FPM10 - What's happened so far


Where did it all go right?

We date our anniversary from the first meeting of the ‘Initial Board’ of the Faculty, held in May 2007, which saw the election of the first Dean, Doug Justins, and its first Vice  Dean, Karen Simpson.  Before this, the embryonic ‘Founding Board’ was commissioned by the Royal College of Anaesthetists to oversee the transition of the College’s  Pain Management Committee and its responsibilities into the Faculty we all know today. The Faculty's arrival was announed in the May 2007 Bulletin, you can read the full  article by clicking on the image to the right.

What’s been happening?

The first 18 months saw the Faculty open Foundation Fellowship and develop its early work streams.  Our story next picks up in 2009.  This year by year digest is not intended to be exhaustive as there’s far too much to cover.  It also can never truly detail the on-going work responding back to consultations (we’ve been adding responses to key the more notable consultations  online since 2013), sending representatives to key initiatives, engaging with our partner organisations and national bodies, managing the media, and helping our fellows, members and trainees with their requests and concerns, or the work of our dedicated team of staff at Churchill House who make sure it all happens, on time.  As is often the case, it is the little interventions and smaller queries that can weigh up over time to be as important as the big changes.



As the work of the Faculty grows, two standing committees of the Faculty, The Training & Assessment Committee (FPMTAC) and the Professional Standards Committee (FPMPSC), meet for the first time.  An embryonic version of the FPM webpage is launched.  Dave Rowbotham becomes the second Vice Dean.  Our membership routes expand.

In other news, Swine Flu spreads to Britain and an amateur metal detectorist finds the UK largest haul of Anglo-Saxon jewellery in a field in Staffordshire.



The Faculty’s newsletter, Transmitter, launches.  Our first Education Meetings Advisor is appointed and oversees an overhaul of the Pain Medicine events programme.  Much work is taken forward by FPMTAC, including creating the first trainee logbookGuidance on specialist area competencies are produced.  After three years and helping to birth the Faculty, Doug Justins stands down as Dean.  Dave Rowbotham stands unopposed to succeed him.

In other news, a volcanic eruption in Iceland grounds air traffic across Europe.



During Dave’s first year, the FFPMRCA Court of Examiners is formed and begins the difficult tasks of populating a question bank and ensuring a fair and responsive standard setting process for the exam.  The first guideline is produced by the FPMPSC with many more to follow in coming years. Kate Grady becomes the third Vice Dean.

In other news, a tsunami causes a meltdown at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.




Following the 2011 Pain Summit, for which FPM is a co-sponsor, we lead the development of ASK2QUESTIONS, a proposed primary care screening tool for pain.  The Good Pain Medicine Specialist, guidance for revalidation, and What Is A Pain MedicineDoctor?, a document on pain medicine specialists for the general public, are published.  In this year we got approval from RCoA Council to pursue subspecialty status with the GMC, but Shape of Training put those plans on hold.

In other news, Team GB secures 65 medals at the Summer Olympic Games.



Dave ends his tenure as Deanship, bring Kate Grady into that august position.  Mark Taylor becomes Vice Dean.  The Faculty, with the BPS, achieves funding for e-PAIN, an e-learning resource for pain management, and begins the process of bring editors, authors and content online.  The website is fully redeveloped, adding much additional content.  2013 also sees the launch of the first ever workforce census for Pain Medicine.  A working party of the Training & Assessment Committee reviews and improves the assessment system for training, including retraining guidance and a new case report marking structure.

In other news, tributes poured in from across the globe remembering the life of Nelson Mandela.



A busy year.  The first e-PAIN sessions go live.  Careers content arrives on the website along with the first phase of patient leaflets and a detailed evidence base for Pain Medicine.  The FPM develops the educational structure for Pain in Secure Environments and launches the trainee survey to aid a quality system for pain training.  A guide to Pain Medicine training is produced.  The FPM is also instrumental in setting up the cross-agency Pain Consortium. 

In other news, Ebola rears its ugly head again.



Another busy year.  The Hospital Review Form (for remote quality management of training) is rolled out.  The FPM becomes the home for the Essential Pain Management (EPM) initiative with courses held across Africa.  This also leads to start of the EPM Lite project, which aims to introduce pain management education into medical schools.  Core Standards for Pain Management Services, the first multiprofessional standards of its kind are launched at a parliamentary reception alongside Opioids Aware, an essential prescribing resource.  The Right Patient Right Professionals Right Time initiative begins a fresh involvement with key national figures.  The Trainee Newsletter is launched.

In other news, Storm Barney brought winds of up to 85mph to parts of the UK.



Barry Miller becomes Dean.  The first Acute Pain Census is completed and analysis begins.  The first forum for Paediatric Pain Specialists is held and the Faculty website undergoes a restructuring.  An Innovations and Reflections section of the website is added to help aid quality enhancement.  Further patient leaflets (this time on interventions) are written ready for e-publishing in early 2017.  The FPM joints the Twittersphere.

In other news, many greats of music from Prince to David Bowie shuffle off this mortal coil to join that great gig in the sky.

And so to 2017 and to this series of monthly updates, which will dedicate themselves, one by one to the main areas of focus of the Faculty and its future strategic plan.