Dr. Paul A Cameron

National Lead Clinician – Chronic Pain, Scottish Government Lead Physiotherapist, Pain Service, NHS Fife Honorary Lecturer, University of Dundee


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Dr Paul Cameron is current National Lead Clinician for the Scottish Government for Chronic Pain, and past National Chronic Pain Coordinator.  He is also the Lead Pain Specialist Physiotherapist in the Fife Integrated Pain Management Service, and Chair of the NHS Fife Pain Research Network.  He is also a Medico-Legal expert for pain and rehabilitation, regularly utilised by solicitors and courts to provide independent advice and expert opinion.

Dr Cameron is an elected Council Member and Board Trustee of the British Pain Society, and on the Editorial Board of peer-reviewed journals ‘Pain and Rehabilitation’ and the ‘British Journal of Pain’.  Additionally he is a manuscript reviewer for the European Journal of Pain, the British Medical Journal (BMJ), the Current Medical Research and Opinion Journal and others, and on the advisory board for Pain Concern, a patient-charity advocating improvements in care for patients suffering from chronic pain.

Dr Cameron has presented at international, national and regional events on pain management, research and policy including countries such as Russia, Italy, Austria, Greece, and Finland, and aims to drive improvements and education in all aspects of pain provision for the care of patients.

With published work in scientific peer-reviewed journals, books and specially commissioned articles, he is passionate about widening the appreciation and knowledge of conditions and the skills required to diagnose and treat them. 

Dr Cameron is currently supervising two Research Assistants within the Division of Population Health Sciences at the University of Dundee, on a Government funded grant to investigate and develop National Data Outcomes and Performance Indicators, designed to improve the governance, and improvement, of chronic pain provision across Scotland.


Research interests vary and include chronic pain and neuropathic pain.  Particularly applied research and pragmatic research approaches that demonstrate influence on patient care.

Additionally, I have an interest in the neuroscience and neuropathophysiology of pain, in particular the role of neuronal changes in pain, and their links to the neuro-glial-endocrinal pathways.


CAMERON PA, SMITH BH, SCHOFIELD PA (2015) Healthcare Professionals’ Accounts of Chronic Pain Management for Older Adults.  Journal of Pain and Rehabilitation: 38: 17-27

CAMERON, P.A., STEWART, C. (2013) Chronic Pain Self-Management. Chapter 3.  In. Merrick J, Schofield P, Morad M (Eds) (2013) Pain: International Research in Pain Management.  Nova Publishers.  New York

CAMERON, P.A., STEWART, C. (2012) The Need to Define Chronic Pain Self-Management. Journal of Pain Management. 5:3:231-6

DUMBRECK, S., CAMERON, P.A. (2011). The Role of the Pharmacist Prescriber within a Community-based Pain Management Service: A Case Study.  Journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association. 32: 20-24

CAMERON, P.A., STEWART, C. (2011). What’s in a name? How the lack of an agreed definition of self management in chronic pain prevents the development of guidelines.  British Pain Society.  Winter Edition 2011.  pp 36-38

SOFAER-BENNETT, B. SCHOFIELD, P.A., CAMERON, P.A. (2011) Chronic Pain in Older People: Some key issues and research directions.  Geriatric Medicine. 42: 13-19

CAMERON, P (2010): Those Thoughts that Occur Over Coffee: British Pain Society. Winter Edition 2010: pp 53-54

CAMERON, P (2010): “It’s Nothing”:  Journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association: 30:10

CAMERON, P. (2009): A Motor Imagery Programme for Chronic CRPS Type 1; “Putting Evidence into Practice” - A Case Study: Journal of the Physiotherapy Pain Association: 27: 9-14

National Guidelines:

(2013) Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) 136.  Management of Chronic Pain. A National Guideline.

(2014) Competency framework for Physiotherapists’ working in Pain.  Physiotherapy Pain Association

(2015) Core Standards for Pain Service Provision – Faculty of Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists, London


Previously taught on MSc Pain and MSc Health Studies curriculum at University of Aberdeen

Visiting Lecturer – Queen Margaret University, EDINBURGH

Course Organiser – MSc Clinical Management of Pain, University of Edinburgh


·         November 2010.  Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Research Scientific Meeting: Presentation

·         March 2011. Scottish Pain Research Community Launch:  Presentation

·         June 2011. British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting:  Presentation

·         November 2011.  Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Research Scientific Meeting: Presentation: ‘Approaches to improving lives of the older population: An exploration of attitudes, technology and experiences toward chronic pain and its management’

·         April 2012.  9th Pain Management Conference, London. Presentation: ‘Cortical Re-Organisation Therapies for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Is it all Smoke and Mirrors?

·         August 2012: IASP Annual Scientific Meeting, Milan, Italy. Presentation: ‘Does Management of Chronic Pain Differ Between Older Adults and Younger Adults, and do the attitudes of Health Professionals Have an Impact?: A Systematic Review’

·         September 2012: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Scottish Annual Conference - Key Speaker: Presentation: Integration of Pain Services in NHS Fife – Evidence for Shifting the Balance of Care

·         December 2012:  SIGN Guideline: Management of Chronic Pain: National Meeting.  Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh. – Presentation: Draft Recommendations for the Evidence for Physical Therapies in the Management of Chronic Pain.

·         March 2014: Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC) Annual Scientific Meeting, Dundee.

·         September 2014: IASP Annual Scientific Meeting, Buenos Aries, Argentina: Presentation: The Measurement of Health Professional’s Attitudes and Beliefs Towards the Management of Chronic Pain in Older Adults using the Professional Attitudes and Beliefs Survey – Older Adults (ProfABS-OA).

·         March 2015: Presentation: Chronic Pain Service Provision in Scotland: 2014/15 Update.  Scottish Pain Research Community (SpaRC), Annual Scientific Meeting, Dundee.

·         May 2015: Presentation: Physiotherapy Prescribing in a Pain Management Setting.  North British Pain Society Spring Meeting.  Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh.

·         May 2015: Presentation: Pain Managed Clinical Network (MCN) Research Strategy: MCN Fife Stakeholder Event.  College of Nursing Campus, University of Dundee, Kirkcaldy.

·         May 2015: Workshop Presentation & Plenary Session: Pain and Prescribing.  Scottish Non-Medical Prescribers Conference, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

·         June 2015: Presentation:  Chronic Pain Provision in Scotland: Setting the Scene – A National Update.  Grampian Pain Stakeholder Event.  Aberdeen

·         November 2015: Presentation:  The Assessment of Neuropathic Pain: Clarifications and Confusions. 9th Annual Pain Management Study Day.  University of Edinburgh

·         December 2015: Presentation:  Research for Pain Service Clinicians:  A National Perspective.  National Pain Management Programme Centre, Gartnaval Hospital, Glasgow

·         January 2016: Presentation: Pain and Rehabilitation as an Expert Witness:  A Medicolegal Perspective.  Lawford Kidd & Thompsons Solicitors

·         February 2016: Presentation:  Non-medical Prescribing in a Practical Context.  University of Dundee.

·         March 2016: Presentation:  The National Picture.  Patient Conference: Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow.