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The Pain Society's 34th Annual Scientific Meeting : Programme

University of York
Tuesday 27 March until Friday 30 March, 2001


Programme Outline
The Scientific Programme
Commercial Satellite Meeting: Menarini Academy
Commercial Satellite Meeting: Pfizer Ltd
Technical Exhibition
Campus Accommodation
Hotel Accommodation
Social Programme
General Information
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The Pain Society's 34th Annual Scientific Meeting will be held at the University of York from Tuesday 27th - Friday 30th March 2001.

Particular care has been taken to ensure that the Scientific Programme is multidisciplinary, topical and thought provoking with an emphasis on audience participation.

The Structure of the Meeting

Because the Society is multidisciplinary, the ASM's structure is quite unique in that there is a combination of plenary sessions and parallel seminars/workshops throughout the meeting.

Three plenary lectures are held during each morning session; the plenary speakers are all recognised world experts in their fields and the topics chosen will be of interest to all persons connected with pain management. In the afternoons there is a choice of 32 sessions that run parallel over three days and consist of workshops and seminars; these are more specialist and allow a more in-depth approach to the topic in question. In addition, two satellite meetings will be held on the Tuesday afternoon; these are funded by the commercial companies and participation is included in the registration fees.

The Venue

The University of York is one of the UK's leading academic conference venues. The lovely campus is located just two miles outside the historic City of York and is conveniently situated for access from all parts of the UK, with excellent rail and road links. At the heart of the campus is the Exhibition Centre, where the technical exhibition, poster exhibition, and most of the parallel sessions will be held. The plenary sessions will take place in the adjacent Central Hall.

The Social Programme

The social programme consists of a Drinks Reception at the York Castle Museum on the Wednesday evening and the Pain Society's Annual Dinner on the Thursday evening. The Annual Dinner will be held at the National Railway Museum where there will be an after-dinner speech from entertainer Ian Martin followed by music with a live band. A late night bar will be available on the University campus, in Vanbrugh College, on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.


Tuesday 27 March

12:00 - 19:00 Registration desk open in Vanbrugh College

14:00 - 15:30 Menarini Academy: satellite meeting

16.15 - 18:30 Pfizer Ltd satellite meeting

Wednesday 28 March

08:00 - 18:00 Registration desk open in Central Hall

08:30 - 16:15 Technical Exhibition open in Central Hall

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome

09:45 - 10:30 Plenary session I:

10:30 - 11:15 Tea/coffee, Poster Exhibition, Technical Exhibition

11:15 - 12:00 Plenary session II:

12:00 - 12:45 Plenary session III:

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch, Poster Exhibition, Technical Exhibition

14:00 - 15:30 Mini-symposia/workshops session I (1-8)

15:30 - 16:10 Tea/coffee, Poster Exhibition, Trade Exhibition

16:10 - 17:40 Mini-symposia/workshops session II (9-15)

19:00 - 21:00 Drinks Reception at York Castle Museum

Thursday 29 March

08:30 - 18:00Registration desk open in Central Hall

08:30 - 16:15 Technical Exhibition open

09:00 - 09:45 Plenary session IV

09:45 - 10:30 Plenary session V

10:30 - 11:15 Tea/coffee, Poster Exhibition, Trade Exhibition

11:15 - 12:00 Plenary session VI

12:00 - 12:45 Poster viewing session

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch, Poster Exhibition, Trade Exhibition

14:00 - 15:30 Mini-symposia/workshops session III (16-23)

15:30 - 16:10 Tea/coffee, Poster Exhibition, Trade Exhibition

16:10 - 17:40 Mini-symposia/workshops session IV (24-30)

19:00 - 01:00 Annual Dinner at the National Railway Museum

Friday 30 March

08:30 - 16:00 Registration desk open in Central Hall

08:30 - 11:30 Technical Exhibition open

09:00 - 09:45 Plenary session VII

09:45 - 10:30 Plenary session VIII

10:30 - 11:15 Tea/coffee, Poster Exhibition, Technical Exhibition

11:15 - 12:00 Annual General Meeting (members only)

12:00 - 12:45 Plenary session IX: Pain Society Lecture

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch for delegates attending Mini-symposia/workshops session V

14:00 - 15:30 Mini-symposia/workshops session V (31-32)


Wednesday 28 March

09:30 - 09:45 Welcome in Central Hall

Professor Sir Michael Bond, President

Professor David Rowbotham, Chairman of the Scientific Programme Committee

09:45 - 10:30 PLENARY SESSION I

Opioids & non malignant pain, Dr Eija Kelso (Finland)

Controlled studies on opioids in the management of chronic non-malignant pain are beginning to appear and they indicate that opioids are an important alternative for certain patients. Opioid sensitivity of different pain conditions, cognitive effects of long term opioid treatment, guidelines to identify the right patients and agenda for future research will be discussed.

