The 2021 Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Professor Pam Macintyre

Specialist Anaesthetist and Pain Medicine Physician and Expert in Acute Pain Medicine

Prof Macintyre has been the Director of the Acute Pain Service (APS) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital since it was established at the beginning of 1989. She is a Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM), Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and an examiner for the Faculty. Her key areas of interest are management of acute pain in complex patients, including those who are opioid-tolerant and/or with an addiction disorder; the role of acute pain medicine in the ‘opioid epidemic’, including prescribing of opioids after discharge from hospital; and safety of acute pain management practices.


She also organises the ‘Pain Week’ that all 5th year medical students at the University of Adelaide must complete and the acute pain medicine sessions given to all final year students in preparation for internship. She has coauthored a book on practical acute pain management, now in its 4th edition (2015), and was lead editor for the second (2005) and third (2010) editions of Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence, published by ANZCA and the FPM.  

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Stephan Schug is currently an Honorary Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor, after he retired in October 2019 from his positions of Professor and Chair of Anaesthesiology and Pain Medicine in the Medical School of the University of Western Australia and Director of Pain Medicine at the Royal Perth Hospital, Australia.

He studied medicine at the University of Cologne, Germany, where he also obtained his MD by thesis in clinical pharmacology and subsequently specialised in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain medicine.

Very early in his career, he focused his clinical and research interests on the treatment of patients in pain. Initially he was involved in the setting up and running of the first German cancer pain treatment centre with his friend and colleague Dr. Detlev Zech.


After accepting a position in New Zealand in 1989, he initiated one of the first Acute Pain Services in Autralasia at Auckland Hospital. The planned stay of one year became 12 years after he accepted the successorship of Associate Professor Robert Boas a the Head of Secton of Anaesthetics at the University of Auckland. Over the next years he developed academic anaesthesia a the University of Auckland and was awarded a Personal Chair in Anesthesiology in 2000.

In 2001 he moved to Perth, Western Australia, where he succeeded the Inaugural Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Western Australia, Professor Teik Oh, in 2006. As the Director of Pain Medicine in the Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine of Royal Perh Hospital his clinical responsibilities include the running of a Comprehensive Inpatient Pain Service at this hospital as well as a multidisciplinary Pain Medicine Centre under the auspices of the WA Statewide Pain Service. Pain Medicine at RPH is accredited for training by the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Autralian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

He has written over 85 research and 180 review papers, as well as abstracts, letters, and editorials, and has edited or co-authored several books, book chapters, and monographs. He is currently on editorial and review boards of several leading journals including Pain & Therapy, Annals of Palliative Medicine, Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology, Best Practice in Anesthesiology Research, Canadian Journal of Painand CNS Drugs and reviewing for most leading journals in the area of anaesthesiology and pain medicine including Pain, Anesthesiology, Anaesthesia Analgesia and European Journal of Pain.

Professor Schug is an active member of several pain and anaesthesia societies including Chair of the SIG Acute Pain of IASP and Chair of the SIG Acute Pain of ACE (ANZCA, ASA, NZSA), Secretary General of Asian & Oceanic Society of Regional Anaesthesia (AOSRA)and is a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) and its Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPMANZCA), where he is a member of the Board of the Faculty. 

Donal Buggy is UCD Full Professor of Anaesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine and Consultant in Anaesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine in Mater Misericordiae University Hospital since 2001. He took up the part-time post of UCD Full Professor of Anaesthesiology & Perioperative Medicine in November 2012, having been appointed Professor on the Adjunct Clinical Faculty since 2008. Our unit is at the forefront of worldwide research on how perioperative factors such as anaesthesia and analgesia might influence cancer recurrence and metastasis.



