Professor Mike Bennett

Profile

Mike is the St Gemma's Professor of Palliative Medicine and works clinically as a consultant at St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds. He is Head of the Academic Unit of Palliative Care, Mike is the St Gemma's Professor of Palliative Medicine and works clinically as a Consultant at St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds. He is based at the Academic Unit of Palliative Care since his appointment in 2011.

His main research interests are in pain management in advanced disease, and evaluating decision making and interventions at the end of life. He trained in internal medicine and pain management in Birmingham and Leeds (awarded FRCP and FFPMRCA) before becoming Clinical Senior Lecturer in Leeds 1997–2007. After winning a Churchill Fellowship in 2006, he spent time in Houston, USA and in Edmonton, Canada observing academic palliative medicine, before moving to Lancaster University to become Professor of Palliative Medicine (2007–2011). He has been Cochrane Field Editor for palliative and supportive care, has chaired the National Cancer Research Institute palliative care studies group from 2008 and has chaired scientific and organisational committees for several research congresses of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC). He chairs the Cancer Pain Committee for the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

FFPMRCA

FRCP

MD (Hons)

MBChB

Current and previous roles

Current

Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine, St Gemma's Hospice, Leeds

Director of Academic Unit of Palliative Care, St Gemma's Hospice

Chair of National Cancer Research Institute Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group

Field Editor for Palliative and Supportive Care, Cochrane PaPaS Review Group\n \n Chair of Cancer Pain Committee, British Pain Society

Board Director, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

Member of European Association for Palliative Care Research Network

Member of NICE guidelines group on Opioids for Palliative Care

Member of Marie Curie Research Programme Funding Panel

Previous

Professor of Palliative Medicine, Lancaster University (2007–2011)

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, University of Leeds (1997–2007)

Current research interests

Cancer pain

Neuropathic pain

Transitions to palliative care

Interventions at the end of life

Current and recent research

Cancer pain

IMPACCT (Improving the Management of Pain from Advanced Cancer in the Community)

This programme involves a team from LIHS, Clinical Trials Research Unit, School of Healthcare and started in 2009 with Programme Development Grant funding. We aim to model, develop and evaluate components of a complex intervention which comprises: a cancer pain care pathway, access to specific advice that promotes self management, a telecare system for routine assessment and monitoring of pain, greater access to non-medical prescribers and to pharmacists that can monitor analgesia and finally a specific health economic model that enables the cost-effectiveness of our work to be assessed in this context.

COMPLEMENT (Cancer Movement Pain Managed with Neurostimulation)

We have undertaken a clinical feasibility trial of TENS in people with cancer movement pain and supported this work with reviews of trial methodology and effectiveness (Cochrane review) and examined TENS within animal cancer bone pain models. We plan to examine effect of spinal cord stimulation in this group of patients.

Neuropathic pain

LANSS pain scale (Leeds Assessment of Neuropathic Symptoms and Signs) This scale was developed in 2001 and is now used internationally as a screening tool for neuropathic pain. Current research focuses on integrating LANSS into an international classification system for cancer pain (ECS-CP) and its use within the European Association for Palliative Care Research Network in a longitudinal cancer symptoms study.

REFNEP (Refractory Neuropathic Pain)\n In collaboration with University of Aberdeen, this research has established international consensus on definition of refractory neuropathic pain, a population survey of prevalence and finally a clinical validation study.

SONIC (Study Of Neuropathic Pain In Cancer)

The programme examines prevalence of cancer neuropathic pain, guidance on assessment including performance of screening tools and standardising assessment using detailed quantitative testing (QST) and a longitudinal study of patients with cancer neuropathic pain.\n \n End of life care\n BETEL (Blood Transfusion at the End of Life)

Studies examining prevalence of transfusions, reviews of effectiveness and a clinical trial propensity score analysis evaluating effectiveness in end of life care.

Transitions to palliative care A census of two large hospitals to determine prevalence of palliative care need, barriers to identifying transitions and development of educational interventions

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising students in the areas of palliative care and pain and symptom management.

Professional activities

Chair of National Cancer Research Institute Palliative Care Clinical Studies Group

Field Editor for Palliative and Supportive Care, Cochrane PaPaS Review Group

Chair of Cancer Pain Committee, British Pain Society

Board Director, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care

Member of European Association for Palliative Care Research Network

Member of NICE guidelines group on Opioids for Palliative Care

Member of Marie Curie Research Programme Funding Panel