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Dr Spencer is co-organising the 2019 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, to be held on 27 September 2019 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

September 2019: Dr Spencer is co-organising the 2019 Cambridge Annual Medico-Legal Conference, to be held on 27 September 2019 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

Dr Spencer is co-organising the 2019 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, to be held on 27 September 2019 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge

He also organised and will be speaking in the session, 'Somatic Symptom Disorders: definitions, causation and prognosis'.

This will be the ninth Cambridge Annual Medico-Legal Conference.



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Dr Spencer co-organised the 2018 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 28 September 2018 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

September 2018: Dr Spencer co-organised the 2018 Cambridge Annual Medico-Legal Conference, to be held on 28 September 2018 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

Dr Spencer co-organised the 2018 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 28 September 2018 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge

He also chaired the session, 'The Role of Anxiety and Psychological Trauma in Chronic Pain'.

This was the eighth Cambridge Annual Medico-Legal Conference.



Dr Spencer has been appointed Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Pain Services at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

November 2017: Dr Spencer has been appointed Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist in the Pain Services at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust.

The Guys' and St Thomas' Pain Management and Neuromodulation Centre is internationally recognised as a centre of clinical and academic excellence in the management of chronic pain.



Dr Spencer co-organised the 2017 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 29 September 2017 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge

September 2017: Dr Spencer co-organised the 2017 Cambridge Annual Medico-Legal Conference, held on 29 September 2017 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

He also chaired the session on 'Functional Neurological Symptoms / Somatic Symptom Disorders: Causation, Diagnosis and Treatment'.



Dr Spencer addressed the 50th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Pain Society

May 2017: Dr Spencer addressed the 50th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Pain Society at the ICC, Birmingham, on 3 May 2017.

He addressed the conference, within the Session 'Chronic post-traumatic pain – the impact of psychiatric disorders', on the subject of 'Post-traumatic stress disorder: why does it matter?'



Dr Spencer co-organised the 2016 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 30 September 2016 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

September 2016: Dr Spencer co-organised the 2016 Cambridge Annual Medico-Legal Conference, which was held on 30 September 2016 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

Dr Spencer co-organised the 2016 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 30 September 2016 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge

He also addressed the conference on the subject of 'When is it best to treat from a psychiatric perspective?'



insights into the genesis and maintenance factors for chronic pain and how we should treat it

October 2015: Dr Spencer co-organised the conference at the Royal Society of Medicine, “Chronic pain and psychiatry: hype, hope and facts”, on 13 October 2015.

He also chaired the session on 'Psychiatry and pain syndromes'

The aim of this conference was to help delegates: i) identify the psychological factors contributing to chronic pain; ii) use broader treatment approaches to chronic pain; and iii) feel more confident in addressing psychological and pharmacological aspects of pain management.

Dr Spencer is a Council Member of the Pain Medicine Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.



Dr Spencer co-organised the 2015 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 25 September 2014 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.
Dr Spencer co-organised the 2014 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 26 September 2014 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

September 2015: Dr Spencer co-organised the 2015 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 25 September 2015 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

Dr Spencer co-organised the 2014 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 26 September 2014 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge

He also chaired the session on 'Prognosis post litigation: Do claimants really get better?'


Faculty of Pain Medicine Study Day: Medico-legal Issues in Pain Medicine

June 2015: Dr Spencer addressed the Faculty of Pain Medicine Study Day: Medico-legal Issues in Pain Medicine at the Royal College of Anaesthetists, London, on 5 June 2015.

He addressed the conference on the subject of 'The medico-legal assessment of a patient in pain: the Psychiatric perspective in chronic pain cases'.

Dr Spencer addressed the 9 Gough Square Personal Injury Seminar

April 2015: Dr Spencer addressed the 9 Gough Square Fundamental Dishonesty Seminar at the Lincoln Centre, Lincoln's Inn Fields, on 30 April 2015.

Dr Spencer addressed the Seminar on the subject of 'Does discrepancy equal dishonesty? The Psychiatric perspecive in chronic pain cases'.