10:30 - 11:15 Tea/Coffee, Poster Exhibition, Technical Exhibition

11:15 - 12:00 PLENARY SESSION II

Understanding pain in locomotor disease, Prof David Blake (Bath, UK)

The pains of arthritis are many and varied and necessitate a very individualised approach. A novel treatment using mirror based visual feedback will be described for the treatment of complex regional pain syndrome.


Returning the chronic pain patient to work, Mr Paul Watson (Salford, UK)

It is an often-repeated statistic that those chronic pain patients who are not working have very little chance of ever returning to work. The reasons for the failure of those with chronic pain to access employment will be examined in this talk. Recent initiatives to return the chronically unemployed chronic pain patient into the workplace will be presented with ideas on how pain management programmes might integrate some of this approach into their own programmes.

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch, Poster Exhibition, Technical Exhibition


1. Update on phantom limb Dr Cathy Stannard, Chair

Epidemiology & Pathophysiology, Dr Anne Whyte

Treatment strategy, Dr Cathy Stannard

Progress of guidelines, Dr Alf Collins

This workshop will explore the progress that has been made following the major international meeting in Oxford last year.

2. Postoperative epidurals - Quality of care

Dr Robert Wheatley, Chair

Data presentation: a local perspective, Dr Graeme McLeod

Postoperative epidurals from an international perspective, Dr Robert Wheatley

Expert panelist, Prof Francis Bonnet

The efficacy and side effects of epidural analgesia for postoperative pain relief will be explored from a national and international perspective.

3. Gender and pain

Dr Beverly Collett, Chair

The role of psychosocial factors on gender differences in pain, Dr Maria Koutantji

Effect of gender on long term outcomes of a Pain Management Programme, Dr Catherine Austin

This workshop will examine psychosocial factors and gender differences and will review the effect of gender in Pain Management Programmes.

4. Abnormalities of peripheral nerves and how to test for them

Prof Patrick Wall, Chair

Abnormalities of peripheral nerves - pathophysiology, Prof Hermann Handwerker

Somatosensory testing in peripheral and central neuropathic pain, Prof Per Hansson

Expert panelist, Prof Michael Rowbotham

The pathophysiology of peripheral nerve abnormalities will be described and appropriate clinical and investigation methods will be explored.

5. Pain Intervention Interest SIG workshop

6. Management of pain in rheumatoid arthritis

Prof Sir Michael Bond, Chair

The rheumatolgists view, Prof David Blake

Has chronic opioid therapy any role in rheumatoid arthritis?, Dr Eija Kalso

A psychological approach to pain in rheumatoid arthritis, Prof Suzanne Skevington

Comprehensive management of pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis will be reviewed.

7. Higher level of nursing practice

Mrs Jane Latham, Chair

Assessing practise, Mrs Trudy Towell

A candidates view, Alison Cooper

During 2000 the pilot panels have been taking place through the UK. This session will present experiences from both assessors and those who have been assessed.

8. Practical approaches for a return to work

Mr Paul Watson, Chair

NDDI back pain project, Mr Paul Watson

Practical vocational approaches to assist returning to work, Margaret Shepherd

Overcoming psychological barriers to return to work, Mr Kerry Booker

This workshop will explore practical approaches to rehabilitation and return to work in patients with low back pain, incorporating pain management skills and vocational training approaches.

15:30 - 16:10 Tea/coffee, Poster Exhibition, Technical Exhibition


9. Towards treatment protocols for neuropathic pain

Dr Wolfgang Hamann, Chair

Treatment protocols, Dr Turo Nurmikko

Pathophysiology of common neuropathic pain syndromes, Prof Michael Rowbotham

Expert panelist, Prof Per Hansson

This seminar will seek to classify neuropathic pain conditions according to pathophysiological mechanisms and explore mechanism-based diagnosis of neuropathic pain.

10. The Scottish Network for Chronic Pain Research: minimising the impact of chronic pain

Dr Anne Whyte, Chair

The virtual network, Dr Anne Whyte

Pain and the Professional, Dr Denis Martin

Pain and the individual, Dr Eric Brodie

The purpose of this session is to discuss how the Network is working with both professionals and pain sufferers to minimise the impact of chronic pain. The focus of the sessions will be on both research conducted by Network staff and on the development of a Virtual Pain Resource Centre, using the world wide web, to meet the needs of both professional and lay users. >

11. Beyond CSAG

Prof David Rowbotham, Chair

A professional's view, Dr Beverly Collett

A patient's perspective, Mr Ian Semmons

How much progress has been made in following the publication of the CSAG report. This will be reviewed both from a clinician's and patient's perspective.

