About this event

  • Date and time Tue 9 Jun 2020 from 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Geriatrics and Gerontology

This is the first webinar is a three part series in-which we will discuss the different approaches to understanding and responding to pain in older people, using insights from psychology, nursing and medicine.

Participants will learn about the epidemiology and assessment of non-malignant, non-terminal pain in older people, understand what is different about older people's experience of pain, and value insights from medical, nursing and psychology experts.

A certificate of attendance and CPD certificate with 1 CPD credit will be issued to those joining the webinar live. 

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This meeting is a part of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Section three-part webinar series. If you would like to find out more about the series, please visit the Geriatrics and Gerontology Section homepage. 


Key speakers

Professor Patricia Schofield

Professor of Pain and Ageing

Speaker's biography

Professor Patricia Schofield’s professional background is nursing and completed her PhD in 2001 looking at management of chronic pain using sensory environments. She completed a number of major projects on management of pain, particularly with older adults, including; an ESRC project, an MRC funded project; a COST collaborative project, and an SBRI project. Professor Schofield also led the development of the national guidelines for the assessment of pain in older adults (2007, 2018) and the management of pain in older adults (2013, 2020). Last year she led the European year against pain in vulnerable populations and was co-chair of the global year against pain in vulnerable populations. Having stepped down as deputy dean for research, she now works for Sheffield Hallam University as UoA3 lead and has an honorary role as professor of pain and ageing for Abertay University. She has published over 200 peer reviewed publications and 15 books/chapters in the field of pain and ageing.

Dr Margaret Dunham

Senior Lecturer in Pain Management and Post Graduate Research Tutor

Sheffield Hallam University

Speaker's biography

Dr Margaret Dunham is a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. She specialises in older people's experiences of health care, focusing on their pain experiences. Since 2013 she has been associate editor of the British Pain Society's pain news and is currently a committee member of the BPS Older People Special Interest Group. She works with groups locally and nationally to improve and enhance experiences of pain services. Recently, Margaret chaired the working party updating the UK Pain Management Guidelines for Older People.

Dr Dunham has collaborated with academics and health care professional across the UK, Europe and the US; having presented her work at national and international nursing and multidisciplinary conferences. She continues to work with national and international researchers to develop research and outputs related to older people's care and health services.


View the programme

Webinar sign-in
Welcome and introduction
The epidemiology and assessment of non-malignant, non-terminal pain in older people: An introduction to the Pain Society/BGS 2018 guidelines on pain management and any further developments

Professor Patricia Schofield, Abertay University, Dundee

Question and answer session

Professor Patricia Schofield

What’s special about older people and pain?

Dr Margaret M Dunham, Post Graduate Research Tutor for Health and Social Care and Senior Lecturer in Pain Management,  Chairman British Pain Society’s Older People SIG,  Sheffield Hallam University

Question and answer session

Dr Margaret M Dunham

Closing remarks



Upcoming webinars

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Webinar CPD

Non-malignant pain in older people: Part 2

This the second webinar in a three part series and the aim is to teach participants to recognise and respond to analgesia dependence in older people.

Disclaimer: All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM. 

All webinars will be available for registered delegates 30 days after on Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the webinar takes place. 

 Special rates for difficult times 

The RSM wishes to offer healthcare professionals continued learning opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. The RSM’s COVID-19 online events are available free of charge, while there will be small charges to register for other online education. These fees will enable the RSM to continue its programme of activities and will apply during the course of the pandemic.