FPM Board Elections

Nominations are now open for the 2022 Board election

We are accepting nominations for one vacancy to the FPM Board. 

Board vacancies

The Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine is the main decision-making body of the Faculty, responsible for its overall direction and strategy.  The Board consists of ten elected and appointed positions and
six co-opted members who make up a supportive and proactive team.

There will be one vacancy in 2023. The elected candidate will take office at the Board meeting on Friday 10 March 2023.  The term of office will be six years in the first instance.  Those elected will be eligible to be re-elected for a second term of four years.  Those eligible to stand are: Foundation Fellows, Fellows by Examination & Assessment, Fellows ad Eundem and Members of the Faculty complying with the conditions of the Ordinances and Regulations.

Candidiates' election statements

SRIVASTAVA, Devjit - Raigmore Hospital, Inverness

nominated by Dr Lorraine de Gray, Dr Manohar Sharma

Q1: What experience do you have in local, regional and nation committees, projects and initiatives? 

I am a clinician, working in Inverness, Scotland.
Effective pain management still remains one of the great unmet population needs of our time and I am driven by a desire to improve this . 

The FPM (Faculty Pain Medicine) PSC (Professional Standards Committee)is the powerhouse driving this change and I am a member of the PSC since 2018.In this role, I have co-lead the working group on the ‘Surgery and Opioid’ guidance   to improve perioperative stewardship   nationally and this has been now incorporated into GPAS/ACSA standards. My current national improvement projects include a] Gap analysis of UK pain services and b] developing a transitional pain service delivery model.   

In my role as Deputy Events organiser (FPM) , I have organised the FPM study days for the last two years and  received  positive feedback .  

Locally, I have led QI projects in post amputation pain, ICU Pain, perioperative opioid stewardship and the complex pain pathway for surgery . As Hon Sr Lecturer (University of Dundee), I supervise Master’s students for systematic reviews. I also teach trainees doctors , GPs and medical students . I have been an invited speaker at local, regional, national and international conferences.

 My research includes elucidating the role of genomics and endocannabinoids in pain  ( two ongoing projects). My earlier research project on the pain-free woman  has opened up vistas for endocannabinoid/gene therapy options for pain relief and gained traction in national/international media. I have published extensively and am a peer reviewer for BJA/BJP/Lancet.  

Outside medicine, I play league cricket, club squash and take my Golden retriever ‘Jadoo’ for walks. 

Q2: What would you aim to do if elected to the Board? 

  1. I will support the FPM Board’s strategic vision for advancing the standards of pain management nationally. 
  2. Kick-start a national project to gather clinical data from chronic pain networks to promote personalised medicine and research (reverse translation).

LOVE-JONES, Sarah - Southmead Hospital, Bristol

nominated by Dr Gaurav Chhabra; Dr Arun Bhaskar

Q1: What experience do you have in local, regional and national committees, projects and initiatives?

  1. I have recently completed 2 terms of elected Council member for the British Pain Society. 
  2. I am active in  the NICE  interventional procedures program. 
  3. I have previously advised on the NICE guidelines ‘Pelvic Organ Prolapse and Urinary Incontinence in women’ guidelines as pain advisor. 
  4. I have previously been scientific advisor for NSUKI (Neuromodulation Society of UK and Ireland)
  5. I am an examiner and founder of the European Diploma in Pain Medicine for ESRA (European Society of Regional Anaesthesia)
  6. I am active in Pain research within my trust, currently Principal Investigator for 4 clinical trials
  7. I am clinical specialty lead in the pain clinic at North Bristol NHS trust.

Q2: What would you aim to do if elected to the Board? 

I aim to be an enthusiastic and active member of the Board, contributing to the Faculty with both written material and on committees and working groups.  I will be very happy to represent the Faculty at external meetings and to become the responsible officer for a consultation process.  I have experience in all these during my time on Council for the British pain society and advising NICE on pain matters.

TSANG, Hoo Kee - Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool 

nominated by Dr Lorraine de Gray; Dr Senthil Jayaseelan

Q1: What experience do you have in local, regional and national committees, projects and initiatives?  

As Regional Advisor for Pain Medicine (RAPM) in Merseyside, I redesigned intermediate, higher and advanced Pain training modules, working with Liverpool University to introduce Essential Pain Medicine UK training for undergraduates, and exploring the incorporation of Pain training into Northwest foundation programmes.

I have experience from working on several RCoA committees, representing the Faculty of Pain Medicine on the RCoA training and assessment committee, RCoA curriculum writing committee and now the curriculum assurance committee.   As the current RAPM Chair, I have guided Pain trainees and supported RAPMs across the UK to implement the Pain Medicine components of 2021 RCoA curriculum, steering and maintaining the standards for Pain Medicine training.

I work with local commissioners as a Clinical Director on service developments to align services within the local Integrated Care System. Commissioning changes mean that the role of Pain Consultants is increasingly important in ensuring that service planning includes Pain training and maintaining professional standards, securing it for the future. The 2021 curriculum brought new challenges and with Pain Credentialing on the horizon, my experience in their development will hopefully be beneficial.

I understand the importance of a productive, enjoyable educational environment for trainees, whose experience of Pain Medicine early in their careers influences perceptions of the specialty throughout their working lives; by challenging myths and increasing understanding of our important branch of medicine, we can enthuse the next generation of clinicians.

Q2: What would you aim to do if elected to the Board? 

If elected, it would be a privilege to work with you to ensure that Pain Medicine remains relevant and prominent, for the ultimate benefit of our patients by enabling Pain clinicians to be first and central in the development of healthcare policy in this area. I will use my experience on the development and implementation of the 2021 curriculum to ensure that Pain Credentialing when approved is a success.

