BMP Grant 2021-2022 is now open for applications

The application period for the third edition of the Brain Mind Pain Grant (2021-2022) started on 30 November 2021 and runs until the end of March 2022.

The BMP Grant aims to support projects that will help improve the quality of life of people living with brain, mind, and pain conditions. The theme of the third edition of the BMP Grant is prevention and self-management. It has been decided to narrow the focus to ‘Healthy Sleep for People Living with Read this article

Online Pain Toolkit 5-day workshop

Online Pain Toolkit workshop for UK and English-speaking EU residents
Presented by The Pain Toolkit – the home of supported pain self-management.

Many people may not have access to pain management programmes and so the Pain Toolkit has organised a team of experiences coaches to run a 5-day (2.5hrs a day) workshop. The workshop is open to people living with persistent pain, and open to maximum of 10 participants. Pain Toolkit will be running three workshops during 2022 in Canada … Read this article

Working in partnership with patients to extend the benefits of pain management programmes

Guest blog by Dr Michelle Farr, Research Fellow at University of Bristol and the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration West (NIHR ARC West)

People who experience long-term pain have important insights and strategies that help them manage pain in everyday life. However, they are often not invited to share their knowledge and skills to inform the services that are meant to support them. ARMA has been highlighting the importance of working in partnership with patients and how … Read this article

September is Pain Awareness Month

September is Pain Awareness Month from The Societal Impact of Pain. Pain Awareness Europe (PAE), in collaboration with other organisations in Europe, is holding an online event on 7 September, 14:00-15:00 CEST (15:00-16:00 British Summer Time). The webinar (in English) will focus on the topic of employment and pain and is open to all interested parties. Join the virtual event with via link.

There are also some infographics from PAE on ICD-11 and ICF available here.


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Pain forecast: building a predictive model of pain

Guest blog by Claire Little, PhD researcher at Centre for Epidemiology Versus Arthritis, University of Manchester

People living with arthritis and chronic pain conditions know that pain is a fluctuating and unpredictable symptom 1. This can cause uncertainty and fear about the future severity of pain 2. I am working on a project to build a ‘pain forecast’ that would provide predictions of future pain. Like the weather forecast, or economic forecasts, this aims to produce predictions … Read this article

Chronic pain: Unseen, unequal, unfair

A few years ago, Versus Arthritis funded the inclusion of a chronic pain questionnaire in the Health Survey for England. The findings from these questions are stark. Of great concern is that 5.5 million people in England (12% of the population) have high-impact chronic pain, the most severe form, which means a person struggles to take part in daily activities such as self-care, family, community and work.

Versus Arthritis’ new report, ‘Chronic pain in England: Unseen, unequal, unfair’ sets out … Read this article

University of Manchester pain research

The University of Manchester is looking for people with arthritis or any other long-term musculoskeletal pain condition to take part in the Manchester Digital Pain Manikin study.

  • Do you have arthritis or any other long-term musculoskeletal pain condition?
  • Are you interested in improving the way long-term pain is measured?

As part of a thirty day study, participants will make a daily report on their pain using the Manchester Digital Pain Manikin app.

Open the feasibility flyer here for more details … Read this article

Guest blog: Supporting people living with long term pain

What does the recent NICE guidance mean for pain clinics in this country?

Personal view from Alf Collins, Clinical Director for Personalised Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement

The recently published NICE guidance re: chronic pain management 1 has enjoyed a mixed reception. The purpose of the guidance is to improve the lives of people living with long term pain by improving the quality of pain management services across the NHS but many commentators, patient groups and national professional bodies … Read this article

Pain Alliance Europe Chronic Pain Survey

The Pain Alliance Europe is inviting people with chronic pain or their caregivers to take part in their 2021 survey on diagnosis and treatment. It’s available in 15 languages.

This is a second version of the survey The Pain Alliance Europe conducted in 2017. It will compare the responses from four years ago with the situation now, to see if there have been improvements over time.

PAE will use the survey results as a snapshot of the lives … Read this article