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Bringing pain education to life through story telling: Pain Education SIG Study Day

1st Mar 2019

Churchill House, London WC1R 4SG
1st March 2019


Attendees of this meeting will receive 4 CPD points

The British Pain Society are proud to present an interactive study day hosted by the Pain Education SIG exploring how patient stories and service users are contributing to pain education and the challenges encountered when facilitating and contributing in such opportunities.    

BPS and non-BPS members who support patients, colleagues and/or students to understand a pain experience should join us for an inspiring day of workshops, case studies, structured debate and critical discussion.


BPS Member rate: £120.00
BPS Non-Member rate: £240.00



Arrival tea/coffee and registration




The realities of undergraduate pain education
Alison Twycross with recently qualified/current health care profession students


W/shop 1  Digital story telling (Stephen Thompson)

W/shop 2  Using analogies in pain education (Lizzie Ette)

W/shop 3  Flo: Facilitataing learning through Facebook (Cormac Ryan)


Lunch and Networking


W/shop 1  Digital story telling (Stephen Thompson)

W/shop 2  Using analogies in pain education (Lizzie Ette)

W/shop 3  Flo: Facilitataing learning through Facebook (Cormac Ryan)


Panel Discussion led by academics and service users:  Is it unethical to use patients to teach undergraduate healthcare students? 




* Workshops: Delegates will attend 2 of the 3 workshops in total. Workshop spaces are limited so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. For more information about the workshops please see below.


Workshop one: Digital story telling
Stephen Thompson background is in adult nursing and has worked in a variety of acute care settings. Currently working as a senior lecturer at London South Bank University. For his doctorate study, his interest is digital storytelling as a teaching strategy within the pre-registration adult nursing programme and is working with Hardy and Sumner who are the founders of For this workshop, Stephen wishes to introduce you to the potential benefits that digital storytelling can have as a reflective and learning tool.

Workshop two:Using analogy in pain education
Lizzie Ette, Lecturer in Nursing, University of Hull.

Language helps us to gain patient cooperation, consent and understanding – it helps us describe, explain, discuss and teach. Knowingly or otherwise, we frequently draw on what might be called ‘literary devices’ to help us achieve these rich linguistic communications, and analogy is one such device. Analogy is employed to compare one thing - usually something familiar - with another less familiar or unknown thing, and is most commonly used to help explain or clarify something (Oxford University Press, 2018). 

This interactive workshop offers participants the opportunity to consider the use of analogy in their own practice and education settings, as well as to experiment with its use.

Workshop Three: Flo: Using Facebook to tell a story and develop empathy with older adults in pain.
Dr Cormac Ryan is a Reader in Physiotherapy at Teesside University. He is the editor in chief of Pain and rehabilitation - the Journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association, chair of the Physiotherapy Research Society and co-lead of the North East of England hub of the Council for Allied Health Professionals Research.  In this interactive workshop Cormac will present a project that was funded by the Higher Education Academy and undertaken with a colleague, Professor Denis Martin. Together with a playwright, and informed by real life stories,  they developed a social media based module called FLO’s story (Facebook Learning Object and Florence). The aim of which was to develop health and social care students’ understanding of, and empathy with, older people with persistent pain.

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