SIP 2017 - Key Statement
Dr. Chris Wells – European Pain Federation EFIC, United Kingdom
"Since 2011, the European Pain Federation EFIC® has worked, together with European and national policy makers, on the “Road Map for Action” outlining how to effectively address the societal impact of pain at policy level. Five years later, we are seeing some concrete results!"
Dr. Chris Wells
European Pain Federation EFIC®
The EU roadmap to action
Dr Chris Wells is President of the European Pain Federation EFIC®. This is the largest multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain science and medicine in the world. It comprises the 37 European Chapters of the National Pain Societies of IASP© (International Association for the Study of Pain). Established in 1993, EFIC’s constituent Chapters represent Pain Societies from 36 countries and more than 20.000 healthcare professionals across Europe, who study pain and treat patients suffering from pain.
Dr Wells has just retired from clinical practice in the management and treatment of pain in Liverpool and the North West of England.
Born in Durban, South Africa on 5th October 1947 of one Welsh and one English parent, Chris Wells trained in Liverpool, graduated in 1970 and then worked in Canada for 4 years. He did further training in anaesthesia and then pain medicine; specialising solely in pain medicine from 1982. He was Director of the Pain Research Institute in Liverpool from 1983 to 1994. Dr Wells pioneered drug delivery systems in the UK and also Pain Management Programmes in Europe, setting up the first continuously running programme in Liverpool in 1983. His clinical interests include assessment and management of back pain and neuropathic pain.
Dr Wells has been an active Council member of the British Pain Society, Chair of the Scientific Committee from 1995 to 1999 and Secretary from 1999 to 2002. He has organised 4 Pain Society meetings and was made an Honorary Member of the British Pain Society in 2008. He gave the Pain Society’s Annual Lecture in 2008 on “Back to the Future: A Review of Pain Management Past and Present”.
He has given the British Pain Society lecture, and also the EFIC lecture in memory of David Niv. He has been an invited lecturer at plenary sessions and workshops throughout the world. He has been a Board member and Treasurer of the World Society of Pain Clinicians and a Board member of the World Institute of Pain. He is a Founder Examiner for the WIP Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice.
Dr Wells was a Founder Member of NeuPSIG, setting up the group with Ed Charlton in 1999. He was Treasurer of NeuPSIG from 2001 to 2010, and was made the second Honorary Member of this group. He co-organised their 3 successful meetings in Madrid (2004), Berlin (2007) and Athens (2010), Chairing this last meeting.
Dr Wells has been active in the European Pain Federation EFIC® for 13 years. He was Secretary of EFIC® from 2002 to 2005, and Chair of the Bye-laws Committee from 2005 to 2008; he became President Elect of EFIC® in June 2011 and President in June 2014. He lectures throughout Europe and the rest of the world on pain and its management, and is actively involved at these meetings to reshape the face of pain management through research, evidence based medicine, education and innovation. He has initiated a multidisciplinary core curriculum in Europe, leading to a Diploma in Pain Medicine for all medical doctors.
He is a member of the current NICE Guideline Development Group on low back pain and sciatica. He has just been selected as a Citizen of Honour by the Liverpool City Council.
He is the author of 3 books and over 150 articles.