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The free event has over 1,500 clinicians, case managers, insurance and legal professionals

An event which examines the latest research, thinking and best practice in chronic pain is bringing an international audience together with leading speakers from around the world.

The second International Chronic Pain Virtual Summit is being held on Thursday and Friday next week, and offers a programme of presentations from expert speakers alongside networking opportunities for delegates.

The free event has over 1,500 clinicians, case managers, insurance and legal professionals and others with special interest in chronic pain set to attend, to hear from some of the leading names in chronic pain globally.

Among the 24 speakers are Dr Ian Brown, from Oxford University; Dr Dawood Sayed, President of the American Society of Pain & Neuroscience; Dr Beth Darnall from Stanford University; Dr Matthew Bair from Indiana University; and Professor Diane Playford, Professor of Neurological Rehabilitation at the University of Warwick and a consultant in rehabilitation medicine at the Central England Rehabilitation Unit.

The CPD-accredited International Chronic Pain Virtual Summit, organised by RTW Plus – themselves regarded as leaders in the field of pain management with the development of their RESTORE programme – builds on the success of the inaugural event last year.

Held during the pandemic, the first summit was always intended to be online to bring together the global community in pain management without the geographical restrictions, and had been in the planning well before the onset of COVID-19.

“By holding such events online, we are improving access to information about pain management for people around the world. We are bringing together the best speakers in the world who are sharing their expertise at an event which is free of charge, so we are really opening this area up to so many people,” says Dr Devdeep Ahuja, clinical director at RTW Plus.

“We always intended these summits to be online, as then it is opened up to the whole world and wherever you are in it, but we only hope that with so many events being taken online since the start of the pandemic, that people aren’t experiencing Zoom fatigue just yet!”

The approach to tackling chronic pain has changed and continues to change, and the summit will play an important role in advancing discussion on the topic, says Dr Ahuja.

“We are continuing the conversation we started at the first summit and taking it forward. We are helping to advance the thinking in this area. Around 10 or 15 years ago, the discussion used to talk about disks, cartilage, physical structures when we talked about pain, but now we talk about the whole person and how they perceive pain.,” he says.

“Even now, so many people are in the cycle of going to their GP, then being referred to the physiotherapist, then to the orthopaedic consultant, then back to the physio, and that cycle will keep going without the right intervention. It’s not just about the back, or knee, or ankle, we need to look at the whole person and their mindset.”

The summit largely replicates the format of the last one, with networking opportunities and breaks now built in as a result of delegate feedback.

“We have added in a lot of time for networking, for people to share ideas and information, as well as speak to each other in private groups, and there is the opportunity to speak with our speakers too. We didn’t have that the first time, but we are learning as we go along,” adds Dr Ahuja.

“We also appreciate people need time to make a cup of tea or take a break between speakers, so we have factored that in too. The presentations are around 50 minutes long, rather than the full hour, so there will be time for comments or questions during the session.

“We have really listened to the feedback and acted on it, to create what we hope will be an event which takes in everything our delegates will want.”

The second International Chronic Pain Virtual Summit is being held online on February 4 and 5. It is free to attend. To register for attendance, visit 2021.virtualpainsummit.com

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