Mike Bennett is the St Gemma’s Professor of Palliative Medicine and is Director of the Academic Unit of Palliative Care. The Academic Unit is an internationally recognized multidisciplinary research and teaching unit based at the University of Leeds and St Gemma’s Hospice, UK. He qualified from University of Birmingham in 1988 and completed an MD (doctoral thesis) in 1999 resulting in the LANSS Pain Scale, an internationally used tool for identifying neuropathic pain. In 2017, he secured formal University Teaching Hospice status for St Gemma’s Hospice (first in the UK) where he works clinically 2 days per week.
His main research interests are in cancer pain and neuropathic pain, and evaluating interventions at the end of life. He currently leads an £2.2m NIHR Programme Grant and a £1.4m Yorkshire Cancer Research Programme Grant focused on early integration of palliative care and better pain management for cancer patients. Since taking up his post in Leeds, he has generated over £9.5m in research grants and awards. He has published over 200 papers in scientific journals. He chaired the Cancer Pain SIG for the International Association for the Study of Pain and chaired the NCRI Palliative and Supportive Care Clinical Studies Group from 2008 to 2014, and chaired the NICE guideline evidence review on Opioids in Palliative Care.
He led the writing of Core Standards for Cancer Pain which are now adopted into the NHS and form part of the CQC inspection framework, and led the writing of the cancer pain taxonomy for ICD-11 as part of the IASP task force. He co-leads an EFIC task force on European standards for cancer pain management. He co-edited the book ‘Practical Management of complex cancer pain’ which won the BMA Book of the Year in 2015. He has chaired various organizing and scientific committees for international conferences of the European Association for Palliative Care.