Regional Network: RAPMs and Faculty Tutors (Pain)
The FPM manages a network of regional and local trainers who advise upon, sign off and assure Pain Medicine training. More information about the FPM's quality management framework is available on this page.
Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine (RAPM)
The Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine is responsible for the appointment and re-appointment of Regional Advisors in Pain Medicine (RAPMs). The Roles and Responsibilities for RAPMs are available here.
RAPMs are responsible for ensuring that training and education in Pain Medicine in their region is properly delegated and organised, fulfils the requirements of the CCT document, is accessible to all trainees (basic, advanced and those spending time in research) through suitable communication channels and is appropriately supervised.
The RAPM acts as coordinator between the Regional Advisor in Anaesthesia, the Postgraduate Dean, Programme Directors, College Tutors, academic departments, clinical managers, the Schools of Anaesthesia and other specialties (such as palliative medicine and neurology) to enhance training in Pain Medicine and to ensure trainees are appropriately appraised, assessed and supported.
The RAPM is involved in the assessment and Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process for Advanced Pain Medicine Trainees. The RAPM also feeds back to the Faculty regarding any major problems or difficulties relating to Pain Medicine within their region.
Dr Peter Cole formally succeeded Dr Victor Mendis as Chair of the RAPMs on 1st January 2019.
Faculty Tutor (Pain)
In conjunction with the local hospital, RAPMs appoint Faculty Tutors (Pain). FTPs are responsible for ensuring the training site as a comprehensive pain training programme across all agreed areas of the Pain Medicine curriculum. FTPs will work with the RAPM to ensure cross-regional cohesion and with local trainers to ensure good quality training.
The Roles and Responsibilities for Faculty Tutors (Pain) are available here.
FTP Leadership Conference (previously LPMES Conference)
The FPM runs a successful Leadership Conference for local pain tutors involving lectures, updates and workshops to keep FTPs up to date with current training information and provide an opportunity for networking across regions.
These meetings are held every second year, and the next FTP Conference will be held in 2021. Keep an eye on our website for further information about the next FTP Conference.
Find out more about the Faculty's Quality Management framework, which ensures the high quality of Pain Medicine training through the UK