About this event

  • Date and time Tue 13 Oct 2020 from 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Geriatrics and Gerontology

*This event has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused. 

The meeting will explore the complexities of chronic, non-malignant pain in older people, drawing on expertise from medicine, nursing and psychology to explain why pain is different in older people, and why different approaches to treatment are needed.

Chronic, non-malignant pain is common, poorly understood and too often badly managed. This meeting will allow practitioners to consider the causes and consequences of chronic, non-malignant pain and to discuss guideline implementation with guideline authors. The meeting will be multi-disciplinary, with presentations from nursing, psychology and medicine.

The objectives of the meeting are:

  • To understand the origins and consequences of non-malignant pain in older people
  • To learn the extent of current guidelines on managing non-malignant pain
  • To appreciate the range of non-pharmacological management options for non-malignant pain


Geriatrics & Gerontology Section: Clinical governance and audit prize


  • First prize: Best Oral Presentation £100
  • Second prize: £50 Best Poster Presentation

Submission deadline 

 21 July 2020

Open to  

Trainees in geriatric medicine, old age psychiatry or social sciences

Application guidelines

Abstract submissions of no more than 250 words on audit, clinical governance, quality improvement and research projects relevant to the care of older people.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to present an oral presentation. A selection of submissions that not shortlisted for oral presentation will be invited to present a poster at the meeting.

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Early bird pricing available until 31 August 2020.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £53.00 £53.00 £53.00 £29.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£125.00 £85.00 £85.00 £45.00


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Keynote 1: The epidemiology and assessment of non-malignant, non-terminal pain in older people

Professor Patricia Schofield, Abertay University, Dundee

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

Tea and coffee break
Recognising and responding to analgesia dependence in older people

Professor Ilana Crome, Emeritus Professor of Addiction Psychiatry, Keele University

Panel discussion
Keynote 2: Chronic pain as embodied defence

Professor Christopher Eccleston, Centre for Pain Research, Bath University

Therapeutic options

Dr John Hughes, Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Case studies of problematic pain management
Tea and coffee break
Close of meeting


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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