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RSM Event - Fibromyalgia in the 21st Century Transforming Care

The Royal Society of Medicine in association with Fibromyalgia Action UKRSM LogoPresents 
Fibromyalgia in the 21st Century Transforming  Care
Online Monday October 10

Look out next month  for the full programme for this all day online meeting from the Royal Society of Medicine in association with FMA UK where we will explore what current care looks like for people in the UK with fibromyalgia and the ideas that will transform this in the years to come.

We have put together a superb panel of speakers that include those with lived experience and those with expertise in treatment.

The meeting is for both service users and health professionals and will be a place where everyone can share ideas and be part of this transformation.

Speakers include Prof. Winfried Häuser, Prof. Ernest Choy, Ms. Louise Trewern,  Mr. Des Quinn, Dr. Deepak Ravindran and Dr. Andreas Goebbel.

More information about the event will be added below including registration details

How to register

Cost to patients will be £10 for the whole day of speakers and panels. Health professionals will have a higher charge to access this webinair. For information on the proceeds of this event see information at the bottom. Register for the event here.

  1. You need to register on the RSM site but it will not make you a memembr and is just for the order process
  2. For registering you need to choose a profession, like Retired.
  3. Find the 'Book'-button and click on that, then choose the option 'Non Healthcare Professional'.
  4. For booking you need to fill in 'Job Title' and 'Institution'. Just putting in 'none' works fine.
  5. Credit card is required for purchase

About the Speakers

Prof. Winfried Häuser Winfried Häuser is a specialist of general internal medicine, psychosomatic medicine and pain medicine. He is a consultant for gastroenterology, hepatology, oncology and infectious diseases in the department of Internal Medicine I, academic hospital Saarbrücken, Germany. He is a member of the ambulatory pain medicine and mental health care center Saarbrücken and offers special consultant hours for patients with fibromyalgia and chronic abdominal pain. He is adjunct professor for psychosomatic medicine at the Technical University Munich, Germany. His areas of research are psychosomatic aspects of bowel diseases, functional somatic syndromes (fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pelvic pain), evidence-based medicine and health care research.
Prof. Ernest Choy Head of Rheumatology and Translational Research at the Institute of Infection and Immunity and Director of the Cardiff Regional Experimental Arthritis Treatment and Evaluation (CREATE) Centre at Cardiff University School of Medicine, Cardiff, Wales, UK. He is also Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at University Hospital of Wales and Clinical Lead of the Welsh Arthritis Research Network (WARN). Previously, he was Reader and Director of the King’s Musculoskeletal Clinical Trials Unit in the Academic Department of Rheumatology, King’s College London.
Dr. Deepak Ravindran Dr Ravindran has over 20 years of experience in acute and chronic pain management. He is the clinical lead for pain medicine at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. He firmly believes that pain conditions should be treated as early as possible, with the appropriate use of multidisciplinary techniques to improve patient quality of life. His clinic offers a comprehensive service, starting with expert diagnosis and followed up by high quality medical treatment that is complemented by good support from specialists in physiotherapy and psychology. He is trauma informed and follows an upstream approach to medicine.
Dr. Andreas Goebel.

Dr. Goebel works as a Reader (Associate Professor) in Pain Medicine at the University of Liverpool, and as Hon. Consultant in Pain Medicine at the Walton Centre in Liverpool. He specialises in the field of chronic primary pain, including complex regional pain syndrome and fibromyalgia, in the context of injury, trauma, or medical interventions. He is familiar with the latest evidence and has contributed to formulating evidence in this field as one of the worldwide leading researchers.

He has initiated, and has been chairing the UK guidance development group on complex regional pain syndrome under the umbrella of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), and is also co-chairing the RCP diagnostic guidelines group for Fibromyalgia Syndrome.

Mr. Des Quinn As chair of FMA UK I am responsible for ensuring that we set long term goals while ensuring that the day to day operations of the charity keep getting done. With my previous role of keeping the IT operations like the website and social media running properly, I am still involved with these and step in as required to help out. More info here.
Ms. Louise Trewern I am Vice-Chair of British Pain Society’s Patient Voice Committee, Lived Experience Team Member Live Well With Pain, Lay Committee of Royal College Of Anaesthetists, Chair of Get Involved Committee at Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust Pain Rehabilitation Service, lay member of the Physiotherapy Pain Association Executive Committee and sit on the NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) Safe Prescribing of Opioids, Gabapentinoids, Antidepressants & Z-Drugs Committee to name just some of my national commitments.
Mr. Ian Taverner Patient Advocate and author of Cookfulness book
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About the Day

Any questions you have for the speakers should be directed to here:

Similar questions will be collated and answers will try and address general points. Questions about individual health or treatments are not able to be addressed in this format.

About the Royal Society of Medicine

The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) is a registered charity and membership organisation. ​Our vision is better healthcare for better lives. By sharing learning and supporting innovation our goal is to be the leading provider of continuing learning to healthcare professionals. We deliver multidisciplinary, specialist and general education, as well as professional development, drawing on the support of leading experts in over 50 specialist areas of medicine.
Our learning resources span a wide collection of books, journals, electronic journals and online medical databases. We are home to one of the finest physical and digital medical libraries in the world. We connect those involved in and interested in healthcare and, by leveraging expertise from across the RSM, we support, help and inspire the innovators developing the medical products and services of tomorrow.
The RSM is a Royal Charter body registered with the Privy Council, and our official Patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. More info on what they do can be found here

About Fibromyalgia Action UK

Fibromyalgia Action UK is a registered charity run primarily by unpaid volunteers. The majority of volunteers are also fibromyalgia sufferers who work extremely hard, despite their condition, in order to forward the cause of fibromyalgia.  FMA UK was established in order to provide information and support to sufferers and their families. In addition, the Association provides medical information for professionals and operates a national helpline.
We aim to encourage NHS and other funding sources for new research projects. 
Mission Statement: To improve the lives of people with fibromyalgia by increasing awareness of the condition throughout the UK and elsewhere, and improve the awareness of, and access to treatments for fibromyalgia. More info can be found here.

Funding of the event and use of funds after event costs have been covered.

This event is primarily aimed at raising awareness amongst health professionals but also including patients. An event such as this has costs not only in organisers time and administrtion but payment services and hosting as well. A conference or event such as this can come with risk but we are lucky in this case that RSM is putting this event on and covering the organistaiton and risk. Once all costs are covered for the event pany profits from the patient reigstrations will be directed to the charity. Expereince from putting on this event will hopefully allow the charity to carry out smaller and more focussed events in the future and funds from this event will help with this as well as our other activities.

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