Professor Ann Taylor
Postgraduate Taught Director
I was awarded a personal chair in 2017 and am now a professor in medical education in the School of Medicine with an excellent track record of managing high calibre, evidence based, e-learning and interprofessional level 7 progammes and modules. I am the Director of Post Graduate Taught Studies having one of the largest PGT, health care educational portfolios in the UK.
I have a wide range of experiences leading nationally important projects within the field of pain. I was the lead author of the Chronic Pain Directives in Wales, published in 2008, advise the current Welsh Health Minister on pain matters and am the project lead for the Chronic Pain Plan. I am a Council Member of the British Pain Society and was the lead author and chair for their Map of Medicine Pathway: Initial Assessment and Management and the Commissioning Guidance document, am a member of the Undergraduate curriculum guideline group and a member of the group examining terminology associated with routine recording of pain in clinical practice. Up until recently, I was a committee member of the Chronic Pain Policy Coalition, led a workshop at the English Pain Summit, was one of the authors of the Pain Summit document and helped to craft a website to make pain ‘a high street disease’. I am the project lead and main author for ‘Ask2Questions’, a work-stream that came out of the English Pain Summit and coordinated by the Faculty of Pain Medicine.
I was invited to become an OMERACT fellow (http://www.omeract.org/) in the newly formed Pain Special Interest Group in 2013 because of the expertise in pain that I could offer the group, both clinical and scientific. I presented on a couple of occasions at this meeting. The OMERACT Pain Special Interest Group has now aligned its role with IMMPACT/ACTTION (http://www.immpact.org/ ) and I presented at the Washington 2014 meeting on self report physical function outcome measures. I am joint first author on the consensus paper around physical function outcome measures currently with Professors Dworkin and Turk. I am also a member of the EULAR Fibromyalgia Guideline Update Group and the updated guidelines will be published later in 2016.I have presented at local, national and international conferences on various aspects of pain. I have been heavily involved in the research agenda around pain; supervising research projects and undertaking both investigator led and commercial studies.
2017 to present Professor and Director of Post Graduate Taught Studies
2010 to 2017: Reader in Pain Research and Education Cardiff University
2000 to 2010: Senior Lecturer in Pain Research and Education Cardiff University
1999 to 2003 Part time lecturer Barry College
1994 to 2000 Non clinical lecturer UWCM
1993 to 1994 Course co-ordinator UWCM
1988 to 1992 Intensive Care Sister Cardiff Royal Infirmary
Education and qualifications
2013 Doctor of Philosophy, CUBRIC, Cardiff University
2002 NVQ D32,33, Barry College
2001 MSc Medical Education, University of Wales
1994 Further Education, Teaching Cert UWIC
1993 Bachelor of Nursing, University of Wales
1989 Diploma in Nursing, University of Wales
1983 Registered General Nurse, SGHA (Teaching)
Honours and awards
2009 Presented to the Queen for contribution to NHS services in Wales
2007 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
1999 Women in Education and Welsh Woman of the Year
Royal College of Nursing
British Pain Society, Council Member
British Pain Society, committee member
Outcome Measures in Rheumatology, Fellow
Initiative on Methods, Measurement, and Pain Assessment in Clinical Trials member
International Association for the Study of Pain member
(From 2010 only)
2015, Wound pain assessment, Cardiff University, Cardiff.
2015, Workshop Primary Care SIG, BPS, Glasgow.
2015, House of Lords, English Pain Summit update, London.
2014, Presentation to the Welsh Governmental Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse Review of Tramadol/Prescription Only Medicines, Cardiff.
2014, Patient Reported Functional Outcome Measures, IMMPACT, Washington, D.C.
2014, Pain, the Poor Relation, WITS Multi-Disciplinary Oncology Congress, South Africa.
2014, Pain train the trainer residential weekend, Cape Town, S.Africa.
2014, Pain Management Services: Planning for the Future, London, Royal College of General Practice, London.
2014, Getting the ‘Rs’ Right, British Pain Society.
2014, Functional imaging in chronic pain diagnosis and treatment, British Pain Society, London.
2013, Week in Week Out, Interview on pain and analgesic use, BBC Wales.
2013, Pain Pathway Roadshow, British Pain Society, London.
2013, Agile in the Public Sector, Agile, London.
2012, Writing Directives and Plotting pathways, British Pain Society, London.
2012, Debate: Is Pain a Disease in its own right? For the motion, Pain Masterclass, London.
2011, What can FMRI tell us about patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain? CUBRIC, Cardiff.
2011, Nobody dies from pain... or do they! Can education help? Northern Ireland Acute Pain Forum, Belfast.
2011, Imaging neural responses to affective and pain-related stimuli in chronic non malignant pain patients versus healthy controls, Anaesthetic Research Society, Manchester.
2011, Change Pain Workshop, Cardiff.
2010, Workshop at the first ever pain education satellite meeting of IASP on assessing interprofessional pain education, Toronto, Canada
2010, Presentation at the British Orthopaedic Research Meeting, Use of fMRI in Studying Pain, Cardiff.
2010, Interprofessional Assessment, British Pain Society, London.
2010, Assembly members, Welsh Assembly – Importance of Pain and partnership working, Cardiff.
Committees and reviewing
2015 Member of the School of Medicine, Athena Swan Core Working Group
British Pain Society, council member
My teaching responsibilities are largely aimed at level 7 or Master's students who are health professionals. As well as the Programme Director, I am actively involved in running modules, for example the Biopsychosocial Model and its application to practice on the MSc in Pain Management and Professional Issues across all courses. I mark e-learning assessments that can be written assignments, blog postings, group works or wikis. I provide a great deal of student support framed through forward feedback on blog postings, small group tutorials and discussion board postings. I supervise students across all the courses we run but my area of specialist interest is in the field of pain and in the provision of e-learning.
I have facilitated a joint working initiative between ourselves and the post graduate courses in the School of Healthcare Sciences and am involved, with my team, in contributing to the undergraduate medical curriculum, starting with pain education and training and evidence based practice.I also teach on a number of other courses within the College.