12. Neuromodulation SIG workshop

13. Pain in the arts

Dr Chris Eccleston, Chair

Pain in written literature, Dr David Morris

How pain in portrayed in films and TV, Mr Stephen Dwoskin

This seminar will consider how pain is portrayed in the written and visual arts.

14. Update on cannabis

Dr Karen Simpson, Chair

Experiences in Oxford, Dr Phil Robson

Update on basic pharmacology, Dr David Lambert

Experiences in Great Yarmouth, Dr William Notcutt

The use of cannabis for chronic painful conditions is under active investigation and the present situation will be discussed at this seminar.

15. Angina SIG seminar: Developing a business plan & funding a programme

Dr Michael Chester, Chair

Developing a business plan and funding a new programme, Dr Michael Chester & Mr Mark Jackson

This seminar gives the opportunity to learn how to produce a successful business plan for expanding pain services, particularly with respect to intractable angina.

Thursday 29 March

09:00 - 09:45 PLENARY SESSION IV

Ethnicity & Pain, Dr David Morris (USA)

Numerous studies have reported ethnic differences in the prevalence and severity of clinical pain. What are the implications of such studies and what can we learn from examining the larger social, cultural and historical context of relations between ethnicity and pain?

09:45 - 10:30 PLENARY SESSION V

Alpha-2-agonists for postoperative pain, Prof Francis Bonnet (France)

Clonidine has been used for more than 15 years as an adjuvant to opiates or local anaesthetics for postoperative analgesia. The drug can be administered through spinal and epidural routes and in combination with local anaesthetics for regional blocks and infiltration.

10:30 - 11:15 Tea/coffee, Technical Exhibition, Poster Exhibition

11:15 - 12:00 PLENARY SESSION VI

Radiofrequency procedures - evidence base,Dr Maartin van Kleef (The Netherlands)

Radio Frequency procedures are increasingly used in the treatment of cervical thoracic and lumbar pain. The indications and the "level of evidence" for the different procedures will be discussed during the presentation


12:45 - 14:00 Lunch, Posters Exhibition, Technical Exhibition


16. 'Pain is…' a film by director Stephen Dwoskin

Dr Charles Pither, Chair

Film followed by discussion, Mr Stephen Dwoskin

A personal film investigating the perception and culture of pain in society.

17. Difficult cases of PHN

Dr David Bowsher, Chair

Case histories, Dr David Bowsher

Expert panelist, Dr Robert Johnson

Expert panelist, Prof Michael Rowbotham

Case histories of patients suffering from postherpetic neuralgia will be presented and their management discussed by the panel and audience.

18. Prize paper presentations

Poster abstracts will be assessed by the members of the Organising Committee and the authors of the best abstracts will be invited to present their work verbally. Prizes will be awarded to the best presentations.

19. Integration of Acute Pain Services

Prof Mike Harmer, Chair

More than a glorified House Officer, Prof Mike Harmer

Acute pain services in mainland Europe, Prof Francis Bonnet

Expanding the role of the recovery nurse on the wards, Mr Mark Radford

Extended role in recovery, Maddy Woods

The potential expansion of the role of acute pain services will be explored, including the role of the recovery nurse.

20. Informed consent for invasive procedures in pain management

Dr Richard Atkinson, Chair

Medico-legal perspective, Prof Alan Aitkenhead

What are the present issues concerning informed consent for procedures in pain management. These will be explored from a clinician and also a medico-legal perspective.

21. NMDA Workshop

Prof Max Hedley, Chair

Basic pharmacology, Prof Max Headley

Clinical use, Dr Cathy Stannard

Recent developments in the pharmacology of the NMDA receptor and the clinical use of antagonists will be reviewed.

22. Clinical Information SIG seminar: demonstrating the value of Pain Management - Clinical Governance.

Dr Fiona Campbell, Chair

Development of guidelines in pain management, Dr PD Collins

Simple data collection using the PACS system, Dr Paul Griffiths

Multicentre data download 2000, Dr Cathy Price

23. Barriers to implementation of guidelines in low back pain: cognitions in clinicians

Dr Chris Eccleston, Chair

A theoretical model, Dr Alan Breen

Qualitative approach to research: clinicians cognitions, Dr Tamar Pincus

Impact of guidelines, Dr Martin Underwood

This session will explore both the circumstances and interactions on which these barriers seem to depend, using qualitative research findings and case studies.

