About this event

  • Date and time Fri 28 Jan 2022 from 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Pain Medicine

It is recognised that patients undergoing surgery can experience pain after surgery and that for some patients this pain can persist beyond the expected time of healing. This unique event brings together experts in diverse fields to identify how we can help patients prepare prior to surgery and ensure a less painful postoperative journey. 

Our multidisciplinary speakers will review the evidence as to whether changes in our diet, sleep, exercise regimen, pain medication, psychological preparation, and managing our expectations can promote better outcomes.

During this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of pain prehabilitation prior to surgery
  • Appreciate why sleep is important and how lack of sleep can affect pain
  • Understand how pain medications can interfere with sleep
  • Understand how anxiety, depression and catastrophising can affect the level of pain that we experience
  • Know how best to manage the patient’s expectations of pain after surgery
  • Understand how the gut microbiome affects pain and are there changes that can be made to our diet prior to surgery
  • Understand the ways in which physical preparation and help to improve pain after surgery
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how opioids can adversely affect pain management and why we may need to decrease them prior to surgery
  • Understand the evidence for pre-emptive analgesia and what should be avoided

This event is available for on-demand viewing. The event recording will be available for registered delegates up to 60 days after the live broadcast via Zoom. The link will be sent 24 hours after the event takes place. 

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Pain Medicine Section: Andrew Lawson Prize


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

Submission deadline

Sunday 7 November 2021

Meeting date

Friday 28 January 2022

Open to

All medical students and trainees in pain medicine up to APT level, submissions from trainees of other specialities will also be accepted.

Application guidelines

Submissions from all medical students and trainees in pain medicine up to APT level are invited for the Andrew Lawson Prize in pain medicine. The title of the essay this year is "What can be done to prevent pain?".  Essays should be no longer than 2000-3000 words.

The winner of the prize will receive £200, free attendance to a Pain Medicine Section meeting of their choice and will be expected to make a twenty-minute presentation (including Q&A) on the topic of their essay at an upcoming Pain Medicine Section meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine on 28 January 2022.

The winning essay will be published in the British Pain Society’s ‘Pain News' and therefore award of the Prize is conditional on using original diagrams only (rather than copyrighted material) and completing the editorial process in terms of standardising references, etc. to the format of the publication. For guidance please follow this link.

Apply here ►


Early Bird pricing available until 17 December 2021.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£77.00 £46.00 £46.00 £46.00 £24.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£141.00 £84.00 £84.00 £84.00 £44.00


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Dr Gillian Chumbley, Consultant Nurse, Pain Service, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Great Expectations! How best to prepare our patients

Speaker to be confirmed

Is the lack of sleep a pain?

Dr Hugh Selsick, Consultant in Sleep Medicine and Psychiatry, Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine

Tea and coffee break
Gut reactions: How the gut can affect your pain

Dr Siobhain O’Mahony, Senior Lecturer, Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience, University College Cork, Ireland

Let’s get physical

Dr David McDonald, National Improvement Advisor, National Centre for Sustainable Delivery

Panel discussion about sleep, nutrition, patient expectations and exercise
The drugs don’t work: The conundrum of opioid reduction prior to surgery

Speaker to be confirmed

Pre-emptive strike: Does it help pain after surgery?

Dr Sibtain Anwar, President, Pain Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Tea and coffee break
It’s all in the mind: Psychological preparation for surgery

Speaker to be confirmed 

Panel discussion on opioids, medications and psychological preparation
The Andrew Lawson Prize
Closing remarks and end of meeting

Dr Gillian Chumbley


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

Disclaimer: 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 weekly COVID-19 Series webinars remain 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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