External Relations

The Council of the British Pain Society is active in promoting the interests of patients and professionals in the field of pain to a number of relevant national bodies on members’ behalf.

  • The Society has continued to be involved in the work of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition, which is a an umbrella organisation uniting patients, professionals and parliamentarians which will develop and help to implement a strategy for improving the prevention and treatment of chronic pain in the UK.
  • The Society is a generic stakeholder for NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) guidelines.
  • The Society is a generic stakeholder for Interventional Procedures and Health Technology Assessments for NICE.
  • The Society is a member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).
  • The Society is a generic stakeholder with NHS England Clinical Reference Groups (CRGs)
  • The Society has representation on the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Pain Services.
  • A Society member chairs the Healthcare Resource Group working party, with links to the Royal College of Physicians ‘Payment by Results’ initiative.
  • The Society has reciprocal representation on the Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine.
  • The Association of Palliative Medicine, Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition, the Royal College of Nursing and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) each have one representative who sits on the British Pain Society Council as a co-opted member.
  • The following organisations are also represented at the British Pain Society Council via elected Council members who are elected as individuals, but who have links with the relevant organisations; The British Psychological Society and the Physiotherapy Pain Association.
  • The Society has established a positive relationship with the Department of Health.
  • The Society is a member of the Specialised Healthcare Alliance (SHCA), via its Council CRG liaison officer.
  • The Society is a member of the Health Conditions in Schools Alliance, via a representative of the Pain in Children Special Interest Group.
  • The Society is a member of the Pain Consortium, a group consisting of senior representatives from The British Pain Society, the Faculty of Pain Medicine, the Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Pain Services, the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition and the Clinical Lead for Pain of the Royal College of General Practitioners.