15:30 - 16:10 Tea/coffee, Poster Exhibition, Technical Exhibition


24. Medico-legal aspects of postoperative pain management

Dr Robert Wheatley, Chair

Present practice, Dr Andrew Vickers

Medico-legal aspects, Prof Alan Aitkenhead

Is inadequate postoperative pain management litigious? What are the medico legal aspects of complications following techniques of analgesia.

25. QST Workshop

Professor Per Hansson

Hands-on tuition on the techniques of quantitative sensory testing will be given by a recognised international expert.

26. How do we benchmark good practice?

Mrs Trudy Towell, Chair

Benchmarking, Mrs Judith Ellis

Clinical Governance, Mr Peter Grime

The workshop will encourage participants to identify elements of good practice in pain assessment and management that can be used as benchmarks to structure realistic comparison and sharing. The focus will be upon understanding how benchmarking can help professionals to accept and use all available levels of evidence to set national standards of excellence, that through dependable local delivery will ensure that patients receive quality care. >

27. Social & family impact of chronic pain

Professor Stephen Morley, Chair

Adolescents, Dr Hannah Connell

Adults, Dr Toby Newton-John

The purpose of this seminar is to provide participants with an overview of the current research and clinical wisdom on the impact of chronic pain on social functioning particularly in the family.

28. Update on the opioid & orphan receptor

Prof Max Headley, Chair

Opioid action, Prof Tony Dickenson

The orphan receptor, Dr David Lambert

There have been considerable advances in our knowledge of opioid pharmacology, particularly that of the orphan receptor system. This will be reviewed primarily from a basic science perspective.

29. Whiplash injury

Dr Charles Pither, Chair

Treatment options, Dr Charles Pither

Radio frequency procedures after whiplash injury, Dr Maartin van Kleef

Forces acting on the spine, Mr Mike Smith

Epidemiology of whiplash symptoms, Mr Martin Gargan

The seminar will be a comprehensive review of the aetiology and treatment of whiplash injury.

30. Depression & pain: a reappraisal

Dr Chris Eccleston, Chair

Re-appraisal, Prof Stephen Morley

Measurement, Dr Amanda Williams

This seminar will review the relationship between chronic pain and depression and present evidence to suggest that depression in pain is generally not the same as depression as seen in the psychiatric settings. A major feature is that depressed chronic pain patients do not appear to experience marked self-denigration, which is a hallmark of depressive states.

Friday 30 March


Acute & chronic nociceptor sensitisation

Prof Hermann Handwerker (Germany)

Nociceptor sensitisation can be directly studied in humans by microneurography. The use of this technique has recently revealed a differential role of different classes of nociceptors in hyperalgesia and chronicification of pain.


Health technology & back pain

Prof Ian Russell (York, UK)

10:15 - 11:15 Coffee, Poster Exhibition, Technical Exhibition

11:15 - 12:00 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (members only)

New Pain Society Coat of Arms will be presented by the York Herald, Mr Henry Paston-Bedingfeld


Painful peripheral neuropathies, Prof Michael Rowbotham (USA)

At least 4 types of treatments have now been proven effective in managing painful peripheral neuropathies, but none are successful in more than about 60% of patients. In this lecture, the outlook for new therapies, strategies for matching patient with therapy, and rational therapy combinations will be reviewed

12:45 - 14:00 Lunch for those attending the Mini-symposia and Workshops Session V


31. Advanced Neurostimulation seminar: spinal cord stimulation - who benefits?

Dr John Wedley, Chair

Daniel S Bennett, Medical Director (USA)

James E Hagen, Neurophysiologist

John Mark Disorbio, Medical Psychologist (USA)

The speakers' travel expenses for this seminar have been sponsored by ANS.

32.Paediatric SIG workshop

Please note that all timings are approximate and that that Scientific Programme may be subject to minor alteration.


Event sponsored by A. Menarini Pharmaceuticals UK Ltd

Tuesday 27 March - Vanbrugh College Lecture Theatre

Post Operative Pain Matters

Chair: Professor David Rowbotham, Professor of Anaesthesia and Pain

Management, Leicester Royal Infirmary

14:00 Welcome and Introduction

Professor David Rowbotham

14:10 Pain and recovery in minor orthopaedic Day Case Surgery

Dr Malvena Stuart-Taylor, Consultant Anaesthetist, Southampton General Hospital

14.30 Oral non-opiates in post operative pain - safety profile of NSAIDs

Dr Jonathan Bannister,

Consultant Anaesthetist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee

14.50 - 15:30 Pharmacodynamics of NSAIDs - fast acting analgesics

Dr Jeremy Cashman,

Consultant Anaesthetist, St George's Hospital, London


This satellite symposium will be open to all delegates at the meeting. The symposium will cover post-operative pain in practice, focusing on treatment of post-operative pain, recovery related to speed of onset and post-operative treatment with NSAIDs, looking specifically at orthopaedic medicine.

