Pain Education Special Interest Group

This is a multidisciplinary group of clinicians, academics, researchers, and patients who are committed to promoting effective pain management through education to provide a forum for members of the British Pain Society with an interest in Pain Education.

There are currently 250 SIG members.

Description of Activities and Scientific Focus

The Pain Education SIG aims to:

  1. Improve pain education for patients, the public and healthcare professionals
  2. Promote evidence-based educational methods and technologies that are available to deliver pain education
  3. Provide a forum for interprofessional debate in order to influence policy and encourage wider participation
  4. Stimulate, engage in, and disseminate collaborative research and innovation around pain education
  5. Organise meetings, seminars and workshops on pain education

We welcome SIG members to join our working groups.  Please email Amelia ( or the lead for the working group to talk about your interests and our opportunities. We have  working groups on:

  • Undergraduate Pain Education
  • Research in Pain Education
  • Patient Education (patients as educators, and educating patients)

Further information regarding the work of the SIG is available to BPS Members by clicking here.

If you are not currently a Member but would like to join the Society to access the range of Special Interest Groups, please click here. If you are a member, go to MY BPS, then UPDATE SIG DETAILS, and you can join the SIG by ticking the box next to Pain Education SIG.

Committee members

Name and BPS Roles

Role and Contact Details


Kate Thompson


Lead Undergraduate group

Senior Physiotherapy Lecturer, School of Clinical and Applied Sciences, Leeds Beckett University.



Amelia Swift


Council Liaison Officer


Senior Lecturer (Nursing), University of Birmingham

Honorary Pain Team member: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham



Emma Briggs



Lecturer and King's Teaching Fellow, Kings College, London




Sue Jenkins 



Senior Lecturer, Programmes' Director, Center of Medical Education, School of Medicine, Cardiff University


Rajesh Menon

Consultant in Anaesthetics, Critical Care and Chronic Pain: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.


Rajesh Menon
Rajiv Malhotra


Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management: Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital NHS Trust


Ed Keogh

Lead: Pain Education Research

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Bath Deputy Director, Bath Centre for Pain Research, University of Bath



Chris Seenan

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Lead for Post-Registration Programmes, Department of Physiotherapy and Paramedicine, Glasgow Caledonian University 







Jonathan Rajan

Lead: Communications

Consultant in Pain Medicine, Manchester


Martin Galligan

Lecturer Practitioner in Cancer and Advanced Practice at The Royal Marsden School



Sam Ahmedzai

Co-opted member from the Pain Education Committee

Professor in Palliative Medicine, the University of Sheffield.








Louise Trewern

Patient Liaison Committee

Lay member of the BPS PLC , Lay member on the Involve Committee at Torbay Hospital, and works with GP practice as an expert patient