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Professor Ann Taylor

Postgraduate Taught Director

School of Medicine


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 ( 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 ( ) 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.

















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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.


Career overview

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

Professional memberships

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

Committees and reviewing

2015 Member of the School of Medicine, Athena Swan Core Working Group

External Committees

British Pain Society, council member