Regional Network: RAPMs and LPMESs
The FPM manages a network of regional and local trainers who advise upon, sign off and assure Pain Medicine training. More information about the FPM's quality management framework is available on this page.
Regional Advisor in Pain Medicine (RAPM)
The Board of the Faculty of Pain Medicine is responsible for the appointment and re-appointment of Regional Advisors in Pain Medicine (RAPMs). The Roles and Responsibilities for RAPMs are available here.
RAPMs are responsible for ensuring that training and education in Pain Medicine in their region is properly delegated and organised, fulfils the requirements of the CCT document, is accessible to all trainees (basic, advanced and those spending time in research) through suitable communication channels and is appropriately supervised.
The RAPM acts as coordinator between the Regional Advisor in Anaesthesia, the Postgraduate Dean, Programme Directors, College Tutors, academic departments, clinical managers, the Schools of Anaesthesia and other specialties (such as palliative medicine and neurology) to enhance training in Pain Medicine and to ensure trainees are appropriately appraised, assessed and supported.
The RAPM is involved in the assessment and Annual Review of Competence Progression (ARCP) process for Advanced Pain Medicine Trainees. The RAPM also feeds back to the Faculty regarding any major problems or difficulties relating to Pain Medicine within their region.
Dr Peter Cole formally succeeded Dr Victor Mendis as Chair of the RAPMs on 1st January 2019.
Local Pain Medicine Educational Supervisor (LPMES)
In conjunction with the local hospital, RAPMs appoint Local Pain Medicine Educational Supervisors (LPMESs). LPMESs are responsible for ensuring the training site as a comprehensive pain training programme across all agreed areas of the Pain Medicine curriculum. LPMESs will work with the RAPM to ensure cross-regional cohesion and with local trainers to ensure good quality training.
The Roles and Responsibilities for LPMESs are available here.
The FPM runs a successful LPMES Conference involving lectures, updates and workshops to keep LPMESs up to date with current training information.
The FPM have secured funding for 2019 and LPMES Day will be held at the college on 28 November 2019. The day is free for all LPMESs and will be a mixture of speakers and workshops. The day will be an ideal opportunity for all LPMESs across the UK to network with fellow colleagues. Further details are available via the below link.
Find out more about the Faculty's Quality Management framework, which ensures the high quality of Pain Medicine training through the UK