What we do

The British Pain Society is an alliance of professionals advancing the understanding and management of pain for the benefit of patients.

We achieve this by:

  • Promoting excellence and awareness for the benefit of people living with pain.
  • Promoting partnership in pain research, education and management.
  • Influencing policies relevant to pain.
  • Nurturing the next generation of pain researchers and healthcare professionals.
  • Encouraging dialogues about pain.
  • Contributing to national and international dialogue of pain.

The British Pain Society is the largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain within the UK, and is the British Chapter of IASP and EFIC.

Our membership comprises doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, scientists, psychologists, occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals actively engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of pain and in pain research for the benefit of patients. 

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 800 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.

Memorandum & Articles of Association
Pdf of Regulations

The business of the Society is managed by an elected Council.