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Antony Chuter – Pain UK, United Kingdom

"There is a life after developing long term pain!"



Antony Chuter
Chairman
Pain UK

Antony is a someone who has lived with pain for over 25 yrs. During this time he lost everything, his home, his job, his relationship fell apart and he found that he had lost his purpose in life.

After a number of years and with support, Antony has returned to the workplace and now holds a number of roles where he supports patients who live with pain and acts as an ambassador for patient and public involvement. He has also been the co author on a number of publications where he ensures the patient/public voice is key. Antony is currently a Trustee and Chair of Pain UK, Pain UK is an alliance of 30 charities providing a voice and support for people who live with chronic pain. During 2015 Pain UK launched its Call to Action to all Members of Parliament and during 2016 they launched a chronic pain charter. Antony also initiated the work on the UK Pain Messages - a set of key messages about the state of pain in the UK. He is also the current chair of the Patient Liaison Committee at the British Pain Society, The Patient Liaison Committee is responsible for ensuring that the views of patients are represented within the Society.
Previously he was also the chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners Patient Partnership Group where he ensured that the patient was at the centre of all the work of the College, he was also the lead author on ‘It’s your practice’ a guide to general practice for patients. In 2013 he was awarded the Colleges highest award ‘Honorary Fellowship’. Antony has also published several editorials in the College journal ‘The British Journal of General Practice’ (BJGP).
Antony is the Patient and Public involvement lead and grant holder on a NIHR Programme Grant at The University of Edinburgh, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics ‘ A multidisciplinary collaboration to inform important national deliberations on the safe, effective and efficient procurement and implementation of ePrescribing systems into hospitals in England.’. This was a collaboration of institutions in Edinburgh, Harvard, Nottingham and Birmingham.
Antony has similar roles on a number of programme grants and studies at the University of Nottingham - all focused on patient safety in general practice. He has held similar roles on studies at the University of Birmingham and Cardiff University.
Last year, Antony won the prestigious ‘Dangerous Idea’ competition at the Society of Academic Primary Care conference in Dublin.

Antony has represented patients/public on a variety of groups and workstreams during the last 10 years

  • Patient/Lay member of the ‘Innovators Forum’ at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
  • Co Applicant - NIHR - Characterizing the nature of primary care patient safety incident reports in England and Wales and identifying feasible and priority interventions: mixed methods study
  • NICE - External Contractor to support the ongoing development of indicators for the Quality and Outcomes Framework
  • Collaborator - NIHR - Meanings, costs and consequences of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)
  • Co Applicant - NIHR - Investigating the implementation, adoption and effectiveness of ePrescribing systems in English hospitals: a mixed methods national evaluation
  • Co Applicant - DoH - Understanding and Appraising the New Medicines Service in the NHS in England
  • Co Applicant - NSPCR - Developing, testing and implementing the NSPCR Patient Safety Toolkit in general practices in England
  • Member of the RAPPORT project advisory group - RAPPORT: ReseArch with Patient and Public involvement: a RealisT evaluation
  • HSCIC Lay member of the GPES Patient Consultation Group - an advisory group established to advise the GPES team
  • Lay member at the Wellcome Trust conference which wrote ‘Towards Consensus for Best Practice : The use of patient records from general practice for research’
  • Expert Panel Member for the NHS Centre for Involvement for the document – ‘a guide to patient and public involvement in urgent care’. And also a further document ‘a guide to patient and members of the public with long term conditions
  • Connecting for Health Evaluation programme - Lay Member – project 001 ‘NHS CFHEP 001: Extension The Impact of eHealth on the Quality and Safety of Healthcare’
  • Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme 010 report - Lay Member - An evaluation of the effect of IT on interactions between healthcare workers and patients
  • Connecting for Health Evaluation Programme 005 report - Lay Member - An evaluation of the adoption of the NHS Care Record Service in secondary care
  • Patient member on the ‘Informatics Data Standards Board’ at the ‘Information Centre for Health and Social Care’
  • Lay member of the Royal College of General Practitioners ‘Patient Partnership Group’