The Pain Summit took place on Tuesday 22 November 2011 at Central Hall, Westminster. It was a joint venture organised by the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (CPPC), the British Pain Society, the Faculty of Pain Medicine, and the Royal College of General Practitioners.
The Summit brought together parliamentarians, healthcare professionals, commissioners and patient groups in order to discuss the issue of chronic pain and to examine current pain services within the United Kingdom.
Through a plenary session comprising contributions from both healthcare professionals and individuals living with chronic pain, as well as three simultaneous participative workshops, we hoped to reach a consensus on how chronic pain services might be improved for those living with pain, their families and employers.
The results of the day’s activities will initially be reported in a Post Summit Report, available soon after the event. A final report will be lauched on Wednesday 4th July in the House of Commons.
Chronic pain affects 7.8 million people in the United Kingdom and has a major impact on the quality of life of those who suffer from it (CMO Report, Pain: Breaking Through the Barrier, 2008). Furthermore, it can have a wide variety of associated effects, ranging from poor physical mobility through to mental wellbeing and social difficulties, such as the inability to work (ibid.). The Pain Summit hopes to raise awareness of the extent of the problems chronic pain raises and to bring together a tentative coalition to improve the conditions and prospects for those living in pain.