BPS Highlights of 2017

The Society continued to provide an educational programme to increase the knowledge of pain management to both professionals and lay people within the remit of the Memoranda and Articles of Association.  It has been successful in producing the following series of meetings and publications:


Society Meetings/Events

  • The Patient Liaison Committee held its annual meeting as a Webinar on the 18th January 2017.
  • The Society held its 50thAnnual Scientific Meeting (ASM) in Birmingham on 03-05 May 2017 which was attended by 624 participants.
  • The Education Committee continued with its series of one day study days.  One study day was held in 2016:
  • 37th Study Day ‘Cancer Pain’ was held on 27th November 2017.

SIG Meetings/Events

  • The Acute Pain SIG, held a pre-ASM meeting on ‘Persistent Post-Surgical Pain: Challenges and Approaches on the 2nd May 2017.
  • On 26th – 29th June 2017, the Philosophy & Ethics Society SIG held a meeting on ‘Living well right to the end’
  • The Pain Management Programmes SIG, held their bi-ennial Conference in Glasgow on 14-15 September 2017 on ‘Gonnae do dae that! – exploring patient and clinician fears’.


  • The Society continues to provide its quarterly Newsletter ‘Pain News’ free of charge to its members.
  • The Society continues to provide its quarterly journal ‘British Journal of Pain’ free of charge to its members. In December 2017, the journal was moved behind a paywall for non-members.
  • The Society published a new publication on ‘Understanding and Managing Pain after Surgery – Information for patients and their carers’.
  • All the Society’s publications and patient information leaflets are available to download free of charge from the website, with the exception of Understanding and Managing Long Term Pain which is chargeable at £1.00.
  • In late 2017 the Society introduced an online discussion forum for members.

Bursaries & Grants

  • The Society awarded 19 members of the Society bursaries to attend its ASM in Birmingham.
  • The Society awarded the 2017 Clulow Award to Dr Harriet Kemp for research into ‘Neuropathic pain in retroviral infection: a human cross-sectional study’.

Information for people affected by pain

  • The Society, although an organisation for healthcare professionals, provides a copy of the British Pain Society publication Understanding and Managing Long Term Pain: Information for Patients and a list of self-help groups and other useful addresses to people affected by pain who contact the Society.
  • In addition, the majority of the Society’s professional publications, have a sister patient version.
  • The Society has also contributed to joint patient information leaflets with other organisations.
  • The Society launched a National Awareness Campaign for Pain, to raise the profile of pain and to generate income to the Society, which continues into 2018.