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Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for NAPS 2021. You can find all of the details, winners and submissions using the 2021 link.

The NAPS Poster Competition 2022 
Abstract Submission Guidelines


We warmly invite you to submit an abstract to the National Acute Pain Symposium 2022.  All submitted abstracts will be displayed online this year both at the event, accessible through a dedicated link on our website. In a change to reflect the nature of the event, contact details and the option for delegates to contact and ask questions, will also be displayed.


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 an abstract, so we have tried to make the process as straightforward as possible this year.

Winners of the Poster Competition then see their abstracts published in the British Pain Journal, and they will also be asked to present at the Symposium in October.


Please submit your abstract by midnight on Friday 30 September 2022. Please note that registration is required for at least one author of each poster and expenses associated with submissions, and presentations, are the responsibility of the authors.


All submissions must be made as a PPT Template which you can download here. This will enable us to format them for display at the event and online so there is no need for you to organise the printing of a physical poster.

The Slides have each been provided with a heading, and whilst we have provided six slides which should be sufficient to enable you to include all of the content, you are welcome to add a maximum of two additional slides. No submission should exceed eight slides in total. The total word count excluding images titles or graphs should be 300 words.

The headings include

  • Title Authors, Institute/Trust (Please limit the title to 25 words)

  • Introduction (Concise 1-2 sentences the problem you have investigated and why) & Aims (Your specific hypotheses)

  • Methods (How you investigated the aims.  Include statistical test used if one used)  

  • Results  (Summarise the key results, patient data first if collected)

  • Discussion/Conclusion (Interpretation of your results and your conclusions.  Does this fit with current practice/evidence?)

  • Images/Graphical Data 

As the winners’ abstracts will be submitted to the British Journal of Pain, it is very important that the above is recorded correctly, particularly names and co-authors. We cannot alter this once it has been submitted for publication. Please also note the following before completing the online submission form:


  • The Abstract Title should be limited to 25 words The title should make it instantly clear what the poster is about. Please do not use abbreviations or acronyms. Try to make it snappy and attention grabbing in order to make your work stand out.

  • Abstract text – limited to 300 words and must be submitted in English with accurate spelling and of a quality suitable for publication. One table can be included in abstracts.

  • There is no limit to the number of abstracts an author may submit.

  • Agreement All abstract submitters must agree and confirm the following upon submission: that you are the sole owner and/or have the rights of all the information and content provided to NAPS. The publication of the abstract (if chosen by the judges) does not infringe any third party rights including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights. Submission of the abstract constitutes your consent to print and/or electronic publication of your abstract (e.g. meeting website, programme etc). Therefore it is important to let us know if the abstract has been published or presented at any other meeting prior to the NAPS meeting.

  • A declaration that you have received ethical committee approval/exemption for your study or that no ethical review is required

  • That you will disclose any conflict of interests in your abstract and/or oral presentation at the Symposium.

 Abstract Selection and Presentation


  •  This year all abstract authors shall be invited to display their posters online and electronically at the event. 

  • All submitted abstracts shall also be entered into a competition. The abstracts shall be peer-reviewed and judged on both quality and originality prior to the event (see below). A 'blind' selection process will be used. Notification regarding abstract winners and scheduling shall be sent to the presenting author. Author(s) of the three best abstracts shall be invited to give a 10 minute oral presentation of their work which will feature as part of the event either in person or online. 

  • You are responsible for the data accuracy and ensuring you have permission to publicise this in a public conference. 

  • All submitted abstracts shall be published on the NAPS website. The winners, and any highly recommended abstracts, shall be submitted for publication in the British Journal of Pain.


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

As the introduction slide, and concluding slide will be edited, and ommitted from the PPT submissions for the judging process, please do not include any identification as part of your main submission text, graphs or imagery.

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.

  • There is a useful article on the BMJ website called The Art of the Abstract which is worth a read

All submissions will be acknowledged but kindly bear with us due to the volume of late entries. Please remember that the NEW deadline is Friday 30 September 2022. Please do not hesitate to call us on +44 (0) 20 38 58 78 09 should you experience any difficulty or email

All Submissions Need to be Entered Using the Form Below

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