Current university teaching activities include regular undergraduate and post-graduate teaching. Over the last five years the work from our group and those of our colleagues, and the seminars that we have given nationally and internationally, have resulted in a slow but substantial shift of interest to pain physiology and pain management issues in the European Rheumatology and Neurology Communities. This has resulted in the Group being commissioned by the British Society for Rheumatology and the International Society for the Study of Pain (IASP) to develop “Integrated Guidelines for the Management of Musculoskeletal Pain”.
Specialist registrars in rheumatology are taught in the multidisciplinary musculoskeletal pain and inflammatory arthritis clinics that I have set up in parallel to the formal teaching they get on the ward and in the Rheumatology MSc course.
Now that the ARC programme grant has been established we have plans, which are at an early stage, to develop a teaching website on the principles of pain physiology and musculoskeletal pain management. We would plan to do this in conjunction with our colleagues in the Dept of Anatomy, ARC Epidemiology Unit and the Royal College of Physicians and IASP. Chairman of IASP Musculoskeletal Pain Taskforce. This is an international group which is focussed on developing and promoting the guidelines - driven management of Musculoskeletal Pain workshops and seminars at international and national meetings. We plan to do this at the same time as holding a number of National and International meetings to develop and promote the “Integrated Guidelines for the Management of Musculoskeletal Pain”.