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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

Our constitution is available here >

The charity trustees comprise the members of the Executive Committee.

For a list of our trustees click here >

Our advisory board includes people with pain who have a wealth of experience of campaigning and working in the media and internationally recognised medical experts from across the UK.

For a list of our advisory board members 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.

Advisory Board

Recruitment Ongoing

The aim of our advisory board is to ensure all the material we produce, from podcasts to leaflets and magazines, is evidence based, ensuring we work towards our goal of bringing the pain community together.

Our advisory board will include people with pain who have a wealth of experience of campaigning and working in the media and internationally recognised medical experts from across the UK.

We are currently in the process of building up our advisory board. If you think you would be interested in joining, please email info@painconcern.org.uk for more information.

Board of Trustees

Dr Martin Dunbar

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

Trustee since23 August 2018

RoleChair

BiographyBorn April 1961. Consultant Clinical Psychologist for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Member of the Scottish Government’s Chronic Pain Steering Group.


John Finch

BVM&S MSc DLAS FRCPath MRCVS

Trustee since23 August 2018

Role Hon. Treasurer

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

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. I am married to Heather Wallace, the General Manager of Pain Concern.

Dr Sue Peacock

BSc (Hons) Physio, PG Cert Pain, Dip Ortho Med, Dip Mgmt, MCSP, Council Member of British Pain Society

Trustee since23 August 2018

RoleTrustee

BiographyBorn June 1971. Sue Peacock is a Consultant Health Psychologist, registered with HCPC. She has over twenty years experience of working with people with chronic/persistent pain. Sue set up the psychological side of the Pain Clinic at Milton Keynes University Hospital and a support group which thrives 15 years later. For the past 3 years, Sue has worked in independent practice. She has published her research around pain and has written three books for people with chronic/persistent pain. Sue is a member of many professional bodies including The British Pain Society, in the past she has been secretary for the Pain Management Programme Special Interest Group and is currently secretary for the Primary and Community Care Special Interest Group.


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.

Statement of interestsHe 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

RoleHon. Secretary

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.


Heather Muncey

BA, FCSP, MCSP, Dip Grad. Phys.

Trustee since7 November 2019

RoleTrustee

BiographyBorn September 1949. Retired Chartered Physiotherapist, her clinical specialty being Pain Management. She was Head of Physiotherapy Services at the Frenchay Healthcare NHS Trust in Bristol, later becoming a General Manager and Service Improvement Manager in Secondary Care and with the local Commissioners. She founded The Physiotherapy Pain Association in 1994. She served on the Council of the British Pain Society (BPS) and is an Honorary Member. She was the first Chair (joint) of the Pain Management Programmes Special Interest Group of the BPS.

Statement of interestsA Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Volunteer with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and with the Royal National Institute of the Blind.

Heather Wallace

MA(Hons), HNC Accounting

Trustee sinceNot applicable

RoleGeneral Manager

BiographyBorn July 1951. Heather Wallace developed neuropathic pain while still a teenager and has first-hand experience of the challenges of balancing work and family life with managing pain. She co-founded a support group for people with chronic pain after attending the pain management programme at Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh. This support group was refounded as the charity Pain Concern in 1995. Having worked as an editor, she is keen to use all the media sources available to inform and support people in pain. Formerly Chair of Pain Concern, Executive Member of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition, Member of the Scottish Government’s Chronic Pain Steering Group.

Paul Evans

Trustee sinceNot applicable

RoleNon-trustee advisor

BiographyPaul is an independent audio and visual media producer making programmes for a variety of outlets on a freelance basis. Prior to this, he worked for 31 years for the BBC, leaving due to his fibromyalgia, as a senior radio producer. He is co-director of Harvard Productions Limited which combines my media work with his wife’s music teaching.

Statement of interestsHarvard Productions Ltd produces Airing Pain

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