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The NAPS 23
Abstract Submissions


We warmly invite you to submit an abstract to the National Acute Pain Symposium.  All of the submissions that are accepted will be displayed on poster boards at the event this year, with our virtual delegates able to view them online through a dedicated link on our website. ​

In our Poster Exhibition, the poster displays are hugely popular, and the number of submissions continues to increase each year. The National Acute Pain Symposium provides an excellent opportunity for individuals and teams to share their ideas and experiences and also to have their work acknowledged. We truly appreciate the time and effort that is required to submit a poster, so we have tried to make the process as straightforward as possible this year.

Please ensure you read the guidelines set out below before submitting a poster.

  • Prepare the poster as a single PowerPoint slide and save it as a PDF file. Email the PDF file to Max file size 20Mb.

  • The subject of the email should be “NAPS Poster Submission [your name]”

  • In the body of the email please provide details of any relevant regulatory & governance approvals for publication of your work.

  • Please copy (cc) all authors into the email to confirm that they have approved the submission.

  • Closing date Friday 1 September 2023 at 12noon.

  • We are happy for applicants to make changes to the finished poster if they have more data between submission and the meeting.  However, major changes, which might undermine the judging process of the original submitted version, may lead to disqualification.

  • Candidates must have registered and be in attendance at NAPS in person in order to display and present their posters during the poster viewing sessions. Expenses associated with submissions, and presentations, are the responsibility of the authors.

  • The top 3 posters will be chosen by the NAPS committee and winners will be notified in advance.

  • At least one author of each of these winning posters will be expected to give an oral presentation during the Poster Presentation session at the symposium; this must be in person.  Any person(s) not able to attend will have their poster withdrawn from the competition and a replacement found. 

  • A time limit will be applied for these oral presentations of five minutes, with time afterwards for audience questions.  The PowerPoint of your poster will be displayed during your presentation - there is no need to prepare separate slides.

  • In addition, during the viewing sessions, all delegates will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite poster. The poster receiving the highest votes will be given the People's Choice award and will be invited to give a short presentation during the Poster Presentation session on Friday.

  • Previously published work is not eligible.

  • The British Journal of Pain publish the top three presented posters. As part of this process, those chosen would have to resubmit their work as a publishable abstract.

  • You will receive notification confirming whether your poster has been accepted or declined in the first week of September.  The top three posters will be confirmed at this time. 

  • Posters should be prepared as A2 size

You can view previous winners of the poster competition via our Archive for inspiration, and these websites provide helpful hints for poster design:

Tips for writing a good poster submission

Simple rules for designing a scientific poster/

How to design academic posters


The content structure should progress through:

  • Title

  • Authors and institution(s)

  • Introduction

  • Methods

  • Results

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgements

  • References (Formatted as follows: 1st author name, et al. Abbreviated journal title year; volume: page numbers)

  • Conflict of Interest. Authors must declare any financial support received or any conflict of interests on their poster.

  • Posters should contain between one and five images, tables or graphs. 



​The Judging Criteria

  • The topic of the study represents an important or emerging area of science or clinical practice relevant to acute pain.

  • The background provides sufficient rationale for pursuing the study questions

  •  A clearly stated objective and/or testable hypothesis is presented

  •  The study design is strong and appropriate for testing this hypothesis or fulfilling the study objective

  •  The results are clearly presented and appear sound based upon the data collected

  •  The discussion reflects a responsible and scientifically credible understanding of the results

  •  The conclusions are consistent with the hypothesis being tested or study objective.

  •  The layout of your poster

  • Handy Tips to Remember

  • Keep your fonts consistent and ensure they are all clearly readable

  • The main conclusions should be concise and understandable

  • Keep text as brief as possible

  • Use section headings to make key messages stand out

  • Ideas should flow from section to section in a logical manner

  • Pictures and diagrams add visual interest to your poster

  • The viewer should gain new knowledge from your submission

  • Adding your email address or Twitter handle gives people the option to get in touch if they want to know more about your work.

All submissions will be acknowledged but kindly bear with us due to the volume of late entries. Please do not hesitate to call us on +44 (0) 20 38 58 78 09 should you experience any difficulty, or email

The NAPS 22
Abstract Submissions

You can view all of the Abstract Submissions using the film below and our top three winners from this year are as follows:

1st Place A
n audit: providing discharge instructions to patients prescribed opioids to prevent long term prescriptions - Dr KokWai Chin, Dr Jane Mills & Miss Fionn Murison, Salford Royal Hospital, Northern Care Alliance


2nd Place i-PIC:  A Tool for the Dynamic Assessment of Pain & Respiroty Function in Patients with Blunt Chest Trauma - Dr tak Wai Chan, CT4 ACCS Anaesthetics, Dr Ross Vanstone, Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Mark Rockett, Consultant Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine & Chris Horsefield, Acute pain nurse, University Hospitals Plymouth nhs trust



3rd Place Motor Sparing Blocks for Total Knee Replacement Surgery: Proof of Concept using qi methodology - David Crabtree, Jill Hulme-Duvall, Collette Wharton & Harriet Forbes Stockport NHS Foundation Trust 


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