Dr Jon Valentine
Consultant Pain Specialist
MB ChB FRCA FFPMRCA FRCP
Secretary: Lauren Tester 020 7496 3564 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diagnosis of chronic pain conditions
- Chronic pain management using a non-interventional approach
- Chronic widespread pain (including fibromyalgia syndrome)
- Rehabilitation and functional restoration in chronic pain conditions
- Primary and secondary chronic musculoskeletal pain
- Neuropathic pain
- Post-traumatic pain
- Post-surgical pain
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) and similar presentations
- Analgesic medication (including reduction and withdrawal)
- Anglian Regional Pain Management Training representative – 1999 to 2002
- Founder, Anglian Pain Society – 1999
- Chairman, Anglian Pain Society – 1999 & 2005
- Vice-chairman, Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Anaesthetics Department – 2001 to 2002
- Lead Consultant for Pain Services, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital – 2000 to 2002
- Founding member, Neuromodulation Society of UK & Ireland (NSUKI) – 2001
- Secretary, Neuromodulation Society of UK & Ireland – 2002 to 2005
- Member of the British Pain Society committee for “Spinal Cord Stimulation for the Management of Pain: Recommendations for Best Clinical Practice” – 2003 to 2005.
- President-elect, Neuromodulation Society of UK & Ireland – 2005 to 2006
- President, Neuromodulation Society of UK & Ireland – October 2006 to November 2008
- Immediate past president – November 2008 to November 2009
- Co-founder, British Pain Society Medicolegal Special Interest Group – 2011
- Chairman, British Pain Society Medicolegal Special Interest Group – 2011 to 2013
- Founder and Director of Pain Expert Limited – November 2012 to present
- Chairman, British Pain Society Medicolegal Special Interest Group – 2018 to 2020
- Founder and Director of Excel Medicolegal Training Limited – March 2019 to present
- Secretary, British Pain Society Medicolegal Special Interest Group – 2020 to present
Jon graduated from Leeds University in 1986. He trained in and around Leeds and the Yorkshire region, with a year as a Senior Fellow in Melbourne, Australia, in 1993/1994. He qualified through examinations as a Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1989 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FRCA) in 1992. He completed his training in the specialty of Anaesthesia in March 1996.
Jon was appointed Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in October 1996. As a consultant, he soon expanded his interest in the developing subspecialty of Pain Medicine and his practice became dedicated to the management of chronic pain in 2001. From 2001, Jon continued to treat and manage patients with chronic pain conditions at the Norwich Pain Management Centre. He led and developed regional services for spinal cord stimulation and intrathecal drug delivery and he played a key role in the establishment and development of the modern multidisciplinary pain management service at Norwich. Between 2001 and 2014, Jon also worked as a consultant at the Priscilla Bacon Specialist Palliative Care Centre in Norwich providing inpatient, outpatient and on call services for all patients, but specialising in those with more complex cancer-related pain management issues.
Jon was granted Foundation Fellowship of the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (FFPMRCA) in October 2007 when the Faculty of Pain Medicine was established, and he was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in May 2009.
From an early stage, Jon was interested in the medicolegal aspects of chronic pain and he has developed a successful career as a medical expert witness providing the courts with his expert opinion in often complex cases of chronic pain and associated physical disablement after accidents and clinical negligence. In March 2016, Jon chose to leave the NHS to focus on the development of his company Pain Expert Limited, which provides office facilities and administrative services for around 20 medical and psychological expert witnesses, and his private practice.
Jon has worked in private practice at Spire Norwich Hospital since 1997 and he also worked at the BMI Sandringham Hospital at King’s Lynn for a number of years. In 2021 Jon joined the London Sports Orthopaedics partnership.
Current clinical practice
Jon is experienced in the management of a wide range of chronic pain conditions. His clinical practice of now concentrates on establishing diagnosis using the ICD-11 classification, patient education about their condition and the non-interventional management of chronic pain focusing on restoring and maintaining physical function through optimisation of medication and working with experienced therapists to overcome the physical and/or psychological barriers that patients experiencing chronic pain often face.
Jon also advises on the role of analgesic medication, physical therapy and exercise in patients needed to avoid or defer major orthopaedic interventions such as major joint replacement surgery. When major joint replacement surgery is required, he is able to help patients identify important risk factors for more severe and prolonged postoperative pain where they are present, and establish a comprehensive plan for pain management over the peri-operative period, including the pain experienced leading up to the surgery, the pain experience in hospital after the surgery, and the ongoing pain and discomfort after the surgery to optimise the ability for patients to engage in their rehabilitation and restore their range of motion and physical function.
Jon has over 20 years of experience in performing injection-based procedures for chronic pain conditions and also in treating patients with spinal cord stimulation. Over recent years, his personal interests and clinical experience have taken him away from performing these interventions himself and he now specialises in the non-interventional management of chronic pain. However, where it is appropriate to consider treatment with interventions, Jon will provide all the necessary details about the procedures, setting out advantages and disadvantages, important risks and likely benefits, so as to ensure that patients are well informed and prepared before onward referral to a recommended interventional radiologist or pain specialist.
Membership of professional organisations:
- British Pain Society
- International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP)
- Society of Expert Witnesses
- Expert Witness Institute
Courses and teaching
Jon has presented and chaired sessions at national meetings of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine, and Neuromodulation Society of UK & Ireland. He has regularly organised, chaired and presented at educational sessions at the British Pain Society Annual Scientific Meeting over the years. He presents to GPs at organised educational events. He has been on the faculty of the annual Leeds Cadaver Course since 2010 where he has taught interventional procedures. He has presented as an invited speaker at over 20 educational meetings organised by law firms and insurers.
Jon established the Essential Skills for Pain Management Experts courses in June 2017 and has organised, chaired and presented sessions on an annual basis (until Covid-19). His courses have provided pain specialists with the skills and knowledge needed to establish and/or expand their medicolegal practice. Since October 2014, he has organised, chaired and presented sessions at annual Pain Expert conferences (until Covid-19). These courses have provided pain management specialists with an annual clinical update on subjects pertinent to medicolegal practice through presentations from experienced doctors and senior lawyers (solicitors and barristers).
Jon was born and bred in Yorkshire. However, he has Scottish ancestry being the grandson of Dr James Valentine a consultant psychiatrist who was one of the founding members of the National Party of Scotland (now the Scottish National Party) in 1928! Jon was educated at Sedbergh School, Scarborough Sixth Form College and Leeds University Medical School. He lives with his wife Jane in an old property in rural South Norfolk. They share interests including their three dogs, four cats and chickens and the ongoing renovation of their home. When not locked down, they also enjoy walking, driving their cars and attending motorsports events.