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Trainee ‘The history of pain medicine’ essay prize winner

25 Aug 2017

Congratulations to Dr Thomas Walton ST6, Anaesthesia & Advanced Pain Medicine, North West Deanery who won the £250 prize for his ‘History of Pain Medicine’ essay ‘The Masked Marvel'. An abstract of Dr Walton’s winning essay will feature in the autumn edition of Transmitter....

Response to recent news reports regarding fentanyl

02 Aug 2017

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and The Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) are concerned with misinformation included in recent news reports regarding the drug fentanyl. The recreational use of fentanyl, often mixed with other illicit drugs, is a serious concern and we...

RCoA transparency data: the cost of training

01 Aug 2017

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) and Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (FICM) ensure that trainees, members and fellows are provided with an appropriate breakdown of costs of supporting trainees and in the provision of the examinations...

Launch of Core Standards for Pain Medicine Services (CSPMS) Gap...

31 May 2017

Following feedback received since the launch of Core Standards for Pain Medicine Services, a need for a Gap Analysis Questionnaire was recognised and this tool is now available on the Faculty of Pain Medicine website.  This is aimed at allowing clinicians/ pain units to assess...

Faculty Responds to Research Describing Links Between NSAIDs and...

11 May 2017

The Faculty of Pain Medicine carefully considers all new research and its impact on safe and effective patient care. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are widely used and effective group of painkillers, and their role in short and long-term pain management is...

Trainee Essay Prize

11 May 2017

The Faculty of Pain Medicine will award a prize for the best essay on the subject of:  “The History of Pain Medicine” in celebration of the Faculty’s 10 year anniversary. The topic of the essay may be chosen by trainee, on any aspect of the history of acute or chronic pain...

Dean of the Faculty Discusses Opioid Painkillers with The Guardian

05 May 2017

Dr Barry Miller, Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine discussed prescriptions of opioid painkillers in an article in The Guardian today. You can read the article here. 

BMA and FPM guidance produced on analgesic prescribing and end of...

19 Apr 2017

The British Medical Association has released two guidance documents around the use of analgesics.  This followed a resolution passed at the BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting which highlighted the rising use of opioid analgesics for chronic non-cancer pain and called for the...

Faculty expresses concerns about the misuse of pain scoring systems...

12 Apr 2017

The Faculty of Pain Medicine read with interest the recent HSJ article on the use of pain scores to restrict access to hip and knee surgery.  We are concerned by any misuse of clinical scoring systems for the apparent purposes of rationing services, especially where the...

The Faculty's Statement on NHS England’s Five Year Forward...

29 Mar 2017

In response to media reports announcing details of NHS England’s Five Year Forward View, Dr Barry Miller, Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine at the Royal College of Anaesthetists said: “The Faculty of Pain Medicine is deeply concerned by reports of plans to remove patient...

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