Other research interests include perioperative interventions and postoperative outcomes, especially after hip fracture and myocardial injury after non-cardiac surgery (MINS). He also has a research profile in regional anaesthesia, acute pain and thermoregulation. He is Editorial Board Member of British Journal of Anaesthesia (BJA) since 2008, and in 2013 edited a Special Issue on Anaesthesia and Cancer, online access, which has helped propel BJA to the No.1 ranked journal in the specialty. Donal is a European Society Anaesthesiology Research Committee Member 2015-present, and former member of Pharmacology Subcommittee (2010-2013). He is elected to Council of College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland since 2014, former Chair of the Innovation-Research-Audit committee and now Chairman of the Congress and CEPD Committee (2015-present). He has received peer-reviewed research grant funding from multiple sources, including EU COST Action CA15204 "EURO-Periscope": European Platform for Investigation of Perioperative Interventions in Surgery for Cancer". He is a member of Translational Oncology group within UCD. H-index 36 (Scopus) 46 (Google Scholar), June 2018), He has >130 PubMed cited publications, rising to >230 including published abstracts at international congress, book chapters and academic correspondence. He is a member of Clinical Trials Ireland. His global research collaborations include Outcomes Research, Cleveland Clinic, OH, USA; Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthesiologists and NHMRC, and European Society Anaesthesiology Clinical Trials Network.

Felicia Cox Lead Nurse Specialist and Head of Pain Services, Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

After qualification, Felicia worked as a perioperative nurse in Australia and then the UK. She has worked in pain management since 1997 and is the lead nurse specialist and head of pain services at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. She is a co-opted member of the Council of the British Pain Society. Felicia steps down in December 2019 as the Chair of the Forum. 

Until 2009, she was the editor of the Journal of Perioperative Practice and she currently edits the British Journal of Pain for the British Pain Society. Her breadth of pain-related publications spans the continuum from The Daily Telegraph to The Lancet, with chapters and books in between. She has also co-authored e-learning modules on pain and medicine safety and enjoys supporting novice authors. 
She represents nursing as an Associate Editor of the Pain Clinical Updates section of IASP PAINReports Pain Clinical Updates, co-edits the IASP Acute Pain Special Interest group newsletter and is an active member of the RCNi Nursing Standard Evidence & Practice Advisory Board.

Felicia is an Honorary Lecturer at King’s College London, and Honorary Tutor and Cardiff University. Her clinical and research interests include medication safety, translating research into practice and chronic post-surgical and procedural pain. She is regularly invited to deliver plenary lectures on a variety of pain related topics. 

Felicia represents nursing on a number of current projects including patient information, managing acute pain in patients with drug dependence syndrome and pain assessment in the older person. She was made an Honorary Member of the British Pain Society in 2015 and awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of Nursing in 2017 for her contributions to nursing and pain management. 

Dr Renee McCulloch Consultant in Paediatric Palliative Medicine, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.

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Daniel Board (BSc MCSP MRes) is a Specialist Pain Physiotherapist working at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. Clinically, he uses a psychologically informed physiotherapeutic approach to help people living with a variety of pain conditions. Daniel has a special interest in refugee healthcare and has helped to design and deliver specialist pain services for torture-survivors in both the NHS and charity settings. He is also an early career researcher, having completed a Masters in Clinical Research. His research explores pain among torture-survivors, with a focus on communication, pain beliefs, and their experiences of services for managing pain.

Daniel is also Managing Partner at Pain Train.

Ruth Roddison has worked as the Lead Specialist Nurse and manager of the In-Patient Pain Service in Rotherham Hospital for 24 years.    Prior to this role, since qualifying in 1986 she has worked in Paediatrics, Orthopaedics, Day surgery and General surgery, and worked for 2 years as a lecturer practitioner between Rotherham Hospital and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at The University of Sheffield.  Ruth is the Non-Medical Prescribing Lead for The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2017 Ruth was a finalist in the RCNi nurse awards, and in 2019 a finalist in the Nursing times awards for her work with acupuncture in the prevention or treatment of nausea and vomiting, and in 2017 won the Rotherham Hospital Excellence in Health Care Award.


In February 2018 the nursing standard published her work with Acupins for post-operative nausea and vomiting, and in June 2018 she had a paper published in the midwifery journal ‘Midirs’ entitled ‘Using Acupuncture for the Treatment of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy and Hyperemesis Gravidarum’.


