FLIPPIN’ everything you thought you knew about PAIN

A free public seminar for everyone, coming to Lincoln on Thurs 16th September

Flippin' Pain presents...

FLIPPIN’ everything you thought you knew about PAIN: Lincoln

An event for EVERYONE, but especially those affected by persistent or chronic pain.


Pain: do you get it?… it’s estimated that between one third and one half of UK adults live with longstanding (a.k.a. chronic or persistent) pain. Recent decades have seen huge increases in the use of scans, medications and surgery in efforts to pinpoint and then reduce pain, but the numbers of people living with persistent pain and their overall health outcomes show no sign of improving. Pain is common, but it’s also complex and misunderstood.

Flippin’ Pain is public health campaign dedicated to changing the way we think about, talk about, and treat persistent pain. Closing the gap between what modern pain scientists know about pain and public understanding. Bringing the science of pain to the people… those who need it most.

Join Professor Cormac Ryan – Community Pain Champion for the Flippin’ Pain campaign – and a panel of pain experts (including people living with persistent pain) for this fun, informative, free and easy to understand public seminar introducing some of the latest, often surprising scientific understanding of pain.

Flippin’ your understanding of pain could be your first step on the journey to recovery.


Panelist bios:

Fen Kipley

Fen describes herself as a former persistent pain victim who was slowly suffocating beneath a cocktail of opioids, injections, infusions, and intrusions following a road traffic accident. 13 years and 3 operations later, after being left with neuropathic pain, major joint swelling, depression, overwhelming fatigue, insomnia, unable to work and feeling utterly worthless, she decided enough was enough. Fen decided to fight back, questioning ineffective treatment methods, insisting on being heard and asking for alternative solutions. She now considers herself a pain survivor and helps advocate for holistic pain management programmes to vastly improve every survivor’s wellbeing.

Gail Sowden

Gail Sowden is a Consultant Physiotherapist, Honorary Research Fellow at Keele University and Chair of the British Pain Society Pain Management Programme special interest group.

Dr Chris Barker

Chris works in Pain Medicine as clinical lead of a multidisciplinary community based pain service for Merseycare NHS Foundation Trust. He also works as acting clinical lead and locum consultant in Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust. He is actively involved in pain research, national guideline development, and European standards in pain. He advises nationally on the design and delivery of community pain services, represents the RCGP for Pain, is co-opted to council for British Pain Society, and is a member of the NICE Persistent Pain Guideline Committee.


Event details:

When: Thursday 16th September, 6.00-7.30pm

Where: Isaac Newton Building, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Sign up: Book your place here


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How to get there:

The event will be held at Isaac Newton Building, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool Campus.

If travelling by car, enter the main university car park via Ropewalk and park towards the left of the car park. The Isaac Newton Building has its rear to the car park, with the main entrance accessible on foot only. Please view the map above where the entrance is denoted with a small white arrow.

On arrival look out for Flippin’ Pain team members who will be happy to direct you.

Our Healthcare Professional Workshop is also at the site.



Parking is at University Boulevard, Ropewalk, Lincoln, LN6 7DQ. It is pay and display, operated by City of Lincoln Council.


For any issues or queries regarding the event, please contact events@flippinpain.co.uk clearly stating which event your query is in relation to. Please note, capacity to respond on the day of the event may be limited.

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