Medical and Health Professional Student Essay Competition

The winners will receive a prize for an essay on an aspect of chronic pain, of not more than 3000 words. The winning entries MUST be presented at the Pain Relief Foundation.

2023 winners and their presentations:-

Jessica Dudley, University of Leeds who has now graduated

Rosie Dale, University of Leeds who has now graduated

Esther Perry, Year 2 Medical Student, University of Leeds

2024 Essay Competition

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Entry forms can be downloaded here

The winning entries for 2022 below:

Daniel Cooke, 4th Year Medical Student University of Liverpool: How can the Utilisation of Exercise Programmes for Chronic Pain Management be Improved within the NHS?

Rosie Solomon, final year Medical Student from University of Leeds: The Chronic Pain Pandemic: How similar is Long Covid Chronic Pain to Fibromyalgia?

Emma Carville, Medical Student at the University of Dundee: Pain Management Programmes: are they worth it?


  1. The competition is open to Medical, Physiotherapy, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Clinical Psychology Students who are on a UK pre-registration programme in May 2024.
  2. The essay should be 3000 words or less. Essays of more than 3000 words will not be accepted. The word count does not include tables or references.

Please note: the judges are looking for a well written, original and interesting essay, rather than a scientific dissertation. The winners will present their essay using Power Point slides to a Clinical Pain MDT.

  1. The essay topic must be about an aspect of Chronic Pain.
  1. The entry must be well presented in MS Word format.
  1. Please provide a separate title page showing the essay title, your name, your university, your department and the word count.

On all pages of the essay please put the essay title as a header, and the page number as footer.  Your name, university, department or other identifiers should not appear on any page of the essay, other than the title page, otherwise we will return the essay to you for modification.

  1. Essay entries must be accompanied by a signed entry form sent by post (attached – Entry Form).

Essays received without a signed entry form cannot be accepted.   We cannot accept essay entry forms sent by email.

  1. Essays will be submitted as a Microsoft Word document email attachment sent to using your university email account.
  1. Both the entry form and the essay must reach the Pain Relief Foundation by Friday 27th September 2024 – late entries cannot be accepted. We cannot make allowances for postage or email failure etc. We will notify you when we receive your entry.
  1. Only single author entries can be accepted.
  1. You must be available to present your essay to the Pain Relief Foundation in the January or February of 2025 to the Walton Centre Clinical Pain MDT. This is a Zoom meeting. There is some flexibility in the presentation date. If the winner is not available to present their essay, then the prize will pass to the next best entrant who is available to present.
  1. Relatives of staff or associates of the Pain Relief Foundation or the Walton Centre are not eligible for the competition.
  1. Any suspicion of plagiarism will result in disqualification. We will assess all essays using plagiarism software
  1. Essay writers will be notified of the results of the competition by the end of November 2024, by email. The three winners will receive a cheque for £500, after their presentation. There will be three second prizes of £100
  1. The judges’ decision is final for all aspects of the competition.
  1. We look forward to receiving your essay!

Essay deadline Friday 27th September 2024

Essay Winners informed by: Friday 22nd November 2024

Essay Presentation: in January or February 2025

For further information contact
Lorraine Roberts Pain Relief Foundation.
Tel: 0151 529 5820 Fax: 0151 529 5821