KHOT, Sharmila - University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

nominated by Dr Sonia Pierce; Dr Sunil Dasari

Q1: What experience do you have in local, regional and national committees, projects and initiatives? 

Locally I am a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine (2004-to date), Clinical Lead for Pain Medicine at the University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, and Hon Senior Lecturer, CUBRIC, School of Psychology, Cardiff University involved in pain teaching and research. I represent pain clinic in the perioperative care R&D committee in Cardiff.  
I supervise advanced pain trainees, medical students’ intercalated projects, pharmacology 3rd year projects and psychology student placements. I am also a PhD supervisor. 
I have led and delivered several quality improvement projects. In collaboration with a GP, I am developing an opioid management clinic in primary care and a multidisciplinary woman’s’ pelvic health clinic in secondary care. I led the Prudent Healthcare initiative for chronic pain management, contributing to a Welsh Government White Paper.  

Regional- I was RAPM Wales for two 3-year terms (2009-2015), and a member of the Anaesthesia Speciality Training Committee, as well as the Welsh Anaesthesia advisory group. I developed the structured training in Pain Medicine in Wales. I regularly teach pain pathophysiology at the Welsh anaesthesia courses. I set up a journal club for anaesthesia trainees in South Wales during the Covid pandemic.
I have been on interview committees for MBBS entrance and consultant appointments. I am a founder member of the South Wales Network for Acute Pain (SWnAP). 

Nationally- I am founder member of FPM; involved in FPM Assessment Working Party and curriculum development group for pain training. I contributed to the core standards document for the FPM writing the chapter for Wales.

Q2: What would you aim to do if elected to the Board? 

I have been fortunate to have trained in Mumbai, London, Liverpool, and Wales. I will bring my skills as clinician, researcher, and educator in working and leading multidisciplinary teams to push forwards training in pain medicine for anaesthetics, allied medical and non-medical specialities. 

WALTON, Thomas - Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport

nominated by Dr David Crabtree; Dr Jonathan Rajan

Q1:What experience do you have in local, regional and national committees, projects and initiatives?

Locally, I lead our Acute Pain Service and am Faculty Tutor. I sit on multidisciplinary, cross-specialty boards to drive change in Pain Management and am leading local transformation projects. Having overhauled our Pain Management training offer, I now receive requests from across medical and allied disciplines to train with us and have been recognised Deanery-wide for this work.

Regionally, I judge Trainee Audit evenings and deliver education and training for our trainees and SAS doctors. I’m developing a trainee-led Pain Management Case Discussion platform to enhance interest in our specialty and a collaborative regional Acute Pain Group with Faculty colleagues.

Nationally, I sit on the organising committee for a well-established, multidisciplinary Acute Pain conference, having been named their Consultant of the Year in 2021.

Q2: What would you aim to do if elected to the Board? 

My plans include bringing new energy and a fresh insight. I believe the Board should be wide-ranging and inclusive, involving those like me who benefit from the first-hand experience of modern training and Fellowship attainment by examination. Increasing accessibility across the country, engaging in communication/educational opportunities and harnessing the power of technology/social-media to attract potential future colleagues and enthuse our membership are key. I hope you can consider selecting me for this crucial work, thank you for reading.

Candidates are listed in order of the date their nomination was received. 

Important dates

Voting will be carried out electronically and ballot information will be sent via email to eligible Fellows and Members: Foundation Fellows, Fellows by Examination, Fellows by Assessment, Fellows ad Eundem, Associate Fellows, Affiliate Fellows and Members.  For this election votes will be accepted online only. Votes must be cast by midday 10 August 2022. The votes will then be counted and the results passed to the Faculty; candidates will be notified of the results no later than 12 August 2022. The election results will be declared on 16 August 2022 via the Faculty website and will be published in Transmitter and the RCoA Bulletin in due course.

For any queries please email contact@fpm.ac.uk
 

Board member Responsibilities

Excerpt from the Regulations of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (Part IX)

1    Attending meetings.  Members are expected to attend all meetings.  Members who consistently fail to attend meetings without prior leave may be removed from the Board by the Dean.  Members will also be expected to attend other major functions of the Faculty such as the Annual Meeting for Fellows and Members.

2    Delegates.  Members may not send delegates to attend in their place unless agreed by the Chair or the Dean.

3    Confidentiality.  Members of the Board should observe total confidentiality with respect to any discussions or papers considered confidential or sensitive, except where disclosure has been formally permitted.

4    Disclosure of interests

4.1    General conflicts of interest.  Before applying for the Board, members are expected to consider whether any current roles they hold would compromise the performance of their duties for the Faculty.   For example, it would be expected that Board members would not hold full roles on the Boards or Councils of similar organisations or societies.  This could pose both a conflict of interest and, in conjunctions with Regulation VI:7, is likely to affect the individual’s capacity to take forward Faculty activities. 

4.2    For individual areas.  All Members should disclose to the Chairman any relevant conflicting interest of any kind (financial or otherwise) arising in relation to any item on the agenda.  Where a relevant interest has been disclosed, the member may, subject to the Chairman’s agreement, remain during and participate in any debate on the item concerned, but must not vote.  

5    Members may be: 
a.    appointed to Faculty Committees or working groups;
b.    required to commit to events (either chairing or presenting);
c.    required to become the Responsible Officer for a consultation process;
d.    asked to represent the Faculty on external bodies;
e.    asked to contribute to the written material of the Faculty.

6    It is recommended that Members discuss their appointment with hospital colleagues and senior management.

7    Resignations

7.1    A member of the Board may tender their resignation at any time prior to the completion of their term of office.  The resignation will not take effect until accepted by the Board.

7.2   Any member of the Board who ceases the clinical practice of Pain Medicine would normally demit office from the Board at the next election.

Want to know more?
Meet the current members of our Faculty Board.