About this event

  • Date and time Wed 15 May 2024 from 9:15am to 5:00pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Pain Medicine

With a focus on environmental influences on chronic pain conditions intertwined with social determinants such as deprivation and inequalities, this webinar brings together experts to illuminate the nexus between national policies, politics, societal values, and health outcomes.

This meeting is of interest to health and social care professionals in primary and secondary care, people living with chronic pain, and those working in the voluntary sector.

By attending this webinar, you will learn:

  • The evidence linking pain to social factors
  • Modern theoretical models linking chronic pain and environmental factors.
  • Successful social intervention models in chronic pain and related conditions to give participants practical ideas for their implementation
  • The influence of the social, political and policy environment in which we live and work, and how this influences the effectiveness of social interventions for people with chronic pain

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

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Standard pricing available until 14 May 2024.


RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£72.00 £43.00 £43.00 £43.00 £23.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP / SAS Doctors AHP / Nurse / Midwife Non Healthcare Professional Trainee Student
£132.00 £79.00 £79.00 £79.00 £41.00


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Introduction and welcome

Session 1

Chair: Dr Maureen Tilford, Secretary, British Pain Society Philosophy and Ethics Special Interest Group

Understanding pain through the social sciences

Dr Jackie Walumbe, Clinical Academic Physiotherapist, University College London Hospitals NHS Trust and University of Oxford   

Beyond the biopsychosocial model

Dr Peter Stilwell, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University Montreal  

Comfort break
Working together to help people live well with chronic pain

Professor Anthony Avery, Professor of Primary Health Care, Nottingham University and National Clinical director for Prescribing, NHS England and Senior Investigator at the National Institute for Health and Care Research


Panel discussion
Lunch break

Session 2

Cornwall Pain Cafes

Ms Libby Huddy, Cornwall Chronic Pain Co-ordinator, and colleagues

Comfort break
Live well with pain

Ms Ann Livingston and colleagues, Ten Footsteps training programme 

Comfort break
Chronic pain management: Policies for the future

Professor Alf Collins, former Community Consultant in Pain Management and Director, Personalised Care group of NHS England 

Panel discussion
Closing remarks
Close of meeting




Registration for this event will close 1 hour prior to start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

The agenda is subject to change at any time.

All views expressed at this event are of the speakers themselves and not of the Royal Society of Medicine, nor the speaker's organisations.

We are only able to share presentations that we have received permission to share. This is at the presenter and the RSM’s discretion.

This event will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be distributed in future on various internet channels.

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