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Airing Pain 98: IASP Global Year of Excellence in Pain Education and North Bristol Pain Management Programme

What is the IASP Glob­al Year of Excel­lence in Pain Edu­ca­tion, and how does pain man­age­ment research ben­e­fit the patient?

This edi­tion is fund­ed by Pain Concern’s donors and friends, assist­ed by an edu­ca­tion­al grant from Grünenthal.

The Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion for the Study of Pain (IASP), formed in 1973, is the lead­ing forum of sci­en­tists, clin­i­cians, health­care providers and pol­i­cy mak­ers sup­port­ing and pro­mot­ing the study of pain and using that knowl­edge to improve pain relief worldwide.

Each year IASP focus­es on a dif­fer­ent aspect of pain that has glob­al rel­e­vance. In 2017, IASP focused on pain after surgery, and joint pain was the focus of 2016. In this pro­gramme, Paul Evans speaks to Dr Paul Wilkin­son, lead of the IASP force of the 2018 Glob­al Year of Excel­lence in Pain Education.

IASP hopes to advance the under­stand­ing of pain in the areas of gov­ern­ment, pro­fes­sion­al and research edu­ca­tion and ulti­mate­ly cre­ate strat­e­gy to com­mu­ni­cate the gaps in pain edu­ca­tion globally.

Paul also speaks to clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist Dr Nicholas Ambler, patient train­er Lisa Par­ry and assis­tant psy­chol­o­gist Saree­ta Vyas at the Bris­tol Pain Man­age­ment Pro­gramme to find out if there is a cor­re­la­tion between invest­ment in pain man­age­ment research and devel­op­ment and patient benefit.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Avail­abil­i­ty of pain ser­vices, CBT: cog­ni­tive behav­iour­al ther­a­py, chron­ic pri­ma­ry pain, edu­cat­ing health­care pro­fes­sion­als, fund­ing of pain ser­vices, GP, insom­nia, pol­i­cy, online resources, sleep com­pres­sion and volunteering.


  • Dr Paul Wilkin­son, Direc­tor of pain man­age­ment ser­vices in New­cas­tle and lead of IASP 2018 inter­na­tion­al task force
  • Dr Nicholas Ambler, Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gist and lead of NHS North Bris­tol Pain Man­age­ment Programme
  • Lisa Par­ry, patient and patient train­er at NHS North Bris­tol PMP
  • Saree­ta Vyas, Assis­tant Psy­chol­o­gist and leader of sleep man­age­ment pro­gramme at NHS North Bris­tol PMP.

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