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SIP 2017 - Key Statement

Neil Betteridge – Neil Betteridge Associates, United Kingdom

"Chronic pain should be a far greater priority in policy terms, both as a dimension of other diseases where appropriate and in its own right where patients are otherwise insufficiently supported by healthcare systems oblivious to its personal and social impact."



Neil Betteridge
Director
Neil Betteridge Associates

Neil Betteridge has first-hand experience of living with chronic pain, having grown up with severe juvenile arthritis.

Professionally, he has over 25 years’ experience working in strategic leadership, public affairs and high level communications in this area, acting as a representative and ambassador of the rights of people with long-term conditions.

After standing down as CEO of Arthritis Care in the UK 4 years ago, Neil now runs his own company, Neil Betteridge Associates, acting as an independent patient representative, working with the NHS, not-for-profit organisations, clinician organisations and industry to promote patient focus. Roles in this period have included Strategy Adviser to the British Society for Rheumatology and Patient Involvement Lead to the Royal College of Physicians.

Additionally he is currently:

  • Co-Chair of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition
  • International Liaison Officer, Public Affairs, EULAR
  • Patient and Public Voice, Clinical Reference Group, Specialised Pain Services
  • Patient and Carer Adviser, Professional Record Standards Body