In 1998 Ruth won a scholarship to undertake an MSc in pain management which she completed in 2001.  She also won a British Medical Association book award for a leaflet called ‘Pain, Pain, go Away’ a leaflet aimed at supporting children in hospital. Ruth’s outside interests include walking, cooking and baking.  She also enjoys travelling particularly in France.

Dr Ann Williamson has been a General Practitioner for thirty two years and has used hypnosis for more than twenty years to help her patients deal with stress and anxiety and to help them facilitate change in how they live their lives. She is an accredited member of the British Society of Clinical & Academic Hypnosis (BSCAH), a certified NLP Master Practitioner and has had training in brief solution oriented therapy and other approaches. She has been involved for many years with (BSCAH) teaching Health Professionals how to use hypnotic techniques both for themselves and within their own field of clinical expertise. She runs stress management, personal development and brief psychological interventions workshops on request, as well as seeing private clients for therapy.

She has also lectured at Manchester, Chester and Salford Universities as well as in Canada and Europe. She has written three books: on stress management, smoking cessation and on brief psychological interventions in clinical practice. She is also co-editor of A Handbook of Contemporary Hypnosis published by Wiley in 2011 and has contributed to several other books and journals. She is also a Reiki Master Trainer and has an interest in creativity and exploring one’s emotions through the arts.

Smoke free – no buts, Co-author, (1998) Crown House Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 1-899836-20-9

Still – in the Storm, (1999) Crown House Publishing Ltd. ISBN:189983641-1

              Reprinted 2000, 2004; translated into Russian, Chinese and Spanish

Named contributor to ‘Hypnosis, Dissociation and Survivors of Child Abuse’ by Marcia Degun-Mather, (2006) Wiley. ISBN: 0-470-01945-X

Brief Psychological Interventions in Practice, (2008) Wiley, ISBN: 978-0-470-51306-4

The Handbook of Contemporary Clinical Hypnosis: Theory and Practice, L Brann, J Owens & A Williamson (2011) Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, ISBN 978-0-470-68367-5

Named contributor to ‘Hypnotherapy: A Handbook’ by Michael Heap (2012) Open University Press, ISBN: 0335244459

Brief Psychological and Hypnotic Interventions in Chronic Pain Management. (2016) Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy  46 (3) :179-186. Springer

What is hypnosis and how might it work? (Jan 2019) Palliative Care: Research and Treatment Sage

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Sharon Kitcatt. I am Deputy Module Leader for Nurse Prescribing at King’s College in London where I also contribute to the Clinically Enhanced Pharmacist Independent Prescribing module and the interprofessional pain education workshops for undergraduates. I was previously a Consultant Nurse for an Inpatient/Acute Pain Service, a post I held for over 17 years in two acute trusts and since February 2018, I have helped to deliver Essential Pain Management (EPM) workshops in a variety of settings to different health professionals including nurses, medical students, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and anaesthetists. 

I am keen to spread the word about EPM and hope to inspire others to consider incorporating it into their Trustwide pain education programmes

Martin Galligan I have been employed as a registered nurse for the last 10 years working in a variety of roles within the acute hospital setting. In the last five years I have specialised in the field of pain management, with my first role as a clinical nurse specialist managing acute and complex cancer pain in a specialist cancer centre. Following this I became the lead nurse for acute and chronic pain in a busy district general hospital. In this role I was able to lead the team to win the award for Acute Pain Team of the year 2018 at National Acute Pain Symposium. 

More recently I have moved into the academic setting and I am now working as a lecturer practitioner at The Royal Marsden School with module leadership responsibility in non-medical prescribing and advanced practice. I am also currently the vice chair of the London Pain Interest Group and a committee member of the British Pain Society Pain Education Special Interest Group. I have always been passionate about pain education with a special interest in attitudes and knowledge around pain assessment and management, I have used the Essential Pain Management Programme as a tool for challenging and changing those common misconceptions that continually impact on patient care in relation to pain management.

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