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Who We Are

Pain Concern is a charity working to support and inform
people with pain and those who care for them, whether
family, friends or healthcare professionals.

We believe that pain is best faced together by the ‘Pain
Community’ of people with pain, their family, supporters
and healthcare professionals. This ideal is reflected in the
make-up of the Pain Concern team.

About

Our patrons are Dame Anne Begg and Professor Sir Michael Bond. Anne was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011 in recognition of her tireless campaigning for the interests of disabled people and for equal opportunities. She has been particularly committed to lobbying for better provision of pain relief services. Michael is Emeritus Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Glasgow and, among many honours, was knighted in 1995 for Services to Medicine. He is one of the world’s leading authorities on the psychological aspects of pain.

Pain Concern is constituted as a members’ association and is governed by its constitution. It is a recognised charity in Scotland (SC023559)

Pain Concern is a Company limited by guarantee no. SC546994

The charity trustees comprise the members of the Executive Committee.

For a list of our trustees click here >

Pain Concern relies on the work of unpaid volunteers who man our helpline, deliver leaflets, staff our busy office and help to produce content for the radio show, newsletter and website.

The organisations we work closely with include IASP and the UK pain societies, Pain UK, the Scottish Government’s Chronic Pain Steering Group, and the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition.

Our Story

From the very beginning Pain Concern has brought together people living with pain and healthcare professionals specialising in this area to provide support and information and to campaign and advocate for better awareness, understanding, treatment and management of pain. Our charity grew out of a patient group formed to consult with Lothian Health Board’s Needs Assessment for chronic pain in 1994 and a support group for people who had completed a pain management programme at Astley Ainslie Hospital, Edinburgh.

Pain Concern was founded on April 26th 1995. We began as a self-help group – for ten years we ran Astley Ainslie’s pain management support group – and we have also operated a helpline service since 1995. However, right from the start we were interested in policy and were involved in local campaigning. We were secretaries of the Scottish Cross-Party Group on Chronic Pain from 2003 to 2012. The work of the group was influential in achieving the government’s appointment of a national lead clinician for chronic pain.

Although we are registered as a charity in Scotland, and remain very closely involved in work with Scottish healthcare and government organisations, we have expanded our focus to work with pain clinics, medical specialists and volunteers from across the UK and our membership also reflects this.

Our work on providing information to people in pain began with the launch of Pain Matters magazine in 1995 and has continued through the production of leaflets which have proven popular with physiotherapy departments and pain clinics across UK, as well as individuals with chronic pain. In 2009 Pain Concern was awarded first place in the NAPP Chronic Pain Awards receiving a grant of £10,000 to develop an internet radio show aimed at those living with chronic pain. This allowed us to start a very successful collaboration with Sony-award winning broadcaster Paul Harvard Evans, who has now produced over 100 episodes of Airing Pain, our internet radio programme informing and supporting people living with pain.

Board of Trustees

Dr Martin Dunbar

BSc (Hons), PhD, D.Clin.Psychol.

Trustee since23 August 2018

RoleChair

Biography Martin is a clinical psychologist by training and for over twenty years worked in Glasgow’s NHS pain service, latterly as the clinical lead for the Glasgow pain management programme (GPMP). The GPMP provided people who live with pain the skills to better self-manage their difficulties and this is something that Martin is very passionate about. At the heart of self-management is an improved understanding of chronic pain and all the various options for help, and the work of Pain Concern is a massive help in improving this.

Prior to his clinical work, Martin worked as an academic researcher at the University of Glasgow looking at the social and psychological determinants of physical health. He continues to do some small pieces of research and has, in the past, helped Pain Concern with their research efforts.

John Finch

BVM&S MSc DLAS FRCPath MRCVS

Trustee since23 August 2018

Role Hon. Treasurer

BiographyBorn August 1954, John was a Veterinary Surgeon who has worked in general practice, tropical disease investigation (in Yemen), toxicological pathology (supporting drug safety evaluation) and laboratory animal welfare. John is currently a member of the management team at the Edinburgh site of Charles River Laboratories, where they help clients develop new medicines and agricultural products. John chairs the committee running Haddington Concert Society a concert promoting society running professional classical music concerts in Haddington, East Lothian.

Michael Serpell

Trustee since7 November 2019

RoleTrustee

BiographyBorn December 1959. Mick Serpell is a Consultant in Anaesthesia & Pain Medicine for Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS, and Senior Lecturer at Glasgow University. He is Series Editor for Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine, is Associate Editor for Pain Management, sits on the Advisory Board for European Journal of Pain, and reviews articles for several other pain related Journals. He is examiner for the FFPMRCA for the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

He has received honoraria from Astellas, Grünenthal, NAPP and Pfizer for speaking at meetings. His institution has received research support in the past 5 years from numerous commercial sponsored studies.

Robin Aitchison

Trustee since12 April 2019

RoleTrustee

BiographyBorn in June 1957. Works as a Tax Partner for Ernst and Young

Statement of interestsIn my work I have clients who are pharmaceutical companies who are or may be developing medicines relevant to people living with pain.


Cathy Price

MB BCH, DCH, FRCA, FFPMRCA

Trustee since01 July 2021

RoleTrustee

BiographyCathy is a consultant in Pain Medicine in Southampton and has worked there since 1999. She provides medical services for people with long term pain. To do this she works in a multidisciplinary pain clinic, provides theatre lists for nerve blocks and also covers inpatient wards. Cathy is also a Clinical Director for Solent NHS Trust for a variety of differing services including general practice and musculoskeletal services. She undertakes research into several aspects of pain management, including the effectiveness of nerve blocks, employment issues and pain and developing pain registries. Cathy also leads a National Pain Audit for four years and won a Medical Futures award for Innovation in 2005 and was made an Honorary Member of the British Pain Society in 2014.


Richard Pell

BSc(Hons) PGCert. MCSP

Trustee since01 July 2021

RoleTrustee


BiographyRichard is a physiotherapist by professional background and worked in community musculoskeletal (MSK), occupational health and pain management services for 10 years. He is now Head of NHS Service Development for Connect Health, the largest independent provider of community MSK, pain management and rheumatology services to the NHS in England. In addition Richard is Campaign Director for Flippin’ PainTM (www.flippinpain.co.uk), a public health campaign focused on engaging, educating and empowering communities towards a contemporary understanding of pain science and management.

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