Wednesday, 6 June 2018

16 November 2018 - London Pain Forum at the House of Lords














We are delighted to be holding the 20th Black-Tie Meeting of the London Pain Forum at the House of Lords on the evening of Friday, 16th November 2018.  Watch this space for updates on this special anniversary meeting. Further information also available from: ciaranwazir@gmail.com


Thursday, 4 January 2018

20 April 2018 - London Pain Forum at The Reform Club














The London Pain Forum returned to the Reform Club, London on Friday, 20th April 2018 for the 19th Black-Tie Meeting. We were honoured that Prof Robert Levy, President-Elect, International Neuromodulation Society, and Editor-in-Chief, Neuromodulation Journal, Technology at the Neural Interface, joined us in London and gave the guest lecture on: "Paradigm Shifts in Neuromodulation"


LPF SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER

Prof Robert Levy
President-Elect, International Neuromodulation Society
Editor-in-Chief, Neuromodulation Journal, Technology at the Neural Interface
Director, Marcus Neuroscience Institute
Chairman, Sandler Department of Neurosurgery
Professor at Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, Florida, USA







AFTER DINNER DEBATES CHAIRMAN


Dr Simon Thomson
Past-President, International Neuromodulation Society
Consultant in Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation
Director of Pain Management Services
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals
Basildon, Essex, UK










MEETING TIMETABLE

Venue: The Reform Club, 104 Pall Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5EW


The Library

18.30hrs-19.00hrs: Registration

19.00hrs-20.00hrs: Update from LPF Council & Special Guest Lecture

20.00hrs-23.30hrs: Dinner & After Dinner Discussions/Debates (Chairman: Dr S. Thomson)

CLOSE OF MEETING


DRESS CODE

Strictly Black-Tie


CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION

*The meeting was approved for 3 CPD points by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, UK


POST-MEETING LPF SOCIAL EVENT 21.04.18














Members of the LPF took part in the special social event arranged on 21.04.18 at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket for a performance of the 'Phantom of the Opera' musical.




HISTORY OF REFORM CLUB

















The Reform Club was founded in 1836, in Pall Mall, in the centre of what is often called London’s Clubland.  The founders commissioned a leading architect of the day, Charles Barry, to build an imposing and palatial clubhouse.  It is as splendid today as when it opened in 1841.  Membership was restricted to those who pledged support for the Great Reform Act of 1832, and the many MPs and Whig peers among the early members developed the Club as the political headquarters of the Liberal Party.

The current membership embraces a wide range of professions; there are academics, artists, business people, doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and so on.  J. M. Barrie, Henri Cartier Bresson, Winston Churchill, E. M. Forster, Henry James, Lord Palmerston, William Makepeace Thackeray, and H. G. Wells were all members, and the Club continues to attract members of distinction.

The Club will forever be associated with Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, as the place where the idea of this incredible journey was conceived and the famous bet made.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

17 Nov 2017 - London Pain Forum at the Carlton Club, Off Pall Mall




The 18th Meeting of the London Pain Forum took place at the Carlton Club, St James' Street, London on 17 November 2017.

The 185 year old club is famous for being the original home of The Conservative Party.

The LPF were were honoured by Prof Nadey Hakim's kind invitation to the Club and were very grateful for his inspirational special guest lecture at the meeting.


HOST & GUEST SPEAKER



Prof Nadey Hakim
Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur
President's Envoy, Imperial College London
Adjunct Professor of Transplantation Surgery,
Imperial College London
Private Surgery Practice, 100 Harley Street
London, UK






HISTORY OF THE CLUB


The Club was founded in 1832, following the massive reform majority in the 1831 general election, by Tory Peers, MPs and others, in order to improve the organisation and effectiveness of the Party.
On 10 March 1832, a meeting at the Thatched House tavern appointed a committee to take on and manage new premises in Carlton Terrace. The name ‘Carlton Club’ was adopted a week later.
By 1835 the club’s wealth and standing were such that it moved to specially designed premises on Pall Mall. Membership was a badge of allegiance to the Conservative Party and the Club provided the core of the party’s organisation for many decades, particularly before the foundation of Conservative Central Office.

The present address of 69 St James’s Street only became a clubhouse after the Pall Mall building was destroyed during the Second World War. Thankfully, many of the club’s most valuable portraits survived and now adorn the clubhouse walls.
The architect Thomas Hopper (1776-1856) designed the clubhouse in a restrained Palladian style, using Portland Stone. Like so many Regency buildings, the interior is dominated by an impressive stone staircase. Hopper used Greek sources for inspiration for the decoration.
Over the years, the clubhouse has been lovingly restored and maintained in a way that is deeply respectful of its heritage.

Monday, 2 January 2017

21 April 2017 - LPF returns to The Ivy, London's West End





The London Pain Forum returned to The Private Room at The Ivy on 21 April 2017. We were delighted to welcome Prof José de Andrés, President of the European Society for Regional Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy (ESRA), for a guest lecture on "Functional Spinal Anatomy in Pain Practice. From Dorsal Roots to DRG and Beyond.”


SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER



Prof José de Andrés
President, ESRA
Professor of Anesthesia, Valencia University Medical School
Chairman, Dept of Anesthesiology and Critical Care
Director of Multidisciplinary Pain Management Center
General University Hospital
Valencia
Spain




CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION

*The Meeting was Approved for 3 CPD Points by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, UK

Saturday, 23 July 2016

25 Nov 2016 - LPF at The Reform Club, Pall Mall















THE LPF returned to The Reform Club, Pall Mall on the evening of Friday, 25th November 2016. Leading barrister Mr Stuart McKechnie gave the guest lecture on “The Role of a Doctor in an Age of Conflict”.


LPF GUEST SPEAKER




Mr Stuart McKechnie
Barrister
9 Gough Square
London, UK








SPECIAL GUEST




Dr Christophe Perruchoud
President, Swiss Neuromodulation Society
Consultant in Pain Medicine & Anaesthesia
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Management
Ensemble Hospitalier de la Côte (EHC)
Morges, Switzerland









CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION

*The Meeting was approved for 3 CPD by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, UK

 
HISTORY OF REFORM CLUB

















The Reform Club was founded in 1836, in Pall Mall, in the centre of what is often called London’s Clubland.  The founders commissioned a leading architect of the day, Charles Barry, to build an imposing and palatial clubhouse.  It is as splendid today as when it opened in 1841.  Membership was restricted to those who pledged support for the Great Reform Act of 1832, and the many MPs and Whig peers among the early members developed the Club as the political headquarters of the Liberal Party.

The current membership embraces a wide range of professions; there are academics, artists, business people, doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and so on.  J. M. Barrie, Henri Cartier Bresson, Winston Churchill, E. M. Forster, Henry James, Lord Palmerston, William Makepeace Thackeray, and H. G. Wells were all members, and the Club continues to attract members of distinction.

The Club will forever be associated with Jules Verne's Around the World in Eighty Days, as the place where the idea of this incredible journey was conceived and the famous bet made.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

22 April 2016 - LPF at Apothecaries Hall, City of London
















Senior LPF Fellow Dr Simon Thomson invited the London Pain Forum to the Apothecaries' Hall in the City of London on Friday, 22nd April 2016 and gave the special guest lecture at the black-tie meeting on "Personalised Pain Medicine".


HOST & GUEST SPEAKER



Dr Simon Thomson
Immediate Past-President
International Neuromodulation Society
Consultant in Pain Medicine & Neuromodulation
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals
Cambridge University Hospitals
United Kingdom





HISTORY OF APOTHECARIES HALL

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London was incorporated by royal charter on 6 December 1617.

The Society's Hall in Blackfriars, formerly the guesthouse of the Dominican Priory of the Black Friars, was acquired in 1632. Destroyed in the Great Fire of London, it was re-built by 1672 on the same site, where it still stands.

From 1672 until 1922, the Society of Apothecaries manufactured and sold medicinal and pharmaceutical products at the Hall, and in 1673 it founded the Chelsea Physic Garden, only relinquishing managerial control in 1899.

In 1704 the Society won a key legal suit (known as the Rose Case) against the Royal College of Physicians in the House of Lords, which ruled that apothecaries could both prescribe and dispense medicines. This led directly to the evolution of the apothecary into today's general practitioner of medicine.

Just over a century later, as a result of the Apothecaries' Act of 1815, the Society was given the statutory right to conduct examinations and to grant licences to practise Medicine throughout England and Wales, as well as the duty of regulating such practice.

For further information, visit: http://www.apothecaries.org/

Friday, 13 November 2015

13 Nov 2015 - LPF at Barber-Surgeons' Hall, City of London


Holbein Painting: One of the Treasures of the Barber-Surgeons' Hall













THE LONDON PAIN FORUM met at the Barber-Surgeons' Hall in the City of London on Friday, 13 November 2015.  Prof Hans G. Kress, Immediate Past President of the European Pain Federation (EFIC), delivered the special guest lecture on "Opioid Epidemic in US: Is it Contagious or Not?"


 SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER


Prof. Hans G. Kress, M.D., Ph.D.                   
Immediate Past President, EFIC
Dept. of Special Anaesthesia and Pain Therapy
Medical University of Vienna / AKH
Vienna, Austria









History of the Barber-Surgeons' Hall

















The Barbers’ Company can trace its origins to 1308 with a reference to the election of Richard the Barber to keep order amongst his fellow barbers. Today the Barbers’ Company has little connection with the trade, but maintains strong links with the medical profession, particularly surgery, from whose ranks over a third of the Company members come.

The Company have had their own Hall in the same vicinity since 1440. The current Hall was completed in 1969, following its demolition by a bombing raid in 1940. After an interval of nearly 30 years a new hall was built and opened by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in May 1969 – the shape of the old being preserved in the Great Hall by the bow built on the west side.