The People

Founder of the Pain Relief Foundation, Sampson Lipton died aged 72 on December Dr. Sampson Lipton - Founder of the Pain Relief Foundation6th, 1994. Sam was a pioneer in the treatment of chronic pain, an international figure in the pain world and a teacher and mentor to many pain doctors.

In 1953 he set up a Pain Relief Service in Liverpool despite encountering many administrative difficulties. Such was his determination and charisma. Sam was the director of Walton Centre Pain Clinic for nearly 30 years. In 1978 his work led to the founding of the Pain Research Institute.

Sam Lipton was Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in 1981; a Founder Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain and elected one of its first Honary members in 1989; First President of the World Society of Pain Clinicians (1984-1991) and Second President of the Pain Society of Great Britain. He was appointed OBE in 1984.


Founding Trustees


John Miles:
Founder and Trustee of the Pain Relief Foundation; Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University.


Board of Trustees


Mr. D. Cain, FRSA, FIoD, MHSM,  DipHSM, DMS

Mr David Cain, a Trustee of the Foundation since 2001 was appointed
to replace Mr Gee and he now holds the office of Chairman.  His
involvement with the Pain Relief Foundation spans over 27 years when
he became the first Chief Executive of the Walton Centre for
Neurology and Neurosurgery. He is well versed in the role of serving
charitable organisations having served as a Trustee for some 15 years
and in addition, he holds a number of charitable positions across
the Northwest.

 He is currently a Board member of the Corridor Manchester Partnership
Company, Deputy Chairman of the LTE Group (formerly Manchester
College Group) and Chairman of the Manchester Health Academy. On a
national basis David is Vice Chairman of the National Executive of NHS
Managers in Partnership (MiP) and on the National Executive of the FDA
(First Division Association of the Senior Civil Service). He works
extensively with Charities and is Deputy Chairman of the Central
Manchester University Hospitals Charitable Fundraising Board, is a
Governor of Ronald McDonald House (Manchester) Charity and a
Trustee and Treasurer of the Alex Group Care home for disabled adults.

Deputy Chair

Mr. P. Fell MA (Cantab), FRSA


Miss Judith Daley, LLB (Hons)

Professor  P. Eldridge, MA, Mchir, FRCS

Professor Eldridge is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Walton Centre
NHS Foundation Trust, Liverpool. His specialisms include trigeminal
neuralgia, chronic pain, epilepsy, movement disorders, tumours and
neurovascular surgery. He has published and presented extensively on
these subjects, nationally and internationally. He is Professor of
Neurosurgery at the University of  Liverpool and he is co-author of
textbooks and chapters of textbooks.

Professor Eldridge is Editor in Chief of the British Journal of
Neurosurgery; a Regional Advisor to the Royal College of Surgeons;
member of the adult neurosurgery commissioning group, advisor to
NICE, member of the Regenerative Medicine Group (Dept of Health),
Trustee of the Pain Relief Foundation and a past Secretary and Council
Member of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons; past President
of the UK chapter of the International Neuromodulation society.

Mr. D. Gee, OStJ, TD, DL

Mr. W. H. Lawton, OBE, TD, LLM

William Lawton was the former Chairman of the Pain Relief
Foundation for 17 years and now remains on the board as trustee.
He graduated as a Master of Laws at the University of Liverpool and
served in Local Government at Warrington Borough Council for 20
years, 3 years as Deputy Town Clerk and 17 years as Chief Executive.

In his retirement has fulfilled many public service duties. First as a
member and the Chairman of Halton Health Authority until its
dissolution in 1993, then from 1990 to 2002 he served as a part-time
chairman of Social Security Appeal Tribunal.

Mr Lawton has undertaken a number of overseas missions as an
unpaid volunteer International Election Observer, once in South Africa,
four times in Albania and twice in Bosnia.  He is also a Serving Brother
of the Order of St John.

In 2006 he was honoured by the Queen and received an O.B.E for
‘Services to Health’  he already had the Territorial Decoration and
German Order of Merit so the O.B.E was a fitting addition for his
dedication to Charitable work.


