FPM Board Elections 2018

Election to the Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine 2018

Notice is hereby given that an election for two vacancies on the Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine will be held on 1st October 2018.


Board Vacancies

There are two vacancies. The names of those eligible and who have given notice that they intend to stand as candidates are:


The James Cook University Hospital

Nominated by: Dr Barry Miller; Dr Sameh Eldabe

SHARMA, Manohar

The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust

Nominated by: Dr John Wiles; Dr Kathryn Grady

MENDIS, Victor

Pain Relief Centre Mid Essex NHS Trust

Nominated by: Dr Subodha Rathnasiri Thathulage; Dr Carol McCartney


Heatherwood and Wrexham Park Hospitals

Nominated by: Dr Kathryn Grady; Dr Mike O'Connor


Candidates are listed in the order in which their applications were received. Candidates with an * are standing for re-election.

Please download the candidate election statements here.


Important information

Voting will be carried out electronically and ballot information will be sent via email to eligible Fellows and Members: Foundation Fellows, Fellows by Examination, Fellows by Assessment, Fellows ad Eundem, Associate Fellows, Affiliate Fellows and Members.  For this election votes will be accepted online only. Please ensure you check your junk mail if this email does not appear in your inbox. Votes must be cast by 12 noon on 28th September 2018. The votes will then be counted and the results passed to the Faculty; candidates will be notified of the results no later than 1st October 2018. The election results will be declared on 3rd October 2018 via the Faculty website and will be published in Transmitter and the RCoA Bulletin in due course.

For any queries please email contact@fpm.ac.uk


Board member Responsibilities
Excerpted from the Regulations of the Faculty of Pain Medicine

1 Attending meetings.  Members are expected to attend all meetings.  Members who consistently fail to attend meetings without prior leave may be removed from the Board by the Dean.  Members will also be expected to attend other major functions of the Faculty such as the Annual Meeting for Fellows and Members.

2 Delegates.  Members may not send delegates to attend in their place unless agreed by the Chair or the Dean.

3 Confidentiality.  Members of the Board should observe total confidentiality with respect to any discussions or papers considered confidential or sensitive, except where disclosure has been formally permitted.

4 Disclosure of interests

4.1 General conflicts of interest.  Before applying for the Board, members are expected to consider whether any current roles they hold would compromise the performance of their duties for the Faculty.   For example, it would be expected that Board members would not hold full roles on the Boards or Councils of similar organisations or societies.  This could pose both a conflict of interest and, in conjunctions with Regulation VI:7, is likely to affect the individual’s capacity to take forward Faculty activities.

4.2 For individual areas.  All Members should disclose to the Chairman any relevant conflicting interest of any kind (financial or otherwise) arising in relation to any item on the agenda.  Where a relevant interest has been disclosed, the member may, subject to the Chairman’s agreement, remain during and participate in any debate on the item concerned, but must not vote. 

5 Members may be:
a. appointed to Faculty Committees or working groups;
b. required to commit to events (either chairing or presenting);
c. required to become the Responsible Officer for a consultation process;
d. asked to represent the Faculty on external bodies;
e. asked to contribute to the written material of the Faculty.

6 It is recommended that Members discuss their appointment with hospital colleagues and senior management.

7 Resignations

7.1 A member of the Board may tender their resignation at any time prior to the completion of their term of office.  The resignation will not take effect until accepted by the Board.

7.2  Any member of the Board who ceases the clinical practice of Pain Medicine would normally demit office from the Board at the next election.