Target audience: Pain consultants, anaesthetists, other clinicians with an interest in post-operative pain. This session will be open to both doctors and nurses.

Attendance at the satellite meeting is included in the registration fee. If you would like to book a place, please tick the appropriate box on the registration form.


Tuesday 27 March - Vanbrugh College Lecture Theatre

16:15 Introduction

Dr E Charlton, Newcastle

16:20 Neuropathic pain patients: should we treat them differently?

The Evidence, Dr Henry McQuay, Oxford

The Practicality, Dr Steve Allen, Reading

17:10 Discussion

17:30 Pain Challenge

A light-hearted competition between regional teams chaired by a mystery celebrity on the challenges facing the medical profession in treating pain. There will be a prize for the winning team.

18:30 Close

18:45 Dinner for symposia attendees

This symposium is sponsored by an educational grant from Pfizer Ltd.

Attendance at the satellite symposium is included in the registration fee. If you wish to book a place please contact Michael Rowbotham, Pfizer Ltd at the following e-mail address: d.larder@STAC-consultancy.co.uk.

Spaces will be limited to 200 registered delegates.


To register for the meeting, you must complete and return the registration form along with your remittance to Procon Conferences Ltd (who will be processing the registrations on behalf of The Pain Society); cheques are to be made payable to The Pain Society. You will then be sent a receipt, confirmation of booking, an information on how to reach the University booklet and tickets to social events you have paid for. These Tickets must be brought with you to the meeting. (Please note that receipts and credit card statements will read 'Procon Conferences').

Registration forms received without payment will not be processed.

Registration fees are shown in the table below. Discounts are offered to delegates who book on or before 26 January 2001 and to those on lower incomes. Those contributing to the Scientific Programme should check their correspondence concerning waiving of registration fees etc.


Registration fee to

>26 January

Registration fee from

>27 January

Members, taxable income < £20,000



Members, taxable income £20,001 - £44,999



Members, taxable income £45,000 +



Non-members, taxable income < £20,000



Non-members, taxable income £20,001 - £44,999



Non-members, taxable income £45,000 +



Daily rate for members



Daily rate for non-members



To qualify for the members' rate, membership subs. must be paid up to date

 Those wishing to apply for membership, in order to take advantage of the members' rate, must do so before 13 March 2001

Cancellation charges

for cancellations up to 26 January 2001 a full refund will be given less a £10 administration charge

for cancellations between 26 January and 12 March 2001, a 50% refund will be given

for cancellations after 13 March 2001, no refund will be given unless in exceptional circumstances and at the discretion of the Treasurer - for sickness a doctor's certificate will be required.

You are welcome to register between 12:00 and 19:00 on Tuesday 27 March, or from 08.00 on Wednesday 28 March. Registration is in Vanbrugh College on Tuesday and will then transfer to Central Hall on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

On registration you will be asked to sign an attendance sheet and you will be given a delegate wallet and your name badge.

Badges must be worn at all times during the meeting and are evidence of your entitlement to lunch and the Wednesday evening Drinks Reception.


Bursaries are available for those members who need financial support towards registration, travel and accommodation where no other source of funding is available. In the event of competition for the available funds, preference will be given to those applicants presenting a poster and on a lower salary. Any bursary towards travel will be given as a cheque after the meeting. Applications must be on the Bursary Application Form (available from the Pain Society Secretariat on request) and must be completed and returned to the Secretariat at 9 Bedford Square, no later than 26 January 2001.


Those wishing to submit posters for presentation at the meeting must complete and return a poster submission form, together with an abstract, to the Pain Society secretariat at 9 Bedford Square, no later than 26 January 2001. Poster submission forms and full details of how to present your poster and abstract are available from the Secretariat on request.

Posters will be categorised according to the special interest groups of the Society.

All the posters will be displayed in the Exhibition Centre throughout the course of the meeting and there will be a dedicated poster-viewing session on Thursday from 12:00-12:45. Poster abstracts will be assessed on submission and the authors of the best posters will be asked to present their work during prize paper presentation parallel sessions on Thursday afternoon. There will be prizes for the best posters and these will be announced at the Annual General Meeting on Friday.