Dr Tim Nash a Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Basingstoke
District Hospital, 1976-1995 Consultant in Pain Medicine, Walton Centre
for Neurology and Neurosurgery, 1995-2006 Honorary Senior Lecturer,
University of Liverpool, 1996-2011 (Honorary Director of Pain Studies,
Member Admissions Group, Medical School) Mersey Regional Advisor in
Pain Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists 2003-2007 Honorary
Member, British Pain Society and was also Assistant Secretary 1982-1985,
Secretary 1985-1988, Committee member 1989-1992, President elect
1992-1994,President 1994-1997 and Immediate Past President 1997-1998)

He was  the founder editor IPS Forum 1982-1985, now Pain News,
newsletter of the Pain Society Editor, Frontiers of Pain 1988-1992
Assistant Editor, The Pain Clinic, 1989-1995 Lead consultant
(Chairman) Pain Specialty Working Group, Clinical Terms Project
1992-8 . Member, Pain Specialty Casemix HRG Working Party, 1995-8,
NHS Executive IM&T Strategy.

A Member of, Council (1994-1997); Scientific Committee (1998-2000);
Chairman of the Task Force on Educational Standards (1994-2000),
European Federation of Chapters of the International Association for
the Study of Pain.


Dr Sharma is the clinical lead of the Department of Pain Medicine at
The Walton Centre and has been in practice in chronic pain
management for the past 10 years.

He is actively involved with the British Pain Society and the Faculty of
Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthesia in various
educational and research activities.  He has been the organiser of
several successful UK pain meetings and has many research projects
ongoing at the moment. He has edited the specialist handbook on
‘Practical Management of Complex Cancer Pain’ published by the
Oxford University Press in February 2014.

He has a special interest in cancer pain management and has very
links with the local Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He holds a weekly
joint cancer pain clinic to offer advanced treatments to relieve pain
ranging from spinal infusions, spinal neurolysis to complex
neuroablative techniques such as cordotomy.

Dr. J. R. Wiles, MB, BS , FRCA, FFPMRCA

Dr John Wiles specialised in Pain Medicine from an anaesthetic
background.  He was the Clinical Director of the Walton Pain Service
from 1995-2011 and is currently a part time Pain Medicine Consultant
at Walton Centre.

Dr Wiles set up and chairs the Pain Relief Foundation Education
Committee, for which he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the
Pain Relief Foundation.


Dr Wells was a consultant in Pain Medicine at the Walton Centre NHS
Foundation Trust, Liverpool.  and currently has a practice in Liverpool.
He is recognised for having pioneered UK drug delivery systems and
Pain Management Programmes (PMPs) in Europe, setting up the first
continuously running programme in Liverpool, 1983.

His clinical interests include assessment and management of back and
neuropathic pain. Due to his expertise he has been an invited lecturer at
national and international plenary sessions and workshops, giving in
excess of 1000 presentations including the annual BPS lecture, 2008 and
EFIC special lecture in memory of David Niv, 2009.
Dr Wells is now President of EFIC subsequent to his previous roles as
Secretary, Chair of the Bye-laws Committee and President Elect.

He is involved in several EFIC committees, including initiatives on
training, education, and the European Year against Pain. Likewise, he is
an important affiliate of many other pain organisations including the
British Pain Society (BPS), World Institute of Pain (WIP), Neuropathic
Pain Special Interest Group (NeuPSIG) and the World Society of Pain
Clinicians (WSPC). He has also held a prominent role within the Pain
Research Institute where he acted as Director from 1983 to 1994,
following Dr Sam Lipton and is now a Trustee


Mr. R. N. S. Bigland

Professor Sir Michael Bond, FRSA,  FRSE, FRCPsych, FRCPGlas, FRCSE

Honorary President

Professor J. B. Miles, MB, ChB, FRCS

 Pain Education

John Wiles:
Chairman of the Pain Relief Foundation Education Committee.
Julie Williams:
Meetings & Courses Co-Ordinator.

Scientific Support

Dr. Helen Poole Chairman of the Pain Relief Foundation Scientific Committee

Technical Support

Julie Williams:
Website Management


Julie Williams: 
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