About this event

  • Date and time Mon 7 Sep 2020 from 1:30pm to 5:10pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Pain Medicine, Sleep Medicine

This unique webinar brings together experts from two separate faculties, Pain Medicine and Sleep Medicine, to explore the bidirectional link between pain and sleep. 

A bad night sleep worsens pain. Many patients attribute poor sleep to the primary pain condition rather than considering distinct and treatable primary sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea or restless legs. Learning how to spot and treat sleep disorders improves outcomes in the pain clinic.

Attendees can expect to:

  • Understand how normal and abnormal sleep is measured and the impacts upon pain
  • Identify common sleep disorders as they may present within the pain clinic
  • Be knowledgeable about impact of treatment of insomnia upon pain outcomes
  • Gain awareness of the impact of pharmacological therapies for pain upon sleep

A CPD certificate with 3 CPD credits will be issued to those joining the webinar live as well as those who watch the recording afterwards. Certificates will be issued 7 days after the webinar to those who watch it live and after 30 days for those that watch the recording. 

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We would like to thank our sponsors UCB Pharma Ltd and Neuraxpharm UK Ltd for their support of this webinar. Please note that the scientific programme and content has not been influenced in any way by the sponsor.

The Andrew Lawson Prize

First prize: £200 and free attendance to a Pain Medicine meeting of your choice.

Open to: All medical students and trainees in pain medicine up to APT level. Submissions from trainees of other specialties will also be accepted.

Submission deadline: 17 July 2020

Application guidelines:

Submit a 3,000-word essay on the topic: Long-term pain, sleep, and pain medications: Vicious circles, or good cycles? The winner will be required to present their essay at a Pain Medicine meeting. To find out more or to submit your essay, click here

Key speakers

Dr Nicole Tang

Dr Tang is running award-winning research trials into insomnia CBT within the pain clinic.

Dr Kirstie Anderson

President of the Sleep Medicine faculty

Speaker's biography

Dr Anderson has published research into the cardiometabolic and sleep impact of the commonly prescribed pain medications. She explores the impact of deprescribing opioids on sleep and restless legs.

Dr Sue Wilson

Professor at Imperial College London

Speaker's biography

Dr Wilson has extensive research experience of psychopharmacology and all aspects of polysomnography in the understanding of sleep and the investigation of sleep disorders.

Dr Kyle Pattinson

Dr Pattinson works within the academic pain team in Oxford and has studied the impact of opioids upon respiratory control.


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Welcome and introduction

Dr Anthony Ordman, Consultant in Pain medicine

An overview of the common primary sleep disorders and their presentation in the pain clinic

Dr Kirstie Anderson, President, Sleep Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Fatigue and sleep- findings from a polysomnography study

Dr Sue Wilson, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Psychiatry, Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London 

Breathing and your brain, the impact of opioids on central ventilation

Dr Kyle Pattinson, University of Oxford

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Kirstie Anderson

Tea and coffee break
Insomnia and CBT in the pain clinic: Waking less to improve pain?
Dr Nicole Tang, Reader in Psychology, University of Warwick
Updates in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea and implications for the pain clinic

Dr Rexford Musa, Consultant Sleep and Respiratory Physician, Sleep Disorders Centre, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust

The timing of pain, migraine, sleep and circadian rhythm

Dr Alexander Nesbitt, Consultant Neurologist and Sleep Physician

Panel discussion

Chair: Dr Kirstie Anderson

Presentation of the Andrew Lawson student essay prize

Chair: Dr Anthony Ordman

Monty Lyman, Junior Doctor, Oxford University Hospitals

Closing remarks

Dr Kirstie Anderson and Dr Anthony Ordman




All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

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. 

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