Regional Trainer Network: RAPMs and Faculty Tutors

The FPM manages a network of Regional Advisors and Faculty Tutors

These local trainers deliver, advise upon, quality assure and sign off on 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). 

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 (Stage 1, Stage 3 Special Interest Area (SIA), 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 Stage 3 SIA 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 Jonathan Rajan formally succeeded Dr Hoo Kee Tsang as Chair of the RAPMs on 1st January 2023.


Faculty Tutor (Pain) 

In conjunction with the local hospital, RAPMs appoint Faculty Tutors (Pain). FTPs are responsible for ensuring the training site has a comprehensive pain training programme across all agreed areas of the Pain Medicine curriculum. FTPs will work with the RAPM to ensure cross-regional cohesion and with local trainers to ensure good quality training.



The FPM runs a successful Leadership Conference for local pain tutors involving lectures, updates and workshops to keep FTPs up to date with current training information and provide an opportunity for networking across regions. 

These meetings are held every other year and are usually in November. Please monitor this page and other communications from the Faculty for updates and details for booking your place.

Want to know more about quality management?
Find out more about the Faculty's Quality Management framework, which ensures the high quality of Pain Medicine training throughout the UK.