Professor Patricia Schofield

Professor of Pain & Ageing/Director for the Positive Ageing Institute

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

Department:School of Nursing and Midwifery

Location: Chelmsford

Patricia's work is primarily in the field of nursing research. She has led a number of multidisciplinary cross-university, cross-healthcare sector programmes of research into various aspects of pain and ageing or dementia.


Patricia is currently involved in three major programme of research around pain in older adults.

The first is a cross-council programme of research under the Lifelong Health & Well Being banner which is Engaging with Older Adults in Designing and Developing Strategies for the Self Management of Chronic Pain (EOPIC). The second project is New technologies to support older people at home: maximising personal and social interaction funded by dot.rural. Meanwhile, the third project is an EU-funded programme Pain Assessment in Patients with Impaired Cognition, especially Dementia.

Patricia has just completed a local study, funded by HIEC, looking at education of staff to improve the management of pain in adults with dementia in an acute trust. She has over 150 books and publications in the area.

Research interests

  • Pain
  • Ageing
  • Dementia
  • End of life care

Particia's research interests fall mainly in the area of pain management, older adults/older adults with dementia, technology for pain assessment (iPhone Pain App), alternative drug delivery methods emancipatory research and stress among health care professionals. She has delivered a number of programmes of research in the field which have been facilitated locally, nationally or internationally. She's collaborated with academics and health care professional across the UK, Europe and the US.

Areas of research supervision

Patricia would be pleased to consider supervising doctoral students with the following research interests/topics:

  • Pain assessment in older adults
  • Pain assessment in adults with dementia
  • Technology and ageing
  • Falls
Recent and current doctoral supervision as first supervisor
  • They are just who they have always been: The intersections of dementia, person-centred care and cultural contexts in Scottish care homes
  • The association between musculo skeletal pain and physical activity, falls and psychological concerns related to falls in community dwelling older adults
  • An analysis and development of the concept, older adults persistent pain self management
  • Exploring every day functioning in older adults with chronic pain: new insights with new technology
  • Barriers to Pain assessment in adults with dementia
  • Knowledge and attitudes towards older adults in pain amongst health care professionals
  • Compassionate care: a concept analysis
  • Older adults and the use of technology


  • Pain
  • Research methods


  • RGN
  • PhD - University of Wales, Cardiff
  • PGDip Education for Health - University of Sheffield
  • DipN - University of London

Memberships, editorial boards

  • RfPB – Grant Review Panel
  • ESRC – Peer Review College
  • Chair of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Education subcommittee. Pain in Older Adults
  • Chair – British Pain Society – Pain in Older Adults Special Interest Group
  • Editor – Journal of Pain Management
  • Editorial Board Member – British Journal of Pain

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • 2014- 2015 Working with Service users developing a curriculum on self – management for service users. South London Innovation Fund.  £56405
  • 2014 – 2015 Evaluation of the use of the iPhone pain assessment application for use in clinical practice KSS AHSN £10,150
  • 2014-2015 Evaluation of at least 3 different models of delivery of PEACE – Proactive Elderly Person’s Advisory Care Planning Tool across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. KSS AHSN £12267.72
  • 2013 – 2014 Capacity Building. KSS LETB £39, 000
  • 2013-2014 Dementia Challenge EKCHT £10,000
  • 2013- 2015 End of Life care in Dementia Medway Community Enterprise £12,080
  • 2013-2014 Capacity Building. MFT £28,000
  • 2012 2013 Training staff to assess and manage pain for people living with dementia in south London by improving the knowledge skills and attitudes of staff who work with older adults experiencing dementia. (HIEC) £25,000
  • 2012 – 2013 FLO’s story (Facebook online learning) HEA £60,000
  • 2010 – 2014 Engaging with Older Adults in Developing Strategies for the Management of Chronic pain EOPIC (LLHW) £1.2m
  • 2010-2013 Stress in Nursing Tasks (Chief Scientist Office) £212.185
  • 2010-2013 New technologies to support older people at home: maximising personal and social interaction Digital Economy Hub £92,569
  • 2008-2010 Chronic pain management for older adults living in the community  ESRC £11,799
  • 2010- 2014 Pain Self –Management in Older Adults – A concept Analysis – Siddall £73,000
  • 2011 – 2014 Pain Assessment in Patients with Impaired Cognition, especially Dementia COST Collaborative €600,000

Selected recent publications

  • Schofield (2015) Pain Emotion & Cognition (Pickering & Gibson) Pain Evaluation in Patients with Dementia. Springer.
  • (2014) Geriatric Medicine: An Evidence Based Approach Lally F & Rolfe C (Pain in Older Adults)
  • (2012) Raj's Practical Management of Pain, 6 Mar 2008
  • (2012) 10 minute Consultation series – pain and ageing
  • Jones D & Schofield PA (2011) Pain and Older People in Tolson D (ed) Evidence Informed Nursing with Older People, 1st edition. Edited by Debbie Tolson, Joanne Booth and Irene Schofield © 2011 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Schofield PA (2010) Assessment of Pain in Adults with Cognitive Impairment. In: (Merrick J ed) Cancer in Children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Current Research Aspects
  • Schofield PA (2004) Beyond the Pain: A textbook for nurses working with patients in chronic pain. Commissioned by WHURR Publishers. UK Published May 2005
  • Schofield PA (2006) Grasping the Nettle – The Management of Pain in the Older Adult –Wiley
  • Schofield PA, Aveyard B & Black C (2007) Pain in Older Adults: A workbook M & K Publishers London (Published 2007)
  • Kandel I, Schofield P & Merrick J (2007) Ageing & Disability: Research and Clinical perspectives. International Academic Press Canada (Published 2007)
  • Schofield PA & Merrick J (2008) Pain in Children & Youth. Nova New York
  • Schofield PA & Merrick J (2009) Children & Pain. Nova. New York
  • 3 book  chapters in press (Croft) (Pickering) (Knight)

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Recent presentations and conferences

  • 2014 Pain Self Management for Older Adults – World Pain Congress Buenos Aires. Invited Plenary Speaker
  • 2014 Pain from Epidemiology to management - World Pain Congress Buenos Aires. Invited Plenary Speaker
  • 2014 Pain in Older Adults RCGP London Invited Plenary Speaker
  • 2014 Assessment and Management of Pain in Older Adults Stormont Invited Plenary Speaker
  • 2013 Pain Assessment in Older Adults Korea IAGG Invited Plenary Speaker
  • 2012 Pain in Older Adults – Geriatric Medicine, London Invited Plenary Speaker
  • 2012 Pain Assessment in Burns Patients – British Association of Burns Invited Plenary Speaker