Liverpool, United Kindom
Dr Chris Wells is President of EFIC, The European Pain Federation. This is the largest multi-disciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain science and medicine in the world. It comprises the 37 European Chapters of the National Pain Societies of IASP© (International Association for the Study of Pain). Established in 1993, EFIC’s constituent Chapters represent Pain Societies from 36 countries and more than 20.000 healthcare professionals across Europe, who study pain and treat patients suffering from pain. Dr Wells also works in clinical practice in the management and treatment of pain in Liverpool and the North West of England.
He graduated in 1970 from Liverpool University. He was the first doctor in the UK to specialise solely in pain medicine from 1982, when he took over as Director of the Walton
Centre pain service from Dr Sam Lipton. He was Director of the Pain Clinic from 1983 to 1994. Throughout his time at the Pain Clinic he pioneered new techniques such as drug delivery systems and Pain Management Programmes (1983 onwards). He set up the first continuously-running Pain Management Programme in Europe at the Walton Centre, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. His clinical interests include the assessment and management of back pain and neuropathic pain. Dr Wells left the Walton Centre in 1994, but he continued to practice in Liverpool and the surrounding area. He started an international group of over 1100 doctors interested in neuropathic pain, NeuPSIG, a Special Interest Group of IASP©. He was made one of 3 Honorary Members of this group in 2010.
Dr Wells was a Council member of the British Pain Society from 1995 to 1999 and was Secretary from 2000 to 2002. He has organised 4 national Pain Society meetings and he gave the Annual British Pain Society Lecture in 2008; he was made an Honorary Member of the group that year.
He has been active in the European Pain Federation for 13 years. Dr Wells was Honorary Secretary from 2002 to 2005, then Chaired the By-laws Committee until 2008; in 2011 he was unanimously chosen as President Elect and became President in 2014.
He has been a Board member of the World Institute of Pain (WIP) and the World Society of Pain Clinicians (WSPC); he is one of 3 Founder Examiners for the WIP’s Fellowship of Interventional Pain Practice examination.
He is a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group on Back Pain.