South East Scotland

  • RAPM:  Dr Ivan Marples     
  • Posts available per year: 1+
  • Advertising:  National
  • Application & Interview process:  Formal application & interview process


For Advanced Pain Training we have one dedicated post per year which is advertised nationally followed by a competitive interview although for the past four years there have been two posts available. Training is primarily based in Edinburgh with opportunities to gain experience in smaller multi-disciplinary clinics in the surrounding areas. There are also a number of specialist clinics including Pain and Dependency, Pelvic Pain and a combined clinic with Palliative Medicine.

There are regular tutorials throughout the year locally geared towards the exam curriculum and a trainee network within Scotland is being set up with the support of the four Scottish RAPMS. There is also an annual FFPMRCA exam preparation course organised by the Scottish RAPMS which trainees are encouraged to attend.

Within Edinburgh, there is an active research programme in translational pain medicine and there are a range of opportunities to become involved in pain research, areas of interest include: Cancer Pain, Cannabinoids, Neuropathic Pain, fMRI in Pain, Opoids, Chronic Post-surgical Pain and Pain in MS. The Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC) provides an arena for showcasing any research with a well attended annual scientific meeting that trainees are encouraged to present at.

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