The Technical Exhibition will be held in the Exhibition Centre. We expect a variety of drug, equipment and book companies to exhibit. Light refreshments will be served here during intervals.

The Technical Exhibition is an important part of the meeting and all delegates are encouraged to visit it. The Exhibition will be open at the following times:

Wednesday 28 March 08:30 - 16:15

Thursday 29 March 08:30 - 16:15

Friday 30 March 08:30 - 11:30


The following SIGs will be holding seminars during the Mini-symposia & Workshop Sessions as integrated parts of the Scientific Programme: the Pain Intervention SIG (during session I), the Neuromodulation SIG and the Angina SIG Developing a business plan & funding a programme (during session II), the Clinical Information SIG Demonstrating the value of Pain Management - Clinical governance (during session III) and the Paediatric SIG (during session V). Please register for these sessions on the registration form.


The meeting will attract 13 CME points. PGEA accreditation has been applied for. Certificates of attendance will be provided.


Accommodation (both en suite and standard) is available on campus, in James College, and this is both comfortable and convenient for the meeting. If you wish to book a room, you should indicate your preference on the registration form and return this with your remittance to Procon Conferences Ltd.

On arrival, you may collect your room keys in Goodricke College from the ground floor reception or from the Junior Common Room any time after midday. There is no deposit on keys, but a charge will be raised if keys are not returned. Access to bedrooms will be given from midday. Please note that bedrooms must be vacated and keys returned to Goodricke College reception on the day of departure. Luggage may be left in Goodricke Junior Common Room on the Friday.

All bedrooms have a washbasin, a 13 amp socket and a shaver point. The University provides towels, bed linen, a toiletries pack and tea and coffee making facilities. Laundry facilities are available in colleges and an electric iron may be borrowed from the College reception. Rooms are serviced daily. There are no telephones in the bedrooms but pay-phones are located in each college.

You are advised to bring an alarm clock as there are no facilities for wake up calls and no telephones or radios in the bedrooms.

Breakfast is served in the Vanbrugh & Goodricke College from 7.30 until 09:00. Breakfast is included in the registration fee.

For those arriving on Tuesday evening, please note that there will be no catering facilities on campus. A list of local restaurants is available at the Goodricke College reception desk. The licensed bar in Vanbrugh College will be open until 01:00.

Type of accommodation



Bed & Breakfast: en-suite



All rooms have private toilet and bath/shower facilities and are provided with tea & coffee making facilities and a hairdryer.

Bed & Breakfast: standard



There is approximately 1 bathroom shared between 4-6 bedrooms. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in each room. Please note that there is limited availability.

Prices include VAT


The Society has also negotiated special rates at a range of hotels in York City Centre. The hotels listed are approximately 5-10 minutes drive away from the University. All hotel bookings must be made via Procon Conferences Ltd on their off-campus accommodation booking form.


Single occupancy

The Royal York Hotel ****


The Royal York Hotel is situated next to the station and the Railway Museum, just a 5 minute walk away from the city centre. The hotel has recently benefited from a multi-million pound refurbishment programme and now has 145 bedrooms all individually furnished and has a new leisure complex, including an indoor pool. The hotel is approximately a 15-minute car journey from the University. Car parking facilities available. Double rooms are available at a cost of £110.00

York Viking Moat House ****


York's largest 4 star hotel situated in the heart of the City within the ancient city walls. Everything the historic city has to offer is located within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel's leisure facilities include a jacuzzi, whirlpool, sauna, solarium and fully equipped gym. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute car journey from the University. Car parking facilities are limited and you must pre-book.

Hilton, York ****


A modern international standard hotel located in the city centre opposite Cliffords Tower. 128 luxuriously furnished bedrooms. 1 mile from York station. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute car journey from the University. Car parking facilities are limited and you must pre-book.

York Pavilion Hotel ***


Unique Georgian Country house hotel located 1 mile away from the city centre near the University of York. Choice of elegant dining rooms complimented by the highest standards of service and award winning cuisine. The hotel is approximately a 5-minute car journey from the University. Car parking facilities available.

Novotel, York ***


Hotel is located on the banks of the River Foss near the Roman Walls, a few minutes walk to the city centre. 124 spacious bedrooms. Indoor heated swimming pool, exclusive to hotel residents. 1 mile from York Station. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute car journey from the University. Car parking facilities available.

Monkbar Hotel ***


Less than 300 yards from the world famous Minster, Monkbar Hotel is ideally situated for exploring York. York Station is just a short taxi ride away. The hotel is approximately a 10-minute car journey from the University. Car parking facilities available.

