.


A1: Facing the challenges of pain and addiction - practical approaches
Dr Ruth Day, Chair  

  • Pain & Addiction - can it be managed in the GP surgery? Dr Hugh Campbell
  • Personal experience of an opioid-reduction pain programme. Dr Dee Burrows interviews Mrs Trewern
  • Managing the person with addiction in the acute pain setting. Ms Felicia Cox

A2: The Clinical Taboo: A detailed exploration of diagnostic uncertainty in adult and paediatric chronic pain settings
Professor Tamar Pincus, Chair  

  • When uncertainty can't be removed, how do we foster self-management and acceptance in adults with chronic pain? Professor Tamar Pincus
  • The paediatric period: The nature and impact of diagnostic uncertainty in adolescents with chronic pain and their parents. Dr Melanie Noel
  • The flip side: Clinicians' experience of managing diagnostic uncertainty in a paediatric clinical context. Dr Abbie Jordan

A3: Chronic pain lost in silos and tariff-free zones - taking pain management to where it hurts - the healthcare economy
Dr John Hughes, Chair

  • The Complex Pain Team. Integrating care for patients across sectors and conditions; from inpatient to community; Crohn's to sickle cell disease. Dr Natasha Curran
  • On the front line - taking pain management to A&E. Working collaboratively to improve clinical care, staff experience, educate and navigate. Ms Jackie Walumbe
  • Co-production: Service users are the ace in our pack. Mrs Meherzin Das 

A4: Excellence in Pain Education: Evidence and Solutions for Clinical and University Education
Professor Alison Twycross, Chair

  • Current pain education in undergraduate healthcare: known models and their effectiveness. Mrs Kate Thompson
  • Current pain education in clinical practice: known models and their effectiveness. Dr Amelia Swift
  • Mind the Gap: learner's experience of theory vs practice in managing pain. Dr Emma Briggs

A5: Abdominopelvic pain:How do the treatment pathways differ? 
Dr Andrew Baranowski, Chair

  • Management of visceral and non-visceral pain in benign gynecological conditions. Dr William Rae
  • Developments in the pathophysiology of endometriosis-associated pain. Dr Katy Vincent
  • The role of the multidisciplinary team in neuromodulation for pelvic pain in a specialised tertiary pain service. Ms Julia Cambitzi

A6: Interventions for intractable Cancer Pain - A multidisciplinary approach for cancer patients 
Dr Gordon McGinn, Chair

  • Assessment of cancer patients for interventions - challenges for the MDT. Ms Lesley Somerville
  • Intrathecal drug delivery made simple! A reproducible service model with patient centred outcomes. Dr Jonathan McGhie 
  • Cordotomy for Cancer Pain - quality pain relief needs quality staff development. Dr Paul Cook




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Parallel Sessions B1-B6

Participants are asked to choose one from the following six sessions below and indicate their preferred option on the online registration form


B1: Opioids - Promoting appropriate use and preventing abuse in the developing world 
Dr Victoria Tidman, Chair

  • Use of opioids for chronic non-malignant pain in Ugandan palliative care setting. Dr Barbara Duncan
  • What do we know from the literature so far? Dr Clare Roques
  • The direction of opioid therapy in the developing world. Dr Brigitta Brander and Ms Jackie Walumbe

B2: Understanding some of the different issues for managing pain in the complex care of older people
Dr Margaret Dunham, Chair

  • Improving the management of pain in older adults - are guidelines the answer? Professor Pat Schofield
  • Exploring the links between pain and frailty a retrospective case note analysis. Dr Margaret Dunham
  • Is pain a risk factor for frailty in older people? Results from two prospective cohort studies. Dr Brendon Stubbs

B3: Fit to Serve - The multidisciplinary rehabilitation model for injured personnel within the UK armed forces
Dr Jon Norman, Chair

  • From a theatre of operation through the operating theatre, the stages of the journey pre-rehabilitation. Dr Paul Wood
  • Military rehabilitation offers more, what is the offer and does it achieve more? Wing Commander Shreshth Dharm-Datta
  • Out of Service: Outcomes for Service Personnel. Dr Jon Norman

B4:  Medicolegal Aspects of Pain: Catastrophic errors by experts, exaggeration and consent 
Dr Rajesh Munglani, Chair

  • Catastrophic complications by medicolegal experts in medicolegal cases. Mr Marcus Grant
  • The assessment of pain and disability: assisting the court to determine exaggeration. Mr Marcus Grant
  • Working at the coal face: the law of consent and how it applies to clinical practice and clinical negligence cases. Dr Rajesh Munglani

B5: Neuropathic targets in Headache  
Dr Jayne Gallagher, Chair

  • CGRP in Migraine. Dr Giorgio Lambru
  • Role of nurse-led clinics in Headache Services. Ms Karin Cannons
  • Target Sphenopalatine Ganglion. Dr Vivek Mehta

B6: Radicular Pain  
Dr Neil Collighan, Chair

  • Causes of radicular pain (speaker TBC)
  • The non-surgical management of radicular pain (speaker TBC)
  • Where is the boundary between surgical and interventional pain medicine practice? (speaker TBC)




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Parallel Sessions C1-C6

Participants are asked to choose one from the following six sessions below and indicate their preferred option on the online registration form


C1: Understanding and managing prescription opioid dependence: a translational approach 
Professor Lesley Colvin, Chair

  • The neurobiology of opioid dependence. Professor Tim Hales
  • A joint approach to managing prescription opioid dependence. Dr Rebecca Lawrence and Professor Lesley Colvin
  • Are prescription opioids causing harm? Professor Blair Smith

C2: Uncertainties and controversies in pain management at the end of life
Professor Sam Ahmedzai, Chair

  • Opioids at the end of life - after 5000 years, time for reappraisal? Professor Sam Ahmedzai
  • Pain management in people with diminished capacity - who decides what happens? Professor Marie Lloyd-Williams
  • Assisted dying as solution for anticipated suffering - compassionate or cruel? TBC

C3: Early career pain enthusiasts - how to get involved in research and get the most out of training in pain
Dr Sheila Black, Chair

  • PAIN TRAIN - The rise of the Pain Trainee audit and research network. Dr Harriet Kemp
  • Getting into research as an AHP and the impact of research on clinical practice. Dr Jenny Lewis 
  • What does a consultant post look like in pain medicine in 2018 and how do I get one: the role of research? Dr Sheila Black

C4:  Working with what you have - applying simple techniques of self-hypnosis and visulisation in pain clinic 
Dr Sue Peacock, Chair

  • Brief history of using hypnosis for pain management. Dr Sue Peacock
  • Demonstration and teaching of a hypnotic relaxation. Ms Jean Rogerson
  • Giving patients tools. Dr Ann Williamson

C5: "The play's the thing". Disruption and Repair in Differing Pain Contexts  
Dr Joe Walsh, Chair

  • Successful return to work with chronic pain? Repairing disrupted worker identities between employer and employees. Dr Elaine Wainwright
  • The function of online forum data when parenting a child with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome; can it disrupt and repair? Dr Abbie Jordan
  • The disruptive effects of pain on cognition. Dr Nina Attridge

C6: Pain & Frequent attendees to ED departments in the UK  
Dr Cathy Price, Chair

  • Understanding the unmet need. Professor Michelle Briggs
  • Putting the patient in context. Dr Mike Osborn
  • Consultant in Emergency Medicine: A practical approach to managing frequent attenders presenting in pain in the ED. Dr Stephen Halford




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