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2019 Meeting: Exploring the Way Ahead For Pain Medicine: Caring For the Patient and the Clinician

We are looking forward to another great meeting for the Philosophy and Ethics Special Interest Group taking place at Rydal Hall near Ambleside in Cumbria, Monday 24th -Weds 26th June 2019. People would usually travel to the venue on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd. Talks and discussion take place on the Monday and Tuesday with a break between 2 and 4 pm for relaxation and walking in the gardens and surrounding hills and lakes. There will be further talks on Wednesday morning and the meeting ends after lunch. Evenings are sometimes spent in the local pub, The Badger near the end of the drive or just enjoying the relaxed atmosphere of the hall and garden. 

The title this time is: Exploring the Way Ahead For Pain Medicine: Caring For the Patient and the Clinician.  

Included in the programme so far are some great speakers: 

  • Dr Deepak Ravindran who is the lead clinician at the Reading Pain Clinic and interested in chronic pain and how early adverse life events can impact on pain and suffering later in life. He is interested in the complexities of pain and has a holistic approach to patient care.
  • Dr Jonathon Tomlinson is a GP in Hackney with an interest in professional values and is an In Practice Research Fellow with NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) studying moral development in medical education and clinical practice. 
  • Betsan Corkhill, a wellbeing coach with an interest in pain management and the interaction between emotional trauma and physical health.
  • Dr David Laird, lead clinician in the Durham pain clinic. David is interested in whole patient care and clinical values.
  • Prof Paul Dieppe, who will speak about how the art of healing can be integrated with the science of curing.

We would be delighted if members of the other special interest groups would like to join us this year and share their ideas.


  1. Programme
  2. Accommodation
  3. Fees
  4. Registration
  5. Travel
  6. Queries


Sunday, 23 June

16:00 Arrive & tea
18:30 Dinner and housekeeping                                                                     


Monday, 24 June

08:15 Easy yoga in the gardens
  Leader: Gillian Bartlam
08:45 Breakfast
09:30 Welcome and introduction
  Moderator: Peter Gorman
09:45 Chronic pain after surgery and the role of developmental trauma: When shall we talk about the elephant in the room?
  Dr Deepak Ravindran
11:00 Coffee
11:20 The Link Between Chronic Pain and Adverse Childhood Events: Trauma Informed Care
  Dr Jonathan Tomlinson
12:30 Discussion
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Walking and recreation in the gardens and countryside
16:00 Tea
16:30 Going beyond the Bio Pyscho Social - The complex person in a complex world
  Betsan Corkhill
17:30 Discussion
18:30 Dinner


Tuesday 25 June

08:15 Easy yoga in the gardens
  Leader: Gillian Bartlam
08:45 Breakfast
09:45 Integrating the Art of Healing With The Science of Curing
  Dr Paule Dieppe
10:30 Discussion
11:30 Compassionate Care in the Pain Clinic
  Dr David Laird
12:30 Discussion
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Walking and recreation in the gardens and countryside: forest bathing
16:00 Tea
16:30 Striving for a truly holistic pain service - a journey so far
  Jamie Watson
17:30 Discussion
18:30 Dinner


Wednesday, 26 June

08:15 Easy yoga in the gardens
  Leader: Gillian Bartlam
08:45 Breakfast
09:30 Introduction
09:45 The Human Kind: What Pain Tells Us About Our Nature
  Dr Peter Dorward
11:00 Coffee
11:30 Inflammation: new ideas
  Dr Maureen Tilford
12:30 Discussion
13:00 Lunch & farewell

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Some sharing of double rooms may be necessary. Please indicate on the application form if there is anyone you would particularly wish to share with, or if you feel have a strong priority (not just a preference) for a single (or ground floor or wheelchair accessible) room. Beds may be available for accompanying partners if number of applicants permits.

Information about Rydal Hall can be found here

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  BPS Member Non BPS Member
Registration Fees Before 10th May After 10th May Before 10th May After 10th May
Consultants and GPs £495 £525 £695.00 £765.00
Other delegates £395 £415 £495 £525
No Accomodation - GP & Consultants £320.00 £560.00
No Accomodation - Other delegates £210 £320
Guest £290


The early bird rate will be avaialble until 10th May

You can join the British Pain Society in order to take advantage of the member's discounted rate. Find out more here.

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The nearest airport is Manchester. Trains go from the airport to Windermere station, taking about 2 hours. Liverpool John Lennon Airport is also about 2 hours by train, after a 10 minute shuttle bus. Both airports have a range of international and budget carriers. 

Rydal Hall is to be found off the main A591 road between Ambleside and Grassmere. Approaching from Ambleside, about a mile after leaving the town, take the turning right, signposted “Rydal Mount” (brown sign) and “Rydal Hall” ( blue sign). The Hall is first on the right, through wrought iron gates. The nearest railway stations are Oxenholme and Windermere. “Rydal Church” bus stop is on A591 just 200 yards from the Hall. You can be met at this stop by arrangement.

Telephone Numbers

Rydal Hall 015394 32050
Local bus service enquiries 0870 608 2606




015394 32371 



015394 32857 



015394 44644 


Blue Star 

01539 723670 


Castle Taxis 

01539 726233 

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If you have any queries please email [email protected] or call 0207 269 7840.

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