The British Pain Society is the oldest and largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain within the UK. Chronic pain is suffered by over a third of the population. It is commonly distressing and commonly highly disabling. It is devastating for individuals who suffer. Many cannot work and lose their jobs.
Treatment of pain is a fundamental human right, yet sadly there is an enormous gap between the care people require and what happens in practice. We also do not know enough about the cause and treatment of pain. Our alliance of professionals works collaboratively with patients and industry partners to advance the understanding and management of pain. We strive to reduce the suffering of people enduring daily pain.
Our multidisciplinary nature is pivotal in making The British Pain Society a uniquely relevant representative body on all matters relating to pain.
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 1,200 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 seminars.
The business of the Society is managed by an elected Council.
In September 2014, a subsidiary trading company was founded named BPS Pain Business Ltd. The British Pain Society is the sole subscriber of the Company.
BPS Pain Business Ltd is managed by a separate Board of Directors, and a Memorandum of Understanding is in place between The British Pain Society and BPS Pain Business Ltd.