Headache Special Interest Group Conference 2023

14th Aug 2023

Brought to you by the British Pain Society's Headache SIG, this conference is dedicated to exploring the latest developments and innovations in the field. read more..

Interventional Pain Medicine: Recent Advances Conference

9th Aug 2023

Brought to you by the British Pain Society's Interventional Pain Medicine SIG, this upcoming conference is dedicated to exploring the latest developments and innovations in interventional pain medicine. read more..

Pain Education Best Practice: BPS & EFIC Webinar

7th Aug 2023

The British Pain Society and the European Pain Federation EFIC are partnering on a webinar exploring where the challenges and opportunities lie within pain education. read more..

Chronic pain sufferers turning to private clinics as NHS waiting lists stretch over a year, doctors warn

26th Jul 2023

In this edition of @theipaper, British Pain Society member Alan Fayaz talks about Chronic Pain read more..

Creating a Space for Healing

6th Jul 2023

In this extract from June's issue of Pain News, Betsan Corkhill discusses the importance of movement and relaxation for those with long-term pain. read more..

Pain on the Brain

4th Jul 2023

Patient Voice Committee Vice-Chair Tim Atkinson attended the Annual Retreat of the Society’s Special Interest Group for Philosophy & Ethics. The following article is based on Tim’s talk at the event, where he explores the words and language we use to talk about pain. read more..

FPM/CPOC Position Statement on Modified Release Opioids

20th Jun 2023

There is evidence that the use of modified release opioids after surgery can lead to harm for patients. Adverse effects such as opioid induced ventilatory impairment, constipation, delayed mobilisation and long-term opioid dependence can hamper recovery and rehabilitation efforts. These harmful effects have gained worldwide recognition, leading to a number of organisations from the UK, America, Australia and New Zealand recommending the avoidance of modified release opioids in the perioperative period. Postoperative pain is acute and largely self-limiting, differing in nature to pre-existing arthritic pain. The use of controlled release opioids in this setting confers no benefit for patients but carries an increased risk compared with immediate release formulations. The Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) recommends that opioid prescribers follow best practice guidance from the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) read more..

Roger Knaggs elected as British Pain Society President

22nd May 2023

Dr Roger Knaggs, an Associate Professor in Clinical Pharmacy Practice at the University of Nottingham’s School of Pharmacy and an expert in the field of pain management, has been appointed to the position of President of the British Pain Society. read more..

Updates from our Annual General Meeting

22nd May 2023

Officers and Council Members are elected at our Annual General Meeting, which took place on Wednesday 10th May 2023. read more..

NHS Publication

2nd Mar 2023

Publication of Optimising personalised care for adults prescribed medicines associated with dependence or withdrawal symptoms - Framework for action for Integrated Care Boards and primary care read more..

Delivering Group Based Pain Management Interventions through Virtual Platforms

14th Feb 2023

Guidance developed by the Pain Management Programme Special Interest Group of the British Pain Society January 2022 read more..

All Wales resources for pharmacological management of pain - now available

28th Nov 2022

Following endorsement by the All Wales Medicines Strategy Group (AWMSG) in September 2022, the ‘All Wales resources for pharmacological management of pain’ documents are now available on the AWTTC website. read more..

Joint statement of clarification on the latest NICE chronic pain guidance; regarding patients already on medication

23rd Apr 2021

A joint statement from the Faculty of Pain Medicine, The British Pain Society, The Chronic Pain Policy Coalition and the Royal College of General Practitioners. read more..

Health department launches 'landmark review' of prescription drug addiction in UK

24th Jan 2018

Health department launches 'landmark review' of prescription drug addiction in UK read more..

Spinal cord stimulation - formal response sent

11th Dec 2017

NICE gave us the opportunity to comment on the MTEP on Senza and after consulting with the British Pain Society Membership, the following submission was made. read more..

The British Pain Society at 50

14th Nov 2017

In honour of the British Pain Society reaching a 50-year milestone, current BPS president Dr Andrew Baranowski, founding member Professor Sir Michael Bond, and Pain Concern’s chair Heather Wallace were invited to discuss a wide variety of topics relating to the understanding of pain. read more..

BPS Statement on World Arthritis Day

12th Oct 2017

Professor David A Walsh, a BPS member and Director, Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre provides some thoughts for World Arthritis Day on behalf of the Society. read more..

Call for better pain management assessment by nurses

3rd Oct 2017

Nurses need to do more to assess the effectiveness of pain relief when working with older patients, according to those involved in a new campaign launched today by the British Pain Society. read more..

Statement on recent evidence of increasing access to, and episodes of poisoning from prescription opioids

18th Sep 2017

Over recent years, opioid medicines have been prescribed more commonly for other types of long-term pain such as back pain, arthritis or nerve pain. However, there is less evidence that they are effective in the longer term for these types of pain. read more..

Overdoses on opioid painkillers more than double in a decade

13th Sep 2017

Number of hospital admissions in England rose to 11,660 last year as doctors say drugs are being prescribed too readily read more..

Access to medicinal cannabis: meeting patient needs

23rd Sep 2016

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform. Access to medicinal cannabis: meeting patient needs. The British Pain Society response read more..

'Silent epidemic' of chronic pain affects nearly 28 million in UK, study suggests

21st Jun 2016

Astonishing results revealed in research instigated by The British Pain Society. read more..

BBC Radio Kent

21st Jun 2016

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The silent epidemic - chronic pain in the UK

21st Jun 2016

The British Pain Society has instigated research that has revealed truly astonishing results. Chronic pain affects more than two fifths of the UK population, meaning that around 28 million adults are living with pain that has lasted for three months or longer. read more..

Opioids Aware resource launched

17th Dec 2015

Tuesday 14th December saw the launch of Opioids Aware, a new resource for all prescribers, patients and their carers to support safe and rational use of opioid medicines. read more..

UK Pain Messages

28th Sep 2015

The aim of the UK Pain Messages is to define and gain consensus and consistency over the facts and figures used when highlighting the burden of Chronic Pain in the UK. read more..

ACCEA Excellence Awards 2015

14th Apr 2015

We are pleased to announce that the ACCEA 2015 National Awards Round opened today, Tuesday 14 April. read more..

NHS England - Important information in relation to prescribing and dispensing pregabalin

10th Apr 2015

In March 2015, NHS England published guidance about the prescribing and dispensing of pregabalin for neuropathic pain. read more..

Trauma Programme of Care Pathfinder Project – Low Back Pain and Radicular Pain

3rd Mar 2015

National Pathway of Care for Low Back and Radicular Pain read more..

Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain – October 2014

13th Jan 2015

IASP have announced the 2014-2015 Global Year Against Neuropathic Pain read more..

UK Pain Champion 2014 – November 2014

13th Jan 2015

We are delighted to announce... read more..

Europe lacks pain teaching – December 2013

13th Jan 2015

The APPEAL (Advancing the Provision of Pain Education and Learning) study revealed... read more..

SIGN Booklet – December 2013

13th Jan 2015

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network read more..

Standards of Good Practice for Medial Branch Block Injections and Radiofrequency Denervation for Low back Pain

13th Jan 2015

A new joint British Pain Society and Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists publication read more..

Patient Information Leaflets – June 2014

13th Jan 2015

Produced by the Faculty of Pain Medicine with support from the British Pain Society read more..