March 2015: Dr Spencer addressed the Pain Seminar at ACE Europe, Glasgow, on 19 March 2015.
He addressed the seminar on the subject of 'Chronic Pain – The Psychiatrist's Perspective'.



insights into the genesis and maintenance factors for chronic pain and how we should treat it

November 2014: Dr Spencer co-organised the conference at the Royal Society of Medicine, “Insights into the genesis and maintenance factors for chronic pain and how we should treat it”, on 19 November 2014.

Dr Spencer also addressed this conference on the subject of 'Does childhood abuse condemn one to a lifetime of chronic pain experience?'

The aim of the conference was to bring together a panel of leading experts to speak on all aspects of chronic pain, bridging the gaps between neural, physiological and psychological factors, clinical practice and its treatment within the legal system. The meeting aimed to educate and inform clinicians and lawyers, to debate controversies and to build greater understanding.



PIBA LONDON WINTER CONFERENCE 2014

November 2014: Dr Spencer addressed the Personal Injuries Bar Association (PIBA) London Winter Conference 2014 at Gray’s Inn, London, on 15 November 2014.

He addressed the conference on the subject of 'Chronic Pain – The Psychiatrist's Perspective'.

Dr Spencer co-organised the 2014 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 26 September 2014 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.
Dr Spencer co-organised the 2014 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 26 September 2014 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

September 2014: Dr Spencer co-organised the 2014 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 26 September 2014 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge. He also chaired the session on 'Consent: an introduction to a no win situation for clinicians?'



Dr Spencer addressed the 9 Gough Square Personal Injury Seminar

September 2014: Dr Spencer addressed the 9 Gough Square Personal Injury Seminar at the London Law Society, on 11 September 2014.

He addressed the Seminar on the subject of 'Psychological Injury and the Interaction with Pain'.



The relevance of psychiatric factors in chronic pain cases

December 2013: Dr Spencer addressed the Pain Syndrome Conference, Liverpool Law Society, which was held on 11 December 2013.

He addressed the conference, accredited by APIL Training, on the subject of 'The relevance of psychiatric factors in chronic pain cases'.



Dr Spencer addressed the 2013 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 27 September 2013 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.
Dr Spencer addressed the 2013 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 27 September 2013 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

September 2013: Dr Spencer addressed the 2013 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 27 September 2013 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

Dr Spencer addressed the 2013 Medico-Legal Pain Conference, held on 27 September 2013 at Peterhouse College, Cambridge.

He addressed the conference on the subject of 'Childhood factors and their influence on condition and prognosis'.

This was the third annual Medico-Legal Pain Conference - following on from the inaugural conference in 2011 and the second conference in 2012 which were both huge successes, well attended by members of the medical and legal professions.



September 2013: Dr Spencer addressed the University of Birmingham Pain Forum Day - speaking on the subject of 'Personality disorders and childhood traumas: their relevance to your chronic pain practice'.



April 2013: Dr Spencer addressed the University of Birmingham Pain Forum Day - speaking on the subject of 'Emotions - from normal to pathological'.



Dr Michael Spencer is Assistant Editor of the Journal of Observational Pain Medicine

November 2012: Dr Spencer has been appointed Assistant Editor of the Journal of Observational Pain Medicine.

This is an open-access peer-reviewed Journal, the scope of which is to publish high quality papers covering all aspects of pain medicine. The Journal is available online, entirely free of charge, at www.joopm.com. The Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Observational Pain Medicine is Dr Rajesh Munglani, Consultant in Pain Medicine.



Dr Spencer has been appointed Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

April 2012: Dr Spencer has been appointed Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, to deliver psychiatric input to a highly regarded NHS multi-disciplinary pain service, with particular experience in managing chronic pain conditions including Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).

He will provide psychiatric input to the multi-disciplinary pain clinic based at the West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds; his NHS pain clinic caseload comprises patients from across the lifespan (adults as well as adolescents) with pain conditions and/or significant psychological and psychiatric presentations.