Scotland's new lead for chronic pain

Professor Blair Smith appointed national clinical lead for chronic pain

Fri, 02/05/2014 - 14:36

Professor Blair Smith, of the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside, has been named as the new national clinical lead for chronic pain in Scotland.

Professor Smith, a consultant in pain medicine at NHS Tayside and a Professor of Population Health Science at the University of Dundee, will replace Dr Steve Gilbert. He will begin his new role on 1st May.

“Chronic pain affects hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland, causing distress to sufferers, their carers, society and the health service,” said Professor Smith. 

“The Scottish Government and NHS have done a lot in recent years to address the problem and improve services, but there is still a long way to go. I am honoured and excited to be leading part of the on-going challenge, and grateful for the excellent example shown by my predecessor, Dr Steve Gilbert.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues across the country, and hope that we can all make a difference to managing this debilitating condition, and improving the lives of people with chronic pain.”

Professor Smith is also Chair of the Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC) and the Scottish Chronic Pain Research Subgroup.