Queens Hotel

£55.00 room only

Located in the city centre on the banks of the Ouse and a short taxi ride from York Station. Restaurant only serves breakfast. Continental breakfast £3.95, full English breakfast £5.95. Wheelchair-access. The hotel is a 15-minute car journey from the University. Limited car parking facilities.

York Travelodge

£49.95 room only

Located in the city centre near to the Castle Museum. A recently completed hotel with standard Travelodge accommodation. Restaurant only serves breakfast. The hotel is 1 mile from York station and is a 10 minute car journey from the University. There is no car parking available but there is pay & display parking at £7/day.

The rates quoted are per person per night and are inclusive of an en suite room, bed and breakfast, and VAT unless otherwise stated.

Car parking space is limited at most city centre hotels. There are NCP or pay & display public car parks near to the hotels. Delegates will be allowed to leave their cars on campus (please see section

Please book early to secure your first choice of accommodation. If hotel rooms are not booked close to the meeting we may be obliged to release our allocation.


Tuesday 27 March

The campus bar, situated in Vanburgh College will have a late license until 01:00.

Wednesday 28 March

Drinks Reception

You are invited to a Drinks Reception at York Castle Museum on the Wednesday evening. The museum is in the old Women's and Debtor's prisons next to Cliffords Tower in the city centre. It is a truly fascinating venue and delegates are free to roam around this historic attraction. The cost of the evening is included in the price of registration and it is hoped that all delegates will attend. The reception begins at 19:00 until 21:00 after which you will be free to enjoy the attractions that York City Centre has to offer. A return coach service will be provided for delegates staying in campus accommodation. Your registration badge for the meeting will be used as an entry ticket.

The campus bar in Vanbrugh College will be open until 01:00.

Thursday 29 March

Annual Dinner

The venue for this year's Annual Dinner is the National Railway Museum. The reception begins at 19:00 and will be held in The Great Hall, which has a stunning display of the finest locomotives, and the dinner will be held in the Station Building where you will be seated on the central platform amidst carriages and locomotives offering a unique dining experience. The toast to The Pain Society will be presented by Professor Peter Hutton, President of The Royal College of Anaesthetists. There will be an entertaining after dinner speaker followed by music with a live band until 01:00. If you would like to book please tick the box on the registration form and enclose your remittance. Tickets cost £45. Dress: lounge suit.

The campus bar in Vanbrugh College will be open until 01:00.

Accompanying persons' tour

There is no official accompanying persons' programme but York is a great city to explore on foot. Guided walking or bus tours can be arranged locally through York Tourism.


For those staying in hotel accommodation

Each day there will be a transfer from the city centre hotels to and from the University; please note that some coaches may have to pick up from more than one hotel.

On Wednesday evening, it is expected that almost all delegates will attend the Drinks Reception at York Castle Museum (the cost is included in the registration fee). The museum is within 2 to 10 minutes walking distance of the city centre hotels and so coaching will not be provided.

On Thursday evening coaches will return to the hotels at the end of the Scientific Programme and will take delegates to the Annual Dinner at the National Railway Museum. There is a shuttle coach service during the evening to allow guests to leave as they wish.

Hotel residents requiring transport over and above this should make their own arrangements.

For those staying on university campus accommodation

There will be coaching from campus to the Drinks Reception at York Castle Museum on the Wednesday evening and to the Annual Dinner at the National Railway Museum on the Thursday evening. There will be a shuttle coach service throughout the evening of the Annual Dinner to allow guests to leave the event at varied times.


For full directions on getting to York, you may like to view the Getting to York section on the York Tourism web site at www.york-tourism.co.uk

York University (Heslington Campus) is situated 2 miles south east of York city centre within the ring road.

By Road

From the South

Follow signs for M1 The Northto the A1 (please note that there is a new motorway extension of the M1 near Leeds to the A1 opened 1999), then follow signs to York A64. There are three turn-offs from the A64 Scarborough Road to parts of York. Take the York City Centre exit for all hotels and for the University, this takes you to Fulford. The University is signposted from Fulford. The Fulford Road takes you into the city centre.

From the North

The A19 or the A1 will take you to York. Follow signs from the A64 for the University or city centre as above.

By Rail

York station is on the main East Coast line from London to Edinburgh with frequent services to most parts of the country and should only take 2 hours from London Kings Cross.

National Rail enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 will provide full and up to date information on your train journey, times and fares, alternatively visit http://www.rail.co.uk/ for timetable details.

The journey by taxi from the station to the University will take approximately 10-15 minutes and costs around £5. Buses No.4 and No.5 will take you to the University in about 20 minutes.

