Quality Assurance

The Faculty of Pain Medicine is committed to ensuring Pain Medicine training opportunities are of a high standard throughout the UK. To achieve this a quality feedback framework exists between the FPM, the Regional Advisors in Pain Medicine (RAPMs), Local Pain Medicine Educational Supervisors (LPMESs) and Advanced Pain Trainees.

Data is returned to the FPM annually from the Trainee Survey, biannually from RAPM Report and triennially via a Hospital Review Form (HRF). This information is combined and reviewed by the Quality Assurance sub-group of the Training & Assessment Committee (TAC).

  • RAPM Bi-Annual Report

The RAPM Bi-Annual Report is completed by RAPMs on a twice yearly basis. The reports were implemented in July 2014 in order to maintain a record of training programmes, good practice, formal teaching and workforce data.


  • Hospital Review Form

The Hospital Review Form ensures all centres which provide Advanced Pain Training are able to meet the requirements of the training programme. For further information, please click here

  • Trainee Survey

The FPM Trainee Survey was introduced to provide an annual snapshot of Pain Training across the UK; it was also designed to generate longitudinal data to enable the Faculty to build a picture of where there may be long-term issues unique to certain sites or regions. 

The survey is created by the FPM Trainee Representative and the Head of the Faculty with input from the Training & Assessment Committee and the Quality Assurance & Workforce Working Party. The results remain confidential. Individual responses are only seen by the Trainee Representative and Head of the Faculty; if trainees raise major issues regarding their individual circumstances, the Trainee Representative or Head of Faculty will approach them directly to discuss how they would like to proceed. 

The first survey in 2013 resulted in action being taken to resolve the following issues. The 2014 results suggested that there had been a vast improvement in these areas and the Faculty will continue to monitor them.

  • Trainee Response

As a result of discussions among the Trainee Google Group and the 2013 Trainee Survey, the FPM Training & Assessment Committee produced a 'Response to Trainees' addressing in detail some of the frequently asked questions. The issues covered in this response include case reports and plagiarism, FFPMRCA Examination and Tutorials, case mix and specialist areas and maintaining skills.