By Air

Leeds/Bradford airport (Tel: 01652 688 456) is the nearest airport but has poor public transport connections to York; a 45 minute taxi journey is required to get to York from Leeds airport. Manchester International airport has a direct train connection from the airport terminal to York and train services run hourly and take approximately 2 hours.

By Sea

For European delegates, York is only one hour from the P&O North Sea Ferries Terminal at Kingston upon Hull with daily sailings to Holland and Belgium and an hour and a half from the Docks at North Shields serving Scandinavian ports.

By Coach

York is on the National Express network. Full details are obtained from http://www.gobycoach.com.

Local transport

You will be sent an Information on how to reach the University leaflet upon registering, which gives full details of local transport, a map of York City Centre and a map of the University campus.


York is a campus university. You will have to walk outside between bedrooms, meeting rooms and restaurants. Please bring suitable outerwear and an umbrella if necessary. A cloakroom is provided in the Central Hall concourse and the Exhibition Centre.

Car Parking

Delegates parking on the University campus will be directed to park in the North, Central, South and West visitor car parks; Central and West being the nearest for delegates. Visitors will be required to purchase a ticket from the pay and display machines when charges apply. Charges are £1.00 up to 5 hours, £2.00 for between 5-10 hours and £3.00 for 24 hours. Parking in the evenings and at weekends will be free of charge.


The following local taxi firms serve all parts of the university campus: Station Taxis on 01904 623 332, Ace on 01904 638 888, ABC on 01904 638 787, Fleetway on 0500 123 666 and Ebor on 01904 641 441.


There are card and coin-box telephones in all colleges for out-going calls.


Tea and coffee/light refreshments

Tea and coffee will be served in the Exhibition Centre, beside the Technical Exhibition and the Poster Exhibition at times stated in the Scientific Programme.


For those staying on campus, breakfast will be served in Vanbrugh and Goodricke College, from 07:30 until 09:00.


On Wednesday and Thursday, lunch will be served in Vanbrugh College and Goodricke College where a baguette/buffet meal will be served; the meal is included in the registration fee. Please refer to the Scientific Programme for timings.


Please note that dinner will not be available on campus. A list of local restaurants will be available from the Goodricke College reception desk.

Vending machines

Hot and cold drinks, confectionery and cigarettes are on sale in vending machines in each college and other University buildings.

Licensed bar

There is a licensed bar in Vanbrugh College which will be open in the evenings until 01:00 (exact times to be confirmed).

Sports facilities

There are squash and badminton courts on campus and equipment can be hired from the University. There are also all-weather tennis courts.


Security staff is on duty 24 hours a day to help in emergencies and provide information. Should an accident, criminal act or suspicious incident occur on University premises it must be reported without delay to the Security Centre on 01904 434 444 or in an emergency on 01904 433 333


Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC and National Westminster banks have branches in nearby Heslington Village, all with cash dispensing machines. HSBC and the Co-op Bank have a cash dispenser outside Vanbrugh College and Goodricke College respectively.


A Post Office and general store are available in Heslington Village. The University Bookshop next to the JB Morrell Library, and the Students' Union Shop in Vanbrugh College are also open.

Pain Society office at the venue

There will be a Pain Society office in the Exhibition Centre (within the Technical Exhibition area) throughout the course of the meeting and at the registration desks in Vanbrugh College on Tuesday and in Central Hall from Wednesday onwards during registration times.

Useful telephone numbers/websites

Local Hotels:

Royal York Hotel 01904 653 681

York Viking Moat House 01904 459 988

Hilton, York 01904 648 111

York Pavillion Hotel 01904 622 099

Novotel, York 01904 611 660

Monkbar Hotel 01904 638 086

Queens Hotel 01904 611 321


Local bus information 01904 435 637/622 992

National Rail Enquiries 08457 48 49 50

National Rail Enquiries http://www.rail.co.uk

GNER 08457 225 225

Coach service details http://www.gobycoach.com

Local Taxi firms:

Station Taxis 01904 623 332

Ace 01904 638 888

ABC 01904 638 787

Ebor 01904 641 441

York Tourism http://www.york-tourism.co.uk

NYS University Travel Office 01904 433 233

University Security Centre 01904 434 444

University Security Emergency 01904 433 333

Pain Society at the venue 01904 433 270

Further information

Further information will be sent to you on registration. However, if you have any queries in the meantime, these should be addressed to:-

The Pain Society Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 2750

9 Bedford Square fax: +44 (0)20 7323 2015

LONDON WC1B 3RE email: painsoc@compuserve.com

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